So it's taken me this long to get it straight in my own head, and read through all the documentation associated with our courses. Ten months of courses, followed by clinical/field.
COURSE HOURS HOURS
A&P for Paramedic Practice 64 3
Introduction to Advanced Practice 64 3
Emergency Pharmacology 40 2
Patient Assessment & Airway Mgmt 64 3
Cardiology 112 4
EMS Operations 64 3
Trauma Management 64 3
Medical Emergencies 66 3
Special Populations 64 3
2243 Assessment Based Management 48 2
Clinical – I 250 2
Clinical -II (Field Internship) 250 2
The A&P class is taken "on the side" throughout the rest of the courses. Ideally, we should use it should follow along with what we are doing in regular class. Meaning that we should be ahead on the A&P reading (I am as yet, not ahead in this reading). Speaking with one of the advisors, he said that in the past some people have left it for last. We cannot start clinicals until it's done, so they seriously crammed at the last minute. I get tachycardic just thinking about that (and getting through the rest of class will be much easier if A&P is done).
With classes on Tuesday and Thursday, I really cannot think about doing any “extra” reading between Monday and Thursday, so I guess A&P will live on the weekends. I’m attempting to be a better student – actually setting up a schedule for studying – but that’s a constant struggle for me with my ADD/procrastination learning style. I usually end up reading and doing quizzes on my breaks at work.
So, what does “Introduction to Advanced Practice” entail? So glad you asked. My life looks like this:
1 Orientation and Course Overview
2 Being a Paramedic
3 Illness and Injury Prevention
4 Legal Issues and Ethics
5 Life Span Development
6 Pathophysiology 1 (Cells and Tissues, Role of Electrolytes, Acid-Base Balance)
7 Pathophysiology 2 (Genetics, Hypoperfusion, Types of Shock)
8 Pathophysiology 3 (Immune System, Inflammation, Stress and Disease)
That’s a ton of work. And about 300 dense pages of reading. In four weeks.
I can totally do this.