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EMS 111 - Emergency Medical Technician
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.
5 lecture hours; 4 lab hours; 9 hours per week
7 credits
EMS 115 - Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Refresher
Provides 36 clock hours of instruction to meet Virginia Office of EMS requirements for recertification at the EMT-Basic level.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
EMS 120 - Emergency Medical Technician - Clinical
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.
1 credits
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EMS 121 - Preparatory Foundations
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 per week.
Prerequisites: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS
2 credits
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EMS 123 - EMS Clinical Preparation
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
1 credits
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EMS 125 - Basic Pharmacology
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
1 credits
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EMS 126 - Basic Pharmacology Lab
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
1 credits
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EMS 127 - Airway, Shock and Resuscitation
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
1 credits
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EMS 128 - Airway, Shock and Resuscitation Lab
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
1 credits
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EMS 135 - Emergency Medical Care
Prepares the student to assess and manage patients with common medical emergencies.
Lecture 2 hours. Total 2 hours per week.
Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS. Corequisite: EMS 136.
2 credits
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EMS 136 - Emergency Medical Care Lab
Focuses on specific skills related to the assessment and management of common medical emergencies.
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 135.
1 credits
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EMS 137 - Trauma Care
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
1 credits
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EMS 138 - Trauma Care Lab
Focuses on the skills required for the assessment and management of patients with traumatic injury.
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 137.
1 credits
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EMS 139 - Special Populations
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.
Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS. Corequisite: EMS 140.
1 credits
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EMS 140 - Special Populations Lab
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.
Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS. Corequisite: EMS 139.
1 credits
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EMS 141 - Cardiovascular Care
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.
Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS. Corequisite: EMS 142.
2 credits
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EMS 142 - Cardiovascular Care Lab
Focuses on skills involved in the assessment and management of cardiac-related
Laboratory 2 hours. Total 2 hour per week.
Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS. Corequisite EMS 141.
1 credits
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EMS 163 - Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
Prepares for certification as a Prehospital Trauma Life Support provider as defined by the American College of Surgeons. Prerequisites: EMS 111 or equivalent.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 credits
EMS 164 - Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)
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. Total 1 hour per week.
1 credits
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EMS 165 - Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
Prepares for certification as an Advanced Cardiac Life provider. Follows course as defined by the American Heart Association. Prerequisites: EMS 100, 153 or equivalent.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 credits
EMS 169 - Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
Prepares the student for certification as a pediatric advanced life support provider as defined by the American Heart Association. Covers primary assessment and emergency care of infants and children.
Lecture 1 hour per week.
1 credits
EMS 173 - ALS Field Intership II
Continues with the second in a series of field experiences providing supervised direct patient care in out-of-hospital advanced life support units.
Laboratory 3 hours per week.
1 credits
EMS 175 - Paramedic Clinical Experience I
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.
Internship 6 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS; EMS 121, EMS 123, EMS 125, EMS 126, EMS 127, EMS 128
2 credits
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EMS 193 - Studies In
Covers new content not covered in existing courses in the discipline. Allows instructor to explore content and instructional methods to assess the course's viability as a permanent offering.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits
EMS 201 - EMS Professional Development
The purpose of this course is to prepare the EMS student to use community resources to facilitate personal and community wellness and fulfills the wellness and resource objectives of the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services Intermediate curriculum.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite: EMT/B Certification
3 credits
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EMS 202 - Paramedic Pharmacology
Focuses on advanced pharmacological interventions, medications and their effects.
Lecture 2 hours. 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
2 credits
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EMS 203 - Advanced Patient Care
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. Total 2 hours per week.
Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS; EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142 Corequisite: EMS 204
2 credits
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EMS 204 - Advanced Patient Care Lab
Focuses on the comprehensive assessment and management of out-of-hospital and inter-facility patients using scenario-based learning.
Laboratory 4 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
Prerequisites: EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142 Corequisite: EMS 203
2 credits
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EMS 205 - Advanced Pathophysiology
Focuses on the pathological processes of disease with emphasis on the anatomical and physiological alterations of the human body by systems. Includes diagnosis and management appropriate to the advanced health care provider in and out of the hospital environment.
Lecture 4 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
Prerequisite: EMT/B Certification
4 credits
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EMS 206 - Pathophysiology for the Health Professions
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. Total 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: BIO 145 or BIO 141-142 combination
3 credits
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EMS 207 - Advanced Patient Assessment
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.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
EMS 209 - Advanced Pharmacology
Focuses on the principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and drug administration. Includes drug legislation, techniques of medication administration, and principles of math calculations. Emphasizes drugs used to manage respiratory, cardiac, neurological, gastrointestinal, fluid and electrolyte and endocrine disorders and includes classification, mechanism of action, indications, contraindications, precautions, and patient education. Incorporates principles related to substance abuse and hazardous materials. Applies principles during the assessment and management of trauma, medical, and specialty patients in a laboratory environment.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
4 credits
EMS 210 - EMS Operations
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. Total 2 hours per week.
Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS; EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142
1 credits
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EMS 211 - Operations
Prepares the student in the theory and application of the following: medical incident command, rescue awareness and operations, hazardous materials incidents, and crime scene awareness. (Conforms to the current Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services curriculum for EMT-Paramedics.)
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
2 credits
EMS 212 - Leadership and Professional Development
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. Total 1 hour per week.
Prerequisites: EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142
1 credits
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EMS 216 - Paramedic Review
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.
1 credits
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EMS 240 - ALS Internship II
Continues clinical and/or field 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.
1 credits
EMS 242 - ALS Clinical Internship III
Continues with the third 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 3-6 hours per week.
1-2 credits
EMS 243 - ALS Field Internship III
Continues with the third in a series of field experiences providing supervised direct patient care in out-of-hospital advanced life support units.
Laboratory 3-6 hours per week.
1-2 credits
EMS 244 - ALS Clinical Intership IV
The fourth in a series of clinical experiences providing 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. May be repeated as necessary.
Laboratory 3-6 hours per week.
1-2 credits
EMS 245 - ALS Field Intership IV
Continues with the fourth in a series of field experiences providing supervised direct patient care in out-of-hospital advanced life support units. May be repeated as necessary.
Laboratory 3-6 hours per week.
1-2 credits
EMS 247 - Paramedic Clinical Experience II
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. Total 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142, EMS 175
1 credits
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EMS 248 - Paramedic Comprehensive Field Experience
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. Total 6 hours per week.
Prerequisites: EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142, EMS 175
2 credits
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EMS 249 - Paramedic Capstone Internship
Provides summative evaluation of the Paramedic student in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains.
Laboratory 6 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
Prerequisites: EMS 202, EMS 203, EMS 204, EMS 206, EMS 247, EMS 248
2 credits
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EMS 253 - ALS Refresher
Reviews material covered in the ALS programs. Meets all required criteria for recertification eligibility.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
4 credits
EMS 255 - Concepts in Critical Care
Prepares the paramedic or RN to become a critical care specialist, capable of managing the care of a critical care patient both in a hospital setting or during a high risk inter - facility transfer. Includes advanced concepts that build on the knowledge and skills of the paramedic and/or nursing curricula, as well as topics need to trouble shoot complex monitoring devices and equipment. Includes anatomy and physiology based clinical assessment, advanced airway management to include mechanical ventilators, diagnostics data interpretation, bedside hemodynamic monitoring, 12 lead EKG interpretation and hemodialysis care.
Lecture 4 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
5 credits
EMS 256 - 12 Lead ECG Interpretation
Prepares student to interpret 12 lead electrocardiograms and recognize acute myocardial injury as well as infarct imitators. Includes lead placement, collection of the 12 lead ECG, review of cardiac anatomy and physiology, electrical conduction through the heart, common dysrhythmias, pathophysiology of AMI and infarct imitators. Includes field treatment of the acute coronary syndrome.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits