Paramedic (not currently being offered)

Paramedic (not currently being offered)


  1. Current RI EMT (EMT-Basic) or higher
  2. BCI (Students will need to obtain a BCI check upon entering the program. If you have questions or concerns about this, contact the admissions office at 773-7716)
  3. Immunization records (Students will need documentation of full immunization to participate. Specific information about the requriements can be obtained during orientation).
  4. Applicants should have some field experience as an EMS provider.
  5. Entrance exam and interview (applicants will be required to take a written EMT test to determine baseline knowledge and also attend an oral interview to determine suitability for this program)
Tuition Includes:

Tuition, uniform shirt, lab & clinical fees, ACLS, and access to the online classroom ALL INCLUDED IN TUITION. $6500 tuiton is for 2014 only to introduce our new paramedic format. The next course will be priced approximately 50% higher.

We are so confident in our program graduates that as of April 2014, 911Programs is offering a 100% money-back guarantee on your tuition if you cannot pass the NREMT Exam. If you would like more details, inquire by email or phone.

NREMT Exam pass rates for our Paramedic graduates:

  • 2008: 40% first time (national average 61%), 100% by third time (national average 79%)
  • 2009: 100% first time (national average 70%)
  • 2010: (no students completed tesing in this year)
  • 2011: 100% first time (national average 69%)

Next Courses

To be announced
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Course Information

This program has been re-built from the ground up to meet the growing educational needs of the modern paramedic. This course will be taught by physicians, nurses, and paramedics with high degrees of clinical experience only. This is an intense course designed for EMS professionals who are capable of serious commitment. Applicants will be required to submit a letter of intent including all relevant education experiences and EMS experience. Select candidates will be contacted for a personal interview with the Program Director, Clinical Coordinator, and Student Services Advisor to determine eligibility for entrance into the program. Strict polices regarding attendance, attire, and conduct should be expected. Comprehensive information delivered by highly experienced clinicians in an academic environment is what students can expect. In addition, labs will include many clinical procedures including:

  • Airway Management: airway opening, suction, ventilation, adjuncts, EOA, DLA, LMA, LTA, OEI, digital intubation, nasal intubation (blind and facilitated), needle and sugical cricothyrotomy (pig lab), commercial cric
  • Vascular Access: peripheral venous access, jugular venous access, central line management, intraosseaous, intro to phlebotomy, fingerstick glucose analysis
  • Medication Administration: PO, PR, IM, SC, SL/buccal, inhalation, ET, IV bolus, IV infusion, RSI, math for medication
  • Cardiovascular Skills: defibrillation, cardioversion, external pacing, 12-lead interpretation, static cardiology, dynamic cardiology (medical and trauma), CPR, pericardiocentesis, thoracentesis management
  • History and Physical Examination: vital signs including heart and lung sounds, history taking, advanced physical examination techniques, aggressive trauma assessment, advanced abdominal exam (Rosving's sign, McBurney's sign, Psoas sign, Obturator sign), cranial nerve assessment and reflexes
  • Trauma Management: supine and seated spine immobilization, traction splinting, shock management, advanced hemorrhage control techniques, wound care, sterile technique and sterile dressing changes, and safe patient lifting techniques (taught by a physical therapist)

Approximately 50% of the didactic portion is in the laboratory and some of that will be conducted in our Sim Lab with a high-fidelity manikin providing a realistic experience with computer-aided feedback and video review.


Course content and conduct is derived from and/or complies with:

  • The National EMS Core Content
  • The National EMS Scope of Practice
  • The National EMS Education Standards
  • The Rhode Island Division of EMS guidelines to conduct EMS training programs


The following physical materials are provided by the Program to each student

  • Paramedic Textbooks TBA
  • BLS for Healthcare Providers – Student Manual, American Heart Association, 2010 version (library loan)

The following distributive materials may be viewed online or downloaded and/or printed by the student


  • Medical Director: Robert Casci, D.O.
  • Medical Review Staff: Various emergency physicians from RI hospitals
  • Program Director / Didactic Coordinator: William Howe, B.A., REMT-P, EMS I/C, License number 5453-P
  • Clinical & Field Internship Cordinator: William Paniccia, RN, NREMT-P, EMS I/C
  • Curriculum Developer: Gino Paolucci, MSN, NREMT-P
  • Medical Simulation Staff: Jeff Devine, RN, NREMT-P; Paul Decerbo, NREMT-P
  • Student Services Advisor: Valerie Howe, B.S., R.P.T., EMT

Grading Attendance and Other Policies

Program policies are available for viewing and download from

Students are required to sign a statement acknowledging and accepting all program policies pertinent to the course of instruction.

Course Format

This course uses the following formats for instruction (percentage of classroom hours/percentage of total hours) [hours are approximate]

  • Classroom style lectures: 270 hours
  • Laboratory sessions: 270 hours
  • Distributive learning & assignments (approx 2 hours per lecture & 1 hour per lab): 270 hours
  • Written and practical examinations: 8 hours
  • Clinical internship: 400 hours minimum
  • Field internship: 100 hours minimum
  • TOTAL HOURS: 1318 of which 540 are in the classroom

The following formats are available and optional

  • Group study sessions
  • Online group discussions
  • Private and group tutoring/mentoring (not covered in tuition)

Distributive Learning and Assignments

This course uses distributive learning and assignments to foster an academic environment and provide students additional resources to enhance learning. Distributive resources may include but are not limited to:

  • Additional reading material such as handouts, charts, and relevant EMS-related articles or research
  • Handouts consistent with powerpoint presentations used during lectures
  • Media including video, animations, photos, models, etc.
  • Self-assessment quizzes, scenarios and case studies, discussion questions, and critical thinking questions

Students are expected to complete all distributive learning for a class session PRIOR TO the class session

Location and Times

  • Location: 911Programs Warwick Classroom 175 Metro Center Blvd Unit 1
  • Times: Except as otherwise noted, didactic portion is Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9am-4pm (with 1 hour lunch break)