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The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Paramedicine is designed for individuals interested in providing care to patients in the pre-hospital setting. The purpose of this 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, emergency medical technician, and/or emergency responder levels.

This program will provide the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for an entry-level paramedic and allow eligibility to sit for national and state testing for emergency medical technician and paramedic. The program meets or exceeds the required skills and knowledge as set forth by the National EMS Education Standards and the Oregon Health Authority DHS-EMS division.

The program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) and the Oregon Health Authority DHS-EMS.

There are three Career Pathway certificates that lead to an AAS Paramedicine. To see how this program links to others in the Pathway click here.

Entry Requirements

The EMT and paramedic sequence portions of the program are the only restricted-entry components. Students are required to submit an application to the College and a separate application to the EMS program. The application to the EMS program is for the EMT and paramedic licensure courses only. Students must complete all prerequisites listed in the EMT and paramedic application prior to submission of the application.

For more information contact the program director at 541-888-1554 or 541-888-7432. Due to continually changing laws and regulations, students may be required to add, modify or delete courses and/or hours for the curriculum to meet current standards. See advisor for current requirements.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 98 credit hours with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the AAS Paramedicine is awarded. The completion of the following certificates will be required in order to qualify for graduation: ACLS, PHTLS, PALS or equivalent. Contact the director for more information on these certificates.

Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

Pre-Program Courses

Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:

CIS90Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)2
MTH60Algebra I (or placement in higher math course)4
CHEM110Foundations of General, Organic, and Biochemistry (One of the prerequisite courses for BI231, Anatomy & Physiology)4
or BI101 General Biology
or BI201 Introductory Biology
or CHEM223 General Chemistry III
WR90RAcademic Literacy (or higher placement in course)4

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
AH111 Medical Terminology I 3
BI231 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
EMT175 Intro Emergency Medical Services 3
General Psychology 1
or General Psychology w/Honors
English Composition
or English Composition w/Honors
BI232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
EMT151 Emergency Medical Technician Part A 5
EMT170 Emergency Response & Communication Documentation 2
EMT171 Emergency Response Transport 2
MTH65 Algebra II 2 4
BI233 Human Anatomy and Physiology III 4
CJ203 Crisis Intervention 3
EMT152 Emergency Medical Technician Part B 5
EMT169 Emergency Medical Technology Rescue 3
SP218 Interpersonal Communication 3 3
Second Year
EMT296 EMT Paramedic Part I 12
Personal Health 4
or Wellness for Life
EMT297 EMT Paramedic Part II 12
CIS120 Concepts of Computing 4
EMT298 EMT Paramedic Part III 9
EMT291 Paramedic Field Practicum 7
 Total Credits98

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations of an entry-level paramedic.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in all of the skills necessary to fulfill the role of an entry-level paramedic.
  • Comprehend, apply and evaluate information relative to the role of an entry-level paramedic in the cognitive domain.