UC Davis Fire Department Paramedic Course


The University of California, Davis Fire Department 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.

The UC Davis Fire Department paramedic program is designed to provide students the opportunity to learn up-to-date principles and practices of Advanced Life Support (ALS) pre-hospital emergency care in a didactic (classroom and lab), clinical (in-hospital), and field (on an ambulance) setting. The paramedic should be able to integrate his or her knowledge of pathophysiology with a patient’s history, vital signs data, and physical findings in order to render the best care possible to sick and injured patients.

Course Description

This course covers the didactic and psychomotor material necessary to establish a foundation for paramedic prehospital patient assessment and management. Topics include preparatory, human body and human systems, pharmacology, patient assessment, airway management, and emergency care for patients suffering from respiratory, cardiac, shock, traumatic, medical, obstetric, pediatric and neonatal emergencies.

The course meets all of the National EMS Education Standards for Paramedics and complies with Title 22, Division 9, Chapter 4 of the California State Code of regulations.

A course completion certificate is awarded to students who pass the course with a score of 80% or better, fulfill all clinical requirements, and successfully complete the capstone filed internship. Successful completion of the Paramedic Program provides eligibility to the National Registry of EMT's Paramedic examination to receive certification as a Nationally Registered Paramedic.

Course Outcomes

Outcomes are prescribed by the U.S. Department of Transportation National EMS Education Standards, National EMS Scope of Practice (SOP) Model and California Title 22, including the appropriate SOP transition material found at ems.gov.

A few examples of course outcomes include :

  • Define the paramedic roles and responsibilities within an EMS system, and how these roles and responsibilities differ from other levels of providers. 

  • Explain the importance of personal wellness in EMS. 

  • Define the role that ethics play in decision-making in the out-of-hospital environment.

  • Apply the general concepts of pathophysiology for assessment and management of emergency patients.

  • Describe the legal issues that impact decisions made in the out of hospital environment.

  • Integrate pathophysiological principles of pharmacology and the assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement a pharmacologic management plan.

  • Safely and precisely access the venous circulation and administer medications.

  • Integrate the principles of therapeutic communication to effectively communicate with any patient while providing care.

  • Establish and/or maintain an open airway, oxygenate, and ventilate a patient by mastering techniques in Bag Valve Mask, Supraglottic Airway and Endotracheal Intubation.

  • Use the appropriate techniques to obtain a medical history from a patient.

  • Integrate the principles of history taking and techniques of a physical exam to perform a patient assessment.

  • Apply a process of clinical decision making to use the assessment findings to help form a field impression.

  • Follow an accepted format for dissemination of patient information in verbal form.

  • Effectively document the essential elements of patient assessment, care, and transport.

  • Describe the knowledge and principles associated with the acute management of respiratory emergencies.

  • Demonstrate the appropriate management of a patient suffering from a respiratory emergency.

  • Describe the knowledge and principles associated with the acute management of cardiovascular

    emergencies including acute coronary syndrome and cardiac arrest.

  • Demonstrate the appropriate management of a patient suffering from a cardiovascular emergency.

  • Demonstrate the skills and ability to treat and manage an adult patient with acute coronary syndrome, or in cardiac arrest.

  • Describe the knowledge and principles associated with the acute management of traumatic emergencies.

  • Demonstrate the appropriate management of a trauma patient with complications affecting airway, breathing, circulation, hemorrhage, and shock.

Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to attend ALL sessions of the course.  Attendance during the first two weeks is mandatory.  Participants who miss any classes during the first two weeks of class will be dropped from the course and no refunds will be issued.

California State EMS regulations and college credit standards require a minimum number of hours for paramedic education. Therefore, attendance is always mandatory and is tracked hour by hour.