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What They Do

Paramedics work in ambulance services, fire departments, police departments, rescue squads and hospital emergency departments. Their duties may include:

  • Assess and manage medical emergencies, such as strokes, heart attacks and respiratory difficulties
  • Give pre-hospital care to accident victims
  • Manage emergencies involving children and the elderly, psychological stress, environmental emergencies and burns
  • Administer CPR, oxygen therapy, airway management and basic splinting
  • Perform emergency childbirth if needed
  • Train in emergency driving, radio communications and disaster management
  • Perform advanced patient assessment for medical trauma and cardiac emergencies
  • Perform advanced life support skills and procedures as directed by protocols and by physicians in hospital emergency departments
  • Document each patient care situation and coordinate the rescue, care and transportation of patients
  • Communicate with patients, family, bystanders and other public safety personnel regarding treatment and condition of patients

Duration of Training

The course duration is ten months, full-time. Didactic sessions meet twice per week for eight hours per session. Clinical and field internship rotations are scheduled separately and run concurrently with the didactic curriculum

Certificate / License

NREMT Certificate and State of Indiana Paramedic License


Summary, Course of Study

Anatomy and physiology, chemistry, math, introduction to paramedicine, pharmacology, drug therapy, cardiology, IV therapy, medical emergencies, advanced life support, trauma management, special patient situations, rope rescue, water rescue, extrication, ACLS, PALS, PHTLS courses, telemetry and clinical and field internships.

The IU Health Methodist Paramedic Program is fully accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP