Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

Advanced Placement for Experienced Healthcare Providers

Enrollment Guide

The Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services (Paramedic Program) at Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City offers advanced placement to licensed, credentialed, and experienced healthcare providers who qualify.

 

The Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City 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 (CoAEMSP).

 

Nationally Accredited

Experienced healthcare providers who are accepted into the Paramedic Program by advanced placement may be able to complete the program in 2 semesters. See below for the course listings and descriptions required to complete the Paramedic Program. Those courses for which advanced placement may be granted will be marked as such.

 

Regardless of education or healthcare experience, all graduating students from the OSU-OKC Paramedic Program must show competencies in all required areas including the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains.

 

In order to receive advanced placement and be admitted to the Paramedic Program, students must meet the following guidelines:

 
  • Possess a current EMT certification from the NREMT as well as an EMT license from the State of Oklahoma.
  • Show transcript or diploma showing program completion as a registered nurse, respiratory therapist, physician’s assistant, advanced practice nurse, or physician. Must also possess a current license in the respective field of practice.
  • Complete all required prerequisite courses, and receive a passing score on written examinations. Successful completion of the course of study qualifies the graduate to take the National Registry of EMTs cognitive and psychomotor exams. The course of study includes classroom and laboratory instruction on campus and supervised clinical experience with affiliated health agencies.
  • Meet the academic requirements as listed in the Paramedic Program Advanced placement applicant checklist.
 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR EXPERIENCED HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS SEEKING ADVANCED PLACEMENT INTO THE PARAMEDIC PROGRAM

 

Application into this bridge program must be submitted and completed no less than 30 days from the beginning of the semester for which the applicant is applying.

 

ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

 

ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM:

 
  • Complete the admissions process as outlined in the school catalog, or;
  • Be a current student in good standing; and
  • Provide all required documentation and vaccination records. You will NOT be allowed to enroll if you do not present all of these documents.
 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION

 

Students are required to complete the following items:

 
  • Show current EMT state license, National Registry Certification as an EMT, and transcript or diploma showing program completion as a registered nurse, respiratory therapist, physician’s assistant, advanced practice nurse, or physician. Must possess a minimum of 1 year critical care and/or emergency care experience in the clinical setting
  • Bring or mail OFFICIAL transcripts of all college courses completed by the application deadline to the EMS Program office located at: 900 N Portland Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73107.
  • Provide a clear GroupOne criminal background check. Check EMS website for link to GroupOne background check. http://www.osuokc.edu/ems/
  • Two negative tuberculosis skin tests, current through the end of the semester
  • Hepatitis B # shot vaccination series, positive titer showing immunity, or signed declination form.
  • Varicella (chicken pox) information – documented medical records of 2 vaccinations, or positive titer showing immunity.
  • Two MMR vaccinations or positive titer showing immunity.
  • Seasonal influenza vaccination (not applicable to summer semesters).
  • Take the FISDAP entrance exam. To register for the test contact the EMS Program Director. The cost for this exam is $24 and is paid directly to FISDAP. Students must score a minimum of 70 on each of the 4 content areas in this exam. More information can be found by visiting the FISDAP Entrance Exam Study Guide.
 

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all transcripts and other required application materials have been sent to and received by the EMS Program by the appropriate deadline.

 

CLINICAL ROTATION SHIFTS

 
  • The Paramedic Program includes required clinical shifts where the student will complete performance objectives in local emergency departments, hospitals, and ambulance services. There are generally a wide variety of clinical sites, dates, and shift times available for these rotations.
  • Each student must successfully complete their EMS internship with at least 50 Team Leads on 911 emergency calls.
  • The full clinical rotation breakdown is available in the EMS office.
  • Confidentiality forms for each hospital and EMS agency must be signed and completed prior to scheduling clinical shifts. Forms will be available during the first week of class.
 

URINE DRUG SCREEN

 
  • Urine drug screenings must also be completed prior to starting any clinical rotations. A payment of $30 is required to be paid directly to CRG laboratories at the time of the screening. Results are sent directly to the OSU-OKC EMS Program.
  • A “non-negative” or a “positive” drug screen will result in the student’s Administrative Withdrawal from the course; said student may re-enroll for a future semester.
  • Any student whose urine drug screen is reported as ‘diluted,’ will be expected to repeat the urine drug screen exam at the incurred cost to the student.
  • See link on EMS web page for contact information. http://www.osuokc.edu/ems/
  • Any student who is absent from the program for 1 semester or greater must re-submit a negative urine drug screen.
 

If you have questions regarding the above procedures call the EMS Program Director at (405) 945-9159

 

REQUIRED COURSES FOR COMPLETION OF THE OSU-OKC PARAMEDIC PROGRAM

 

The courses listed below are required to completed the Paramedic Program and sit for the NREMT paramedic exams. Some of the courses are eligible for advanced placement. The criteria for granting advanced placement for each individual course are as follows:

 
  • Training transcripts based on certification and licensure.
  • Experience in current healthcare field, i.e. helicopter EMS (HEMS), emergency department, intensive care unit, etc.
  • Students may have the opportunity to test out of some classes by passing the final and practical exams where necessary.
  • All students entering the advanced placement program are required to meet with an EMS academic advisor to ensure proper planning and sequencing of courses.
 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

MFP 2563 PARAMEDIC CONCEPTS FOR THE EXPERIENCED HEALTHCARE PROVIDER – THIS IS A REQUIRED COURSE FOR ALL ADVANCED PLACEMENT STUDENTS AND WOULD BE TAKEN CONCURRENTLY WITH PARAMEDIC CARE III.

In this course, experienced healthcare providers will incorporate the knowledge, practice, and ethical behavior necessary for safe and effective paramedic practice. The focus of this course will be on advanced airway management, advanced invasive skills, affective domain, and the critical thinking required of an associate degree paramedics. Learning experiences include both lecture and hi-fidelity simulation.

 

BIOL 1515 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY(May receive advanced placement credit)

Structure and function of the human body. Emphasis is on the study of functions in the body and a basic knowledge of gross anatomy. Lecture: five hours per week. This course does not fulfill the anatomy and physiology requirements for the nursing program. Prerequisites: [R] [SCI] ICSM 0123.

 

EMSP 1246 PARAMEDIC CARE I - (May receive advanced placement credit)

This course will prepare the paramedic student for general physical assessment, a deeper understanding of physiology and pathophysiology as well as an introduction to advanced airway management and ventilation therapy. This course will include clinical time in an emergency department, ambulance, and geriatric center. This course is designed to cover the well-being of paramedics, their roles and responsibilities, injury and illness prevention, medical/legal issues, ethics, therapeutic communications, and life span development. Discussion and review of medical mathematics, history taking, techniques of physical examination, patient assessment, clinical decision-making, communications, and documentation is included. Upon successful completion of this course the paramedic student will also be able to define normal cellular physiology, how cells respond and change to injury, genetics and other causes of disease, self-defense mechanisms, inflammation, and variances of immunity stress and disease.

 

EMSP 1263 ECG INTERPRETATION - (May receive advanced placement credit. Must pass final exam)

This course introduces the student to the basics of dysrhythmia interpretation, performance and interpretation of twelve lead ECG to allow the Paramedic to treat the patient with acute myo¬cardial infarction, as well as reviews the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system. This course includes both lecture and exercise time in which the student may receive hands on rhythm interpretation practice via use of oscilloscope and paper rhythm strips. The course is designed for students with an interest or a need in improving or developing rhythm interpretation skills. Co-requisite: BIOL 1515

 

EMSP 1143 EMS OPERATIONS - (May receive advanced placement credit)

The student will summarize and interpret legal responsibilities of safe ambulance operations in Oklahoma; evaluate psychological and physical factors affecting safe emergency vehicle opera¬tions. The student will discuss medical incident command, hazardous materials incidents, crime scene awareness, rescue awareness, helicopter operations, critical care transport and usage, trauma triage guidelines, and medical operations. The student will demonstrate techniques for gain¬ing access to the patient, disentanglement, patient movement, and preparation for transport; and recognize situations posing threats to patients, EMT’s or bystanders and describe correct manage¬ment of these situations. The student will also be able to demonstrate and understand the essential concepts of Crew Resource Management as it relates to EMS Operations.

 

EMSP 1348 PARAMEDIC CARE II - (May receive advanced placement credit)

The student will accurately describe airway man¬agement/ventilation (including rapid sequence intubation), venous access, trauma systems, mechanism of injury, hemorrhage & shock, soft tissue trauma, burns, head & facial trauma, spinal trauma, thoracic trauma, abdominal trauma, musculoskeletal trauma, & environmental condi-tions. The student will integrate fluid therapy and advanced airway care into correct management of the patient with respiratory disorders; and/or trauma to soft tissues, the central nervous system, and the musculoskeletal system. Students will spend clinical time in the following areas; ambulance, emergency department, psychiatric unit, trauma ICU, operating room, and respiratory therapy. Prerequisite: EMSP 1249

 

EMSP 1244 PHARMACOLOGY - (May receive advanced placement credit)

This course is designed to introduce students to the principals of pharmacology, medication administration, medication classes, and utilization of emergency medications. The student will demonstrate comprehensive understanding of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, routes of administration, indications, contraindications, dosage and the ability to apply knowledge to determine the appropriate management within the paramedic scope of practice. Prerequisite: BIOL 1515

 

EMSP 2549 PARAMEDIC CARE III

The student will expand heavily on their knowledge of pathophysiology and overall patient management on top of what they have learned in previous semesters. The student will apply their knowledge and skills in the following medical areas including but not limited to advanced cardiology, endocrinology, infectious/communicable diseases, abdominal/gastro-intestinal disorders, hematology, toxicology, and shock/resuscitation. The student will also be introduced to the concept of Team Leader as well as Team Member and will be evaluated as such during all scenarios. The student will learn all aspects of Advanced Cardiac Life Support including treatment algorithms and megacodes. Field and hospital clinical practicums are an integral part of the course. Prerequisite: EMSP 1348

 

EMSP 2559 PARAMEDIC CARE IV

This course will allow the paramedic student to complete their initial EMS training. The student will complete their Paramedic Internship at a local EMS agency. The student will be required to successfully complete their internship with a minimum of 50 “Team Leads” during 911 emergencies. The student will also expand on their pathophysiology knowledge in the areas of labor & delivery, pediatrics, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, geriatrics, and other special patient populations. The student will complete clinical time in the following areas: ambulance, pediatric emergency department, pediatric ICU, labor & delivery, as well as complete a final ‘Gatekeeper’ shift with the EMS Program’s Medical Director. At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to sit for both the National Registry of EMT written and practical exams. Prerequisite: EMSP 2549

   

Human Services Division

Emergency Medical Services
900 N. Portland Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
(405) 945-6778
justin.hunter@osuokc.edu