Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

EMS 100. CPR for Healthcare Providers. (1 Credit)

Provides instruction in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation that meets current Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation education for Healthcare Providers. Equivalent to HLT 105. Lecture 1 hour per week. Total 1 hour per week.

EMS 111. Emergency Medical Technician. (7 Credits)

Prepares student for certification as a Virginia and National Registry EMT. Focuses on all aspects of pre-hospital basic life support as defined by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services curriculum for Emergency Medicine Technician. Prerequisite: EMS 100/equivalent Co-requisite: EMS 120. Lecture 5 hours per week. Laboratory 4 hours per week. Total 9 hours per week.

EMS 120. Emergency Medical Technician- Basic Clinical. (1 Credit)

Provides supervised direct patient contact introducing the student to the assessment and emergency care of sick and injured patients. This course is a co-requisite for either EMS 111 or EMS 113, depending upon the program in which the student is participating. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 2 hours per week.

EMS 121. Preparatory Foundations. (2 Credits)

Introduces fundamental concepts established by the National Emergency Medical Service Education Standards (NEMSES) for Advanced EMT and Paramedic curricula. Includes EMS systems, introduction to research, workforce safety and wellness, EMS system communications, introduction to public health, legal and ethical issues.Lecture 2 hours. Total 2 hours. Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS.

EMS 123. EMS Clinical Preparation. (1 Credit)

Introduces the student to local clinical agencies and prepares the student for clinical activities above the level of EMT. Includes prerequisites required by clinical affiliates, therapeutic communication, primary assessment, history taking, secondary assessment, reassessment, monitoring devices and documentation. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 2 hours per week. Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS.

EMS 125. Basic Pharmacology. (1 Credit)

Prepares students to demonstrate competency concerning basic principles of pharmacology, drug dosage calculations and medication administration. Introduces medications listed in the Advanced EMT (AEMT) scope of practice. Lecture 1 hour. Total 1 hour per week. Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS Corequisite: EMS 126.

EMS 126. Basic Pharmacology Lab. (1 Credit)

Focuses on the safe administration of medications in the emergency setting. Includes drug dose calculation and covers multiple routes of administration including oral, intramuscular, subcutaneous, intravenous, and intraosseous and other methods within the scope of practice for the emergency care provider. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 2 hours per week. Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS Corequisite: EMS 125.

EMS 127. Airway, Shock and Resuscitation. (1 Credit)

Introduces concepts associated with pre-hospital emergency care of the individual experiencing airway difficulty or in need of resuscitation or shock management. Lecture 1 hour. Total 1 hour per week. Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS Corequisite: EMS 128.

EMS 128. Airway, Shock and Resuscitation Lab. (1 Credit)

Focuses on specific skills related to airway, resuscitation and shock management. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 2 hours per week. Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS Corequisite: EMS 127.

EMS 135. Emergency Medical Care. (2 Credits)

Prepares the student to assess and manage patients with common medical emergencies. Lecture 2 hours. Total 2 hours per week. Corequisite: EMS 136.

EMS 136. Emergency Medical Care Lab. (1 Credit)

Focuses on specific skills related to the assessment and management of common medical emergencies.Laboratory 2 hours. Total 2 hours per week. Corequisite: EMS 135.

EMS 137. Trauma Care. (1 Credit)

Prepares the student to assess and manage injured patients, developing his/her problem-solving ability in the treatment of trauma involving various body systems. Lecture 1 hour. Total 1 hour per week. Corequisite: EMS 138.

EMS 138. Trauma Care Lab. (1 Credit)

Focuses on the skills required for the assessment and management of patients with traumatic injury. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 2 hours per week. Corequisite: EMS 137.

EMS 139. Special Populations. (1 Credit)

Focuses on the pre-hospital assessment and management of patients in a specific population including pediatrics, geriatrics, obstetrics/gynecology (OB/GYN), bariatric, abuse, sexual assault and special needs.Lecture 1 hour. Total 1 hour per week. Prerequisites: EMS 121, EMS 123, EMS 125, EMS 126, EMS 127, EMS 128 Corequisite: EMS 140.

EMS 140. Special Populations Lab. (1 Credit)

Develops skills related to the assessment and management of patients in a specific population including pediatrics, geriatrics, obstetrics/gynecology (OB/GYN), bariatric, abuse, sexual assault and special needs. Laboratory 2 hour. Total 2 hours per week. Prerequisites: EMS 121, EMS 123, EMS 125, EMS 126, EMS 127, EMS 128 Corequisite: EMS 139.

EMS 141. Cardiovascular Care. (2 Credits)

Focuses on assessment and management of cardiac-related emergencies. Covers basic dysrhythmia recognition and relates it to overall cardiac patient care. Lecture 2 hours. Total 2 hours per week. Prerequisites: EMS 121, EMS 123, EMS 125, EMS 126, EMS 127, EMS 128 Corequisite: EMS 142.

EMS 142. Cardiovascular Care Lab. (1 Credit)

Focuses on skills involved in the assessment and management of cardiac-related.Laboratory 2 hours. Total 2 hour per week. Prerequisites: EMS 121, EMS 123, EMS 125, EMS 126, EMS 127, EMS 128 Corequisite EMS 141.

EMS 153. Basic ECG Recognition. (2 Credits)

Focuses on the interpretation of basic electrocardiograms (ECG) and their significance. Includes an overview of anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system including structure, function and electrical conduction in the heart. Covers advanced concepts that build on the knowledge and skills of basic dysrhythmia determination and introduction to 12 lead ECG.

EMS 163. Prehospital Trauma Life Support. (1 Credit)

Prepares for certification as a Prehospital Trauma Life Support provider as defined by the American College of Surgeons. Lecture 1 hour per week. Prerequisite(s): EMS 111 or equivalent.

EMS 164. Advanced Medical Life Support. (1 Credit)

Covers current topics of care for adult patients suffering extensive medical conditions and emergencies, and offers certification as an Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) as defined by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). Lecture 1 hour per week. Total 1 hour per week.

EMS 165. Advanced Cardiac Life Support. (1 Credit)

Prepares for certification as an Advanced Cardiac Life provider. Follows course as defined by the American Heart Association. Prerequisites: EMS 100, EMS 153 or equivalent. Lecture 1 hour per week. Total 1 hour per week.

EMS 167. Emergency Pediatrics Course. (1 Credit)

Provides a unique approach to pediatric medical care, offering assessment techniques that can help EMS practitioners rapidly and accurately assess pediatric patients to determine which situations may be life threatening and require immediate intervention. Offers certification as defined by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). Lecture 1 hour per week. Total 1 hour per week.

EMS 170. ALS Internship I. (1 Credit)

Begins the first in a series of clinical experiences providing supervised direct patient contact in appropriate patient care facilities in and out of hospitals. Includes but not limited to patient care units such as the Emergency Department, Critical Care units, Pediatric, Labor and Delivery, Operating Room, Trauma centers and various advanced life support units. Laboratory 3 hours per week. Total 3 hours per week.

EMS 172. ALS Clinical Internship II. (1 Credit)

Continues with the second in a series of clinical experiences providing supervised direct patient contact in appropriate patient care facilities in and out of hospitals. Includes but not limited to patient care units such as the Emergency Department, Critical Care units, Pediatric, Labor and Delivery, Operating Room and Trauma Centers.

EMS 173. ALS Field Internship II. (1 Credit)

Continues with the second in a series of field experiences providing supervised direct patient care in out-of-hospital advanced life support units.

EMS 175. Paramedic Clinical Experience I. (2 Credits)

Introduces students to live patient assessment and management in the clinical setting. Begins a continuum of learning involving live patients that leads to entry-level competence at the paramedic level. Laboratory 6 hours. Total 6 hours per week. Prerequisites: EMS 121, EMS 123, EMS 125, EMS 126, EMS 127, EMS 128.

EMS 202. Paramedic Pharmacology. (2 Credits)

Focuses on advanced pharmacological interventions, medications and their effects. Lecture 2 hours per week. Total 2 hours per week. Prerequisites: EMS 125, EMS 126, EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142.

EMS 203. Advanced Patient Care. (2 Credits)

Focuses on the comprehensive assessment and management of patients in out-of-hospital and inter-facility scenarios. Content is centered on problem-solving through integration of didactic, psychomotor and affective curricula. Lecture 2 hours per week. Total 2 hours per week. Prerequisites: EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142 Corequisite: EMS 204.

EMS 204. Advanced Patient Care Lab. (2 Credits)

Focuses on the comprehensive assessment and management of out-of-hospital and inter-facility patients using scenario-based learning. Laboratory 4 hours per week. Total 4 hours per week. Prerequisites: EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142 Co-requisite: EMS 203.

EMS 206. Pathophysiology for the Health Professions. (3 Credits)

Focuses on the pathological processes of disease with emphasis on the anatomical and physiological alterations of the human body systems. Includes diagnosis and management appropriate to the advanced health care provider in and out of the hospital environment. Lecture 3 hours per week. Total 3 hours per week. Prerequisites: BIO 145 or BIO 141- BIO 142 combination.

EMS 207. Advanced Patient Assessment. (3 Credits)

Focuses on the principles of normal and abnormal physical exam. Emphasizes the analysis and interpretation of physiological data to assist in patient assessment and management. Applies principles during the assessment and management of trauma, medical, and specialty patients in laboratory environment.

EMS 210. EMS Operations. (1 Credit)

Focuses on matters related to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operations, incident and scene safety and awareness, triage, multiple and mass casualty incident operations and medical incident management (command and control of EMS incidents). Laboratory 2 hours per week. Total 2 hours per week. Prerequisites: EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142.

EMS 212. Leadership and Professional Development. (1 Credit)

Focuses on the development of leadership within the field of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), topics include civic engagement, personal wellness, resource management, ethical considerations in leadership and research. Lecture 1 hour per week. Total 1 hour per week. Prerequisites: EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142.

EMS 216. Paramedic Review. (1 Credit)

Provides the student with intensive review for the practical and written portions of the National Registry Paramedic exam. May be repeated once, for credit. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 2 hours per week.

EMS 247. Paramedic Clinical Experience II. (1 Credit)

Continues the student experience with live patient assessment and management in the clinical setting. It is the second step in a continuum of learning involving live patients that leads to entry-level competence at the paramedic level. Laboratory 3 hours per week. Total 3 hours per week. Prerequisites: EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142, EMS 175.

EMS 248. Paramedic Comprehensive Field Experience. (2 Credits)

Expands the student experience with live patient assessment and management into the field setting. It is the third step in a continuum of learning involving live patients that leads to entry-level competence at the paramedic level. Laboratory 6 hours per week. Total 6 hours per week. Prerequisites: EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142, EMS 175.

EMS 249. Paramedic Capstone Internship. (2 Credits)

Provides summative evaluation of the Paramedic student in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains. Laboratory 6 hours per week. Total 6 hours per week. Prerequisites: EMS 202, EMS 203, EMS 204, EMS 206, EMS 247, EMS 248.