Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
4 hous lecture, 3 hours laboratory.5 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 84 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 4 Lab Hours: 3 Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: Stand Alone Course
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: NoneValidation: 03/21/08; 10/28/13

1. Description -
Intended to instruct a student to the level of Emergency Medical Technician-1 who serves as a vital link in the chain of the health care team. It is recognized that the majority of prehospital emergency medical care will be provided by the EMT-1. Includes all skills necessary for the individual to provide emergency medical care at a basic life support level with a fire department, or other specialized service. First of two courses required to be eligible to take the California written and practical exam for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician I.
Prerequisite: HLTH 55 or First Responder Course or equivalent work experience as determined by the instructor.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: EMT 304 and 305 may not be taken concurrently.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the Emergency Medical System, the roles and responsibilities of the EMT.
  2. Exhibit knowledge, understanding, and application of the human anatomy.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding and apply good history taking, clinical decision making, to develop a working diagnosis.
  4. Apply your knowledge and understanding of the required medications in the scope of practice for EMT in accordance to Title 22.
  5. Exhibit your knowledge of airway management and ventilation of the patient.
  6. Explore trauma systems and develop an understanding of mechanism of injury.
  7. The student will demonstrate an knowledge of the cardiac system and emergencies.
  8. Demonstrate your knowledge of pulmonary emergencies.
  9. The students will learn and demonstrate their knowledge of pediatric emergencies.
  10. Exhibit their understanding of ambulance operations.
  11. The student will demonstrate and have an understanding in other medical issues.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Standard classroom for lecture, an area for skills practice.
  2. This includes CPR and FBAO, the use of AED, Airway Management and O2 therapy, Patient Survey both primary and secondary survey, bandages, and Vital Signs

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Emergency Medical System, the roles and responsibilities of the EMT.
    1. Well being of the paramedic.
    2. injury prevention.
    3. medical/legal issues.
    4. Ethics
  2. Human anatomy.
    1. General principles of pathophysiology.
    2. Life span development.
  3. History taking, clinical decision making, to develop a working diagnosis.
    1. History taking
    2. Patient assessment.
    3. Clinical decision making.
    4. Communications.
    5. Documentation.
  4. Required medications within the scope of practice for paramedics in accordance to Title 22.
    1. Venous access and medication.
    2. Mechanism of drug action.
  5. Airway management and ventilation of the patient.
    1. Respiratory physiology.
    2. Airway adjuncts.
    3. Respiratory emergencies.
  6. Trauma systems and develop an understanding of mechanism of injury.
    1. Kinematics.
    2. Shock.
    3. Soft tissue injuries.
    4. Multisystem trauma.
  7. Cardiac system and emergencies.
    1. ECG interpretation.
  8. Pulmonary system and respiratory emergencies.
    1. COPD.
    2. Asthma.
  9. Pediatric emergencies.
    1. Development of children.
    2. Pediatric assessment.
  10. Ambulance operations.
    1. Triage.
    2. ICS.
    3. Crime scene awareness.
    4. Bioterrorism.
    5. Hazardous material incidents.
  11. Other medical issues.
    1. GI and GU medical concerns.
    2. Environmental emergencies.
    3. Infectious and communicable diseases.
    4. OB and GYN emergencies.
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Written quizzes and Final written exam (achieve an 75% or better to successfully pass the course, successfully pass the skills evaluations).
  2. Complete a minimum 10 hours clinical experience with 5 patient write-ups.
  3. Must achieve a 75% or better for a course completion certificate.
  4. Demonstrate a professional attitude to instructors and other students and maintain a professional appearance, including wearing the program uniform, name tag, and a watch with second hand throughout program and clinical rotation.
  5. Written quizzes, final written exam. Must achieve 75% or better for course credit. Pass Skills test.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Mistovich, Joseph, Prehospital Emergency Care, Tenth Edition: Pearson Publisher, 2013. Package with My Brady Lab ISBN 978-01337-6656-1
Foothill's Skills Manual

8. Disciplines -
Emergency Medical Technologies
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises.
10. Lab Content -
Skills practice to become competent for NREMT (National Register EMT) testing. Skills are, but not limited to,
  1. Medical Patient Assessment
  2. Trauma Patient Assessment
  3. Airway Management
  4. IV Set up
  5. Childbirth Deliveries
  6. Traction Splints
  7. Spinal Immobilization
  8. Helmet Removal
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Weekly reading assignments per class schedule from the text.
Session 1- Read Chapters 1&2 for the first week.
13. Need/Justification -
This is first of two courses which is required for the EMT-1 certificate and eligibility for licensing as an EMT-1 in California. The student must successfully pass this section to continue on to subsequent sections.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-02-23 09:33:51

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines