Graduation Date

Spring 5-9-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Emergency Preparedness

First Advisor

Sharon J. Medcalf

Second Advisor

Theodore Cieslak

Third Advisor

Wael ElRayes


Objectives: 1) to gain further understanding of the paramedic students' level of preparedness before their clinical training at Hajj. 2) To shed more light on what paramedic students need when responding to a disaster. 3) To determine the need to recommend a change in the current practice with respect

Method: The data collection for this study was a cross-sectional survey using the REDCap electronic data capture tools. It was a convenience sample of 40 respondents. For the analyses, descriptive statistics, including frequencies and percentages, were used, and the Mann Whitney U test.

Results: The main findings in this study were the lack of training in three main areas 1) disaster response plans. 2) triage. 3) roles and responsibilities. There was no statistically significant difference between the two groups in terms of their perceived level of preparedness.

Conclusion: This study indicates that that Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz College for Emergency Medical Services students are not provided with essential knowledge and skills for disaster preparedness and response during their clinical training at the Hajj. Also, it shows that students who are sent to Hajj early in the program and the students who are sent to Hajj late in the program were not aware of their roles and responsibilities during clinical training at the Hajj of 2019. This study offers recommendations to Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz College for Emergency Medical

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