Available courses are usually part of paramedic, emergency medical services or fire fighter programs that result in a certificate or associate's degree. Due to the intense, hands-on training requirements of the field, paramedic programs aren't typically offered fully online. However, many schools offer these programs in hybrid format, which combines online and in-person learning.
Many paramedic programs have prerequisites; students are usually required to complete an EMT basic program before enrolling in a paramedic program. Applicants may also need to be licensed EMT-Bs. Many schools that offer paramedic programs also offer EMT programs.
Online Paramedic Courses
The following are some commonly offered online courses in paramedic studies.
- Medical Terminology Course: In this class, students learn the correct words for diseases, medications and body parts. They also learn pronunciations and spellings so they can communicate with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals and quickly and effectively discuss the status of an emergency patient.
- First Aid and CPR Course: This class provides basic life support using CPR and first aid techniques that are approved by the American Heart Association. This is usually a hybrid course, which includes online lectures and practical instruction through a local certified healthcare facility. Often, students gain certification at its completion.
- Cardiology Course: Students study aspects of anatomy and physiology that are useful to paramedics. They also learn ways to identify cardiovascular disorders and examine their treatments.
- Introduction to Pathophysiology Course: This class trains students in how disease and injury can alter structures in the human body. Students examine how these changes occur in people of all ages. EMT certification is often a prerequisite for this course.