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New York City Fire Department | Evaluated Learning Experience

Probationary Paramedic School (PRH 303)

Formerly Training and Orientation Program (TOP) - Paramedic (PRH 303)
Location: 
Fort Totten, Bayside, New York.
Length: 

Time requirements vary depending upon background of class participants. Paramedic-TOP (for new graduates of the FDNY-EMS sponsored Paramedic course or for individuals being hired by FDNY-EMS as paramedics, who received their training elsewhere): Version 1: 135 hours (17 days). (Instructional time does not include refresher time or EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operation Course)  time. Credit is recommended separately for these courses.) Version 2: 345 hours (46 days).(Instructional time includes Refresher time and EVOC time. Credit is recommended for EVOC separately and Refresher separately; therefore, please refer to the explanatory note at the end of this exhibit.) Version 3: 360 hours ( 49 days). Version 4: 397.5 hours (12 weeks). 

Dates: 

Version 1: January 1984 - September 2006. Version 2: October 2006 - June 2010. Version 3: July 2010-  June 2016. Version 4: July 2016 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1, 2, and 3: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: prepare a standardized patient care report; discuss the role and responsibilities of the A-EMT in performing both the emergency and operational aspects of the job; properly use and maintain emergency equipment; safely operate track rescues; identify, discuss, and function under multiple casualty incident conditions; categorize, treat, and transport patients at the scene of a multi-casualty incident; recognize unsafe conditions at the scene of all calls and make proper decisions to ensure personnel safety; transfer, lift, and transport patients in all types of carrying devices; take necessary precautions to handle blood borne pathogens; recognize and identify hazardous materials or potentials thereof; use the proper techniques of infectious waste disposal and personal protection in cases of known and unknown communicable diseases; identify and discuss Right to Know Law and how it operates; and apply and function under the operating guide procedures. Version 4: Includes all of the above from Version 1, 2, and 3, in adddition to: participation in active shooter scenario and private hour of the 9-11 museum. 

Instruction: 

Version 1 and 2: This program is designed to provide a bridge between training programs and work in the field, as well as an orientation to FDNY-EMS policies and procedures. Topics include: Program orientation; medical-legal, patient assessment; vital signs; anatomy and physiology; cardiovascular anatomy and physiology; cardiovascular emergencies; respiratory anatomy and physiology; respiratory emergencies; soft tissue injuries; shock and MAST; head, neck, and spine injuries; chest, abdomen, and groin injuries; communicable and infectious disease control procedures; extremity trauma; medical emergencies; ambulance operations; patient care documentation and history taking; domestic violence; environmental emergencies; critical incident stress management; trauma intervention; stress and burnout; behavioral emergencies; triage (simple triage and rapid treatment); IV maintenance; emergency medical action plan; multiple casualty incidents; track safety; hazardous materials awareness; blood borne pathogens; AIDS and HIV awareness; on-scene personnel safety; pediatric emergencies; OB/GYN lifts and carries; kinematics; EMT-Defibrillation; critical trauma care; airway maintenance and oxygen therapy; history taking; FDNY-EMS operating guide procedures; communications orientation; special operations; respiratory fit testing; Right to Know; personnel and union representatives issues. Version 3: Includes all of the above content from Version 1 and 2, additionally, added drills and technology updates. Version 4: Includes all of the above content from Version 1,2, and 3, additionally pre-hospital trauma life support (PHTLS), MCI exercise, Ebola, and HIPPA guidelines. Prerequisite: Employment with FDNY-EMS as a New York State certified Paramedic (AEMT) IV. 

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in Health Sciences, Allied Health Sciences or Emergency Health Sciences (3/96) (10/01 revalidation). Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 6 semester hours in Health Sciences, Allied Health Sciences or Emergency Health Sciences (10/07 revalidation). Version 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 6 credits in Health Sciences, Allied Health, and Emergency Medical Services OR in the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Anatomy and Physiology, 1 semester hour in EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operation Course), and 1 semester hour in Physical Education (7/10 revalidation). NOTE: Advanced Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Basic Course, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Refresher Course, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Upgrade (MUP), and Training and Orientation Program (TOP) - Paramedic overlap in content. The maximum total credit recommendation for any combination of these courses is 43 semester hours.Version 4: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category,7 semester hours in Health Sciences, Allied Health, and Emergency Medical Services OR in the upper division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 5 semester hours in Anatomy and Physiology, 1 semester hour in EVOC, and 1 semester hour in Physical Education (7/16 revalidation). NOTE: Advanced Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Basic Course, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Refresher Course, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Upgrade (MUP), and Training and Orientation Program (TOP) - Paramedic overlap in content. The maximum total credit recommendation for any combination of these courses is 43 semester hours.

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