Southern Union State Community College

Program Information

Program Information

This program is no longer accepting applications for admission.

Degrees Earned:  Associate in Applied Science in Paramedic and Associate in Applied Science in Nursing 

Length of Program*:  EMS/AEMT/Paramedic  4 Semesters* or 60 Semester Hours (includes EMT, AEMT & Paramedic)
Registered Nursing 3 Semesters* or 36 semester hours + 14 additional credit hours awarded after successful completion of NUR 111
*Length of program does not include prerequisite courses. See list of prerequisites.

Programs Accreditation/Approval:
Emergency Medical Services: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the EMS Professionals (CoAEMSP)
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: (727) 210-2350
Website: http://www.caahep.org

Associate Degree Nursing:
Program Accreditation:  Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000
Fax: (404) 975-5020
Email: info@acenursing.org
Web: www.acenursing.org

Alabama Board of Nursing
P.O. Box 303900
Montgomery, AL. 36130-3900
1-800-656-5318
www.abn.state.al.us

Location:

Credentials Earned: National Registered EMT-Paramedic following successful completion of all levels of National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians certification exams. The National Registry examinations are required for licensure in Alabama at all three EMT levels.  Registered Nurse following successfully passage of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN)

Additional Information

Admission Requirements - program no longer accepting applications for admission
Paramedic to RN FastTrack Program Brochure - no longer accepting applications for admission
Health Sciences Information Session
Estimated Cost of Program
Essential Functions for EMS
Essential Functions for Nursing
EMS Student Handbook
Nursing Student Handbook 2014-15
Nursing Student Handbook 2015-16
Preceptor Handbook for NUR 204

Program Curriculum

PREREQUISITE COURSE LISTING:  
Course Number Course Description Theory Lab Clinical Contact Credit
*BIO 201 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3 1 0 0 4
*BIO 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3 1 0 5 4
*BIO 220 General Microbiology 3 1 0 6 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3 0 0 3 3
MTH 100 or higher Intermediate College Algebra 3 0 0 3 3
PSY 200 General Psychology 3 0 0 3 3
SPH 107 or SPH 106 Public Speaking or Oral Communications 3 0 0 3 3
Humanities Humanities Elective** 3 0 0 3 3

*BIO 103 is a prerequisite to BIO 201 and 220 if courses taken at SUSCC.

**Most courses from Area II of the Alabama General Studies Curriculum (AGSC) can be used to satisfy the humanities elective requirement. The courses taught at SUSCC that can be used for the elective are: ART 100, Art Appreciation; MUS 101, Music Appreciation; THR 120, Theater Appreciation; IDS 102, Ethics; HUM 101, Introduction to Humanities; SPA 101 or 102, Introductory Spanish; GRN 101 or 102, Introductory German, HPS 113, Spanish for the Healthcare Professional; ENG 271 or 272, World Literature; REL 151, Survey of Old Testament; or REL 152, Survey of New Testament. If you are transferring from other colleges or universities, you should check with an Academic Advisor regarding transfer of your course(s).

Semester I - EMT & AEMT 

Course Number Course Description Theory Lab Clinical Contact Credit
EMS 118 Emergency Medical Technician 6 3 0 12 9
EMS 119 Emergency Medical Technician Clinical 0 0 1 3 1
EMS 155 Advanced Emergency Medical Technician 6 3 0 12 8
EMS 156 Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Clinical 0 0 2 6 2
Total Semester   12 6 3 33 20

Semester II - PARAMEDIC 

Course Number Course Description Theory Lab Clinical Contact Credit
EMS 240 Paramedic Operations 1 1 0 3 2
EMS 241 Paramedic Cardiology 2 1 0 3 3
EMS 242 Paramedic Patient Assessment 2 1 0 3 3
EMS 243 Paramedic Pharmacology 0 1 0 2 1
EMS 244 Paramedic Clinical I 0 0 1 3 1
Total Semester   5 4 1 14 10

Semester III - PARAMEDIC

Course Number Course Description Theory Lab Clinical Contact Credit
EMS 245 Paramedic Medical Emergencies 2 1 0 4 3
EMS 246 Paramedic Trauma Management 2 1 0 4 3
EMS 247 Paramedic Special Populations 1 1 0 3 2
EMS 248 Paramedic Clinical II 0 0 3 9 3
Total Semester   5 3 3 20 11

Semester IV - PARAMEDIC

Course Number Course Description Theory Lab Clinical Contact Credit
EMS 253 Paramedic Transition to the Workforce 1 1 0 3 2
EMS 254 Advanced Competencies for Paramedic 1 1 0 3 2
EMS 255 Paramedic Field Preceptorship 0 0 5 1 5
EMS 256 Paramedic Team Leadership 0 0 1 3 1
Total Semester   2 2 6 21 10

Semester V - NURSING

Course Number Course Description Theory Lab Clinical Contact Credit
NUR 111 Paramedic to ADN Mobility 8 1 3 20 12

14 additional hours of nursing credit are awarded following successful completion of NUR 111 and a score of 75 or higher on the comprehensive standardized examination in NUR 111.

Semester VI - NURSING

Course Number Course Description Theory Lab Clinical Contact Credit
PSY 210 Human Growth & Development 3 0 0 3 3
NUR 202 Nursing Through the Lifespan II 3 0 3 12 6
Total Semester   6 0 3 15 9

Semester VII - NURSING

Course Number Course Description Theory Lab Clinical Contact Credit
NUR 203 Nursing Through the Lifespan III 4 0 2 10 6
NUR 204 Transition into Nursing Practice 2 0 2 8 4
Total Semester   6 0 4 18 10

 

Program Totals
  Credit Hours Prerequisites     27  
EMT/AEMT/Paramedic 61
In-program academic (PSY 210) 3
Nursing (including 14 additional hours) 42
TOTAL HOURS all programs 133

Comprehensive Examinations Information

Comprehensive Exams

Students in the nursing program will be required to take comprehensive examinations at the end of each nursing courses within the curriculum. The test results will be part of the course grade and may serve as the course final in selected courses. Students will be charged for these tests.

Comprehensive Program Exam

To assist the student to be successful on the licensure exam, students in the nursing program will be required to take a comprehensive program exam in order to successfully complete NUR 204. Students receiving the Associate in Applied Science in Nursing will be provided an opportunity to take this exam during the course. It will count as part of the course grade and may be the final for NUR 204. It is recommended that students scoring below the determined passing level remediate to help the student reach their goal of becoming a nurse.