Jul 16, 2019  
2018-2019 General Catalog 
2018-2019 General Catalog

Paramedic, Certificate of Technical Studies

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Paramedics perform advanced medical assessment, stabilization, and treatment of patients in emergency situations on scene and during patient transport to a hospital.

The Bossier Parish Community College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Profession (CoAEMSP).


To prepare competent entry-level paramedics in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domain, who meet state and national expectations within the profession.

Learning Outcomes:

Recipients of the Paramedic degree will be able to demonstrate:

  1. professional behavior consistent with the BPCC Paramedic Program Code of Conduct.
  2. the ability to acquire and analyze information to answer clinical questions and provide appropriate treatment to patients. 
  3. the knowledge, skill and ability to manage patients in the out of hospital environment.
  4. the ability to lead the EMS team in out of hospital patient care.
  5. the ability to communicate with patients, family members, other first responders, law enforcement and hospital personnel using verbal, written and electronic methods.

This program includes a required clinical component. Persons interested in pursuing this degree should be aware of all information concerning clinical programs described on the Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health  page.

Specific Requirements:

Selection for the program is based on grade point average for qualification courses and submission of a complete program application by the established deadline. Students applying for paramedic program courses must submit all required information for programs with a clinical component (described earlier in this section), pass a drug/alcohol screen, undergo a comprehensive background check, pay a clinical fee, and meet all additional Bureau of EMS and clinical site requirements.

Prior to beginning program classes, students must test out of READ 099  , ENGL 099   and MATH 097  as documented by ACT, placement tests, or course completion, and students must hold a current State of Louisiana EMT or AEMT License.

BPCC must have received official copies of all transcripts from all colleges attended, prior to being considered for admission to the paramedic program.

Paramedic program classes may be offered as either a day and evening program. Paramedic training is intense involving over 1,000 hours of didactic, laboratory, clinical, and field training.

Upon successful completion of the Paramedic program courses, a student is eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians- Paramedic exam and apply for State licensure.

Gainful Employment:

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. The information provided here is the best available to us but represents one year’s data only, however, we hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices. (www.bpcc.edu/academics/gainfulemployment)

Required Courses for the Certificate of Technical Studies in Paramedic:

Qualification Courses: 6 Hours

Program Courses: 43 Hours

Total Credit Hours for Certificate of Technical Studies in Paramedic: 43 Hours

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