Associate in Applied Science

What You Will Learn

woman with stethoscope leaning over a manThe program will teach the fundamental skills needed to be an excellent paramedic clinician. The paramedic profession is built around interaction with people, meaning the program will utilize information to enhance human interaction as it applies to the prehospital environment. This program seeks to provide opportunities for students to develop an appreciation of patient diversity with the goal of developing treatment plans to meet the needs of the individual patient interaction.

Maintaining professionalism is essential for our growth as a profession. 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.

The program curriculum follows the National EMS Education Standards and Scope of Practice. It is structured so that content and skill development is progressive and provides maximum opportunity for students to synthesize and apply information in order to function at increasingly higher cognitive, affective, and psychomotor levels. The curriculum is centered on the acquisition of current concepts in emergency medical care based on evidence-based practices. Curriculum changes reflect the ongoing evaluation process as well as changes in educational, technological, and healthcare practice. It requires a student’s commitment to applying material through active learning for acquisition of cognitive, affective, and psychomotor competencies.

Why Study Paramedic Science at CCM?

Paramedics Rushing Emergency Patient Into Hospital Along CorridorThe Paramedic Science Program prepares students 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.

Accreditation

The County College of Morris Paramedic Science Program has been 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

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.

Where You Can Go

Graduates receive an Associate in Applied Science and 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.

Median salary as of 2020 is $43,683 with a typical range between $39,224 and $49,780.

Contact Info

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

Ivette Wright
Administrative Assistant
School of Health Professions and Natural Sciences
973-328-5340
iwright@ccm.edu