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Paramedic Course Descriptions

EMS270 - Introduction to Paramedicine

This course is designed to prepare a person to care for the sick and injured at an advanced level of care. Persons must be currently certified as a Basic EMT to be accepted in this course. This course covers topics that include basic anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, respiratory emergencies, venous access and medication administration, airway management, medical documentation, cardiac emergencies, pediatric emergencies, caring for the elderly, and medical emergencies. This course prepares persons to be competent entry-level practitioners and upon successful completion are eligible to take the New York State certifying exam for EMT- Intermediate.

  • Prerequisite: EMS110

EMS271 - Medical Care in Paramedicine

This course builds on the medical concepts learned in Introduction to Para medicine. Topics include advanced patient assessment techniques, surgical airway procedures, cardiac care, including external pacing and cardio version, 12-lead EKG interpretation, and advanced medical care. Additional emphasis is placed on the EMT-P working as a team member and identifying the limitations of para medicine in the emergency medical setting.

  • Prerequisite: EMS 270 and permission from the EMS Department.

EMS272 - Adv Trauma Issues-Paramedicine

This course presents material on the advanced concepts in trauma care needed for delivery of emergency medical care at the EMT-P level of practice. Current issues and techniques are covered. Specific topics include surgical airway techniques, chest decompression, advanced treatment for hypoper- fusion, and special immobilization techniques. Work is also accomplished in the use of the Unified Incident Management System and working with rescue personnel in delivery of care to patients who are entrapped.

  • Prerequisite: EMS 270 and permission from the EMS Department.

EMS239 - Paramedic Clinical/Field Exp I

This course provides the paramedic student with an opportunity to apply previously learned knowledge and skills in a supervised clinical setting. Rotations in this course include the emergency department, IV team, morgue, and pre hospital experience. One hundred forty experiential hours. Must be currently enrolled in the paramedic certification program.

  • Prerequisite: EMS 234

EMS240 - Paramedic Clinical/Field ExpII

This course provides the paramedic student with an opportunity to apply previously learned knowledge and skills in a supervised clinical setting. Rotations in this course include the emergency department, medical and surgical intensive care, pediatrics, and pediatric intensive care, labor and delivery, psychiatric, and prehospital experience. One hundred eighty-four experiential hours. Must be currently enrolled in the paramedic certification program.

  • Prerequisite: EMS 235

EMS171 - Critical Trauma Care

This course contains practical and lecture material showing state-of-the-art assessment and treatment techniques for multiple system trauma victims. The course exposes the EMT to patient priority assessment and management concepts that are needed for successful outcomes for victims of life threatening trauma. Topics include rapid extrication, kinetics of trauma, expanded primary survey, the Golden Hour, and trauma centers.

EMS236 - Advanced Cardiac Life Support

This course prepares students for certification by the American Heart Association in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. It provides a systematic approach to the management of life threatening cardiac and respiratory emergencies. Nine and one-half instruction hours, nine and one-half laboratory hours. Must be a physician, physician's assistant, registered nurse, advanced level pre hospital care provider, or student of these disciplines.

  • Prerequisite: EMS 235

EMS246 - Pediatric Advanced Care

This course presents concepts in advanced airway management and resuscitation of pediatric patients in the emergency setting. Specific topics include special pharmacology for pediatric patients, interosseous infusion, and cardiac resuscitation of pediatric patients. Completion also leads to eligibility for PALS certificate from the American Heart Association.

  • Prerequisite: EMS 270 or equivalent.

EMS249 - Paramedic Recertification

Emphasis is on knowledge review and update needed by paramedics for recertification. New techniques and knowledge will be presented where appropriate. Fifty- seven instruction hours, nineteen laboratory hours. Must be certified as a paramedic.