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College Catalog: Course Listings: Emergency Medical Services

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: EM 100 or EMT 109/equivalent Co-requisite: EMS 120.
5 lecture hours; 4 lab hours; 9 hours per week
7 credits

EMS 120 – Emergency Medical Technician – Basic Clinical
Observes in a program approved clinical/field setting. Includes topics for both EMS 111 and EMS 113, dependent upon the program in which the student is participating and is a co-requisite to both EMS 111 and EMS 113.
Lab 2 hours; 2 hours per week
1 credits

EMS 151 – Introduction to Advanced Life Support
Prepares the student for Virginia Enhanced certification eligibility and begins the sequence for National Registry Intermediate and/or Paramedic certification. Includes the theory and application of the following: foundations, human systems, pharmacology, overview of shock, venous access, airway management, patient assessment, respiratory emergencies, allergic reaction, and assessment based management. Conforms at a minimum to the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services curriculum. Co-requisite: EMS 170.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
4 credits

EMS 152 – Advanced EMT Completion
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. Lab 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite – Current EMT Certification and EMS 151. Co-requisite – EMS 151
2 credits

EMS 153 – Basic ECG Recognition
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.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits

EMS 154 – ALS Cardiac Care
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.
Pre/Co-requisites: EMS 153.
2 credits

EMS 157 – ALS – Trauma Care
Continues the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services Intermediate and/or Paramedic curricula. Utilizes techniques which will allow the student to utilize the assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the trauma patient. Prerequisites: Current EMT-B certification and EMS 151.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits

EMS 159 – ALS – Special Populations
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
Pre reqs. EMS 151 and EMS 153; Pre or Co-reqs EMS 155
3 credits

EMS 170 – ALS Internship I
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 3-6 hours per week.
1-2 credits
1 credit at PDCCC

EMS 172 – ALS Clinical Internship II
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. Co-requisite: EMS 151.
Laboratory 3-6 hours per week.
1-2 credits
1 credit at PDCCC

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