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The two calendar year paramedic technology associate degree is designed to prepare persons to provide immediate primary emergency care to people in health crises.
The graduate will be able to provide basic, advanced and pediatric life support under the direction of a physician. Extensive didactic instruction skill, practicum and internship experiences will be completed to provide the student with the foundational knowledge and skills to successfully attain national registry of Emergency Medical Technicians-Paramedic certification. The primary goal of the program will be to produce competent, entry level paramedics to serve in career and volunteer positions.
As the Casper College Paramedic Technology Program continues to grow, for the 15/16 application cycle, we will be adding an online cohort to our class. The online cohort will be limited to 4 students. The online students will be required to attend class online in addition to traveling to Casper every 4-6 weeks to participate in lab sessions in addition to the travel, the successful student will need to have access to dependable internet service and a quality computer (laptop or desktop) capable of streaming live video and audio. If you are interested in online participation, please complete the appropriate information on the application sheet. Note that preference will be given to students who are not located in the Casper area.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Paramedic Technology program?
The Paramedic Technology program is a health science curriculum that prepares students in the field of pre-hospital care and transport of patients.
What is the difference between an "EMT" and a "Paramedic"?
The state of Wyoming has set standard for three levels of Emergency Medical Technicians.
All pre-hospital emergency life support providers that transport patients on an ambulance start at the Basic level. An EMT-Basic course is approximately 160 hours in Wyoming. At this level, the EMT is trained to provide the initial and ongoing assessment and treatment for a patient who is ill or injured at the basic level. Wyoming EMT-Basics are well trained in basic life support, as well as caring for the trauma or medical patient. They can also assist a patient with specified medications that are prescribed for the patient, such as breathing inhaler or nitroglycerin. Wyoming EMT-Basics cannot provide invasive treatments such as IV access or advanced airway management.
The next level of EMT is the EMT-Intermediate. In Wyoming, the length of the course is dependent on the intermediate modules taken. These include IV Access, Advanced Airway Management, Medication Administration for Medical Emergencies, Medication Administration for Cardiac Emergencies and ECG Interpretation and Manual Defibrillation. In addition to the classroom time, Intermediate students are also required to spend time in the Emergency Room, initiating IV access and honing assessment skill.
The highest level of EMT, recognized in all 50 states, is Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic. The classroom time and clinical time required to become a Paramedic is a minimum of 1,200 hours. Classroom time is much more in depth with an increased focus on the pathophysiology of various disease processes, pharmacology and medication administration, traumatic injury, medical emergencies, and the critical thinking involved in caring for the ill or injured person. Clinical and file internship time allows the student increased exposure to a variety of emergencies and the ability to solidify all that has been learned in the classroom and lab under the guidance of an experienced preceptor.
To put things in perspective, it has been said that in the first ten minutes of a cardiac arrest, there is little difference between what a doctor can do and what an EMT-Paramedic can do. EMT Paramedics are trained in the use of numerous emergency procedures that other levels of EMT are not. In addition, EMT-Paramedics are trained in the administration of many medications that lower levels of technician are not authorized to administer.
What do graduates of the program do?
Graduates of the program work at fire departments, private EMS companies, dispatch centers, hospitals, or volunteer with an EMS or fire service. Opportunity also exists in the industrial setting. Also, instructors in the Casper College Paramedic Technology Program continue to work in the profession so they can keep up with the ever changing field.
What kind of salary can graduates expect?
Certified paramedics in Wyoming can expect to earn $25,000 to $35,000 a year. Paramedics in the nation's larger cities make up to $48,000.
How long does it take to complete the Paramedic Technology program?
As with most health science degree programs, paramedic technology clinical and field experiences add months to the process of learning as associate's degree, which is sometimes thought of as a "two year degree." The Associate of Science degree in paramedic technology usually takes between two-and-a -half to three years.
How many students are accepted into the program?
12 students will be accepted.
What are the prerequisites to the Paramedic Technology program?
EMT 1500 Emergency Medical Technician OR EMT-Basic with minimum of 1-year experience
ENGL 1010 English I: Composition
HLTK 1200 Medical Terminology
ZOO 2040/2041 Human Anatomy with lab
ZOO 2110 Human Physiology
Paramedic Program Director
Russ J. Christiansen