Paramedics provide advanced emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients in an out-of-hospital setting. Paramedics function under medical control and perform interventions with equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Paramedic program is a postsecondary program drawing its students from individuals already possessing a valid Mississippi EMT state certification and having completed Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II with a "C" or above. Each student must be 18 years or older and possess a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma (GED®, HiSET®, TASC™, or Mississippi Competency-Based High School Equivalency). This training program is sanctioned by the Mississippi State Board of Health-Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and exceeds the National EMS Educational Standards established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Classroom instruction is comprehensive including a working knowledge of all anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiological processes as well as competency-based instruction in assessment and management skills required for treatment of life-threatening problems in the adult, pediatric, and geriatric patient. Clinical practicum requires participation in care of patients in a hospital emergency department that provides medical control to ALS providers in the field and, according to availability, CCU, ICU, labor and delivery suite, operating room, psychiatric ward, pediatric ward and geriatric ward. Field practicum is done with an ambulance service and/or rescue service providing advanced life support services to the community.
Students may apply to take the National Registry's Exam for Paramedic after completing all courses required for the technical certificate. Students may apply for the Associate of Applied Science degree after completing all courses listed in the AAS degree program.
The Hinds Community College EMT-Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (www.coaemsp.org).
Contact information for CAAHEP:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
9355 - 113th St. N, #7709
Seminole, FL 33775
Contact information for CoAEMSP:
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Pkwy
Rowlett, TX 75088
Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center (1st Year) - 601.376.4810