Paramedics are highly-trained emergency medical technicians who are qualified to perform a range of medical treatments and life-saving procedures. If you are thinking about a career in healthcare and emergency medicine, and enjoy a fast-paced work environment, you might want to consider a career as a paramedic.
As a paramedic you’ll have the opportunity to make a positive impact in someone’s life and your community every day. Paramedics provide basic and advanced life support level care, administer medications, and rescue victims from vehicle entrapments or hazardous environments.
The Paramedic certificate program at Lakes Region Community College was developed in direct response to critical industry needs for highly trained emergency medical professionals in New Hampshire. It is designed for both new Emergency Medical Technicians/Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians and those providers seeking to further their education. Students can expect small class sizes taught by highly trained, degreed faculty with significant experience in the field, as well as new Advanced Life Support simulators, and full-sized in-class simulator.
For those interested in pursuing a career as both a paramedic and fire professional, LRCC also offers the ability to combine fire and paramedic education. As fire departments continue to handle an increasing number of medical calls, more and more departments are recruiting firefighter/paramedics. Successful completion of the program will prepare students as entry-level paramedics eligible to sit for the Current National Registry or State EMT/AEMT certification.
As a paramedic, you will have many career pathways and opportunities.
The curriculum complies with the New Hampshire Department of Safety Division of Fire Standards and Training & Emergency Medical Services and National Emergency Medical Service Education Standards.
Students should note that some courses have prerequisites, which must be completed before enrolling into upper-level courses and continuing in the program. At this time, the program is seeking national accreditation.
The goal of the Paramedic Program is, “To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.”*
Minimum EMS certification requirement is current National Registry or State EMT/AEMT certification.
The program is scheduled on a 52-week, four-semester, full-time format. The course offerings will be a combination of didactic lecture, laboratory, hospital and medical environment clinical, and field experiences. Students will attend a minimum number of total program hours broken down as follows:
Didactic: 195 hours
Lab: 405 hours
Clinical: 585 hours
Hospital: 225 hours
Field: 360 hours
* CoAEMSP interpretations of the CAAHEP 2015 standards and GUIDELINES,
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Upon completion of the Lakes Region Community College Paramedic Program, students will achieve the following outcomes:
- Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate information and deliver safe, effective, patient-centered care expected of an entry level paramedic.
- Demonstrate the ability to think critically and thoroughly assess a patient utilizing various diagnostic tools and procedures.
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate verbally and in writing and the ability to interact effectively and professionally with patients, family, clinical, and non-clinical persons in various settings.
- Demonstrate personal responsibility, professionalism, ethical judgement, and collaboration.