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Advanced Paramedicine Courses Online

Curriculum Details

124 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED

Build advanced proficiency in clinical emergency medicine and learn to become a more inclusive patient advocate in the online Bachelor of Science in Advanced Paramedicine program from Methodist University. Designed for working paramedics, this program offers the flexibility to complete courses on your schedule. Study in small classes led by expert faculty to gain knowledge in pharmacology, psychotraumatology, emerging trends in EMS, and more.

Earn a generalized degree that will help you qualify for career advancement, or add an optional certificate or minor for a more specialized degree. Options include a Certificate in Critical Care Medicine, a Minor in Community Paramedicine, and a Minor in Essentials for the Future Physician Assistant. Complete the program requirements in as little as two years to graduate with advanced skills in paramedicine.

*With your paramedic credential, you’ll start the program with 36 transfer credits.

Core Courses

This course covers advanced patient assessment techniques for holistic, in-depth history and physical exam. Topics include a review of the initial paramedic assessment, comprehensive history and physical exam by body system, and the evaluation and interpretation of clinical evidence. Upon completion, students should be able to develop a list of differential diagnoses and treatment plans using advanced clinical reasoning. 

This course provides a thorough analysis of both the physiologic and psychosocial needs of the aging patient related to the provision of emergency care. Topics include epidemiology of aging, polypharmacy, perceptions of aging, communications with the aged and caregivers, abuse and neglect, and disaster care. Upon completion, students should be able to integrate principles of eldercare in clinical practice.

This course introduces the etiology, pathophysiology, and progression of the acute stress response in the emergency services professional. Emphasis is placed on primary and secondary traumatic stress disorders, moral injury, and prevention and coping mechanisms. Upon completion, students should be able to identify signs, symptoms, and risk factors for acute and chronic stress disorders as well as create a personal care plan in the event they experience a potentially traumatizing event.  

This course introduces the learner to the physiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and treatment of various fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base derangements. Topics include fluid compartments, mediators of homeostasis, fluid disorders, a variety of electrolyte imbalances as well as respiratory, metabolic, and mixed acid-base derangements. Upon completion, students should be able to identify, discuss, and treat a variety of conditions. 

This course is designed to prepare students to systematically manage the airway of an emergency patient. Topics include rapid sequence induction, ventilator operations, pharmacological interventions for management of the airway, and a detailed approach to respiratory pathophysiology. Upon completion, students should be able to incorporate course content into the management and care of patients suffering from respiratory disease, difficulty, or airway compromise.

This course provides an advanced analysis of injuries and burn care. Emphasis is placed on the etiology, kinematics, and pathophysiological principles of traumatic injuries to all body systems. Upon completion, students should be able to synthesize course material to guide advanced clinical practice in patients with acute trauma. 

This course introduces the learner to advanced principles of pharmacology and a broad range of medications. Topics include pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, mechanisms of action, disease pathophysiology, and common medications that affect various body systems. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and discuss in detail a variety of medications. 

This course is designed to systematically explore maternal, fetal, and pediatric medicine. Topics include obstetrical, neonatal, and pediatric emergencies; pharmacological therapeutics; complications of pregnancy, including pre-, ante-, and post-natal considerations; and effective communication with pediatric patients and their caregivers. Upon completion, students should be able to use the principles of anatomy, physiology, epidemiology, pathophysiology, psychosocial impact, presentations, and prognosis in the management of obstetrical, pediatric, and neonatal patients.

This course provides an overview of the components of laboratory values as well as a primer on basic imaging. Topics include complete blood count, complete metabolic profile, cardiac biomarkers, blood gases, general chemistries, radiography, point-of-care ultrasound, and the evaluation and interpretation of normal and abnormal variants found in blood work or imaging studies. Upon completion, students should be able to develop a list of differential diagnoses and treatment plans using interpretation analytics. 

This course provides a compendium of knowledge on toxicological emergencies. Emphasis is placed on various toxins, toxidromes, poisons, and the pathophysiological effects on the human body. Upon completion, students should be able to synthesize course material to guide advanced clinical practice in patients with a toxicological emergency or acute poisoning. 

This course provides an overview of the methodology and analysis for inquiry in health sciences and is designed to prepare health science majors for assessing and conducting research. Topics include research critique, research methodology, and statistical analysis. Upon completion, the student should be able to apply this knowledge to relevant literature and applicable research projects. 

This course provides an in-depth analysis of irregularities in the electrocardiogram. Emphasis is placed on the etiology and diagnostic criteria of medical conditions causing electrocardiographic abnormalities. Upon completion, students should be able to utilize of anatomical, physiological, and pathophysiological principles in the assessment, diagnosis, and management of patients with atypical electrocardiography. 

This course is designed to systematically organize prehospital assessment, diagnostics, epidemiology, and pathophysiology to diagnose and intervene for the patient with an acute illness. Emphasis is placed on the use of decision logic in the exploration of all aspects of patient management. Upon completion, students should be able to critically evaluate and assemble pieces of information provided in the history, physical exam, and diagnostic assessment to provide exceptional patient care. 

This course provides an exploration of emerging trends in paramedic practice. Emphasis is placed on innovations in clinical, operational, and administrative practice. Upon completion, students should be able to formulate an educated viewpoint and devise solutions regarding practice trends in the emergency medical services (EMS) profession.

This course provides an opportunity for students to apply the principles of just culture to real-life cases of medical malpractice. Emphasis is placed on case analysis and the application of corrective action for the healthcare system, individual clinician, or both. Upon completion, the student should be able to integrate just culture into problem-based analysis in healthcare systems. 

This course is designed as an exploration of cultural competence in the healthcare setting. Topics include the federal culturally and linguistically appropriate standards (CLAS), social determinants of health, health disparities, and best practices. Upon completion, the student should be able to integrate the principles of culturally and linguistically appropriate services into patient care or contact.  

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