Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

EMS 120 - Emergency Medical Technician - Clinical

Course Description

Effective: 2018-08-01

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

General Course Purpose

The course is a component of the Emergency Medical Technician curriculum governed by Virginia Office of EMS. At least 10 patient contacts, where the student participates in patient care are mandated. It requires 20-30 clock hours in the average 911 system.

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EMS 121 - Preparatory Foundations

Course Description

Effective: 2018-08-01

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.
2 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce the novice student to the foundational aspects of advanced life support care.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisites: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS

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EMS 123 - EMS Clinical Preparation

Course Description

Effective: 2018-08-01

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.
1 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce the novice student to the clinical aspects of advanced life support care.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS

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EMS 125 - Basic Pharmacology

Course Description

Effective: 2018-08-01

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.
1 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce the novice student to the principles of pharmacology and skills related to intravenous therapy and medication administration.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS Corequisite: EMS 126

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EMS 126 - Basic Pharmacology Lab

Course Description

Effective: 2018-08-01

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.
1 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to teach the novice student the skills related to intraosseous, intravenous therapy and medication administration.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS Corequisite: EMS 125

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EMS 127 - Airway, Shock and Resuscitation

Course Description

Effective: 2018-08-01

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.
1 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce the novice student to the principles airway assessment and management, including resuscitation techniques and care of a patient in shock.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS Corequisite: EMS 128

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EMS 128 - Airway, Shock and Resuscitation Lab

Course Description

Effective: 2018-08-01

Focuses on specific skills related to airway, resuscitation and shock management.
Laboratory 2 hours. Total 2 hours per week.
1 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to teach the paramedic student the principle skills of airway management, resuscitation techniques and care of a patient in shock.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS Corequisite: EMS 127

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EMS 135 - Emergency Medical Care

Course Description

Effective: 2019-08-01

Prepares the student to assess and manage patients with common medical emergencies.
Lecture 2 hours. Total 2 hours per week.
2 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to a variety of medical related complaints, including pathophysiology, signs, symptoms and treatments.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS. Corequisite: EMS 136.

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EMS 136 - Emergency Medical Care Lab

Course Description

Effective: 2019-08-01

Focuses on specific skills related to the assessment and management of common medical emergencies.
Laboratory 2 hours. Total 2 hours per week.
1 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is gain practical experience and demonstrate the principles of care and management of patients complaining of medical emergencies.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS. Corequisite: EMS 135.

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EMS 137 - Trauma Care

Course Description

Effective: 2019-08-01

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.
1 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to a variety of common traumatic injuries, including pathophysiology, signs, symptoms and treatments.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Corequisite: EMS 138

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EMS 138 - Trauma Care Lab

Course Description

Effective: 2019-08-01

Focuses on the skills required for the assessment and management of patients with traumatic injury.
Laboratory 2 hours. Total 2 hours per week.
1 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to teach the student principles of care and management of patients complaining of traumatic injury.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS. Corequisite: EMS 137.

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EMS 139 - Special Populations

Course Description

Effective: 2019-08-01

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.
1 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to teach the student principles of care and management of patients in special populations.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS. Corequisite: EMS 140.

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EMS 140 - Special Populations Lab

Course Description

Effective: 2019-08-01

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.
1 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to teach the student principles of care and management of patients in special populations.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS. Corequisite: EMS 139.

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EMS 141 - Cardiovascular Care

Course Description

Effective: 2019-08-01

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.
2 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to teach the student principles of assessment and management of cardiac emergencies and to teach basic EKG recognition.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS. Corequisite: EMS 142.

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EMS 142 - Cardiovascular Care Lab

Course Description

Effective: 2019-08-01

Focuses on skills involved in the assessment and management of cardiac-related
Laboratory 2 hours. Total 2 hour per week.
1 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to teach the skills involved in the assessment and management of cardiac-related emergencies. It develops competency in basic dysrhythmia recognition and overall cardiac patient care.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS. Corequisite EMS 141.

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EMS 150 - Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)

Course Description

Effective: 2020-01-01

Prepares students to build upon content in the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) curriculum and demonstrate competency in specific advanced skills and knowledge.
Lecture 5 hours. Laboratory 4 hours. Total 9 hours per week.
7 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce the novice ALS student to the principles of entry-level advanced emergency medical care.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS

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EMS 152 - Advanced EMT Completion

Course Description

Effective: 2014-08-01

Continues the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services Advanced, Intermediate and/or Paramedic curricula. Includes patient assessment, differential diagnosis and management of multiple complaints. Includes, but are not limited to conditions relating to diabetic, neurological, abdominal pain, environmental, behavioral, gynecology, and toxicological disease conditions. Also includes Advanced EMT level cardiac, trauma and special population topics.
Credits 2. Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
2 credits

General Course Purpose

The course will cover the assessment and management of medical problems and emergencies in the following areas: pulmonary, neurological, endocrine, genitourinary, digestive, hematological, toxicological, behavioral, and environmental. In addition, cardiac, trauma and special populations curricula for Advanced EMT will be taught. This course is part of the state-mandated curriculum that leads to taking the National Registry Advanced EMT, Intermediate, and/or Paramedic certification exam.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: Current EMT Certification and EMS 151 Co-requisite: EMS 151

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EMS 154 - ALS Cardiac Care

Course Description

Effective: 2014-08-01

Continues the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services Intermediate and/or Paramedic curricula. Includes Advanced Life Support (ALS) airway management, electrical therapy, pharmacology, drug and fluid administration with emphasis on patient assessment, differential diagnosis and management of cardiovascular emergencies. It will incorporate the current American Heart Association (AHA) - ACLS guidelines and curriculum including stroke management.
Credits 2. Lecture 1 hour. Lab 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
2 credits

General Course Purpose

The course will cover the assessment and management of cardiovascular and neurovasular emergencies. This course is part of the state-mandated curriculum that leads to taking the National Registry Intermediate, and/or Paramedic certification exam.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Pre/Co-requisites: EMS 153.

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EMS 159 - ALS - Special Populations

Course Description

Effective: 2012-08-15

Continues the Virginia office of Emergency Medical Services Intermediate and/or Paramedic curricula. Focuses on the assessment and management of specialty patients including obstetrical, pediatric, and neonates.
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours; 4 Hours per week
3 credits

General Course Purpose

To prepare the EMS student to assess, evaluate and treat patients within the Special Populations; to include OB, Neonates, Pediatrics, the abuse and assault patient and how to utilize Assessment Based Management.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Pre reqs. EMS 151 and EMS 153; Pre or Co-reqs EMS 155

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EMS 161 - International Trauma Life Support (ITLS)

Course Description

Effective: 2012-05-01

Offers instruction for students in current topics of care for trauma patients and offers certification as a International Trauma Life Support Provider (ITLS) as defined by the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Lecture 1 hour per week, 1 Contact hour.
1 credits

General Course Purpose

Educate the EMS provider in special considerations for injured patients.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Current Emergency Medical Technician (EMT, EMT-E, EMT-I, EMT-P) certification/ licensure ,or other associated healthcare field.

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EMS 164 - Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)

Course Description

Effective: 2016-08-01

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

General Course Purpose

This course provides the knowledge and skills that promote the competence of healthcare providers responsible for the assessment and management of adult patients who present with a variety of medical emergencies.

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EMS 167 - Emergency Pediatrics Course (EPC)

Course Description

Effective: 2016-08-01

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. Total 1 hour per week.
1 credits

General Course Purpose

Provides the knowledge and skills that promote the competence of healthcare providers responsible for the assessment and management of pediatrics patients who present with a variety of emergencies.

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EMS 175 - Paramedic Clinical Experience I

Course Description

Effective: 2018-08-01

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.
2 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to live patient assessment and management in the clinical setting.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

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

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EMS 201 - EMS Professional Development

Course Description

Effective: 2012-08-15

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.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

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.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: EMT/B Certification

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EMS 202 - Paramedic Pharmacology

Course Description

Effective: 2018-08-01

Focuses on advanced pharmacological interventions, medications and their effects.
Lecture 2 hours. Total 2 hours per week.
2 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to continue to teach additional medications used and encountered by the Paramedic in treatment of patients. Focuses on the principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and drug administration.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisites: EMS 125, EMS 126, EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142

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EMS 203 - Advanced Patient Care

Course Description

Effective: 2018-08-01

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.
2 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to develop the student?s knowledge, understanding, analysis and application of comprehensive patient care.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

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

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EMS 204 - Advanced Patient Care Lab

Course Description

Effective: 2018-08-01

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.
2 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to develop and assess the student's knowledge, understanding, analysis and application of comprehensive patient care in a practical setting.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisites: EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142 Corequisite: EMS 203

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EMS 205 - Advanced Pathophysiology

Course Description

Effective: 2012-08-15

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.
4 credits

General Course Purpose

This course provides students with advanced concepts related to anatomical and physiological alterations in patients managed by advanced health care providers. Required for students testing National Registry paramedic.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisite: EMT/B Certification

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EMS 206 - Pathophysiology for the Health Professions

Course Description

Effective: 2018-08-01

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.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to teach the pathophysiology of disease related to diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisites: BIO 145 or BIO 141-142 combination

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EMS 210 - EMS Operations

Course Description

Effective: 2018-08-01

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.
1 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to prepare the student in the theory and application of the following: medical incident management, multiple and mass casualty incident management, aeromedical operations, rescue awareness and operations, hazardous materials incident awareness, violent, active shooter and crime scene awareness and traffic incident management and to provide emergency medical services providers with a foundational and operational knowledge of the roles and responsibilities to ensure patient, public, and personnel safety. This course develops an awareness of principles, techniques and procedures necessary to safely and effectively manage an emergency scene. This course is required for students desiring to test for National Registry Paramedic certification.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

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

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EMS 212 - Leadership and Professional Development

Course Description

Effective: 2018-08-01

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.
1 credits

General Course Purpose

The purpose of this course is to prepare emergency responders, primarily emergency medical services students for their role as a leader within their agency, as well as their community. This course integrates comprehensive knowledge of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems, health, safety and wellness of the EMS provider; research, educational and career development.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisites: EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142

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EMS 216 - Paramedic Review

Course Description

Effective: 2018-08-01

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

General Course Purpose

This course is designed to prepare students for the cognitive and psychomotor testing for the Paramedic certification exam after all curricular core content has been covered.

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EMS 247 - Paramedic Clinical Experience II

Course Description

Effective: 2018-08-01

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.
1 credits

General Course Purpose

Continues the clinical experience for the Paramedic student in a supervised, direct patient contact setting.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisites: EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142, EMS 175

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EMS 248 - Paramedic Comprehensive Field Experience

Course Description

Effective: 2018-08-01

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.
2 credits

General Course Purpose

Focuses on scene management and patient care in the pre-hospital setting.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisites: EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142, EMS 175

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EMS 249 - Paramedic Capstone Internship

Course Description

Effective: 2018-08-01

Provides summative evaluation of the Paramedic student in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains.
Laboratory 6 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
2 credits

General Course Purpose

To provide a summative internship to ensure entry-level competence at the paramedic level.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

Prerequisites: EMS 202, EMS 203, EMS 204, EMS 206, EMS 247, EMS 248

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