First Block

First Block, consisting of these four separate courses, is focused on building fundamental knowledge and skills:

EMS 150  Paramedic Assessment and Treatment:  This course presents the fundamental human anatomy and physiology concepts necessary for EMS students to use as they build their ability to assess and treat emergency medical conditions. During the course’s lab sessions, students will engage in activities and discussions with faculty and peers designed to assess their knowledge level as well as practice and demonstrate competency on many of the various assessment and treatment skills used by Paramedics. The Paramedic Assessment Flow Chart, Paramedic Assessment Inventory items and the basic background A&P (shock, hypoxia) are the course’s centerpiece with the goal being to provide urgent care prior to and while considering a differential diagnosis. This course focuses on building a solid assessment-and- treatment process up to the beginning phases of forming a differential diagnosis.

EMS 151  Pharmacology in Field Medicine I:  This course covers the fundamentals of pharmacology including intravenous infusions and medication administration.  During the course’s lab sessions, students will engage in activities and discussions with faculty and peers designed to assess their knowledge level as well as to practice applicable skills.

EMS 153  Field Airway Management I:  This course is the first of a two-part series designed to help paramedic students become competent and confident airway managers in the field environment.  During the course’s lab sessions, students will engage in activities and discussions with faculty and peers designed to assess their knowledge level as well as to practice applicable skills.

EMS 154  EMS Electrocardiography I:  This course’s material encompasses the ECG knowledge and skills that are most critical for paramedics.  During the course’s lab sessions, students will engage in activities and discussions with faculty and peers designed to assess their knowledge level as well as to practice applicable skills.