2012-2013 Catalog ARCHIVED CATALOG: Content may no longer be accurate.
Department of Emergency Care and Rescue (EMT and Paramedic)
Department Chair: Jeffrey Grunow, MSN, NREMT-P
Location: Marriott Allied Health Building, Room 409
Telephone Contact: Robbyn Dunn 801-626-6521
Associate Professor: Jeff Grunow, MSN, NREMT-P; Medical Advisor: Jon Apfelbaum, M.D.
A paramedic is a person who renders advanced life support to persons at the site of an illness or injury or en route to a hospital facility. They function under the direct supervision of an Emergency Physician or Registered Nurse and are certified for such functioning by state Emergency Medical Services agency.
The institutional certificate and two-year applied science degree program in Paramedic Studies are based on a curriculum designed to provide an academic background in science, health related fields, and communication using critical thinking and assessment based management. The program prerequisites provide the general requirements and foundation that prepares the student to meet the demands of the paramedic classes.
Satisfactory completion of the prerequisite requirements are required prior to starting the paramedic sequence and include:
- a “C” or better in ENGL 1010 , MATH 0990 , Anatomy and Physiology classes, and Medical Terminology; and
- an overall GPA of 2.7 or above; and
- Current EMT-Basic Certification; and
- a score of 75% or better on the departmental EMT assessment exam on no more than two attempts
The longstanding Utah Bureau of EMS policy requiring one year of EMS experience or EMT-Intermediate has been relaxed. Eligible students may wish to consider PAR 1005 and PAR 1006 to gain EMS field experience prior to entering the paramedic program.
This program may require more than two years for completion depending upon the timing it takes for an individual to complete the prerequisite requirements.
Weber State contracts with authorized clinical and field agencies to precept students for EMT and paramedic certification. Background criminal investigation and drug testing of students is required.
Acceptance to the paramedic program does not assure eligibility for a state or National Registry certification. Utah or a related state Office of EMS makes final decisions on the issuance of professional licensor or certification.
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