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Paramedic Graduation at UAF

Thirteen students will graduate from the 8th session of the UAF Community and Technical College Paramedic Academy, Friday, Aug 27, 2010 at 1 p.m. at the Noel Wien Library Auditorium, 1215 Cowles St.

The graduates come from Homer, Anchorage and Fairbanks and include employees of the University, Fairbanks and Ft. Wainwright Fire Departments. Speakers include the program’s medical director, Dr. William Wennen; program coordinator Chuck Kuhns; Community and Technical College interim director Michele Stalder and class speaker Nicholas Wood.

The paramedic academy is an intensive three-semester program that prepares students to take the National Registry’s paramedic exam and for entry-level positions as paramedics and EMT’s. Students complete 500 hours of classroom education and 250 hours of clinical experience in the first two semesters, with the clinical component including rotations in a hospital setting and placements in the emergency room, respiratory therapy, operating room and intensive care unit. In the third semester, students travel outside of Alaska to complete a 480-hour field internship on an ambulance supervised by paramedic preceptors.

Following successful completion of the program’s required coursework; students are eligible to take the National Registry Examination for certification as a paramedic. Once nationally certified, the students are eligible to apply for licensure as a paramedic in the State of Alaska.

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