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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

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 outcomes from Version 1, 2, and 3, additionally, 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 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 (PRH 300), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic Challenge Refresher Course (PRH 300R), EMS Medical Upgrade Program (MUP) (PRH 302), and Probationary Paramedic School (PRH 303) overlap in content. The maximum total credit recommendation for any combination of these courses is 43 semester hours.

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