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Effective: Summer 2015

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: HLTH 55 or First Responder Course or equivalent work experience as determined by the instructor.
Advisory: Advisory: EMT 304 and 305 may not be taken concurrently.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: None
4 hous lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (84 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Student will identify signs and symptoms which indicate disruption of normal bodily processes of an emergent nature.
  • Student will discuss care for various patient conditions which will improve, stabilize, or prevent deterioration of the condition. Students will apply knowledge learned and initiate beginning levels of a patient treatment plan.
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.

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.
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

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.
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.
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

Disciplines -
Emergency Medical Technologies
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises.
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
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.