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					ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY-BEEBE




      EMT-PARAMEDIC PROGRAM

        STUDENT HANDBOOK

            FALL 2007
            ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY-BEEBE
               EMT-PARAMEDIC PROGRAM
Arkansas State University-Beebe EMT-Paramedic Program consists of 1200 hours of classroom,
clinical, and ALS internship exposure to meet the1999EMT National Standards curriculum set
by the Department of Transportation and the Arkansas Office of EMS & Trauma Systems
requirements for paramedic training. The EMT Basic course consists of 240 hours of classroom
and clinical time which exceed the Arkansas Office of EMS & Trauma Systems requirements.

Our standards are high, and students will best meet these standards through:
          ¢ Keen interest
          ¢ Enthusiasm
          ¢ Consistent attendance
          ¢ Commitment to excellence
          ¢ Strong communication skills



EMT/PARAMEDIC GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The goal of the ASU-Beebe EMT/Paramedic Program is to produce competent, entry-level
paramedics and EMTs to serve in career and volunteer positions in the state of Arkansas. In
accordance with the DOT National curriculum this goal will be accomplished through the
following objectives involving the three domains of learning. At the completion of the course,
the student will:
              1. Demonstrate the cognitive ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate the
                  clinical information relative to his/her as an entry-level EMT/paramedic.
              2. Demonstrate technical proficiency in all psychomotor skills necessary to fulfill
                  the role as entry-level EMT/paramedics.
              3. Demonstrate the affective personal behaviors consistent with professional and
                  employer expectations for the entry-level EMT/paramedic.
              4. Be able to manage a team of rescuers, supervise and perform assessment of the
                  scene/patient and apply currently acceptable patient care protocols, given a pre-
                  hospital emergency care scenario.
              5. Contribute in a positive manner to the learning environment. Become an active
                  participant in the teaching and learning process and seek leaning opportunities
                  outside of the classroom.
              6. Demonstrate clinical competence prior to and while assigned to patient care
                  responsibilities.
              7. Be familiar with the hospital environment, including policies, practices,
                  equipment, and skills as they relate directly to or indirectly to the
                  EMT/paramedic in the field.
              8. Be familiar with the pre-hospital environment, including policies, practices,
                  equipment, and skills as they relate to or indirectly to the EMT/paramedic in the
                 field.


STUDENT HANDBOOK

This handbook has been prepared for your use. It will be your responsibility to keep and copy
the forms and to maintain the handbook for reference.

Professionalism is considered an integral part of the ASU-Beebe curriculum. The attributes that
have been outlined in the DOT curriculum are incorporated in the learning/teaching environment
and expected from the student. These include: integrity, empathy, self-motivation, appearance,
and personal hygiene, self confidence, communications, time management, teamwork and
diplomacy, respect, patient advocacy, and careful delivery of service.


CLASSROOM HOURS

Classroom instruction will consist of the hours necessary to meet the curriculum guidelines the
first semester, the second semester, and the first summer term. Special classes will be set as
needed and will be the student’s responsibility to attend. EMT classroom instruction will consist
of the hours necessary to meet the guidelines for one semester either fall or spring. Appropriate
dress and hygiene must be adhered to in the classroom as well and in the clinical and field
internships.


CLINICAL HOURS

Clinical hours (in hospital) will consist of 300 hours for Paramedic over two semesters & one
summer term and 60 hours for EMT over one semester. Hours will be scheduled at the
discretion of the course coordinator.


PRE-HOSPITAL INTERNSHIP

Field Internship hours will consist of 300 hours for paramedic and 60 hours for EMT students.
The location of internship will be at the discretion of the course coordinator. Internship will
consist of 12 or 24 hours on duty with an ALS service. Internship costs will be the student’s
responsibility.

Failure to complete internship or practices which are unbecoming to the reputation of the
program such as public intoxication; failure to arrive at an ALS service alert, appropriately
dressed and ready for shift; drug involvement or any other questionable behavior will result in
dismissal, removal from internship and failure of the course.


FINISH GUARANTEE (see attached)
Student will be expected to sign a finish guarantee prior to starting clinical. All clinical hours,
except internship, must be completed prior to the final course evaluation. Failure to finish
clinical hours and internship will result in not being able to take the class final and/or state or
national exam.


UNIFORMS

Students will be expected to wear an appropriate uniform while in the clinical setting. Failure to
conform to the guidelines shown below will result in the student being asked to leave and will
result in failure of that clinical day.

GENERAL:       Little or no cologne or perfume
               Nails trimmed neatly
               No Excessive jewelry
               Facial hair trimmed

DRESS:         ASU-Beebe (polo type) shirt
               Dark blue or black EMS pants (ironed)
               Black belt, socks, shoes (no cowboy boots)
               ASU-Beebe student ID

EQUIPMENT:
          Stethoscope
          Penlight
          Scissors
          Watch with second hand
          Black ink pen


INSURANCE

Prior to entering the clinical setting, the student will need to obtain malpractice insurance.
Proof must be maintained by the instructor. Cost of said insurance will be the student’s
responsibility. Insurance must be purchased for all 3 semester/terms, (Paramedic) 1 semester
(EMT).


CLASSROOM GRADING

Students will be graded as follows for classroom:
       Classroom               20%
       Tests                   80%
                            100%
LETTER GRADE                                      PERCENT                                          A
                     B                             92 - 85%
                     C                             84 - 76%
                     D                             75 - 65%
                     F                             64 – below

CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS TRAINING OR EXPERIENCE

Persons with previous training or experience in their vocational objective may be granted
advanced standing if approved by the office of the Registrar. The student must furnish evidence,
request evaluation and may be required to take proficiency examinations in order to receive this
credit

Students must maintain at least a 76% to remain in the program. Grades will be evaluated every
six weeks. If student’s grades (clinical or classroom) fall below 76%, the student will be given
one six-week probation period to bring the grade above 76%. If the student’s grade remains
below 76%, whether clinical or classroom, the student will be dropped from the program.




CLINICAL GRADING

   Students will be graded as follows for clinical setting:

    Evaluations                    20% of the grade (Preceptor Evaluations)
    Participation/Skills           80% of the grade
                                   100%


   INVASIVE PROCEDURES (Paramedic only)

   In order to proceed, students must make a C or higher on invasive procedures.

                                            Fall Semester


   IVS 20                                       25
   IV Bolus                                     12
   Blood Draws                                  10
   3-Lead ECGs                                  15
   12-Lead ECGs                                 15
   ETs 3                                        3
                                            Spring Semester

   IVS                                           30
   ETs                                           5
   IM/SQ/PO                                      40
   IV Bolus, based on availability               12
   12-Lead ECGs                                  20
   Piggyback Meds                                10
   Updrafts                                      10
   Blood Draws                                   12

                                          Summer Terms

IVS 20                                      25
ETs 5                                       4
IM/SQ/PO                                    15
Piggyback Meds                              3
Updrafts                                    5
3-Lead ECGs                                 35
Blood Draws                                 5
IV Bolus                                    5


The procedure will be documented on the student’s documentation sheet (see attached) and signed
by the preceptor. The preceptor evaluation will count as part of the clinical grade. The student is
encouraged to obtain as many procedure attempts as possible. Upon completion of student’s
documentation sheet, it should be given to instructor to be kept on file.


At no time will the student be allowed to attempt any invasive procedures prior to approval of the
instructor. The student will be tested on all practical procedures prior to performing any in the
clinical setting. Students may expect that practical exams could include attempting procedures on
fellow students where applicable.


CLINICAL EVALUATION SHEETS (see attached)

Students will be evaluated by both the area personnel they are working with and by the instructor.
Evaluations will be used as a tool to note weaknesses and strengths of the student. Evaluation sheets
will be the responsibility of the student to have filled out and returned to the instructor.
INSTRUCTOR AVAILABILITY

During exposure in the clinical area, the student will be directly responsible to the RN, MD or EMT-
P working with them. One instructor will be on-call daily during the clinical day. If the instructor is
needed at any time during these hours, he or she maybe notified via pager. The number will be given
at the beginning of the course.

STUDENT AVAILABILITY

Students may need to be notified of changes at times. Students are requested to maintain current
telephone numbers of work and home with the instructors.


INSTRUCTOR/STUDENT DIFFERENCES

The student may bring any questions, opinions or problems to the instructor at any time. In the event
the student may not be satisfied with the answer, he or she may discuss it with the program director.
In all situations, the program director’s decision will be final.

CLINICAL AND INTERNSHIP POLICIES

The affiliating agency allows students to receive training and clinical experience at their location.
While students are associated with said program, students will be responsible for all rules and
policies of the affiliating agency. Students will be given a handbook from the affiliating agency and
are expected to follow said policies. Policies include, but are not limited to, smoking and parking
policies. Any student not following policies may be susceptible to termination from the
ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY-Beebe’s EMT-Paramedic program.


MAKE UP EXAMS

1.   Student must notify instructor before being absent from class. Student is responsible for all
     missed material, quizzes and exams.

2.   Student has one week to make up a missed quiz or exam and is responsible for contacting the
     instructor and finding a mutual time for retest. The missed test cannot be made-up during
     classroom hours.

3.   Students who do not comply with the above rules will not be allowed to retest. A “0" will be
     given for the test not taken.


ABSENCE POLICY FOR CLASS AND CLINICAL

It is mandatory that the student attend all classes and clinicals. Students that are absent from class or
clinical for three sessions per semester will be unable to meet the class/clinical criteria and will be
dropped from the program. Students will be placed on probation after the second missed class or
clinical and then dismissed on the third.

A family death or illness with a doctor’s excuse is considered an excused absence. All other
absences will be evaluated at the discretion of the instructor. All absences must be reported to the
instructor at least 30 minutes prior to clinical or class time or they will be classified as an unexcused
absence.

Student will be allowed 14 days to make up any missed clinical. A clinical not done within this
period will be classified as an unexcused absence.

WITHDRAWALS AND RE-ENTRIES

Students withdrawing from training must report to the chair of the department and Student
Services Office so that proper steps can be taken for the interruption of training. A student officially
withdrawing from training due to hardship or illness may be considered for re-enrollment at the
appropriate time in the curriculum with the appropriate approval. A student may re-enter training in
some instances. A student may apply for re-entry into the EMT/Paramedic program a maximum of
3 times. Reentry must be within one (1) calendar year for paramedic and six (6) months for EMT or
the entire program must be repeated. Students not officially withdrawing will receive a grade of “F”
on their official transcript.


WAIVER OF LIABILITY

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY-BEEBE and the affiliating agency will not be held accountable
or responsible for any injuries or ill effects while participating in classroom and/or clinical situations
as a student (i.e., needle sticks, lifting injuries, etc.). Expenses incurred as a result of injuries will be
the responsibility of the injured student. Students will be expected to sign waivers of liability prior
to classroom and clinical proceedings.

ACLS

During the EMT-Paramedic program the student will be expected to satisfactorily complete the
ACLS course. One retest will be given through the Paramedic course. If the student has not
completed the class prior to internship, the student will not be able to participate in internship
resulting in failure of the EMT-Paramedic program.
CLASS BREAKDOWN

COURSE SCHEDULE

Classes will meet Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. (15 hours per week).
Classes will meet at the discretion of the Instructor Spring Term to gather paperwork and evaluate
performances in Field Internship. Additional hours of clinical observation will be scheduled each
week. The following course sequence is proposed:

Fall Semester 2006

Course No.                Course Title                 Clock Hrs.                    Credit Hrs.

EMS 11002          Preparatory                  40                       2
EMS 11003          Anatomy & Physiology         50                       3
EMS 11004          Pre-hospital Environment     80                       4
EMS 12004          Pharmacology                 90                       4
EMS 13003          Clinical Rotation I         140                       3
EMS 13001          Field Internship I           60                       1
______________________________________________________________________________
Total                                          460                       17


Spring Semester 2007

Course No.             Course Title                        Clock Hrs.             Credit Hrs.

EMS 21003          Trauma                      65                        3
EMS 21004          Medical Emergencies I       70                        4
EMS 22003          Medical Emergencies II      60                        3
EMS 22004          Cardiac Emergencies         110                       4
EMS 23003          Clinical Rotation II        160                       3
______________________________________________________________________________
Total                                          465                       17


Summer Term 2007

Course No.         Course Title                Clock Hrs.          Credit Hrs
EMS 24002          OB/GYN/Neonatal              35                        2
EMS 24004          Field Internship II         240                        4
______________________________________________________________________________
Total                                          275                        6
         TOTAL HOURS FOR PROGRAM                                    1200                            40

             EMT

             Spring 2007

             EMS 1001           Clinicals                   50                        1
             EMS 1005           EMT I                       70                        5
             EMS 2205           EMT II                      70                        5
             EMS 2304           EMT III                     50                        4
             ______________________________________________________________________________
             Total                                          240                       15

             CLINICAL AREAS

             Paramedic
             Emergency Department                                                      180
             Intensive Care                                                             40
             Surgery Department                                                         40
             OB/Newborn Nursery                                                         40
             Total                                                                     300


             PARAMEDIC FIELD INTERNSHIP                                                300

             EMT
             Emergency Room                                                            24
             Field Internship                                                          24
             Total                                                                     48


             CLASS SCHEDULE

             Will be furnished each semester.

             ACLS and National Review dates will be announced. State and national exams will be
             scheduled as permitted by the state EMS. ASU-Beebe will be responsible for setting up one
             exam for all students. Any retest will be the responsibility of the student to schedule. Any
             needed remediation will be the responsibility of the student.


             National Registry Testing:

Successful completion of the EMT course is not a guarantee for National Registry Testing. The Student must
             display the ability to function as an integral member of the Ambulance crew. National Registry
             Testing is recognized by the program director only after you have demonstrated the abilities
necessary to work on board an ambulance



                           ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY-BEEBE
                               EMT-PARAMEDIC PROGRAM

                                          Finish Guarantee



 I, _____________________________________, have read and understand the policies and

procedures of the Clinical Experience. I understand that failure to comply with these policies

may result in disciplinary action or removal from the program. I understand that failure to finish

my clinical hours and internship will result in me not being able to take the class final and/or

state or national exams.

 I, ____________________________________, have read and understand the policy regarding

the class average of maintaining a “C”, 76% in the course to successfully complete the program

and test National Registry Exam for certification with the recommendation of the program

director.




I have read and understand the above statement.

Signed_________________________________

Date___________________________________
                           ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY-BEEBE
                               EMT-PARAMEDIC PROGRAM

                                    Confirmation of EMT Status



This is to certify that I, _________________________________, understand that for completion

of the ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY-BEEBE’s EMT-Paramedic Program, I must possess

and maintain a current Arkansas Emergency Medical Technician Certification prior to internship

date. I further understand that failure to possess said current certification prior to internship will

subject me to failure of this course and dismissal from the ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY-

BEEBE’s EMT-Paramedic Program without financial reimbursement.




I have read and understand the previous statement.

Signed_________________________________

Date___________________________________

Witness________________________________ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY-BEEBE
                          EMT-PARAMEDIC PROGRAM

                                      Confidential Information



Each of our patients entrusts himself or herself to the care of the staff and students at

ARKANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY-BEEBE with the complete assurance that all personal and

medical information is held in strict confidence. Employees and Students may read or overhear

confidential information about a patient or employee in the course of their work and may be

approached for information by a person who has no authority to ask for it. It is essential that
employees and students do not discuss a patient’s, and employee’s, or a visitor’s personal affairs

or medical condition with fellow employees, other patients, visitors, or anyone else.

Employees and Students should report to their supervisor or department head if anyone from

outside the hospital or a fellow employee asks about the affairs of a patient or an employee.

Any employee or student who reveals confidential information without prior authorization will be

subject to disciplinary action including termination or removal from the EMT/paramedic

program.

Students must adhere to the same confidentiality guidelines as hospital employees.




I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE ABOVE STATEMENT CONCERNING CONFIDENTIALITY.

Employee Signature: _______________________________________                Date: _______________

Student Signature: _________________________________________               Date: _______________

Witness Signature: _________________________________________               Date: ______________

				
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