This course is designed to prepare the student for the Paramedic level as outlined by the 2009 National EMS Education Standards for the Paramedic. The student is introduced to the Paramedic career field. Concepts taught include medical/legal considerations, the roles and responsibilities of the paramedic, anatomy and physiology, patient assessment techniques, medication administration, pharmacology, and life span development. Students will complete a 90 hour clinical experience in the hospital setting. Clinical emphasis will be devoted to outpatient surgery and emergency departments. Students must be currently certified at the EMT-Basic/EMT or higher level, be at least 17 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, be able to speak, write, and read English. Current BCLS recognition at the Healthcare Provider (American Heart Association) or Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross) level is required prior to starting NSC Paramedic 1. Students will be required to undergo a national criminal background check and State of Iowa child/adult abuse registry check prior to starting clinical rotations. Mandatory reporter training and a health physical are required prior to starting clinical/field rotations. The cost of obtaining these requirements is in addition to course tuition and fees. Information on how to satisfy these requirements will be distributed the first night of class.