The first semester of the paramedic program prepares the EMT or AEMT for a successful transition to paramedic-level practice through introduction and repetition of all paramedic-level skills. The student expands upon prior knowledge to develop paramedic-level foundational concepts including human anatomy and physiology; patient assessment; paramedic airway management; an introduction to pharmacology and medication administration; EMS service operations; and an introduction to cardiology. Interactive lab-based instruction confirms the students Basic Life Support skills including splinting and bandaging, tourniquet use, CPR, AED, and oxygen therapy. The student learns paramedic-level medical and trauma assessments using simulation and scenario-based activities. All paramedic-level skills are introduced: intravenous and intraosseous access; airway management including CPAP, supraglottic airways, endotracheal intubation, cricothyrotomy, chest decompression; pacing; defibrillation; cardioversion; and application of the cardiac monitor and 12-lead EKG acquisition. The first semester field experience transitions the student from the role of helper/BLS provider to team leader while the student rides for a minimum of 36 hours with a paramedic preceptor. A Vermont Tech paramedic uniform is required.
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
8 hours of online lecture, 8 hours of lab per week