Paramedic Training

Paramedic Program Description

The Paramedic program offered by Emergency Training Academy (ETA) is based on the curriculum set forth by the United States Department of Transportation. This 1100-hour paramedic program employs three methods of teaching: Cognitive, Affective, and Psychomotor. The student must successfully pass each phase of the Paramedic program, which covers, didactic, hands-on training, hospital rotations, and field internship that is addressed in the student handbook.

The ETA 1100-clock hour paramedic course is structured using the National EMS Education Standards and the standards set forth by the Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. Its purpose is to prepare students to be the initial EMS responder in a pre-hospital setting of a medical, trauma or catastrophic incident. Students will be instructed, trained and evaluated on the following: to initiate initial scene assessment, triage and safety, patient care, advance airway adjuncts, respiratory intervention, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, control bleeding, wound care, stabilization of spinal injuries, splinting of fractures, assist with normal childbirth, administer medications, use of the statewide EMS communication system. The paramedic student is expected at course completion to demonstrate in an efficient and effective manner his/her ability to initiate advance care for medical and traumatic emergencies by performing the following; surgical cricothyrotomy, intravenous therapy, cardioversion, defibrillation and endotracheal intubation. In addition, the paramedic student will be prepared for different aspects of being a paramedic involving hospital and aero-medical atmospheres.

Paramedic Program Objectives

Student is expected to exhibit comprehension and demonstrate command of clinical information regarding his/her role as a Paramedic (evaluated by comprehensive course exams, state exam and by employer’s survey).

Student is expected to exhibit comprehension and demonstrate understanding of all technical ability in all skills necessary to perform the role of entry level Paramedic (evaluated by final written and practical exam(s), hospital and field externship evaluation(s)).

Student is expected to demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectation for the Paramedic (evaluated by graduate and employer survey).
Prepare the Paramedic graduate to successfully complete the state exam and provide support by assisting student with tutoring after course completion.

To assist the Paramedic graduate in recognition of his/her need for continuing education and facilitate student needs by offering additional courses for the student after course completion.

Paramedic Course Structure

PMD-100 – Paramedic Lecture: 210 Clock Hours
  • Preparatory (Includes 4 hour Florida AIDS/HIV Education)
  • Bloodborne pathogens
  • Scene Size-up
  • Patient assessment
  • Airway
  • Respiratory problems
  • Cardiology emergencies
  • Medical emergencies
  • Pediatric emergencies
  • Trauma emergencies
  • Ambulance operations
  • General Paramedic responsibilities
PMD-100L – Paramedic Lab: 90 Clock Hours
PMD-101 – Paramedic Lecture: 210 Clock Hours
  • Psychomotor evaluation
  • Patient assessment
  • Advance airway adjuncts
  • Bandaging
  • Spinal immobilization
  • Stair chair
  • Scoop stretcher
  • Lifting patients
  • Glucometer operation
  • Obtaining Vital signs
  • EKG set-up
  • KED
  • Traction splint
  • Air splint
  • Administering medications
  • Intravenous Access
  • Surgical cricothyrotomy
  • Medical scenarios
  • Trauma scenarios
PMD-101L – Paramedic Lab: 90 Clock Hours

PMD102 Clinical Rotation Hours – 200 Clock Hours
Students will complete supervised hospital externship rotation(s) with a ETA instructor in a hospital emergency department. This portion of the course is designed to familiarize the student with the role a paramedic assumes in a hospital emergency department. The emergency department rotation allows the student to perform skills learned in the classroom on actual patients. These skills include but are not limited to:

  • Patient assessment
  • Obtaining vital signs
  • Bandaging
  • Assisting doctors and nurses
  • Overall Patient care
  • Intravenous Access
  • Phlebotomy
  • Concept of team-work

PMD103 Field Rotation Hours – 180 Clock Hours
Students are to complete supervised externships assigned at local Fire-rescue departments and ambulance service providers. This course is designed to introduce and establish awareness regarding the role a Paramedic assumes in a field setting. The rescue/ambulance rotation allows the student to perform skills learned in the classroom setting on actual patients. These skills include but are not limited to;

  • Patient care
  • Obtaining vital signs
  • Immobilization
  • Intravenous Access
  • Endotracheal Intubation
  • Surgical Cricothyrotomy
  • Intraosseous (IO)
  • Working in an uncontrolled environment
  • Proper documentation
  • Concept of team-work

PMD103E Field Rotation (Capstone) – 180 Clock Hours

Total Paramedic Training Program Hours

Course Code Course Title Contact Hours Semester Credits
PMD100 & PMD101 Paramedic Lecture 420 28
PMD100L & PMD101L Paramedic Laboratory 150 5
PMD102, 103, & 103E Paramedic Externship 560 12
Total 1100 45