Paramedic

Upon successful completion of NUR 120, students will be awarded 13 hours of non-traditional credit.

Admission Criteria

1. Unconditional admission to the college (Application must be updated if student did not attend BSCC the previous semester.)

2. Original transcripts from all colleges attended must be in the Office of Student Services by the nursing application deadline. Unlike routine college admission, the nursing department does not allow one semester to receive transcripts. Transcripts must be sent by the institution directly to the BSCC Central Records Office.

3. Official documentation of military transcript will be reviewed by the admission committee.

4. A complete nursing application must be submitted online via the BSCC college Website.

5. A minimum of 18 ACT composite score (writing component not required), National or Residual, is required and ACT results must be attached to this application. There is no expiration date on ACT for this nursing application.

6. A minimum of 2.5 GPA is required on a 4.0 scale based on the nursing required academic core courses. The core college courses are English Composition 1, Intermediate College Algebra, Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology II, Microbiology, Human Growth & Development, Speech.

7. Good standing with the College.

8. Meet and maintain essential functions for nursing.

9. Name of application is current legal name and matches copy of photo ID and name in BSCC system.

10. Possess current CPR certification; American Heart Association (AHA) at the health care provider level.

11. Admission to the Nursing program is competitive and the number of students admitted is limited by the number of faculty and clinical facilities available. Meeting minimal requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

12. Applicants will be notified in writing of admission decisions.

13. Upon conditional admission to the Nursing program, a clear background check will be required before enrollment in the Nursing program will be completed.

14. Upon admission, applicants must provide proof of three Hepatitis vaccinations or proof of starting the three Hepatitis vaccinations series, MMR vaccination IgG or positive titer, Mumps vaccination IgG or positive titer, Rubella vaccination IgG or positive titer, Varicella vaccination IgG or positive titer, current tetanus (Tdap) vaccination or positive titer, and proof of current TB testing (within six months) status. Flu vaccines will be required.

15. Upon conditional admission, applicant must provide verification of health insurance coverage, as well as, maintain their health insurance coverage throughout the nursing curriculum.

16. Upon admission, applicant must provide physical exam completed by a primary health care provider, physician, certified nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant.

 

Nursing Program Policies

1. Adhere to the Bevill State Conduct Code and the Code of Ethics for Professional Nurses. Nursing faculty reserves the right at any time to require the dismissal of any student whose conduct or clinical performance is regarded as unsatisfactory. In such situations, an "F” will be entered on the student’s transcript. Students receiving an "F" for this reason will not be eligible for readmission into any Health Science program. 7. The nursing faculty reserves the right to withdraw any student from the program if a clinical agency refuses to allow that student clinical experiences.

2. Function within the scope of practice as defined by the current Alabama Board of Nursing Nurse Practice Act.

3. Adhere to Nursing Program Policies.

Licensure Information

It is imperative that nursing students meet the legal, moral, and legislative standards which are utilized to determine acceptable behavior for the nurse (PN). Each prospective nursing student should be aware of the Alabama Board of Nursing’s regulations regarding the review of applicants for eligibility for initial and continuing licensure. 1. According to the Nurse Practice Act. Licenses §34-21-25(b)(1) The board may also deny, revoke, or suspend any license issued by it or otherwise discipline a licensee upon proof of any of the following regarding the licensee:

a. Is guilty of fraud or deceit in process or attempting to procure a license.

b. Has been convicted of a felony.

c. Is guilty of a crime involving moral turpitude or of gross immorality that would tend to bring reproach upon the nursing profession.

d. Is unfit or incompetent due to the use of alcohol, or is addicted to the use of habit-forming drugs to such an extent as to render him or her unsafe or unreliable as a licensee.

e. Is unable to safely practice nursing with reasonable skill and safety to patients by reason of illness, inebriation, excessive use of drugs, narcotics, alcohol, chemicals, or any other substance, or as a result of any mental or physical condition.

f. Has been convicted of any violation of a federal or state law relating to controlled substances.

g. Is guilty of unprofessional conduct of character likely to deceive, defraud, or injure the public in matters pertaining to health.

h. Has willfully or repeatedly violated this article, as defined by board rules and regulations.

Students who complete the program meet the educational qualifications of the Alabama Board of Nursing for writing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN). However, completion of the academic program in no way assures the student of eligibility to write the exam or of licensure. The final decision for eligibility to write the NCLEX is made by the Alabama Board of Nursing after review of the candidates’ application.

Qualifications of Applicants for Licensure

Qualifications of applicants for licensure is outlined in the Alabama Board of Nursing Administrative Code 610-X-4-.02. 1. The applicant for licensure shall:

a. Be a high school graduate or the equivalent, as determined by the Board.

b. Be of good moral character. A criminal background check may be conducted by the Board at its discretion.

c. For registered nurse licensure, graduated or successfully completed all requirements for graduation from an approved registered nursing program in Alabama, or an approved registered nursing program located in another jurisdiction or territory that substantially meets the same educational criteria as Alabama programs. Licensure by equivalency does not meet the requirement.

d. For practical nurse licensure, graduated or successfully completed an approved practical nursing program in Alabama, or an approved practical nursing program located in another jurisdiction or territory that substantially meets the same educational criteria as Alabama programs. Licensure by equivalency does not meet the requirement.

2. An applicant shall provide a valid social security number prior to the Board issuing a license.

3. Be a citizen or legal resident of the United States. Individuals who are not legally present in the United States are not eligible for licensure.

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH ANY OF THE ABOVE STIPULATIONS/POLICIES WHILE IN THE NURSING PROGRAM CONSTITUTES GROUNDS FOR DISMISSAL FROM THE PROGRAM.

For further information regarding program requirements, contact the nursing program department located on any Bevill State campus.

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

EMS 100 : CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION I

This course provides students with concepts as related to areas of basic life support to include coronary artery disease, prudent heart living, symptoms of heart attack, adult one-and-two rescuer CPR, first aid for choking, pediatric basic life support, airway adjuncts, EMS system entry access, automated external defibrillation (AED), and special situations for CPR. Upon course completion, students should be able to identify situations requiring action related to heart or breathing conditions and effectively implement appropriate management for each condition. Students successfully completing this course will receive appropriate documentation of course completion.

credits

1

EMS 103 : FIRST AID-CPR and AED

This course introduces students to initial first aid care. Topics include scene safety, universal precautions, activation of the EMS system, assessment, airway/breathing/circulation, shock/injuries/ bleeding, medical emergencies, and altered level of consciousness. Upon course completion, students should have knowledge to manage various emergencies requiring first aid techniques.

credits

1

Prerequisites

Current training in CPR or advisor approval.

EMS 118 : EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN

This course is required to apply for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. This course provides students with insights into the theory and application of concepts related to the profession of emergency medical services. Specific topics include: EMS preparatory, airway maintenance, patient assessment, management of trauma patients, management of medical patients, treating infants and children, and various EMS operations. This course is based on the NHTSA National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards.

credits

9

Prerequisites

As required by program.

Corequisites

EMS 119

EMS 119 : EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN CLINICAL

This course is required to apply for certification as an EMT. This course provides students with clinical education experiences to enhance knowledge and skills learned in the EMS 118, Emergency Medical Technician Theory and Lab. This course helps students prepare for the National Registry Exam.

credits

1

Prerequisites

As required by program.

EMS 155 : ADVANCED EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN

This course is required to apply for certification as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT). This course introduces the theory and application of concepts related to the profession of the AEMT. The primary focus of the AEMT is to provide basic and limited advanced emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Topics include: extending the knowledge of the EMT to a more complex breadth and depth, intravenous access and fluid therapy, medication administration, blind insertion airway devices, as well as the advanced assessment and management of various medical illnesses and traumatic injuries. This course is based on the NHTSA National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards. Requires licensure or eligibility for licensure at the EMT level and EMS 156 must be taken as a co-requisite.

credits

7

Prerequisites

As required by program.

Corequisites

EMS 156

EMS 156 : ADVANCED EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN CLINICAL

This course is required to apply for certification as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT). This course provides students with clinical education experiences to enhance knowledge and skills learned in EMS 155. This course helps prepare students for the National Registry AEMT Exam. The student will have the opportunity to use the basic and advanced skills of the AEMT in the clinical and field settings under the direct supervision of licensed healthcare professionals. Requires licensure or eligibility for licensure at the EMT level and EMS 155 must be taken as a co-requisite.

credits

2

Prerequisites

As required by program.

Corequisites

EMS 155

EMS 241 : PARAMEDIC CARDIOLOGY

As required by program. This course introduces the cardiovascular system, cardiovascular electrophysiology, and electrocardiographic monitoring. This course further relates pathophysiology and assessment findings to the formulation of field impressions and implementation of treatment plans for specific cardiovascular conditions. Content areas include: cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, cardiovascular electrophysiology, electrocardiographic monitoring, rhythm analysis, and prehospital 12-lead electrocardiogram monitoring and interpretation, assessment of the cardiovascular patient, pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease and techniques of management including appropriate pharmacologic agents and electrical therapy.

credits

3

EMS 242 : PARAMEDIC PATIENT ASSESSMENT

As required by program. This course provides the knowledge and skills needed to perform a comprehensive patient assessment, make initial management decisions, and to communicate assessment findings and patient care verbally and in writing. Content areas include: airway management, history taking, techniques of the physical examination, patient assessment, clinical decision making, communications, documentation and assessment based management.

credits

2

EMS 244 : PARAMEDIC CLINICAL I

This course is directed toward the application of knowledge and skills developed in didactic and skills laboratory experiences to the clinical setting. Theory and skills are applied to a variety of patient situations in the clinical setting, with a focus on patient assessment and management, advanced airway management, electro-therapy, I.V./I.O. initiation and medication administration.

credits

1

Prerequisites

As required by program

EMS 245 : PARAMEDIC MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

This course relates pathophysiology and assessment findings to the formulation of field impressions and implementation treatment plans for specific medical conditions. Content areas include: pulmonology, neurology, gastroenterology, renal/urology, toxicology, hematology, environmental conditions, infectious and communicable diseases, abuse and assault, patients with special challenges, and acute interventions for the chronic care patient.

credits

3

Prerequisites

As required by program

EMS 246 : PARAMEDIC TRAUMA MANAGEMENT

This course relates pathophysiology and assessment findings to the formulation of field impressions and implementation of treatment plans for trauma patients. Content areas include the pathophysiology, assessment, and management of trauma as related to: trauma systems; mechanisms of injury; hemorrhage and shock; soft tissue injuries; burns; and head, facial, spinal, thoracic, abdominal, and musculoskeletal trauma.

credits

3

Prerequisites

As required by program

EMS 247 : PARAMEDIC SPECIAL POPULATIONS

This course relates pathophysiology and assessment findings to the formulation of field impressions and implementation of treatment plans for specific medical conditions. Content areas include: endocrinology, allergies and anaphylaxis, behavioral/psychiatric conditions, gynecology, obstetrics, neonatology, pediatrics, and geriatrics. In the clinical setting, theory and skills are applied to a variety of medical situations across the life span of the patient, with a focus on communication with and management of cardiac, acute care, psychiatric/behavioral, obstetrical, newborn, pediatric, geriatric, and acute interventions for chronic care patients, and patients with special challenges.

credits

2

Prerequisites

As required by program

EMS 248 : PARAMEDIC CLINICAL II

This course helps prepare students for the National Registry Paramedic Exam. The student will have the opportunity to use the basic and advanced skills of the Paramedic in the clinical setting under the direct supervision of licensed healthcare professionals. Requires licensure at the AEMT level.

credits

3

Prerequisites

As required by program. This course is required to apply for certification as a Paramedic. This course provides students with clinical education experiences to enhance knowledge and skills learned in EMS 245, 246, and 247 and knowledge and proficiency from previous clinical experiences

EMS 253 : PARAMEDIC TRANSITION TO THE WORKFORCE

This course is designed to meet additional state and local educational requirements for paramedic practice. Content includes: ACLS, PALS or PEPP, ITLS or PHTLS, pre-hospital protocols, transfer drugs, and other courses as dictated by local needs or state requirements.

credits

2

Prerequisites

As required by program

EMS 254 : ADVANCED COMPETENCIES FOR THE PARAMEDIC

This course is designed to assist students in preparation for the paramedic licensure examination. Emphasis is placed on validation of knowledge and skills through didactic review, skills lab performance, and/or computer simulation and practice testing. Upon course completion, students should be sufficiently prepared to sit for the paramedic licensure examination.

credits

2

Prerequisites

As required by program

EMS 255 : PARAMEDIC FIELD PRECEPTORSHIP

This course helps prepare students for the National Registry Paramedic Exam. Students will utilize paramedic skills in a field setting under the direct supervision of a licensed paramedic.

credits

5

Prerequisites

As required by program. This course is required to apply for certification as a paramedic. This course provides students with field experiences to enhance knowledge and skills learned throughout the paramedic program

EMS 256 : PARAMEDIC TEAM LEADERSHIP

This course is designed to evaluate students' ability to integrate didactic, psychomotor skills, clinical, and field internship instruction to serve as a competent entry-level paramedic. This final evaluative (rather than instructional) course focuses on students' professional attributes and integrative competence in clinical decision-making and team leadership in the prehospital setting. Upon course completion, students should have demonstrated adequate knowledge and skills, professional attitudes and attributes, clinical decision-making and team leadership abilities to effectively function as a competent entry-level paramedic.

credits

1

Prerequisites

As required by program

EMS 257 : PARAMEDIC APPLIED PHARMACOLOGY

This course introduces basic and advanced pharmacological agents and concepts, with an emphasis on drug classifications and the knowledge and skills required for safe, effective medication administration. Medication pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics will be evaluated for most medicines used in the pre-hospital setting. Students will also learn how to establish various routes of medication adminstration and procedures for administering medications via these routes. Students will also demonstrate mathematic computations for various drug and solution dose administration problems.

credits

2

Prerequisites

As required by program