Paramedic Program

This comprehensive Paramedic Program meets the standards of Title 22, from the California Code of Regulations, derived from the current National Standard Curriculum and formulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Program is full-time lasting 6 months in duration and consists of the following components: Didactic, Skills Labs, Clinical Internship, Field Experience, and Capstone Field Internship. Upon completion of the Program, a Course Completion Certificate is issued allowing students to apply for the National Registry Exam and then Licensure.

MISSION

To provide the highest level of Emergency Medical Training and Education to persons seeking Employment, Career Development, or Personal Development in the Pre-Hospital setting, by exceeding National Standards and staying at the forefront of EMS Education.

VISION

Through Commitment, Dedication, and Perseverance, we will become a nationally recognized Emergency Medical Training Program that specializes in all EMS certifications at the State and National levels, while always maintaining excellence within our program.

Required Course Hours

Didactic: 312 Hours
Skills Labs: 168 Hours
Hospital Clinical: 240 Hours
Field Experience: 96 Hours
Field Internship: 480 Hours
Total: 1296 Hours

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OUR INSTRUCTORS

Corey Gremel: Chief Administrative Officer
Anaheim Fire and Rescue: Captain/Paramedic
Phone: (714) 717-4927
Email: cgremel@ocemt.edu

Andrew Kilian: Chief Operating Officer
Anaheim Fire and Rescue: Engineer/Paramedic/ Hazardous Materials Specialist
Phone: (949) 291-3887
Email: akilian@ocemt.edu

Wendy Ruggeri: Medical Doctor
Email: wruggeri@ocemt.edu

Lynn Barr
Phone: (949) 421-3958
Email: lbarr@ocemt.edu

Bryan Carter: Lead/Master Instructor
Newport Beach Fire Department: Firefighter/Paramedic
Email:  bcarter@ocemt.edu

Peter Trapani: Assistant Instructor
Orange County Fire Authority: Firefighter/Paramedic
Email: ptrapani@ocemt.edu

Lauren Lee: Assistant Instructor
Newport Beach Fire Department: EMS Instructor

 
 
STUDENT TUITION RECOVERY FUND DISCLOSURE

The Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) was established by the legislature to protect any California resident who attends a private post secondary institution from losing money if you prepaid tuition and suffered a financial loss as a result of the school closing, failing to live up to its enrollment agreement, or refusing to pay a court judgment. To be eligible for STRF, you must be a “California resident” and reside in California at the time the enrollment agreement is signed or when you receive lessons at a California mailing address from an approved institution offering correspondence instruction. Students who are temporarily residing in California for the sole purpose of pursuing an education, specifically those who hold students visas, are not considered a “California resident”. To qualify for STRF reimbursement you must file a STRF application within one year of receiving notice from the Bureau that the school is closed. If you do not receive notice from the Bureau, you have four years from the date of closure to file a STRF application. If a judgment is obtained you must file a STRF application within two years of the final judgment. It is important that you keep copies of the enrollment agreement, financial aid papers, receipts or any other information that documents the monies paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to:

Bureau for Private Post secondary Education:
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833
Toll Free (888) 370-7589
Fax (916) 263-1896 www.bppe.ca.gov

Student Tuition Recovery Fund- STRF
“You must pay the state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) if all of the following applies to you:

1. You are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition either by cash, guaranteed student loans, or personal loans, and

2. A student’s total charges are not paid by any third-party payer such as an employer, government program or other payer, unless you have a separate agreement to repay the third party. You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment if either of the following applies:

a) You are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program, or

b) Your total charges are paid by a third party, such as an employer, government program or other payer, and you have no separate agreement to repay the third party.”

“The State of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by students in educational programs who are California residents, or are enrolled in a residency program attending certain schools regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.”

You may be eligible for STRF if you are a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

1. The school closed before the course of instruction was completed.

2. The school’s failure to pay refunds or charges on behalf of a student to a third party for license fees or any other purpose, or to provide equipment or materials for which a charge was collected within 180 days before the closure of the school.

3. The school’s failure to pay or reimburse a loan proceeds under a federally guaranteed student loan program as required by law or to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the school prior to closure in excess of tuition and other costs.

4. There was a material failure to comply with the Act or the Division within 30 days before the school closed or, if the material failure began earlier than 30 days prior to closure, the period determined by the Bureau.

5. An inability, after diligent efforts, to prosecute, prove, and collect on a judgment against the institution for a violation of the Act.

APPROVAL TO OPERATE

Nationally Accredited Educational Institution
Council on Occupational Education (COE)
7840 Roswell Road, Building, Suite 325
Atlanta, Georgia 30350
Phone: (800) 396-3790
Website: www.council.org

California Approval To Operate
Bureau for Private Post Secondary Education
2535 Capital Oaks Drive, Suite 400
West Sacramento, CA 95798
Phone: (888) 370- 7589
Website: www.bppe.ca.gov

State of California Continuing Education Provider
California Emergency Medical Services
Continuing Education Provider Number: 30-0111
10901 Gold Center Drive, Suite 400
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Phone: (916) 322-4336
Website: www.emsa.ca.gov

County of Orange License to Operate
Orange County Emergency Medical Services
405 W. Fifth Street, Suite 301A
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: (714) 834-3500
Website: www.healthdisasteroc.org/ems

County of Los Angeles License to Operate
Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services
10100 Pioneer Blvd, Suite 200
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Phone: (562) 347-1500
Website: www.dhs.lacounty.gov

The Orange County EMT Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT’s Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

To Contact CoAEMSP:                                            

8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
(214) 703-8445
www.coaemsp.org

CLINICAL AND FIELD INTERNSHIP LOCATIONS

Clinical Internship Sites

University of California Irvine Medical Center
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868

Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)
1201 West La Veta
Orange, CA 92868

Orange County Global
1001 N. Tustin Avenue
Santa Ana, CA  92705

West Anaheim Medical Center (Prime Healthcare)
3033 West Orange Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92804

Field Internship/Capstone Sites

Anaheim Fire Department
201 S Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92805

Cathedral City Fire Department
32100 Desert Vista Road
Cathedral City, CA  92234

City of Compton Fire Department
205 S Willowbrook Ave.
Compton, CA  90220

Huntington Beach Fire Department
2000 Main Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Orange City Fire Department
176 South Grand St.
Orange, CA 92866

Riverside County Fire Department (Cal Fire)
16902 Bundy Ave
Riverside, CA 92518

Training Center

26429 Rancho Parkway South, Suite 150
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Phone: (949) 421-3958
Email: courseinfo@ocemt.edu
Web: www.ocemt.edu

PARAMEDIC PROGRAM FEES

Application Fee: $50
Enrollment Fee: $2,500
Tuition: $10,000

Enrollment Fee is due two weeks after acceptance into the program and is deducted from the total tuition. The balance of the tuition is due at orientation, unless the student has signed up for an approved payment plan.

Course Materials
Students must purchase prior to Class and are not included with tuition

Textbook: $300

Textbooks, optional: $170

FISDAP: Electronic Skills Database and Testing Fees: $125

Clinical equipment: Stethoscope/Goggles: $50-$200

Uniform: 511 Pants/Polo, optional boots and belt: $120-$300

Post Course Fees: Required for Certification/Licensure

National Registry Practical Exam: $225

National Registry written exam application fee: $225

State of California Paramedic Licensing Fee: $110

Live Scan: $70-$125

Total Estimated Cost: $12,000.00

Payment Plans require the Enrollment Fee of $2,500.00 to be paid in full two weeks after acceptance into the Program. Students will then have (3) installments of $2,525.00 due on the first day of each month following the start date of the course, for 3 consecutive months. There is a $50.00 enrollment fee for all payment plans. Refer to Financial Contract for more options.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This comprehensive Paramedic Program meets the standards of Title 22, from the California Code of Regulations, derived from the current National Standard Curriculum and formulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Program is full-time lasting 6 months in duration and consists of the following components: Didactic, Skills Labs, Clinical Internship, Field Experience, and Capstone Field Internship. Upon completion of the Program, a Course Completion Certificate is issued allowing students to apply for the National Registry Exam and then Licensure.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

The Paramedic Course offered by OCEMT is for certificate only. A course completion certificate shall be issued that meets the criteria of California EMS, Orange County EMS, National Registry of EMT, and is drawn from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Upon successful completion of our 1296 hour Paramedic course, students who achieve a minimum of 80% on all exams, successfully complete their hospital clinical and field internship will be eligible to take the National Registry Exam. We do not offer licensure or a degree for this course.

MINIMUM COURSE EXPECTATIONS

“To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.”

CONTACT HOURS FOR PROGRAM COMPLETION

1296 total hours from the following sections

1. Didactic Lecture: 312 hours
2. Skills Labs: 184
3. Hospital Clinical: 168 hours
4. Field Experience: (1) 24 hour shift
5. Field Internship: 384 hours (16 shifts)                   

6. Capstone Field Internship: 192 hours (8 shifts) 

Total: 1296 Course Hours

OCEMT-Program-Matrix
PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

1. Describe the roles and responsibilities of paramedics in the health care system

2. Demonstrate the level of professionalism expected of paramedics

3. Perform the duties of a paramedic while ensuring the safety and wellness to yourself and others

4. Operate within the Scope of Practice and Standard of Care of a paramedic including medical, legal and ethical issues

5. Apply principles of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, life-span development, and therapeutic communications to the assessment and management of patients

6. Identify the need to perform immediate lifesaving interventions to manage a patient’s airway, breathing, and circulation

7. Assess and formulate treatment plans within the Paramedic Scope of Practice for patients of all ages, to include Medical and Traumatic Emergencies

8. Apply principles of emergency medical services operations, including considerations in ambulance and air medical transportation, multiple casualty incidents, gaining access to and extricating patients, hazardous materials incidents, and responding to WMD incidents.

COURSE PROGRESSION

Students will progress through the Program by completing lecture, lab and clinical internships. The objectives for each course are explained in the syllabi for each course. Students are required to read the syllabus for each of the classes they are enrolled in. Students advance in the Hospital and Field Clinical program by meeting skill and assessment objectives along with affective behavior objectives outlined in the course syllabus. A minimum number of hours are required in various clinical settings as well as minimum skill competencies.

PROGRAM COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

1. The Paramedic Program is comprised of 17 individual courses that must be completed in sequence to complete the Program.

2. Students must Pass each Course by achieving the minimum score for each Unit Exam, completing all E-Book Quizzes, and “Pass” the Skills Lab, to move on to the next course.

3. Upon Completion of Courses 1-6, students will take a cumulative Final Exam consisting of 3 sections. Students must achieve the following scores in each section to move on to the Clinical Internship:

a) Final Exam: 73% or above

b) Written Treatment Plans: Must Meet Expectations

c) EKG Competency: 80% or above

d) NREMT Psychomotor Exam: Pass/Fail

4. Students must complete the Clinical Internship with a “Pass” or Meets Expectations on their final evaluation completed by their Clinical Preceptor, Program Clinical Coordinator, Program Director, and Program Medical Director. Students who complete this course will continue in the Program to the Field Experience section.

5. Students who complete the Field Experience Course, will proceed to the Field Internship Shifts 1-16

6. Capstone Field Internship: Shifts 17-24

7. Students must complete the Capstone Field Internship with a “Pass” or Meets Expectations on their final evaluation completed by their Field Preceptors, Program Clinical Coordinator, Program Director, and Program Medical Director. Students must also complete all of the objectives listed in the Capstone Field Internship Syllabus to complete course. Students that are successful will continue in the program to the last course in the Program titled “Licensure.”

8. Upon completion of the Capstone Internships, students must successfully pass the following Terminal Competency Tests

a) Summative Exam: 100 Questions
Minimum Score: 73%

b) NREMT Psychomotor Exam
Pass/Fail

c) Affective Domain Evaluation
Pass/Fail

9. Upon Completion of all sections, students will be eligible to take the NREMT Exam and apply for licensure. Students completing this course will graduate the Program and will achieve a Course Completion Certificate. 

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

1. Student must be a minimum of 18 years old and possess a High School Diploma, GED, and or equivalent.

2. Applicant must posses a current State of California EMT Basic, or EMT Intermediate license issued by a State EMS Agency, or the California Fire Marshal’s Office, or the NREMT.

3. Applicant must have a current BLS for Healthcare Provider card issued through the American Heart Association.

4. Applicant must have completed an Anatomy/Pathophysiology (Individual or Combined) or have taken a Paramedic Preparation course from an accredited institution that includes it .

5. Applicant must have a minimum of 1000 hours of part-time or full-time experience as an EMT prior to the application deadline. Verification must be in writing from a supervisor or Department Head, on official letterhead. Time may be served as a reserve and or Volunteer Firefighter and the Administration reserves the right to accept qualified candidates given sufficient work history in a related field.

6. Applicant must complete a Pre-Entrance Medical exam within six months of starting the course. This form must be completed and signed by a physician.

7. Applicants must have all vaccinations listed prior to starting their clinical internship and provide proof of their completed HBV series & titer at the time of application.

8. Applicants must complete a background history prior to entering the program. This does not include the DOJ Live Scan.

9. Applicants must provide a letter of recommendation from their current supervisor at their place of employment and one from an additional reference.

10. Applicants must submit the completed application with all supporting documents prior to moving on to the selection process.

HIGHLY DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

1. Paramedic Preparatory Course from an Accredited Institution

2. EKG Course from an Accredited Institution (College, University, Post-Secondary)

3. American Heart Association: Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

4. American Heart Association: Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

SELECTION PROCESS

1. Complete Application: $50.00 Fee

2. Schedule and take Fisdap Entrance Exam

3. Scheduled Interview with the Program Staff:

a) Questions to include: work experience, preparation, and EMT knowledge

b) Manipulative Skills Evaluation: Patient/Trauma Assessment, and Random EMT Skills

4. Closing Statement

5. Students will be placed on an eligibility list based on their performance during the Selection Process

6. The Administration will evaluate each candidate and reserves the right to select the most qualified students based upon their experience and education. This applies to all candidates and those who have experience outside of EMS, to include US Naval corpsman, DOD, and US Army Combat Medics.

LEARNING METHODS

The course contains 344 hours of lecture material combined with 184 hours of Skills Labs. Material is broken down into the following five learning methods:

a) Lecture based material (Didactic)

b) Navigate Premier Online Resource (Didactic)

c) Interactive group based psychomotor skills (Skills Lab)

d) Fisdap: Paramedic Assessment Tools

e) Individually based psychomotor skills (Skills Lab)

1. E-Book Quizzes
These are completed at the end of each lesson and are found in the JBL Navigate software. The post lesson tests can be taken multiple times and the highest score prior to the due date will be recorded. These tests are graded as a “Percentage.”

2. Unit Exams
Exams are graded as a percentage and are also Pass/Fail. Students must achieve the minimum cut score listed for each exam to progress to the next course. Students will be allowed one re-test for a score not meeting the standard.

3. Skills Labs
Students must complete the following; Skills Labs assigned with the corresponding Didactic Courses found in the Course Catalog. Skills Labs are Pass/Fail and students must successfully complete each Lab to move forward to the next section. Skills Labs are used to train students in practical skills and ALS interventions, defined by the NREMT and local protocol. Students must Pass all Skills Labs to move on to their Clinical Internship.

4. Final Exams
Final Exams will be graded as a percentage towards the student’s overall score. Students must receive the minimum cut score listed for the cognitive exam or will not progress in the course. Students must also successfully pass the EKG exam with an 80% or above and receive a Meets Expectations on all written treatment plans.

PROGRAM COMPLETION PROCEDURE

Student must pass each course by meeting the following requirements:

1. Complete all Post-Lesson tests (Multiple Attempts allowed)

2. Highly recommended to complete all quizzes with a score of 80%

3. Complete ALL Skills Lab with a “Meets Expectations” (Pass/Fail)

4. Complete ALL Course Exams with the minimum cut scores

5. Complete the Cumulative Final Exam with a minimum score of 73%

6. Complete the Final EKG Exam with a minimum score of 80%

7. Receive a Meets Expectations on all Treatment Plans on the Final Exam

8. Pass All NREMT Psychomotor Skills

9. Complete the Clinical Internship with a “Meets Expectations” on final evaluation (Pass/Fail)

10. Complete the Field Experience Internship

11. Complete the Field Internship with a “Meets or Below Expectations” on Shift 16 Evaluation

12. Complete the Capstone Internship with a “Meets Expectations” on the Final Evaluation: Shift 24

13. Receive a meets expectations on Affective Domain Evaluations

14. Complete Course 9: Terminal Competency
A) Summative Exam
B) Psychomotor Exam
C) Affective Exam

Schedule of Total Charges
Tuition for the course is $10,000.00, which covers the entire period of attendance and is equivalent to the entire program consisting of Courses 1-9. (All Courses listed in the Course Syllabus)

INCLUDED WITH TUITION

1. Controlled Notes

2. Uniform: Polo, Pants, T-Shirt, Hat

3. Stethescope

4. ICS 100 and 700

5. Clinical Internship

6. Field Internship

7. American Heart Association: Advanced Cardiac Life Support

8. American Heart Association: Pediatric Life Support

9. Orange County EMS: Course Completion Certificate

10. Orange County EMS: Paramedic Accreditation

11. Riverside County EMS: Paramedic Accreditation

12. NREMT Psychomotor Exam

REQUIRED VACCINATIONS

TB skin test (PPD), MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, Tetanus (TDaP) and Seasonal Influenza

1. TB skin test (PPD)
a) Must be current within the last 6 months and kept current while enrolled.
b) Positive PPD, or history of TB requires a written chest x-ray clearance from MD within last 12 months.

2. MMR – (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
a) Must show proof of two MMR immunizations
b) Positive titers for all three (MMR)
c) If both TB Skin Test and MMR are needed, MMR must be administered with the second TB skin test

3. Varicella Series (VZV)
a) Positive titer or immunization

4. Hepatitis B Series & Titer (Quantitative)
a) No waivers or declinations will be accepted
b) Must have proof of all three shots in the series and HBV titer results

5. TDP – (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)
a) A tetanus booster within the last year, or
b) If you have not received a tetanus booster within the last two years, you MUST get a TDaP (tetanus, diphtheria, & pertussis) vaccination.

6. Seasonal Influenza
a) Must be current each year or sign a flu declination form
b) You must have this prior to clinical rotations.

COURSE LANGUAGE

All students enrolling must speak English proficiently enough to have graduated from High School or to have achieved a GED. There will be no English services provided to those students who are not fluent in English; this course is instructed in ENGLISH ONLY.

LIBRARIES AND OTHER LEARNING RESOURCES

For the purpose of instructional education for Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic the following resources will be included with the tuition of the course to assist students equipment and/or learning resources necessary to be successful for completion of our program.

Library Resources/Media Center
a) Textbook: Nancy Caroline AAOS Emergency Care in the Streets 8th Edition

b) Study Guide: Emergency Care in the Streets 8th Edition Workbook

c) American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider Student Manual (CPR)

d) American Heart Association ACLS Student Manual

e) American Heart Association PALS Student Manual

f) EKG Student Books

g) Anatomy and Pathophysiology reference material

Websites and Other Resources
These websites may be used at the student’s leisure to offer further insight and possibly as resource for employment opportunities that lay ahead once course has been completed

a) National Standard Curriculum Course Outline: www.nhtsa.dot.gov

b) National Registry EMT: www.nremt.org/

c) Perfect Firefighter Candidate: www.firecareers.com

d) California EMS Agency: www.emsa.ca.gov

e) Pearson My Lab: www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com/northamerica/

f) Orange County EMS Agency: www.ochealthinfo.com

SCHOOL POLICIES

Articulation Agreement
Orange County EMT has an Articulation Agreement with Columbia Southern University. Students who complete the Paramedic Program through OCEMT and enroll in Columbia Southern University will receive 21 lower level semester hours in CSU’s degree programs. Note: Hours may also be divided as follows: 6 hours may be placed in the Natural Sciences and the remaining 15 hours in electives. Please refer to the university for admissions and transfer policies.

Columbia Southern University
21982 University Drive
Orangewood, Alabama 36561
Admissions: (800) 977- 8449
Website: www.columbiasouthern.edu

Policy on Transfer of Hours/Units
The transferability of credits you earn at Orange County EMT is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the Course Completion Certificate you earn thru OCEMT is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the Course Completion Certificate(s) that you earn at this institution is/are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your course work at the institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Orange County EMT’s Paramedic Program to determine if your Course Completion Certificate will transfer.

Title IV
It should be noted that Orange County EMT does not participate in Federal or State Financial Aid Programs.

Credit by Exam
OCEMT does not offer credit by exam

Advanced Placement Services At this time we do not offer Job Placement Services to candidates that have passed this program successfully. Orange County EMT has established well-respected professional relationships with many employers throughout Orange County. It is our desire to eventually become a recruiting platform for employment within these organizations.

Housing
Orange County EMT does not offer housing nor do we recommend any housing/dormitory facilities. It shall be up to the prospective student to find their own housing while attending the Paramedic program.

Visa
Orange County EMT does not admit students from other countries. It is not the responsibility of OCEMT to check the immigration status of our prospective students. A Department of Justice Background check will be performed for the EMT wishing to become licensed in Orange County in the near future. All instruction and audio/visual aids will be delivered in the English Language.

Experiential Credit
Orange County EMT does not award credit earned from another training institution and/or college or university. The Paramedic Program is an intense, challenging course that includes protocols that are specific to Orange County. Any previous education in Health Science or Emergency Medicine will be beneficial to the student, however will not count as credit earned for this course.

Financial Aid
Orange County EMT does not provide financial aid programs in any way. All costs that are associated with enrollment into our program shall be between the student and their financial institution. OCEMT does offer installment plans for approved students.

Distance Education
Orange County EMT does not provide distance education.

American Disability Act
OCEMT will follow the policies of the ADA as defined through “The NREMTs Americans with Disabilities Accommodations Policy for Educators and Students.”

a) For More information: www.nremt.org under general policies, ADA policy

b) Request the ADA brochure through the Program Administrator

Dismissal Policy
Failure to abide by all local and federal laws will be grounds for immediate dismissal from the program. Furthermore, all Rules of conduct found under “Program Code of Conduct” shall be followed with strict adherence. Any student dropped for violation of any policy shall be dropped from class without a refund. Any student found cheating will be immediately removed from class and dropped without a refund. Any student found under the influence of any intoxicant will be immediately removed from class and dropped without a refund. Violence or threatening behavior will not be accepted in any way. This will lead to dismissal and notification to local Law Enforcement. Failure to meet objectives stated in course achievement criteria will result in dismissal from this program. Also, any unlawful, unethical, or act seen as dishonest outside the guidelines set forth by the State of California EMS Authority or Orange County EMS may result in program expulsion. If such an occurrence does take place, there will be no refund of any kind for the student that has been separated from Orange County EMT’s training program.

Student Probation Policy
Any student who receives an exam score less than 80% will be placed on academic probation for the duration of the course. Academic Probation consists of a signed document signed by both OCEMT and the student, which states the student has achieved an exam score below the minimum standard and is at risk of failing the course.

Student Attendance Policy
Students shall attend all course hours unless arrangements have previously been made through the Administration. In these cases a maximum of 3 class sessions will be excused before a student is dropped from the course at the discretion of OCEMT.

Leave of Absence Policy
Any student who is absent for more than 3 class sessions without consent from OCEMT will be dropped from the class, or will be placed on a Leave of Absence. If placed on a Leave of Absence the student will have the option to enroll in the next course.

Student Withdrawal Procedure
Any student dropping the course must do so in writing by completing a Course Withdrawal form. The form can be accessed on our website under “Student Access” or by requesting one through the Administrative Secretary.

Non- Discrimination Enrollment Procedure
OCEMT will not discriminate against enrolling a student from any gender, race, ethnicity, age, or disability. ALL students must meet the entrance requirements and are evaluated equally through the selection process.

Non- Discrimination Policy for Faculty
OCEMT will not discriminate against any faculty, employee, or prospective employee, based on gender, race, ethnicity, age, or disability. Faculty will be hired in accordance to the requirements listed in Title 22, Division 9, Chapter 4 of the California Code of Regulations.

Student Substitution for Staff
At no time will a student be substituted for staff during the Clinical Internship, Field Experience Internship, or Capstone Field Internship.

Medical Insurance
Students are responsible for their own Medical Insurance to cover any health related issues during the Didactic, Clinical and Field Internship sections of the course, including any exposures that require medical attention during the Program.

Complaint Procedure
A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with Bureau of Private Post secondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589, or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s Internet Web site.

Uniform and Grooming Policy
1. All students must maintain personal hygiene through all portions of the course

2. No ear-rings or piercings of any kind may be visible on male students

3. No facial hair other than a moustache is acceptable – Cannot extend below the bottom lip

4. Tattoos must be covered by long sleeves, pants or collared shirts.

5. OCEMT Uniform must be worn at ALL times unless otherwise advised by the Administration

a) Embroidered Polo
b) Pants
c) Black Belt
d) Black Steel Toed Boots or Shoes

Code of Ethics:
1. The Emergency Medical Technician provides services based on human need, with respect for human dignity, unrestricted by consideration of nationality, race creed, color, or status.

2. The Emergency Medical Technician does not use professional knowledge and skills in any enterprise detrimental to the public wellbeing.

3. The Emergency Medical Technician respects and holds in confidence all information of a confidential nature obtained in the course of professional work unless required by law to divulge such information.

4. The Emergency Medical Technician shall maintain professionalism and demonstrate concern for the competence of other members of the Emergency Medical Services health care team.

5. An Emergency Medical Technician assumes responsibility in defining and upholding standards of professional practice and education.

6. The Emergency Medical Technician assumes responsibility for individual and professional actions and judgment in both dependent and independent emergency functions and knows and upholds the laws, which affect the practice of the Emergency Medical Technician.

7. An Emergency Medical Technician has the responsibility to be aware of and participate in matters of legislation affecting the Emergency Medical Service System.

8. The Emergency Medical Technician, or groups of Emergency Medical Technicians, who advertise professional service, do so in conformity with the dignity of the profession.

9. The Emergency Medical Technician has an obligation to protect the public by not delegating to a person less qualified, any service that requires the professional competence of an Emergency Medical Technician

10. The Emergency Medical Technician will work harmoniously with and sustain confidence in Emergency Medical Technician associates, the nurses, the physicians, and other members of the Emergency Medical Services health care team.

11. The Emergency Medical Technician refuses to participate in unethical procedures, and assumes the responsibility to expose incompetence or unethical conduct of others to the appropriate authority in a proper and professional manner.

LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

Before a graduate can obtain entry-level employment as a licensed paramedic, the graduate must complete the National Registry Certification Exam and the National Registry Practical Skills with a passing score. The NREMT Exam is offered at eight (8) Pearson Vue Educational Centers located throughout the State of California. The National Registry Practical Skills exam is offered at various colleges throughout California and can be found on the NREMT Website. After successfully completing the exams, graduates can obtain a State Paramedic license through the CA State EMSA office. Once received, candidates can apply for jobs as an Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic.

AFFECTIVE DOMAIN

Affective Domain measures the student’s attitudes, behaviors, and professional attributes, as well as Classroom and Field conduct. Students will be evaluated in these domains upon completion of each Didactic Course and with each Major Evaluation during the Clinical Internship, Field Experience, and Capstone Field Internship. Students must consistently demonstrate these attributes to successfully complete the Paramedic Program.

Scoring Criteria
The affective domain is measured through 11 attributes that are worth up to 2 points each for every domain that the student displays. Students must receive a score of 22 or meet expectations for all 11 attributes on their final evaluation to pass the course. Students who are grossly negligent in one of the domains can be dropped from the program after the first evaluation.

OCEMT Grading criteria

Domains Evaluated (National Guidelines of EMS Instructors)
1. Integrity
Examples of professional behavior include, but are not limited to: Consistent honesty; being able to be trusted with the property of others; can be trusted with confidential information; complete and accurate documentation of patient care and learning activities.

2. Empathy
Examples of professional behavior include, but are not limited to: Showing compassion for others; responding appropriately to the emotional response of patients and family members; demonstrating respect for others demonstrating a calm, compassionate, and helpful demeanor toward those in need; being supportive and reassuring to others.

3. Self- Motivation
Examples of professional behavior include, but are not limited to: Taking initiative to complete assignments; taking initiative to improve and/or correct behavior; taking on and following through on tasks without constant supervision; showing enthusiasm for learning and improvement; consistently striving for excellence in all aspects of patient care and professional activities; accepting constructive feedback in a positive manner; taking advantage of learning opportunities

4. Appearance and Personal Hygiene
Examples of professional behavior include, but are not limited to: Clothing and uniform is appropriate, neat, clean and well maintained; good personal hygiene and grooming.

5. Self- Confidence
Examples of professional behavior include, but are not limited to: Demonstrating the ability to trust personal judgment; demonstrating an awareness of strengths and limitations; exercises good personal judgment.

6. Communications
Examples of professional behavior include, but are not limited to: Speaking clearly; writing legibly; listening actively; adjusting communication strategies to various situations

7. Time Management
Examples of professional behavior include, but are not limited to: Consistent punctuality; completing tasks, assignments on time, being to class on time, not leaving class early, no excessive absences.

8. Teamwork and Diplomacy
Examples of professional behavior include, but are not limited to: Placing the success of the team above self interest; not undermining the team; helping and supporting other team members; showing respect for all team members; remaining flexible and open to change; communicating with others to resolve problems.

9. Respect
Examples of professional behavior include, but are not limited to: Being polite to others; not using derogatory or demeaning terms; behaving in a manner that brings credit to the profession.

10. Patient Advocacy
Examples of professional behavior include, but are not limited to: Not allowing personal bias to or feelings to interfere with patient care; placing the needs of patients above self interest; protecting and respecting patient confidentiality and dignity.

11. Careful Delivery of Service
Examples of professional behavior include, but are not limited to: Mastering and refreshing skills; performing complete equipment checks; demonstrating careful and safe ambulance operations; following policies, procedures, and protocols; following orders.

Evaluations per Course
1. One evaluation for EMTP-1 and EMTP-1L

2. One evaluation for EMTP-2 and EMTP-2L

3. One evaluation for EMTP-3 and EMTP-3L

4. One evaluation for EMTP-4 and EMTP-4L

5. One evaluation for EMTP-5 and EMTP-5L

6. One evaluation for EMTP-6 and EMTP-6L

7. Three evaluations for EMTP-7CI: 56 Hours, 112 Hours, 168 Hours

8. Three Evaluations for EMTP-8FI: Shifts 8/16/24

REFUND POLICY

Orange County EMT has established a fair and equitable refund policy for the refund of tuition, fees, and other institutional charges in the event a course is cancelled, a student does not enter the course in which they enrolled, or does not complete the period of enrollment for which the student has been charged.

Procedure
1. Notify Administration of your intention to drop Course through email, writing, phone, or in person

2. Administration will confirm your request to drop has been received.

3. The date of confirmation will start the Refund period.

4. Refund amounts will be issued per the Criteria listed below

5. Refunds will be issued through PayPal or by check to the address listed at the time of enrollment

6. Refunds, when due, must be made without requiring a request from the student

7. Refunds, when due, shall be made within 45 days of the last day of attendance if (a) written notification of withdrawal has been provided to OCEMT by the student, or (b) from the date OCEMT terminates the student from the course, or (c) OCEMT determines withdrawal by the student.

8. Retention of tuition and fees collected in advance for a student who does not commence class shall not exceed $100.

Refunds for Classes Canceled by Orange County EMT
If tuition and fees are collected in advance of the start date of a program and the institution cancels the class, 100% of the tuition and fees collected must be refunded. The refund shall be made within 45 days of the planned start date.

Refunds for Students Who Withdrawal on or Before the First Day of Class:
If tuition and fees are collected in advance of the start date of class and the student does not begin class or withdraws on the first day of class, no more than $100 of the tuition and fees may be retained by the institution. Appropriate refunds for a student who does not begin classes shall be made within 45 days of the class start date.

Refunds for Students Enrolled Prior to Visiting the Institution:
Students who have not visited the school facility prior to enrollment will have the opportunity to withdraw without penalty within three days following either attendance at a regularly scheduled orientation or following a tour of the facilities and inspection of the equipment.

Orange County EMT Refund Policy for Withdrawal After Course Commences:
a) During the first 10% of the period of the didactic financial obligation, the institution shall refund 90% of the tuition.

b) After the first 10% of the period of financial obligation and until the end of the first 25% of the period of obligation, the institution shall refund at least 50% of the tuition.

c) After the first 25% of the period of financial obligation and until the end of the first 50% of the period of obligation, the institution shall refund at least 25% of the tuition.

d) After the first 50% of the period of financial obligation, the institution may retain all of the tuition.

Refund Chart
Based off of 60 days of Didactic Lecture and tuition of $10,000.00

Amount of refund issued:
a) 90% issued for Class Days 1-6 = $9,000.00
b) 50% issued for Class Days 7-15= $5,000.00
c) 25% issued for Class Days 16-30= $2,500.00
d) 0% issued for Class Days 31-60= $0

STUDENT HEALTH SAFETY

See the Health and Safety Plan found in the student access section of the program website at www.ocemt.edu or request a copy from the Administrative Secretary

STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

If you feel that your rights have been violated follow the procedure below:

a) Informal Process – Notify instructor and or Administrative Faculty  
If Unresolved, File a formal complaint

b) Formal Process – Send a written complaint to the Chief Administrative Officer
If Unresolved, Formal Process continues

c) Investigation: OCEMT will investigate the grievance & will respond within 2 weeks of filing
If Unresolved, file an appeal within 5 days of decision

d) Send a written appeal to OCEMT Board of Trustees through the Program Director: A decision will be given to the student within 30 days of receiving the written complaint
Unresolved, send a written complaint to the BPPE

e) Appeal to the Bureau of Private Post secondary Education
Final Disposition

“Any questions a student may have regarding this course catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the Institution may be directed to the Bureau of Private Post secondary Education.”

REQUIRED STUDENT RECORDS

1. Orange County EMT shall maintain records of the name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number of each student who is enrolled in an educational program within this institution.

2. Orange County EMT shall maintain, for each student granted a degree or certificate by this institution, permanent records of all of the following:
a) The EMT-P course completion certificate granted and the date on which that degree or certificate was granted.
b) The courses and units on which the certificate or degree was based.
c) The grades earned by the student in each of those courses.

3. Orange County EMT shall maintain, for a period of not less than five years, at its principal place of business in this state, complete and accurate records of all of the following information:

a) The educational programs offered by this institution and the curriculum for each.
b) The names and addresses of the members of this institution’s faculty and records of the educational qualifications of each member of the faculty.
c) Any other records required to be maintained by this chapter, including, but not limited to, records maintained pursuant to Article 16

STUDENT TUITION RECOVERY FUND DISCLOSURE

The Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) was established by the legislature to protect any California resident who attends a private post secondary institution from losing money if you prepaid tuition and suffered a financial loss as a result of the school closing, failing to live up to its enrollment agreement, or refusing to pay a court judgment. To be eligible for STRF, you must be a “California resident” and reside in California at the time the enrollment agreement is signed or when you receive lessons at a California mailing address from an approved institution offering correspondence instruction. Students who are temporarily residing in California for the sole purpose of pursuing an education, specifically those who hold students visas, are not considered a “California resident”. To qualify for STRF reimbursement you must file a STRF application within one year of receiving notice from the Bureau that the school is closed. If you do not receive notice from the Bureau, you have four years from the date of closure to file a STRF application. If a judgment is obtained you must file a STRF application within two years of the final judgment. It is important that you keep copies of the enrollment agreement, financial aid papers, receipts or any other information that documents the monies paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to:

Bureau for Private Post secondary Education:
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833
Toll Free (888) 370-7589
Fax (916) 263-1896
www.bppe.ca.gov

Student Tuition Recovery Fund- STRF
“You must pay the state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) if all of the following applies to you:

1. You are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition either by cash, guaranteed student loans, or personal loans, and

2. A student’s total charges are not paid by any third-party payer such as an employer, government program or other payer, unless you have a separate agreement to repay the third party. You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment if either of the following applies:

a) You are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program, or

b) Your total charges are paid by a third party, such as an employer, government program or other payer, and you have no separate agreement to repay the third party.”

“The State of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by students in educational programs who are California residents, or are enrolled in a residency program attending certain schools regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.”

You may be eligible for STRF if you are a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

1. The school closed before the course of instruction was completed.

2. The school’s failure to pay refunds or charges on behalf of a student to a third party for license fees or any other purpose, or to provide equipment or materials for which a charge was collected within 180 days before the closure of the school.

3. The school’s failure to pay or reimburse a loan proceeds under a federally guaranteed student loan program as required by law or to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the school prior to closure in excess of tuition and other costs.

4. There was a material failure to comply with the Act or the Division within 30 days before the school closed or, if the material failure began earlier than 30 days prior to closure, the period determined by the Bureau.

5. An inability, after diligent efforts, to prosecute, prove, and collect on a judgment against the institution for a violation of the Act.

PROGRAM CONTENT

Course One: AIRWAY

1. Course ID: EMTP-1
Hours: 80
2. Skills Lab: EMTP-1L
Hours: 26

Course Two: CARDIAC

1. Course ID: EMTP-2
Hours: 64
2. Skills Lab: EMTP-2L
Hours: 26

Course Three: MEDICAL

1. Course ID: EMTP-3
Hours: 48
2. Skills Lab: EMTP-3L
Hours: 20

Course Four: TRAUMA

1. Course ID: EMTP-4
Hours: 40
2. Skills Lab: EMTP-4L
Hours: 26

Course Five: OB/PEDIATRICS

1. Course ID: EMTP-5
Hours: 56
2. Skills Lab: EMTP-5L
Hours: 20

Course Six: OPERATIONS

1. Course ID: EMTP-6
Hours: 40
2. Skills Lab: EMTP-6L
Hours: 18

Course Seven: CLINICAL INTERNSHIP

1. Clinical Skills Lab: EMTP-7L
Hours: 16
2. Clinical Internship: EMTP-7C
Hours: 164

Course Eight: FIELD INTERNSHIP

1. Field Internship Skills Lab: EMTP-8L
Hours: 16
2. Field Experience: EMTP-8FI
Hours: 24
3. Field Internship: EMTP-8FI
Hours: 384
4. Capstone Internship: EMTP-8FI
Hours: 192

Course Nine: TERMINAL COMPETENCIES/LICENSURE

Course ID: EMTP-9
Hours: 16

1. Summative Exam: 73% or above
2. Psychomotor Exam: Must receive a Meets Expectations to pass
3. Affective Evaluation: Must receive a Meets Expectations to pass

 

SPACE IS LIMITED FOR THE PARAMEDIC PROGRAM.