Section 3-490 - Paramedic Academy

CMH EMS Education Manual

This section serves as the course syllabus for the Paramedic Academy. A maximum of nine (9) students will be accepted into each Paramedic Academy.


Change Log:

DateLink to
Description of change
02/01/17pdfAdded paramedic academy information
02/05/17pdfContinued to add details to paramedic academy.
03/03/17Modified course timelines to be more generic with alignment to weeks only and reference to annual calendar section.
03/06/17Added CoAEMSP definition of paramedic. Added definitions and minimum requirements for each pediatric age sub-category. Added clarification that for a patient contact during an interfacility transfer to be counted, it must be transferred to higher level of care requiring an assessment. Added comment to functional abilities that job requirements are often higher. Moved general clinical requirements (assessments and skills) to general section.Increased minimum intubations from six to ten. Added prerequisites for all classes. Changed laboratory clinical to infusion center. Changed ER triage time to 12 hrs, ER to 122 hrs, Cath Lab to 8 hrs. Added requirement for two live births. Added pediatric age sub-groups. Added definition of ALS patient. Added minimum of first ten and last ten team lead calls should be with mentor.
03/27/17Added A&P Syllabii
04/04/17Added research assignment requirement. Added advanced placement information for military medics. Added SBU Articulation Agreement details for transferring credits. Added comment than you may take FISDAP unit tests twice. Updated clinical age brackets to match those in FISDAP.
04/11/17Added Bill Gray photo to 6.600.12. Added section containing transfer credit information for A&P.
04/13/17Updated terminal competency form to be more useful after using it with current EMT Academy.
05/01/17Updated program goal to be verbatim CAAHEP standard.
05/02/17Adjusted hours in walk-in clinics and ER (10 hours in clinc and 124 in ER). Clarified in all clinical sections to specify which locations are allowed clinical time.
06/08/17Added clarification on Letter of Review from CoAEMSP according to email received from CoAEMSP.
06/13/17Updated background check authorization form for the new company human resources is using.
06/14/17Added Basic Hazmat Life Support online course to the curriculum.
07/04/17Updated simulation, clinical, and airway requirements based on updated CoAEMSP SSR Appendix G requirements.
07/11/17Replaced Dr. Merk with Dr. Carter for meedical director. Added clear instructions in multiple locations that the capstone course cannot be started until all other courses are successfully completed. Details of summative evaluation at the end of field internship and details of affective domain evaluation throughout the program were more completely detaileed. Removed references to CoAEMSP LOR and CAAHEP pending accreditation. Added section to clearly indicate the only experiential learning accepted is military and A&P.
07/14/17Changed textbooks from Pearson to Jones and Bartlett (AAOS).
09/01/17pdfUpdated courses and clinical prerequisites based on new curriculum.
09/03/17Added section for advanced placement for RNs.
11/28/17Added CoAEMSP Letter of Review into accreditation status. Added GEMS and PTEP courses to certifications gained after completion. Added PTEP to CEP 1511.
01/07/18Added details and grading rubric to applied research projects. Removed attendance requirement and minimum FISDAP unit exam scores. Added 70% completion requirement to graduation requirements. Changed class times to 9am to 5pm on all days that do not include A&P.
01/07/18Updated classroom details moving from Tue / Thu class setup to Mon / Thu setup. Updated daily written quiz and simulation evaluation forms. Added comment that the student must maintain passing status to attend clinical rotations. Added comment that live patient contacts in FISDAP must include medical record number. Moved Ch 16 (Respiratory Emergencies) from EMS 105 to EMS 101 to get that material covered before the FISDAP Airway Exam.
01/11/18Added 2018 dates to all course scheduled. Changed course numbers to EMS ??? to align with BTC courses.
02/05/18pdfAdded generic chapter schedule. Added guest instructors to the course schedules.
03/27/18Several typo fixes and minor adjustsments based on 2018 Paramedic Academy. Generic classroom schedule modified. Added requirement for students to complete ePCR after each simulation scenario. Added scheduling and contact details for clinical sites. Added guest instructors.
04/01/18Added blank pharmacology quiz form.
04/25/18Added details of semester final practical exams. Corrected typos in applied research project instructions. Added info on how to sign up and where to go for EMS 103 clinicals.
05/15/18Added supplemental textbook information. Modified simulation requirements to include practice in class of observing scenarios. Added information on deadlines for each clinical course that is due by the end of the following semester. Added a few Mercy department administratvie contacts. Added clinical site details. Added TECC to trauma course.
07/02/18pdfUpdated schedule for current paramedic academy
08/22/18Added first draft of the Chris Loderhose Work Study Program.
09/10/18Added guide on how to succeed on FISDAP exams. Changed terminology for curriculm to National EMS Education Standards. Clarified military advanced placement entries added to skills tracker. Added comment that if entrance exam A&P section was not passing score, student must take A&P courses. Added comment to require drug screen before clinicals. Updated course schedules to match current plans. Added comment to anesthesia clinicals that student must inform and ask permission from patient. Added Cox ambulance clinical info. Added BTC transcript request form.
10/01/18pdfMade changes to EMS 222 and EMS 224 schedule to represent 2018 course details.
11/14/18Added field internship mentor approval form.
12/20/18Added ALS patient contact form link to 4th semester evaluation card for preceptors.
01/15/19Added comment to clinical requirements that the student must maintain passing status to attend clinical rotations. Updated faculty list to include a different A&P instructor, however, the details are not complete. Updated to the 10th edition of the A&P textbook. Added specification of the AHA version of BLS CPR is a prerequisite for the paramedic academy. Added TECC to the list of certifications gained in the paramedic academy. Updated EMS 101 schedule to represent 2019 course details. Changed all CMH hospital scheduling contact information to Lani Hayes, except Cardiology which is Robert Richardson. Added prerequisite for ER clinicals to have completed Anesthesia clinical time and all live human intubations. Changed scheduling contact for CMH Ambulance to Ryan McDonald. Removed CMH Dallas County Walk-In Clinic and CMH Pediatric Walk-In Clinic as sites after refusal to take students by those two clinics.
01/18/19pdfModified the definition of an ALS patient for team leads. Previously, starting an IV did not make a patient ALS. Due to difficulty in getting ALS team lead contacts by the first student to do team leads in the busiest service area available, this change was made to give a more realistic target for students.
01/26/19Added photo and bio info from Lucinda Schmidt. Updated BTC A&P I syllabus.
01/28/19Modified second semester schedule to reflect actual dates and topics for 2019. Removed requirements for two pediatric and two unconscious team leads in field internship phase.
02/19/19Modified first semester schedule to reflect actual dates and topics for 2019.
04/10/19Added course details and hours for each course, semester, and overall to the classroom details section. Removed references to number of hours listed on each class to eliminate confusion or multiple areas needing updates. Updated all four classroom course schedules to reflect actual dates for 2019. Added clinical scheduling details for Cox Air Care, TCAD, and WLAD.
04/11/19Pretty significant changes to the lab and clinical requirements to comply with CoAEMSP Appendix G.
05/14/19Typos corrected. Added clarification that each semester clinical requirements are due within six months of completing the semester and a total deadline of 12 month deadline after completing all classroom requirements. Also clarified there will be no extensions given past the 12 month deadline. Added adaptive mid-term and semester final exam descriptions to each semester schedule. Updated EMS 105 schedule to represent actual guest instructors and events. Modified ER clinical prerequisite from completing ALL intubations to just must complete ONE intubation and ONE anesthesia shift. Modified number of ALS team leads must be with mentor from first and last ten to first and last six. Added NREMT progression of lab-clinical-field. Added comments that skills must be completed in lab prior to the field. Also added requirement that field documentation must include medical record number to count and if there is a falsification, removal from the program is an option. Added requirements that all ALS patient encounters must be documented and only successful team leads count and the last 18 of 20 must be successful. The first and last skill evaluation should be done by an instructor and if the final evaluation is unsuccessful the student and peer evaluators must repeat all evaluations. Definition of successful skill evaluation is 80% of the points. Added description of how simulations are validated. Added contact information to clinical evaluation card in case of student exposure. Added program administration manual familiarization test to the third week of class.
07/17/19Changed document number from 6-600 to 3-490
07/17/19pdfRemoved additional goal that did not include the ability to measure it. Made significant changes to include one classroom and one clinical course each semester with one field experience and one field internship course. Also made chapter re-arrangements to allow starting of clinicals as soon as possible. Switched to two-week module format that includes a mandatory clinical shift each module. Added textbooks that are available to students and not provided to keep. Added section to describe how non-accredited medic graduates can enter the program. Added section to describe how students can re-enteri the program after failing out. Added details of students that already have certificates such as ACLS, NIMS, NIHSS, etc can have credit without repeating them. Added section that describes the grading calculations. Added AMLS and NFA Q courses to the curriculum. Added details of when simulations can replace clinical patient contacts. Clarified deadlines for clinicals completions. Added the ability for BLS team leads after completion of minimum hours. Updated terminal competency form to include evaluations after team leads and added medical director meeting.
07/18/19Added note that JBLearning practice chapter quiz must be completed with a passing score before being allowed to sit for the lecture or classroom activities for that chapter. Changed all documentation deadlines to 48 hours. Added section detailing when students can “double-dip” patient contacts during clinicals.
07/31/19Modified grade calculation to include mid-term exam, final exam, and ARP. Added age range definitions to clinical skill requirement table. Added requirement to have Platinum Adaptive exam complete before starting field internship.
08/23/19Added Osceola Clinic site.
09/09/19pdfModified the academy course names. Modified the fall course schedule.
10/02/19pdfUpdated maximum number of employment contracts (two per year) and Loderhose work-study (one per trimester). Added actual 2020 dates in all three trimester schedules and started firming up guest instructor dates. Added Stockton and Eldorado clinic clinical sites. Added Vernon County Ambulance clinical site.
11/11/19Added “People Care” to curriculum. Added weekly discussion question requirements. Added AEMT to experiential learning credit. Added test item analysis discussion to exam requirements. Updated walk-in clinic locations. Modified post- field internship assessment requirements. Modified terminal competency form to include new exam requirements.
11/15/19Modified lab and clinical requirements based on the skills ACTUALLY completed by previous paramedic students.
12/05/19Clarified when students are eligible for psychomotor and CBT exams. Clarified Platinum adaptive cumulative testing requirements. Clarified process when students are not able to meet clinical requirements. Clarified deadline for completion of clinical requirements is at the end of the student’s fourth semester. Removed deadlines for each individual clinical course. Deadline is only found at the end of field internship to reduce possible confusion.
12/10/19Added ARP presentation evaluation form.
12/27/19Added AHA NRP as a certification gained. Updated course schedule to reflect confirmed guest instructors. Added NRP to course schedule. Adjusted research project instructions to reflect one final document instead of three separate documents.
01/04/203.490.26 - Removed requirement for letter of support from BEMS. 3.490.40 - Added simulation score into chapter grade. Added “pass” requirement for People Care discussion into module grade. 3.490.42 - Removed retired NFA courses Q0123 and Q0170 and replaced with new course Q0427. 3.490.50 - Changed NFA course. Added EKG Jedi quiz levels. 3.490.58 - Removed NFA course. Added EKG Jedi quiz levels. 3.490.64 - Added EKG Jedi quiz levels.
10/31/20pdfMoved online
12/29/20pdfAdded links to individual parts of ARP
12/23/21pdfRemoved link for A&P transfer credit.
12/23/21Integrated A&P into paramedic curriculum and removed sections 3-490-30, 3-490-56, and 3-490-62.

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