Apr 15, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Paramedic, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science | PMD.AAS | Career Program
CIP Code: 51.0904
Visit Center for Health Studies, Room 1402 or call 301-546-0733 for your faculty advisor

Program Description

The paramedic is a professional provider of emergency care to acutely ill or injured patients. The Paramedic Program provides students with the skills, knowledge, and clinical experience required to provide safe and effective pre-hospital care. Students may elect to take courses leading to completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree or certificate options. The program integrates classroom, laboratory, and applied clinical practice following the national standard curriculum of the Department of Transportation. The program collaborates with local fire departments and nationally recognized hospitals and emergency departments for medical, trauma, and specialty rotations. The program is approved by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Service Systems, The Emergency Medical Services Board, and nationally by the Committee on Accreditation (CoAEMSP) through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination.

Must have a current EMT license and a minimum of one year experience as a licensed EMT.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Paramedic A.A.S. will be able to:

  • Evaluate the clinical information of patients who are ill or injured
  • Provide medical care to patients in an out-of-the-hospital setting
  • Operate and troubleshoot medical equipment
  • Communicate effectively with patients, physicians, and other health care providers
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to work as part of the medical team
  • Demonstrate skills consistent with professional practice of the current Paramedic National Education Standards
  • Apply the principles of the social sciences in the treatment of ill or injured patients

General Education Courses

The list of general education courses appears in the General Education List . Some programs recommend or require specific courses to fulfill general education requirements. Please check your program’s sequence of study for this information.

Sequence of Study - Paramedic A.A.S.

Below are the required courses for your program arranged in a suggested sequence. Please note that the sequence does not include developmental coursework. See Academic Preparation  for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.

Required Courses (in expected order)

Program Total: 61 Credits

Check BIO-2050  for eligibility requirements.


Credit earned at any public institution in the state shall be transferable to any other institution if the:

  • Credit is from a college or university parallel course or program;
  • Grades in the block of courses transferred average 2.00 or higher; and
  • Acceptance of the credit is consistent with the policies of the receiving institution governing students following the same program. Refer to ARTSYS at artweb.usmd.edu and the receiving institution’s catalog to select transferable courses.

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