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This course is designed to instruct a student already certified at the EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate level to become a Paramedic.
After successful completion of the program, the student will be capable of performing the functions proscribed by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic curriculum as well as the additional requirements of the State of New Mexico EMT-P curriculum.
The EMS Academy EMT-Paramedic training program began in 1974. The program consists of approximately 1680 hours of lecture, lab, clinical and internship. The course is completed as a traditional 12-month curriculum, with the program beginning in August of each year and ending in August of the following year.
Students will receive didactic and lab instruction in intravenous fluid therapy, immunizations, pharmacology, airway management, Intra Osseous/IM/subcutaneous medication administration, I.V. medication administration, nebulization therapy, patient assessment skills, and other treatment modalities utilized by EMT-Paramedics.
Following the successful completion of the didactic and laboratory aspects of the class, the student will complete clinical rotations and a field internship. This offers students the opportunity to apply their skills in both a clinical and field setting. The EMS Academy has clinical arrangements with many of the major hospitals and EMS services in New Mexico.
Graduates of the course are awarded a certificate upon completion, and are eligible to sit for the National Registry Paramedic licensing exam.
Admission to courses held at the EMS Academy is based on several factors. Some of them are: the applicant’s performance on a pre-test, GPA, successful completion of all pre-requisite course work, letters of recommendation, an interview, and a short writing sample. A faculty admissions committee meets to select applicants. The application process is very competitive and begins in December of each year. The applications are due March 1st of each year for the upcoming fall program.
Applicants to the Paramedic Program at the EMS Academy must hold a New Mexico EMT-Basic or Intermediate license, and a current CPR card. Applicants from out of state must be registered EMT-Basics in their home states, and must be in the process of transferring certification to New Mexico.
The applications can be found each December on the EMS Academy’s home page. All accepted students will need to take the course for college credit, even if they do not intend to complete the Bachelor of Science Degree offered at the EMS Academy. All paramedic program accepted students will also need to be accepted to UNM, declare EMS as their major, pay normal tuition rate to UNM main campus for the courses, and enroll in the courses through main campus. Upon completion of the Paramedic program students can decide whether to complete a BS in EMS degree or discontinue taking courses at the University.
Pre-Requisites: Beginning Fall 2013, all applicants need to have completed the equivalent of: Math 121, College Algebra; English 101, Composition I: Exposition; English 102, Composition II: Analysis and Argument; Biology 123 & 124L, Biology for Health Related Sciences, with Lab; Chemistry 121 & 123L, General Chemistry I, with Lab; Biology 237 & 247L, Anatomy & Physiology I for the Health Sciences, with Lab; Biology 238 & 248L, Anatomy & Physiology II for the Health Sciences, with Lab; Statistics 145, Introduction to Statistics; and EMS 120, Introduction to EMS. EMS 398, Medical Math (taught each fall and spring semester only at EMSA, registration completed through UNM main campus) is a highly recommended class, but not required.
The UNM School of Medicine EMS Academy 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).
CAAHEP CONTACT INFORMATION
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
COAEMSP CONTACT INFORMATION
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX (214) 703-8992