Emergency Medical Services - AAS

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The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Paramedic curriculum is designed to prepare the student for the National Registry exam for certification as a Paramedic. Selected general courses are related to the field of Emergency Medical Services and will provide the student with a broad base upon which to make reasoned decisions when giving emergency care. The Southeastern Community College Emergency Medical Services Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 25400 US Highway 19N., Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 727-210-2350 www.caahep.org. To contact CoAEMSP: 8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312 Rowlette, TX 75088 214-703-8445 FAX 214-703-8992 www.coaemsp.org

The EMT classes are offered in both night and day part-time format and the Paramedic is offered as a full-time day format.

Students enrolling in the Paramedic program must have a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma and current EMT certification.

West Burlington campus, Keokuk campus, select courses online. The following courses must be taken at the West Burlington location: EMS-201, EMS-663, EMS-664, EMS-665.  All other courses can be taken at the West Burlington campus, Keokuk campus or online.

Curriculum Sequence

Fall Semester I Course Title Credit
BIO-163 ESSENTIALS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 4
CSC-110 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS 3
HSC-114 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 3
MAT-702 INTRODUCTION TO MATH APPLICATIONS 3
PSY-111 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY 3
TOTAL 16
Spring Semester I Course Title Credit
EMS-201 EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN 7
ENG-105 COMPOSITION I 3
HUM-114 MULTICULTURAL PERSPECTIVES 3
PHI-105 INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS 3
TOTAL 16
Fall Semester II Course Title Credit
EMS-663 PARAMEDIC I 16
TOTAL 16
Spring Semester II Course Title Credit
EMS-664 PARAMEDIC II 15
TOTAL 15
Summer Semester Course Title Credit
EMS-665 PARAMEDIC III 7
TOTAL 7

BIO-163 - ESSENTIALS OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Lab: 2

Credit: 4

This introductory course is designed for the student needing a one-semester combined anatomy and physiology course with laboratory. All systems will be covered with greater emphasis on the cardiovascular, respiratory, immune and urinary systems.  This course also provides background for the more advanced courses BIO-168 and BIO-173

CSC-110 - INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTERS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

This course provides an introduction to computer concepts. The student will use the Windows operating system, presentation software, electronic spreadsheet software, database management software and word processing software. Microcomputer hardware and software as well as the processing concepts associated with each will be discussed. The course will also include information on file management, the Internet, virus protection, and e-mail basics as applicable to the academic world as well as the business environment. Lab time outside class is required to complete projects.

HSC-114 - MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course is designed to study the basic language related to medical science with emphasis on word analysis, construction, definitions, pronunciations, spelling and standard abbreviations.

MAT-702 - INTRODUCTION TO MATH APPLICATIONS

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

Credit: 3

This course is offered to students who can profit from an applied course in mathematics and will prepare students who need to develop skills for MAT-704. It is designed as an introductory level algebra course recommended for students with one year of high school algebra. Emphasis is on the building of basic algebra skills and the application of these mathematical techniques. The course studies the relationship of geometry and algebra as they apply to various fields. This course will also cover whole numbers/decimals, integers, fractions/percents, direct measurement, basic geometric concepts/relationships, linear equations, and right-triangle trigonometry. Prerequisite:MAT-052 or meet minimum placement test requirement.

PSY-111 - INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A basic course in the understanding of behavior, designed to give the student a scientific background in the fundamental problems and techniques covered in the field of psychology.

EMS-201 - EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN

Lecture: 5

Lab: 2

OJT: 4

Credit: 7

This course is designed to instruct a student to the level of emergency medical technician who serves as a vital link in the chain of the health care team. Southeastern Community College's training program follows the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Department of Transportation (DOT) EMT curriculum. This course includes all skills necessary for the individual to provide emergency medical care at a basic life support level with an ambulance service or other specialized service. Southeastern Community College is approved by the Iowa State Department of Public Health (Bureau of EMS). Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be eligible to take the National Registry's practical and written exam for EMT certification. Students must be 17 years old to enroll. Prerequisite: Current basic life support certification (health care providers module).

ENG-105 - COMPOSITION I

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A study of the principles of writing. Emphasis on rhetoric, mechanics, and development of expository patterns: narration, description illustration, comparison/contrast, classification, process, and cause/effect. Required for AA and AS Degrees. Prerequisites: Meet minimum placement test score requirement.

HUM-114 - MULTICULTURAL PERSPECTIVES

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

Selected readings from the critical perspectives of race, class and gender will provide the theoretical framework for class discussions. At the same time, films and works of literature from different cultural points of view will help students reach a new understanding of their own and other cultures and will open themselves up for a multicultural understanding of society.

PHI-105 - INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS

Lecture: 3

Credit: 3

A survey of the major ethical emphases from ancient to modem times with pertinent reading in the works of representative philosophers.

EMS-663 - PARAMEDIC I

Lecture: 12

Lab: 8

Credit: 16

This course prepares the student in the knowledge and skills needed in the pre-hospital environment. National Standard Paramedic Curriculum topics covered include: Well-being of the EMT, Illness and Injury Prevention, Ethics, EMS System, Roles and Responsibilities, Medical Legal Issues, Pathophysiology, Therapeutic Communications, Life-span Development, Airway Management and Ventilation, Patient Assessment, Communications, Documentation, Medication Administration, Pharmacology and Cardiology. Lab skills addressed include patient assessment, development of airway management skills, IV fluid management skills, communication skill development and cardiac monitoring skills. Prerequisite: Current Iowa EMT Certification.

EMS-664 - PARAMEDIC II

Lecture: 9

Lab: 8

OJT: 4

Clinical: 3

Credit: 15

This course prepares the student in the knowledge and skills needed in the pre-hospital environment. National Standard Paramedic Curriculum topics covered include: Medication Administration and Medical and Trauma Emergencies of various body systems. This course has a hospital clinical internship. This internship provides the opportunity to apply, in the clinical setting, the didactic knowledge and skills developed in the classroom and lab. It serves to assist the student to become an employable EMS provider. Clinical skills addressed include trauma management, patient assessment and evaluation, airway management skills, IV fluid management skills, communication skill development, and cardiac monitoring skills. Prerequisite: EMS-663.

EMS-665 - PARAMEDIC III

Lecture: 2

Lab: 2

OJT: 16

Credit: 7

This course prepares the student in the knowledge and skills needed in the pre-hospital environment. National Standard Paramedic Curriculum topics covered include: Review of previous course material, Pediatrics, Geriatric, Psychiatric Disorders, and Patients with Special Challenges. This course also includes hospital clinical internship. This internship provides the opportunity to apply, in the clinical setting, the didactic knowledge and skills developed in the classroom and lab. It serves to assist the student to become an employable EMS provider. Clinical skills addressed include pediatric assessment and management, gynecological management, geriatric management, trauma management, patient assessment, airway management skills, IV fluid management skills, communication skill development, and cardiac monitoring skills. Prerequisite: EMS-664.

James Steffen, Instructor, ext. 5253 - Assistant Professor, (319) 208-5000 ext. 5253

Email: jsteffen@scciowa.edu
AAS, Southeastern Community College

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