Associate in Applied Science

What You Will Learn

woman with stethoscope leaning over a man

The Paramedic Science Program at CCM teaches the fundamental skills needed to be an excellent paramedic clinician. The paramedic profession is built around interaction with people utilizing information to enhance human interaction as it applies to the prehospital environment. This program seeks to provide opportunities for students to to appreciate patient diversity with the goal of developing treatment plans to meet the needs of the individual patient interaction.

Maintaining professionalism is essential for growth in this field. Professional providers are set apart from others by virtue of dignity, worthiness, and level of responsibility. Peers look to professional providers for leadership and expect more than an ordinary demonstration of good human relations. This program will require professional demeanor from all participants.

Accreditation

The CCM Paramedic Science Program was issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT’s Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8445
Fax: 214-703-8992
www.coaemsp.org

Why Study Paramedic Science at CCM?

Paramedics Rushing Emergency Patient Into Hospital Along Corridor

The Paramedic Science Program prepares students to earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree to enter the paramedic profession as entry-level clinicians. A strong foundation in liberal arts and sciences provides the required fundamental knowledge and necessary communication skills. An evidence-based curriculum is reviewed and revised annually by experts and overseen by the program’s Advisory Committee. In order to provide a realistic, hands-on, and safe learning environment, high-fidelity simulators are used in skills laboratory prior to entering clinical and field rotations. The Paramedic Science Program at CCM operates as a consortium model making hospital clinical sponsorship unnecessary.

Program graduates will be eligible for National Registry paramedic licensure and New Jersey Paramedic Certification.

Program Goals

To prepare competent entry-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains, with or without exit points at the Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate, and/or Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, and/or First Responder levels.

Contribute to the workforce needs of the community by enhancing the delivery of health care in the out-of-hospital setting by providing competent entry level paramedics.

Career Opportunities

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities, and other services and responsibilities.

Employment of EMTs and paramedics is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. About 20,700 openings for EMTs and paramedics are projected each year, on average, over the decade.

The average salary for a paramedic with an AAS degree is $47,783, according to Payscale, with a range of $34-68K.

  • Administrative
  • Air Medical
  • Armed Forces
  • Community Paramedic
  • Critical Care

Program Structure

There are two phases to the Paramedic Science Program at CCM. The Paramedic Science Program is a competitive based admissions program. A separate application is required for acceptance into the Professional Phase (didactic & clinical courses). Acceptance is based on grades achieved in the pre-professional phase.

Pre-Professional Phase:

  • Typically completed in one semester.
  • Acceptance into CCM as Paramedic Science major in addition to the following requirements: attainment of the age of 18 by the first day of PAR 120; possession of a high school diploma or equivalent; possession of NJ EMT certification and CPR certifications; physical capability to perform all required skills and tasks of a paramedic as cited in the program’s curriculum.

 

Professional Phase:

  • Admission by separate program professional phase application.
  • Acceptance determined through a selective admissions process.

 

  • Paramedic core courses are completed sequentially in five semesters (two summer semesters).

An advanced placement sequence is available for currently certified New Jersey Paramedics seeking to complete their AAS degree.

EMT Certification Information

Prospective students seeking initial EMT and BLS Healthcare Provider certifications should contact Atlantic Training Center for course information: https://www.atlanticambulance.org/atlantic_training_center.html.

Prospective students holding out-of-state EMT certifications should contact the New Jersey Department of Health Office of Emergency Medical Services to obtain reciprocity information: http://www.state.nj.us/health/ems/.

Program Outcomes

2021 Cohort 2022 Cohort
National Registry First Attempt Pass Rate Eligible Fall 2022 Eligible Fall 2023
Program Retention 70% 84%
Graduate Positive Job Placement Eligible Fall 2022 Eligible Fall 2023
No graduates during the 2020 reporting year

Where You Can Go

CCM graduates who earn an AAS degree are eligible for National Registry paramedic licensure and New Jersey Paramedic Certification. In NJ, paramedics are employed by health care systems with a licensed MICU.

Note: You must see a faculty advisor to plan your sequence of courses. For the most up-to-date listing of courses, see the Curriculum Checklist for this program on the CCM website at www.ccm.edu/checksheets.

CCM’s Paramedic Science Program utilizes a selective admissions process for the Professional Phase of the program. EMT certification required prior to professional phase admission. Selected students are conditionally accepted pending drug screening, health clearance, and a criminal background clearance. Students must also provide a current driver’s abstract upon conditional acceptance.

The CCM Paramedic Science Program does not utilize hospital sponsorship. All clinical and field training will be provided through hospital affiliates. Travel, as the student’s expense, is required to affiliate sites.

Contact Info

Andrea Murray, MS, NRP
Paramedic Program Director
973-328-2485
amurray@ccm.edu

Nicole Williams
Division Administrative Assistant
School of Health Professions and Natural Sciences
973-328-5340
nwilliams@ccm.edu