The below information is from the Michael K. Copass, MD Paramedic Training Program website. The University of Washington Department of Emergency Medicine has a longstanding partnership with the Paramedic Training Program, giving it's students the convenience to interact with our patients, residents, and faculty, and the opportunity to learn in our facilities.
Please visit the Paramedic Training Program website for more information about it's curriculum, program outcomes, partners and history.
The Paramedic program is a 10-month competency based program, meaning that each of the cognitive, affective and psychomotor learning domain building blocks must be mastered before allowing the student to advance to the next level. Because pre-hospital paramedicine ultimately deals with life and death, it is imperative that each student be trained to the highest of standards.
The objective of UW/HMC/PMT program is to train non-physicians in the principles of evaluation and resuscitation of the critically ill or injured patient. The educational goals of the paramedic student will be to attain advanced knowledge and experience in the evaluation of acute medical emergencies and the psychomotor skills necessary to accomplish this task.
It is the mission of the Michael K. Copass, MD Paramedic Training Program to prepare its graduates to:
- Perform at the level of a well-trained physician in the pre-hospital setting.
- Master critical thinking.
- Become leaders in the medical community.
- Conduct themselves in a manner befitting their duty as medical providers.
Overview of Courses
The paramedic curriculum takes place in a fast-paced and intense competency based learning environment. In addition to the classroom lecture, labs, and clinical rotations, students are required to participate in field practicums on Medic One vehicles. This provides extensive patient contact under direct supervision of fire department paramedics and allows for immediate feedback. These field practicums are a substantially large time commitment in addition to the normal classroom studies.