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EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (EMS)
 

EMS 100

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) 1 cr

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) emphasizes the scope and magnitude of cardiovascular disease causes of sudden death, and the effects of prudent heart living as a tool to reduce risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease.  The skills component identifies and measures competence in one-person CPR, two person CPR, infant and child CPR, and management of airway obstruction.  Course completion cards are issued by the American Heart Association.  Special fee.

 

EMS 104

First Aid/CPR 1 cr

This American Heart Association course includes the basics of First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for adults, children and infants. Course content includes instruction on recognition and management of medical and trauma emergencies including environmental emergencies.  The skills component includes competence in one-person CPR, infant and child CPR and management of airway obstruction as well as skills associated with trauma and medical emergencies.  Course completion cards are issued by the American Heart Association.  Special fee.

 

EMS 110

Emergency Medical Responder

3 cr

A skills approach in helping the student to intervene in any medical or traumatic emergency situation before the emergency personnel arrive.  Emphasis is placed on care of the airway, CPR, control of bleeding, splinting and bandaging, and overall management.  Clinical rotations include emergency department and ambulance.  American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification will be awarded.  Successful completion of this course permits the student to sit for the National Registry exam for Emergency Medical Responder. Upon successful completion of the National Registry exam, the student may apply for a license with the Alabama Department of Public Health as an Emergency Medical Responder.  Special fee.

 

EMS 112

EMT Emergency Care

6 cr

Includes all required modules of the 2009 National EMS Education Standards Curriculum.  Topics include pathophysiology, patient assessment, airway management, hemorrhage control, management of fractures and trauma, care of individuals with special needs, emergency childbirth, care of infants and children, medical emergencies, environmental emergencies, transportation of the sick and injured, operations and radio communications. Pre-requisite: AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers.  Co-requisite: EMS 113 and 115.

 

EMS 113

EMT Skills Lab

1 cr

Emergency Medical Technician skill practicum.  Designed to allow EMT students extensive practice of required psychomotor skills.  Co-requisite: EMS 112 and EMS 115.  Special fee.

 

EMS 115

EMT Clinical Internship

1 cr

Prehospital care and transportation of the sick and injured using principles of basic life support, correlated with emergency department experience.  Clinical time is distributed between emergency departments and ambulances.  Co-requisite: EMS 112 and EMS 113.  Special fee.

 

EMS 140

Advanced EMT

6 cr

This course includes theoretical concepts and competencies outlined in the National EMS Education Standards for Advanced EMT's.  Major topical areas include EMS Operations, Airway Management, Assessment and Management of the Medical and Trauma Patient, Pharmacology for the A-EMT, Public Health and Life Span Development, among others. Co-requisite: EMS 141 and EMS 143.

 
EMS 141 Advanced EMT Skills Lab 1 cr

This course is designed to integrate previously learned theory on advanced pre-hospital assessment, treatment and documentation of the medical and traumatic emergency patient.  The course includes psychomotor skills and competencies outlined in the DOT's National EMS Education Standards for Advanced EMTs.  Co-requisite: EMS 140 and EMS 143.  Special fee.

 

EMS 143

Advanced EMT Internship

2 cr

Supervised clinical and field experiences emphasizing patient care in the hospital and out-of-hospital environments.  Time distributed between hospital emergency departments, fire rescue departments, and ambulance services, among others.  Co-requisite: EMS 140 and EMS 141.  Special fee.

 

EMS 200

Human Systems and Pathophysiology

3 cr
An overview of the human body systems and disease processes.  Emphasis is placed on the functions of human systems and subsystems relative to pathophysiology.  Includes concepts of pathophysiology included in the National Standard Curriculum for the Paramedic and the requirements set forth by the Alabama Department of Public Health.
 
EMS 210 Medical Terminology 3 cr

Medical vocabulary including prefixes, suffixes and their etymological derivation.  Proper pronunciation stressed as well as logic, grammar, and spelling.  Course includes an overview of human anatomy and physiology.

 

EMS 212

Paramedic Foundations

3 cr
This course introduces issues related to the practice of pre-hospital advanced life support as a career, with a focus on issues common to all health care professions.  Content areas include: paramedic roles and responsibilities, well-being of the paramedic, illness and injury prevention, medical-legal-ethical issues, therapeutic communication, pharmacology and advance airway management.  Upon course completion, student will have met the objectives as outlined in the National Standard Curriculum for the Paramedic.
 

EMS 214

Introduction to EMS Cardiology

3 cr

Rhythm interpretation in Lead II EKG.  Rapid recognition, defibrillation and/or therapeutic management of potentially lethal rhythms and myocardial infarction.  Objectives include twelve lead placement and basic rhythm recognition.  Pre-requisites: AEMT and EMS 200 or BMD 114 & 115.

 

EMS 216

Patient Assessment/Management

3cr
and EMS Operations
Includes history taking, physical examination, clinical decision making, communications, documentation, assessment-based management of medical and trauma patients, ambulance operations, incident command rescue, Hazmat and crime scene awareness.
     

EMS 217

Paramedic Clinical I

3 cr
Supervised clinical experiences emphasizing patient care in the hospital and outpatient clinical settings as outlined in the National Standard Curriculum for the Paramedic.  Pre-requisites: AEMT, EMS 200 or BMD 114 & 115.  Special fee.
     

EMS 240

EMS Response to Special Populations

3 cr

This course relates pathophysiology and assessment findings to the formation of field impressions and treatment plans specific to special populations.  Subject matter will include gynecology, obstetrics, abuse and assault, neonatology, pediatrics, special needs and the geriatric community.  Upon course completion, students will have met the objectives for special populations as outlined in the National Standard Curriculum for the Paramedic.

 

EMS 242

Paramedic Emergency Care I

3 cr

Includes pathophysiology, assessment and management of patients suffering from pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases.  Additional modules may be added in accordance to standards and guidelines in the National Standard Curriculum for the Paramedic and the American Heart Association.  Student will receive an ACLS provider certification upon successful completion.

 

EMS 244

Paramedic Emergency Care II

3 cr

Includes pathophysiology, assessment and management of patients suffering from medical emergencies not included in EMS 240 and EMS 242 in accordance to the National Standard Curriculum for the Paramedic.

 

EMS 245

Paramedic Skills Lab

1 cr

Advanced out-of-hospital practicum.  Designed to integrate all previously learned theory, management concepts and behavioral objectives as outlined in the National Standard Curriculum for the Paramedic.  Special fee.

 

EMS 247

Paramedic Clinical II

2 cr

Supervised clinical experiences emphasizing patient care in the hospital and outpatient clinical settings as outlined in the National Standard Curriculum for the Paramedic.  Special fee.

 

EMS 270

Pediatric Advanced Life Support

3 cr

Course based on American Heart Association's Emergency Cardiovascular Care program. Includes assessment and management of pediatric cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies. Upon successful completion, the student will receive PALS provider certification.  Recommended for health care providers and health care provider students.  Pre-requisite: EMT 100 or equivalent (BLS-HCP).  Special fee.

 

EMS 280

Advanced Cardiac Life Support

3 cr

Course based on American Heart Association's Emergency Cardiovascular Care program. Includes in depth review of all cases required for a full ACLS course. Recommended for health care providers and health care provider students.  Upon successful completion, the student will receive ACLS certification.  Pre-requisite: EMS 100 or equivalent (BLS-HCP).  Special fee.

 

EMS 295

Paramedic Field Internship

6 cr

Supervised field experiences with an out-of-hospital advanced life support service emphasizing patient care and team leadership skills as outlined in the National Standard Curriculum for the Paramedic.  Special fee.

 

EMS 296

Special Topics in EMS

1-3 cr

Selected topics in Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Response Training. Topics will vary according to needs and interest of students. Course may be repeated for credit when content varies.

 

EMS 297

Comprehensive Review and Exams

1 cr

Culmination of paramedic education. Includes practical skills lab designed to prepare the student for state licensure exams.  A final practical and written exam will be administered as a final evaluation of student progress.  Special fee.

 

EMS 298

Directed Studies in EMS

1-3 cr

Selected topics in Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Response Training. Topics will vary according to needs and interest of students. Course may be repeated for credit when content varies.

 

EMS 310

Introduction to EMS Systems

3 cr

This course provides students with an introduction to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems.  Theoretical concepts and issues will be discussed and examined in order to provide students with a conceptual basis for understanding and analyzing EMS systems and organizations.  Particular emphasis will be placed on system components, system integration and the roles and responsibilities of management and leadership in EMS organizations.

 

EMS 315

EMS Administration

3 cr

This course provides a general overview of management and administrative functions required of EMS managers today including planning, directing, budgeting, staffing and evaluation.  Particular emphasis will be placed on issues relating to human resources, EMS operations, and organizational planning.

 

EMS 320

EMS Law and Legal Issues (W)

3 cr

This course will provide a general overview of the origins of law in the United States with particular emphasis on health laws and regulations affecting pre-hospital providers.  Topics include issues relating to malpractice, litigation, consent and refusal of medical treatment, advanced directives, patient confidentiality, and expert witness preparation, among others.

 

EMS 325

EMS Instructional Methods in EMS

3 cr

This course presents theoretical and practical foundations necessary for entry level EMS instructors and coordinators.  Topics include instructor roles and responsibilities, learning theory, lesson plan development, test writing and validation, and program evaluation.  Additional emphasis will be placed on instructional techniques for the adult learner.

 

EMS 340

Disaster Management and Event Planning

3 cr

Considerations of the theoretical and practical foundations necessary to manage incidents involving multiple casualties and multiple agencies as well as the pre-planning and management of other large scale events.  Topics include disaster planning, incident command, WMD, response issues, and scene control, among others.

 

EMS 350

Critical Care Paramedic

3 cr

This course provides paramedics with advanced skills and knowledge in critical care medicine.  Students successfully completing this course and its subsequent internship (EMS 375) will be eligible to sit for national certification as a Critical Care Paramedic.

 

EMS 375

Critical Care Paramedic Internship

3 cr

An advanced clinical internship course for licensed paramedics who have successfully completed EMS 350.  Internship is conducted in an approved critical care setting or facility. Successful completion of this course allows the student to sit for national certification examination as a Critical Care Paramedic.

 
EMS 401 Seminars in Health Professions 3 cr
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of different health professions, their scope of practice and also to provide information about health administration.
 

EMS 410

Concepts of Professional Paramedic Practice

6 cr

This bridge course is designed for licensed (or nationally certified) paramedics who are admitted to the Department's Paramedic to BS in EMS Track.  This course provides critical updates and information related to paramedic practice and enhances the student's overall patient assessment and critical thinking skills.  Focus of the course is on selected theories and concepts integrated throughout the curriculum.  Additional emphasis is on the professional roles of Paramedics.  Pre-requisite: Acceptance into the Paramedic to BS in EMS Track.

 

EMS 440

Health Insurance and Managed Care in EMS

3 cr

This course provides an overview of the basic concepts and principles in the health insurance and managed care environments.  Particular emphasis will be placed on issues relating to the costs, quality and access to emergency medical services.  Topics include Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, Managed Care contracting, and EMS Quality Management, among others.

 

EMS 445

EMS Research (W)

3 cr

An introduction to basic research methods and basic statistical procedures used in Emergency Medical Services research.  Students will use this information to assist them with reading, interpreting and evaluating articles in the pre-hospital healthcare literature.

 

EMS 460

Issues and Trends in EMS

3 cr

Explores issues and trends at the federal, state and local levels facing EMS leaders and EMS organization.  Particular emphasis is on new and proposed programs and policies which affect pre-hospital healthcare providers.

 

EMS 475

EMS Internship

3 cr

Structured field experience in an EMS administration, management or educational environment; observation of leadership processes within an EMS organization; application of EMS leadership theory and techniques.

 

EMS 494

EMS Directed Studies

1-3 cr

Student completes an individual project in a specific EMS area under the guidance and supervision of an EMS faculty member.

 

EMS 495

EMS Comprehensive Review and Exam

1 cr

The comprehensive examination is the capstone of the Emergency Medical Services degree program.  A written examination based on the program objectives of the EMS degree program will be administered as a final evaluation for the student's progress.

 
 
 

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