Back to Section Home

Academic Programs

BC Home > Curriculum > Academic Programs > EMT-Paramedic

Click on any course to see description.

Butte College 2016-2017 Catalog. Program details:

EMT-Paramedic

Career/Technical
AS Degree in EMT - Paramedic
Certificate of Achievement in Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic
Certificate in Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
Certificate in Emergency Medical Technician

EMT-Paramedic Program
www.butte.edu/departments/careertech/healthoccupations/
Mike Smith, Chair (530) 895-2321
Department Office: AHPS 215 (530) 893-7533
Counseling and Advising: (530) 895-2378

About the Program
The Paramedic program is designed to prepare the student to become a licensed paramedic in the State of California. It meets all California requirements. The program is also accredited by the Committee on Accreditation for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP). Licensure examinations may be taken upon completion of the two-semester program.

To be successful in this program, the student must be able to work with a wide variety of people, have a good knowledge of anatomy and physiology, have good math and English skills, be able to adapt to new situations, and be in good physical condition. It is also recommended that the student have experience as an Emergency Medical Technician, a medical corpsman, or have a background in other emergency medical services. Students who are still in high school and are considering a career as a paramedic should take courses in mathematics, anatomy, physiology, and first aid.

Career Opportunities
Working under the supervision of physicians and nurses, students who successfully complete the program will be able to evaluate and treat a wide variety of medical and trauma emergencies in the pre-hospital setting. They will be able to administer medications, start intravenous lines, interpret EKG rhythm strips, defibrillate patients in cardiac arrest, and administer many other advanced life support procedures.

Employment opportunities for licensed paramedics are
available within the State of California. These opportunities are expected to continue in the foreseeable future.


Gainful Employment Information
Certificate of Achievement in EMT-Paramedic:
www.butte.edu/curriculum/gainful-employment/0134300CA.html

Admission to the Program
Requires special application for admission. Prerequisites must be completed at a Regionally Accredited institution of higher education or COAEMSP. Requirements include: High school graduate or equivalent, Current National Registry (NREMT) certification or EMT II certificate, Current Basic Cardiac Life Support Healthcare Provider certificate from the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross or equivalent (no online CPR), BIOL 20 Human Anatomy (no online labs), BIOL 21 Human Physiology (no online labs), (BIOL 10 Survey of Human Systems may be taken in lieu of BIOL 20 and BIOL 21) and Butte College assessment levels (English Level IV, Reading Level IV, Math Level IV).

Students who successfully complete a Certificate of Achievement from Butte College. May then take the National Registry examination. Nationally Registered Paramedics (NRParamedic) may then apply to their state of residence for paramedic licensure.

To obtain an Associate's degree, students must complete both the major requirements and the graduation requirements listed at the beginning of the Career and Technical Education Programs section of that catalog.

Note that some courses have a prerequisite (P), corequisite (C), or both (P/C). Prerequisites and corequisites are listed within each course description in that catalog.


AS Degree in EMT - Paramedic 60 Units Minimum

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate in the pre-hospital setting the ability to comprehend, apply, analyze and evaluate information relevant to their role as an entry level EMT-P.
  • Demonstrate in the pre-hospital setting technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of an entry level EMT-P.
  • Demonstrate in the pre-hospital setting personal behavior consistent with professional and employer expectations of an entry level EMT-P.
Required courses for the major: 36 Units

EMS 170 Paramedic-Theory Has prerequisite(s)21


Certificate of Achievement in Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic 36 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate in the pre-hospital setting the ability to comprehend, apply, analyze and evaluate information relevant to their role as an entry level EMT-P.
  • Demonstrate in the pre-hospital setting technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of an entry level EMT-P.
  • Demonstrate in the pre-hospital setting personal behavior consistent with professional and employer expectations of an entry level EMT-P.
Required courses for the certificate:
EMS 170 Paramedic-Theory Has prerequisite(s)21


Certificate in Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) 4 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply and evaluate information relevant to their role as an entry level EMR.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of an entry level EMR.
  • Demonstrate personal behavior consistent with professional and employer expectations of an entry level EMR.
Required courses for the certificate:


Certificate in Emergency Medical Technician 7 Units

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, analyze, and evaluate information relevant to their role as an entry level EMT.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of an entry level EMT.
  • Demonstrate personal behavior consistent with professional and employer expectations for the entry level EMT.
Required courses for the certificate:

Butte College | 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville CA 95965 | General Information (530) 895-2511

Back to Top