People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of Emergency Medical Technicians and paramedics. CSM’s Emergency Medical Services Associate of Applied Science degree program prepares graduates to provide this critical emergency pre-hospital medical care to those who have sustained potentially life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Those who enter the field can expect the employment of EMTs and paramedics to grow by 33 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations (U.S. Department of Labor).
Completion of CSM’s program qualifies graduates to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic (NREMT-P) examinations. Instruction includes classroom, laboratory and clinical training in a variety of pre-hospital and hospital settings. This program follows the National Education Guidelines developed by the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Graduates are employed in settings associated with emergent patient care such as hospitals, emergency and urgent care centers, fire and rescue squads, ambulance services and agencies, and similar organizations. A major objective of CSM’s practicum experience is to apply classroom theory to the work environment.
The College of Southern Maryland EMS program is approved by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (653 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201, 800-762-7157).
The College of Southern Maryland is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 727-210-2350, www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
This program has been designated as a Health Manpower Shortage program.
Requirements: Students are required to provide proof of immunization status, a completed health form, criminal background check, and other information at the student's expense. Students must also provide proof of current health insurance and a negative drug screen at their own cost. Students must hold current EMT-B certification for entry into this program. This may be a competitive admissions program determined by student-to-instructor ratios and clinical space available. A grade of C or better is required in EMS courses.
Learning is a continuing process facilitated by the faculty with active engagement by the student. We believe that the student needs a good basic knowledge of science, which serves as the cornerstone on which we build the fundamentals, and intricacies of practice of emergency medical skills and services. It is our responsibility to provide an environment that encourages scholarship and community participation.
As a part of the educational process, the faculty feels that we should be role models in the areas of the discipline. We feel that faculty/student relationships are important and can be influential in a positive outcome for the student. The faculty views the educational process as a collaborative effort with each student contributing unique experiences and a varied background. However, the final responsibility for learning rests with the student.
The faculty supports the provision of opportunities for educational mobility to facilitate progression within emergency medical services. We feel that it is our responsibility to provide learning experiences that will supplement previous educational experiences in health as well as encourage further education.
With the rapid changes occurring in health care we believe that it is our responsibility to prepare our graduates to work in a plethora of health care settings, but especially in Emergency Medical Services. As faculty, we need to provide current information and keep apprised of changes in health care.
EMS Certificate Program:
The Emergency Medical Services: Paramedic certificate program (38 credits) prepares students to provide emergency pre-hospital medical care to those who have sustained potentially life- threatening illnesses and injuries. Completion of the paramedic program qualifies graduates to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician--Paramedic (NREMT-P) examinations as well as comparable state examinations.
EMS Associate in Applied Science Program:
The Emergency Medical Services: Associate in Applied Science degree (60 credits) prepares students for a career in providing emergency pre-hospital medical care to those who have sustained potentially life- threatening illnesses and injuries. Completion of the program qualifies graduates to be better prepared for career opportunities, promotions and becoming more proficient in their professional careers. The Associate Degree prepares students in the fundamentals of furthering their education in Emergency Services and Public Safety.
Students who are interested in entering the college’s clinical Emergency Medical Services (EMS) programs must submit a petition to enter the program. The petition is available here.