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Paramedic Program Information

 

 

Welcome

Thank you for your interest in the Emergency Medical Services Education Program (EMS). This program combines state-of-the-art equipment with highly academic and field knowledgeable faculty, instructors and staff for effective teaching and training. This ensures that students possess the skills and knowledge necessary to perform in a variety of emergency situations once their education is complete. 
 
EMS training at the Paramedic level requires dedication, discipline and physical and mental fitness. Potential EMS workers should be aware that they will be charged with the responsibility of saving the lives of critically ill or injured patients. Therefore, students in the program are held to very high standards.

Paramedic Characteristics

A Paramedic must be a confident team leader, accepting both the high degree of responsibility required and the challenge of the position. The Paramedic must have excellent clinical judgment and reasoning skills, the ability to prioritize decisions rapidly, a high level of self-control, the ability to develop patient rapport, the ability to interview hostile patients, and the ability to communicate with diverse multi-cultural groups of all ages. Paramedics must be able to function independently at peak levels under stress, while remaining calm and assuming a leadership role. A desire to work with people and the ability to meet the physical, cognitive and affective requirements demanded by the position are critical.

Our Mission

The Emergency Medical Services Education Program (EMS) at Collin College provides quality initial and continuing education in emergency medicine to the citizens, industries, fire departments and EMS agencies of its service delivery area by evaluating quality of instruction, utilizing employer surveys, student feedback, student examinations and advisory committee input. We are dedicated to the student who desires knowledge in emergency medicine. The Collin College EMS Education Program provides an environment conducive to learning, including state-of-the-art facilities, along with outstanding faculty and skills instructors.

Our Vision

The Collin College EMS Education program will be the educational institution of choice for the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area students preparing for, or continuing, careers in Emergency Medical Services.

Collin College Core Values

Learning
Service and Involvement
Creativity and Innovation
Academic Excellence
Dignity and Respect
Integrity

Collin College Admissions

You must first be accepted as a Collin College student before you can complete the Paramedic application. Please select the following link to apply to Collin College. Once you are accepted and have been issued a college-wide identification number (CWID), you may proceed with your Paramedic application.

http://www.collin.edu/gettingstarted/admissions/index.html

Collin College Financial and Veteran's Aid

Our Paramedic undergraduate courses are accredited and therefore are qualified for financial aid assistance. Please select the following link(s) for more detailed information.
 
Office of Financial Aid
http://www.collin.edu/gettingstarted/financialaid/index.html
972.548.6760 Phone
 
Veteran's Resource Center
http://www.collin.edu/gettingstarted/veterans/
972.548.6767 Phone

Accreditation

The Collin County Community College District EMS Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
--Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
 
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727.210.2350 Phone
 
In addition, the Collin County Community College District EMS Paramedic Program is in compliance with and approved by the Texas department of State Health Services.

Fall Semester

The fall Paramedic class begins each January and meets every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. with clinical rotations occurring on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, college breaks and holidays, as needed. The duration of this class is approximately 14 months. Preference will be given first to the Collin County fire department personnel, then subsequently to other fire fighter/agency sponsored students. This class is also open for civilians to apply.

Spring Semester

The accelerated Paramedic class begins each January and meets every weekday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with clinical rotations occurring on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, college breaks and holidays, as needed. The duration of this class is approximately 7.5 months. This class is designed for career fire fighters and preference will be given first to the Collin County fire department personnel, then subsequently to other fire fighter/agency sponsored students. This class is also open for civilians to apply.

Summer Semester

The accelerated Paramedic class begins each July and meets every weekday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. with clinical rotations occurring on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, college breaks and holidays, as needed. The duration of this class is approximately 7.5 months. This class is designed for career fire fighters and preference will be given first to the Collin County fire department personnel, then subsequently to other fire fighter/agency sponsored students. This class is also open for civilians to apply.

Application Process

  1. You must be accepted by Collin College as a student prior to registering for the Paramedic class.
    1. You may go to http://www.collin.edu/gettingstarted/admissions/index.html to apply.
  2. Application Deadline Dates:
    1. Application deadline dates are listed in your application and also on our website: http://www.collin.edu/department/ems/
    2. Your completed Paramedic application, including all application requirements and uploads, must be submitted online by the application deadline date. After the application deadline:
      1. Personal interviews are scheduled and conducted.
      2. There is a protocol and procedure that we use to verify all applicants who are accepted into the program.
      3. Please allow five business days for this process.
  3. Once the accepted applicants are determined and approval is received from the Director,
    1. course permits will be issued to the individual's college account.
    2. Please allow five business days for this process.
  4. A letter of acceptance will be sent via email to all accepted applicants.
    1. Wait for this letter; it will be sent from lleforge@collin.edu  (Also, check your email spam or junk folders.)
    2. This letter will include important information as well as registration instructions.
    3. Once this letter is received, the applicant will need to:
      1. register for the courses listed on the letter using the CRN numbers, and
      2. attend the mandatory class orientation.
  5. Please select the following link for Paramedic Application Requirements:
http://www.collin.edu/department/ems/App%20Requirements%20for%20Paramedic.html
 

Sponsored Students

For sponsored student information and instructions, please go to our EMS home page:
http://www.collin.edu/department/ems/
 
  1. Scroll to the section that says: Fire Department Sponsored Employees (in red text).
  2. Follow the instructions and protocol in this section to sponsor an employee.
  3. Other sponsoring agencies may also use these instructions to sponsor an employee; it is not restricted to fire departments.

Mandatory Orientations

  1. Paramedic class orientation attendance is mandatory, without exception.
  2. Clinical class orientation attendance is mandatory, without exception.
  3. There are three clinical courses that meet on non-class days at area hospitals and other facilities throughout the program and students must complete a minimum of ten (10) shifts every third day on an ambulance near the end of the program.

Clinical Readiness Requirements

Please select the following link to view the mandatory clinical readiness requirements. All EMS students must meet these requirements before going to clinicals, no exceptions.
 
http://www.collin.edu/department/ems/Clinical_Doc_Requirements.html

Graduation Requirements

Paramedic students must meet the following requirements in order to receive a course completion certificate and be eligible for National Registry testing. Students must
  1. have a minimum of 75% on each EMS course Final Exam
  2. have a minimum of 80% average at the completion of each EMS course along with a clinical/internship final grade of a minimum of 70%
  3. successfully pass the end of program Medication Mastery Exam with a minimum of 75%
  4. successfully complete all applicable classroom, clinical and field internship requirements
  5. complete and document all applicable patient contact requirements
  6. demonstrate and document skills competence as required in the laboratory, clinical, and field settings. Paramedic students must have a complete NREMT-PPCP including graduation report to equal 100%
  7. have entered all shift, patient, skill and lab data in FISDAP
  8. demonstrate and document overall cognitive, psychomotor, and affective competence to the satisfaction of the EMS Faculty, Program Coordinator, Clinical Coordinator, clinical and field Internship Preceptors and Medical Director
  9. discharge all financial obligations to the EMS Education Program and Collin College (College)
  10. not be under investigation or subject to disciplinary action for violation of EMS Education Program or College rules, regulations or policies
  11. return any books, equipment and other materials borrowed from the Department of EMS or College, and
  12. complete and submit an Application for Certificate of Completion to the Office of Admissions and Records.

   Note: All Paramedic program entrance and graduation requirements are subject to change.

Instructions

Please see the following important information that is located on the EMS home page and review, www.collin.edu/ems:

Paramedic Class Schedule
Paramedic Application Requirements
Paramedic Clinical/Internship Requirements
Paramedic Course List & Textbook
Paramedic Course Estimated Cost
Collin College Tuition and Payment Information
Paramedic Functional Position Description
Paramedic Uniform & Supplies

 

 

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