The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in paramedicine is a degree completion program that combines prerequisite paramedic academy and general education coursework with coursework completed through UAF CTC’s Paramedic Academy.
In your first year of study, you will complete prerequisite paramedic academy coursework that includes EMT basic certification and human anatomy and physiology, in addition to general education coursework in communications, mathematics, and human relations.
Once prerequisite academy coursework is complete, you will be eligible to apply to the Paramedic Academy where you will complete remaining degree requirement through paramedic academy coursework.
Paramedic Academy (Specialized Training)
The Paramedic Academy is an intensive three-semester program designed to prepare you for work in emergency medical services as a paramedic. The program will prepare you to take the National Registry Paramedic Exam. A passing score qualifies students to apply for a paramedic license through the Alaska State Medical Board.
The program provides the highest level of education available to prepare you for work in the pre-hospital environment. You will complete a minimum of 500 hours of classroom education, 480 hours of field internship and 232 hours of clinical experience.
First-semester coursework will focus on advanced emergency medicine, respiratory, cardiac, and nervous systems. The second semester will focus on medical emergencies, pediatrics, geriatrics, and trauma. The first and second semester will also include clinical rotations in clinical settings where you will observe and participate in patient care activities under the supervision of a preceptor. You will spend your final semester in hospitals and EMS service locations outside of Alaska.
Following the successful completion of all coursework, you will be eligible to take the National Registry Examination for certification as a paramedic. Once nationally certified, you will be eligible to apply for licensure as a paramedic in the State of Alaska.
Provided all A.A.S. requirements have been met, you will also be eligible for graduation with an associate degree in paramedicine.
Arctic Skills (Minor)
The minor in arctic skills is designed for anyone who lives and works in a northern climate and wishes to learn to cope with the outdoor Arctic environment. Students who complete this minor also earn a State of Alaska EMT I certificate and may prepare to take the FAA written exam for partial fulfillment of the private pilot certificate requirements.
This minor is a great choice for Bachelor of Arts degree-seeking students who need to satisfy their minor requirement or Associate of Arts students who want to explore arctic skills as an area of interest.
Following successful completion of the program’s required course work, students are eligible to take the National Registry Examination for certification as a paramedic. Once nationally certified, you will be eligible to apply for licensure as a paramedic in the state of Alaska. Paramedic entry level positions may include ambulance response within a 911 emergency response system, in a non-emergency and transport system or in doctors’ offices, urgent care clinics, hospital emergency rooms, intensive care units, laboratories, aero medical transport services, and safety departments in corporate or industrial settings.
Program is completed through in-person courses in which students receive both classroom and practical hands-on learning experiences.
The academy program is a cohort based program that accepts up to 20 students per cohort. Each student cohort progresses through a pre-determined sequence of courses each semester.
As part of the Paramedic Academy program, students will receive 500 hours of classroom instruction and complete 232 hours of clinical experience. The clinical lab component includes rotations in a hospital setting and placements in the emergency room, respiratory therapy, operating room, and intensive care unit. At the end of the program, students will travel outside of Alaska to complete a 480-hour field internship on an ambulance supervised by paramedic preceptors for a total of 1,212 hours(minimum) of training.
The UAF CTC Paramedic Academy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763, (727) 210-2350.
APPLY TO THE PARAMEDIC ACADEMY: Admission the Paramedic Academy is competitive. Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements before applying to the Paramedic Academy:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be certified as a Nationally Registered EMT-B or State of Alaska EMT–I, II, or III.
- Earn a grade of ‘C’ or better in Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology (HLTH F114 or a combination of BIOL F213x and F214x).
Preference will be given to students who have also completed A.A.S. general education requirements, but the courses are not required before submitting an application to the program.
PARAMEDIC ACADEMY PREREQUISITES: Before applying to the Paramedic Academy program, students must complete prerequisite coursework with a grade of ‘C’ or better and attain National Registry or State of Alaska EMT certification. Students interested in applying to the Paramedic Academy program are encouraged to apply to the paramedicine A.A.S. degree and complete both general education and academy prerequisite coursework. While the general education and paramedic prerequisite coursework prepares students to be highly qualified, it does not guarantee admission to the program.
PARAMEDICINE A.A.S. PRE-MAJOR: When students apply to the paramedicine A.A.S. degree, they will be accepted into a pre-major status. They will be fully admitted into the A.A.S. degree once all paramedic academy prerequisites have been completed and they’ve been accepted into the Paramedic Academy. It is important for students to meet with a program advisor to develop a plan to move from pre-major status to being fully admitted into the A.A.S. degree program. Being admitted as a pre-major will not affect a student’s eligibility to receive financial aid.
PARAMEDIC ACADEMY EXPENSES: In the third semester of the Paramedic Academy the student will complete a field internship outside Alaska with an ambulance company supervised by paramedic field preceptors. During the internship, the student is responsible for all costs of housing, travel and living expenses in addition to tuition and fees.
PARAMEDICINE JOB ANALYSIS: The paramedic student should be emotionally stable and have good dexterity, agility and physical coordination. Paramedics must also have the strength to lift and carry heavy loads. Use the following link to download and view the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s functional job analysis for a paramedic: http://bit.ly/YblV2s
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