Think the hybrid learning option might be for you? Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.
Our traditional paramedic program pairs in person lectures, hands-on lab activities, and a variety of clinical and field rotations. The hybrid option allows for paramedic students to participate in the paramedic program lecture courses remotely. We encourage hybrid students to login live for these lectures, however if they are unable to tune in live they are given 24 hours to watch each lecture after it is posted. The hybrid students still receive the same high-quality, expert-lead lectures, lab, and clinical activities as the traditional paramedic students.
No, while hybrid students are given the option to participate in the lecture courses remotely, there are still weekly on-campus commitments for each lab as well as in-person clinical and field rotations throughout the semester. Some program prerequisite courses, such as Anatomy and Physiology, are currently only offered via a face-to-face format.
Taking the intense paramedic lecture courses in a distance format requires a great deal of effort. Only students who have a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, complete the required A&P and math courses with at least a C, and pass each subsection of the Fisdap paramedic entrance exam will be eligible to enter into the hybrid option. Students should refer to the paramedic program selective admissions & criteria webpage for more information.
If a student enrolls in the hybrid option and realizes they would rather be in traditional face-to-face classes, that student may petition the program director for permission to move to the traditional in-person lectures. Once a student moves from online to in-person lectures, they are no longer eligible for the online lecture courses. Students who are enrolled in the traditional lecture program will generally not be able to cross over into the hybrid option.
Currently certified EMTs may qualify for direct entry into the program, provided the required anatomy and math course are scheduled in their first semester. In addition to being currently certified as an EMT, students must satisfy all of the requirements for entry into the hybrid option. Students should refer to the paramedic program selective admissions & criteria webpage for more information. This direct entry pathway is applicable for both the traditional and hybrid options.
Both the paramedic practice certificate and paramedic science associate’s degree require prerequisite courses, such as anatomy and physiology, which do require on campus attendance.
The paramedic program is committed to ensuring every student in the hybrid option receives the same high-quality education as our traditional face-to-face students. This includes the availability of our faculty members during their office hours to answer questions, provide advisement, and ensure you are staying on track. The ability for you to attend lectures in a live, remote manner allows you to interact with the program faculty and ask questions as if you were in the classroom. You will also be interacting with the program faculty and staff during lab and clinical rotations.
All clinical and field rotations conducted as a paramedic student must be conducted at one of the programs clinical affiliates under the direction of a program faculty member or trained program preceptor.
This hybrid option was designed with working students in mind, allowing them to maintain at least part-time employment while going to school. Keep in mind there will be in-person commitments for lab and clinical rotations. Students will be full-time students throughout the program. While this is a hybrid option, it is certainly not a part-time paramedic program. Every student is encouraged to speak with the program director and their employer to determine how the hybrid option may work with their schedule.
Many clinical rotations can only be completed on weekdays during the day. Some field rotations may be able to be completed on nights and weekends. Hybrid students can generally expect to spend 1.5 days on campus for lab, with some lab hours offered in the evening.
No, while we generally do not bar students from working for an organization in which they are performing field rotations as a paramedic student, they may not be working as an employee for the organization at the same time they are performing paramedic student hours.
No, the lab and clinical schedules are created by the program. Your lab schedule will consist of the same days and hours each week and will be set prior to the start of the semester. While the clinical director will work with you on your clinical schedule, there are some specialty rotations which are only available on certain days of the week during the semester. Graduating from the paramedic program requires the completion of an array of clinical and field competencies, and missing specialty rotations may result in your inability to graduate on time.