The Paramedic Health Science A.A.S. Degree program can be completed in 24 months. Although general education courses can be taken outside this time frame, students must follow the sequence for core Paramedic courses as described below. Student completion time-frame is based on success in the paramedic courses and availability to complete the required clinical hours. ALL general education courses MUST be completed prior to entering the paramedic field internship.
Paramedic Course Prerequisite Requirements
The following courses are mandatory prerequisites to Paramedic Science I (PAR 120):
- Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 101)
- English Composition I (ENG 111)
- College Algebra or Statistics (MAT 110 or MAT 124)
- General Psychology (PSY 113)
Note: Anatomy & Physiology II is a mandatory co-requisite for Paramedic Science I (PAR 120), meaning students must take the courses concurrently if the requirement has not already been completed.
Anatomy & Physiology courses must be completed within the last 7 years.
Students are encouraged to speak to an Academic Advisor regarding general education transfer credits or check www.njtransfer.org for course equivalencies. Only course work completed from an accredited institution is eligible for transfer. All coursework must have an achieved grade of â€śCâ€ť or better. Science courses must have been completed within the last seven (7) years to be eligible for transfer.
No paramedic courses are eligible for transfer. Certified paramedics who wish to complete their A.A.S. degree should review the advanced placement sequence under Program Admissions: Â Advanced Placement
The program maintains a strict attendance policy. Didactic courses will meet Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday each week. During the clinical and field internships, the program requires a minimum of 20 hours per week in the clinical/field site, plus study and travel time.
The program requires a time commitment of assigned scheduled class meetings plus a minimum of 15 hours of studying per week, and travel time. Attendance at class and studying outside of class are imperative for successful completion of this program. Studying time may vary between students and material being taught. This program requires an independent student who has effective time management skills and maintains motivation for the next 24 months.