Southern’s Paramedic Science Program prepares students to be competent entry-level paramedics. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be ready to provide pre-hospital care to the ill or injured patient following the guidelines of standard patient care. The use of various web sites is a vital part of this program used in documentation of clinical rotations and course work.
The nationwide demand for paramedics continues to rise while the numbers have declined. Changes brought about with 1998 Department of Transportation (DOT) National Standard Curriculum for paramedics have paved the way for paramedics to move into the sphere of health care professionals. Today’s paramedics must have a firm grasp of anatomy and physiology, the pathologies of numerous disease processes, kinematics of trauma, pharmacology, basic and advanced life support skills and procedures, and have the ability to apply this knowledge to all age groups. Furthermore, the paramedic must be a leader, able to gain control of the often chaotic scene environment, be a team leader, able to communicate with patients and family members and intelligently with physicians and other hospital personnel. The full Paramedic Science Program is available on the Logan and Wyoming/McDowell campuses. The Boone/Lincoln and Williamson campuses offer the program support courses only.
For more information on the job outlook visit Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, EMTs and Paramedics, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/emts-and-paramedics.htm (visited November 24, 2015).