EMERGENCY MEDICAL SCIENCE

EMS 110 - EMT

9 credits

This course introduces basic emergency medical care. Topics include preparatory, airway, patient assessment, medical emergencies, trauma, infants and children, and operations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve North Carolina State or National Registry EMT certification. A Course fee is required. (Offered spring semester)

EMS 115 - Defense Tactics for EMS

2 credits

This course is designed to provide tactics that can be used for self-protection in dangerous and violent situations. Emphasis is placed on prediction, recognition, and response to dangerous and violent situations. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize potentially hostile situations and protect themselves during a confrontation. (Offered fall semester)

EMS 120 - Advanced EMT

6 credits

Prerequisites: EMS 110

Co-requisites: - EMS 121

This course is designed to provide the essential information on pre-hospital management techniques appropriate to the level of the Advanced EMT. Topics must meet current credentialing and/or regulatory guidelines for the Advanced EMT as outlined by the NC Office of EMS. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competency at the Advanced EMT level.(Offered fall semester)

EMS 121 - AEMT Clinical Practicum

2 credits

Prerequisites: EMS 110

Corequisites: - EMS 120

This course provides the hospital and field internship/clinical experiences required in preparation for the Advanced EMT certification. Emphasis is placed on performing patient assessments, treatments, and interactions appropriate at the Advanced EMT level of care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competency at the Advanced EMT skill level.

EMS 122 - EMS Clinical Practicum I

1 credit

Prerequisites: EMS 110

This course provides the introductory hospital clinical experience for the paramedic student. Emphasis is placed on mastering fundamental paramedic skills. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competency with fundamental paramedic level skills. A lab fee is required. (Offered fall semester)

EMS 125 - EMS Instructor Methodology

3 credits

This course covers the information needed to develop and instruct EMS courses. Topics include instructional methods, lesson plan development, time management skills, and theories of adult learning. Upon completion, students should be able to teach EMS courses and meet the North Carolina EMS requirements for instructor methodology.

EMS 130 - Pharmacology

4 credits

Prerequisites: EMS 110

This course introduces the fundamental principles of pharmacology and medication administration and is required for paramedic certification. Topics include medical terminology, pharmacological concepts, weights, measures, drug calculations, vascular access for fluids and medication administration and legislation. Upon completion, students should be able to accurately calculate drug dosages, properly administer medications, and demonstrate general knowledge of pharmacology. (Offered fall semester)

EMS 131 - Adv Airway Management

2 credits

Prerequisites: EMS 110

This course is designed to provide advanced airway management techniques and is required for paramedic certification. Topics must meet current guidelines for advanced airway management in the pre-hospital setting. Upon completion, students should be able to properly utilize all airway adjuncts and pharmacology associated with airway control and maintenance. (Offered fall semester)

EMS 160 - Cardiology I

3 credits

Prerequisites: EMS 110

This course introduces the study of cardiovascular emergencies and is required for paramedic certification. Topics include anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, electrophysiology, and rhythm interpretation. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize and interpret rhythms. A course fee is required. (Offered fall semester)

EMS 220 - Cardiology II

3 credits

Prerequisites: EMS 122, EMS 130 and EMS 160

This course provides an in-depth study of cardiovascular emergencies and is required for paramedic certification. Topics include assessment and treatment of cardiac emergencies, cardiac pharmacology, and patient care. Upon completion, students should be able to manage the cardiac patient. A course fee is required. (Offered spring semester)

EMS 221 - EMS Clinical Practicum II

2 credits

Prerequisites: EMS 121 or EMS 122

This course provides clinical experiences in the hospital and/or field. Emphasis is placed on increasing the proficiency of students’ skills and abilities in patient assessments and the delivery of care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate continued progress in advanced-level patient care. A course fee is required. (Offered spring semester)

EMS 231 - EMS Clinical Pract III

3 credits

Prerequisites: EMS 221

This course provides clinical experiences in the hospital and/or field. Emphasis is placed on enhancing the students’ skills and abilities in providing advanced-level care. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate continued progress in advanced-level patient care. A course fee is required. (offered summer term)

EMS 235 - EMS Management

2 credits

This course stresses the principles of managing a modern emergency medical service system. Topics include structure and function of municipal governments, EMS grantsmanship, finance, regulatory agencies, system management, legal issues, and other topics relevant to the EMS manager. Upon completion, students should be able to understand the principles of managing emergency medical service delivery systems. (Offeredfall semester)

EMS 240 - Patients W/ Special Challenges

2 credits

Prerequisites: EMS 122 and EMS 130

This course includes concepts of crisis intervention and techniques of interacting with patients with special challenges and is required for paramedic certification. Topics include appropriate intervention and interaction for neglected, abused, terminally ill, chronically ill, technology assisted, bariatric, physically challenged, mentally challenged, or assaulted patients as well as behavioral emergencies. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize and manage the care of patients with special challenges. (Offered spring semester)

EMS 241 - EMS Clinical Practicum IV

4 credits

Prerequisites: EMS 231

This course provides clinical experiences in the hospital and/or field. Emphasis is placed on mastering the skills/competencies required of the paramedic providing advanced-level care. Upon completion, students should be able to provide advanced-level patient care as an entry-level paramedic. A course fee is required. (Offered fall semester)

EMS 250 - Medical Emergencies

4 credits

Prerequisites: EMS 122 and EMS 130

This course provides an in-depth study of medical conditions frequently encountered in the prehospital setting and is required for paramedic certification. Topics include appropriate interventions/treatments for disorders/diseases/injuries affecting the following systems: respiratory, neurological, abdominal/gastrointestinal, endocrine, genitourinary, musculoskeletal, and immunological as well as toxicology, infectious diseases and diseases of the eyes, ears, nose and throat. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize, assess and manage the care of frequently encountered medical conditions based upon initial patient assessment. (Offered fall semester)

EMS 260 - Trauma Emergencies

2 credits

Prerequisites: EMS 122 and EMS 130

This course provides in-depth study of trauma including pharmacological interventions for conditions frequently encountered in the prehospital setting and is required for paramedic certification. Topics include an overview of thoracic, abdominal, genitourinary, orthopedic, neurological, and multi-system trauma, soft tissue trauma of the head, neck, and face as well as environmental emergencies. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize and manage trauma situations based upon patient assessment and should adhere to standards of care. (Offered spring semester)

EMS 270 - Life Span Emergencies

4 credits

Prerequisites: EMS 122 and EMS 130

This course covers medical/ethical/legal issues and the spectrum of age-specific emergencies from conception through death required for paramedic certification. Topics include gynecological, obstetrical, neonatal, pediatric, and geriatric emergencies and pharmacological therapeutics. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize and treat age-specific emergencies. (offered summer term)

EMS 285 - EMS Capstone

2 credits

Prerequisites: EMS 220, EMS 250 and EMS 260

This course provides an opportunity to demonstrate problem-solving skills as a team leader in simulated patient scenarios and is required for paramedic certification. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, integration of didactic and psychomotor skills, and effective performance in simulated emergency situations. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize and appropriately respond to a variety of EMS-related events. A course fee is required. (Offered spring semester)