Oct 23, 2021  
2020-2021 College Catalog 
2020-2021 College Catalog

Paramedicine - Evening Option Certificate

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Division of Health Sciences

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Paramedics provide the most advanced level of prehospital emergency patient care for critically ill and injured patients who access the emergency medical system.  A Paramedic possesses the complex knowledge and skills necessary to provide compassionate, comprehensive advanced patient care in dynamic and often stressful environments.

The MassBay Paramedicine program prepares students to become members of the health care team and function as leaders in prehospital emergency care as paramedics.  The program provides students with knowledge, skills and clinical decision-making skills to manage patients of all ages with acute and critical illness.

MassBay’s EMT Paramedicine Programs are accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Office of Emergency Medical Services.  The Paramedicine Program has been issued a Letter of Review from the Commission on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) and is pursuing full accreditation from CAAHEP.

On campus classes and clinical rotations are primarily scheduled in the evenings; however, some rotations are only available during the daytime hours. Upon successful completion, a Certificate in Paramedicine will be awarded.

By completing this program, the EMT Certificate, and 30 liberal arts and sciences courses, a student may earn an Associate of Science in Paramedicine.

Program Outcomes

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Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admissions to health profession programs will be evaluated on an individual basis.  Students seeking admission will be evaluated by GPA and total number of college-level credits completed at MassBay. Priority for admission is given to current MassBay students. Applicants must also meet all other required course prerequisites for the program. Minimum eligibility for admissions to this program includes:

  • HS Diploma or GED
  • MassBay Placement into EN 101 FRESHMAN ENGLISH I  or completion of EN 98 FUNDAMENTALS OF COMPOSITION II*  with a grade of C or higher.
  • MassBay Placement into MA 98 INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA*  or completion of MA 95 INTRODUCTORY ALGEBRA*  with a grade of C or higher.
  • Successful completion of Reading Assessment Test. Refer to the Competitive Programs Admissions Requirements.
  • Current Nationally Registered and/or state certified EMT required prior to enrolling in Paramedicine courses. Students who enter with NREMT EMT Certification only, must obtain MA EMT certification prior to enrolling in PM 210 EMERGENCY CARE CLINICAL I .
  • Current CPR certification (AHA BLS, ARC Professional Rescuer, Military Training Network).
  • Background Check
  • CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) and SORI (Sexual Offender Registry Information) background checks are required prior to clinical placement and will be conducted in accordance with state regulations. CORI and SORI results are confidential.
  • Students must have a valid, unrestricted driver’s license in order to seek employment in the field.
  • Students who do not submit the required Division of Health Sciences (DHA) health forms or other required information will have a health hold placed on their records preventing registration in any courses. Forms/information must be submitted to the DHS compliance coordinator. Refer to the DHS Student Handbook for additional information.

credits: 10

First Year: Summer (10 week session)

credits: 8

First Year: Fall I (8 week 1st Session)

credits: 7

First Year: Fall II (8 week 2nd Session)

credits: 3

Second Year: Spring I (8 week 1st Session)

credits: 4

Second Year: Spring II (8 week 2nd Session)

credits: 5

Total Credits: 37

* A combination of Anatomy and Physiology I (BI 215 ) and Anatomy and Physiology II (BI 217 ) fulfills this requirement with a C or higher.

Program Notes

A grade of C+ (77%) or higher is required in all Paramedicine (PM) courses.  A grade of C is required in all sciences courses.

1 All Paramedicine courses must be taken in sequence.  The clinical and field courses (PM 210 , PM 211 , PM 212 ) must be completed within one (1) year of completing the didactic courses (PM 201 , PM 202 , PM 203 , PM 204 , PM 205 , PM 206 , PM 207 ) in accordance with MA OEMS and Program requirements.

2 Prerequisite or Corequisite in 1st semester: Anatomy and Physiology requirement- BI 113  or BI 215  or BI 217  or approved equivalent.

3 BI 113 ESSENTIALS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY w/LAB  or BI 215 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I w/LAB  or BI 217 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II w/LAB  or other approved course with a grad of C or higher fulfills this requirement.  Associate Degree-seeking students must complete the 4-credit BI 215 because BI 113 does not apply to the degree. This course must be taken within 5 years prior to acceptance to the Paramedicine Program.

4 Competency in Critical Thinking is a MassBay Associate Degree graduation requirement.  Students will demonstrate competency in critical thinking through completion of PM 207 CLINICAL DECISION MAKING  and PM 212 PARAMEDIC FIELD PRACTICE CAPSTONE  with a grade of C+ or higher.

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