EMS has continued to evolve and more and more demands have been placed on paramedics to transport critically ill patients from one facility to another while maintaining a very high level of care. This Critical Care Paramedic Course is designed to fill that need and take the experienced paramedic to that of a Critical Care Paramedic. Many organizations in the industry have recognized these demands and have started the call for a national standard curriculum to be developed for advanced practice paramedics.
Currently, the Board for Critical Care Transport Paramedic Certification (BCCTPC) has developed standard credentialing exams that are objective, fair, and honest validation of the critical care paramedic knowledge base. Although there are several courses that prepare students for the FP-C and CCP-C exams, very few of them follow the recommendations by the International Association of Flight Paramedics (IAFP) and come close to what Temple College’s Critical Care Paramedic Course offers. A strong paramedic knowledge foundation is required and it is highly recommended that applicants have at least three (3) years of busy 911 Paramedic experience, and/or prior Critical Care Transport / in hospital experience. At the successful completion of this program, the student should be prepared for an entry level position as a Critical Care Provider in the Critical Care Ground, Rotor-Wing, and/or Fixed-Wing environments, and be in a position to sit for the FP-C or CCP-C exams.
The didactic session include 96 hours of classroom instruction which include numerous hours in Temple College’s Nationally recognized Clinical Simulation Center. The Clinical Rotations include 96 hours of clinical time at Scott & White’s Level I Trauma Center ED, ICU, PICU, Cath Lab, and L&D, as well as critical care transport rotations with PHI/STAT Air. Some of the topics covered in this course include:
- Ventilator Management
- Invasive Pressure Monitoring
- Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump
- Diagnostic Studies
- Flight Physiology and Flight Safety
- High Risk OB Transport
- Critical Care Pharmacology
- Invasive Skills
This course is designed to meet the needs of working paramedics. To help reduce the amount of time off from work, some of the coursework is completed online. Student will meet for lab sessions that promote application of material. This course is offered based on demand and meets on Fridays from 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 4 pm.
Additional information about the course, costs, prerequisites, and information about how to apply can be found in the CCP Application Packet.
Student wishing to earn college credit should contact the EMS Professions office for more information. Students may wish to obtain an Enhanced Skills Certificate, which is a certificate for those who already have earned an A.A.S. in EMS. Students are not required to have an A.A.S to enroll in the course.