Emergency Medical Services

2015-16 Edition

Cascade Campus
Public Services Education Building (PSEB), Room 133
971-722-5530
971-722-5535 (Fax)

www.pcc.edu/emergency-medical

Career and Program Description

The Emergency Medical Services Department offers career training for entry-level positions in emergency medical settings. Ambulance companies, fire departments, police departments, and various other industries requiring emergency medical services may employ EMS Providers. After successful completion of all requirements for EMT, AEMT, Intermediate, or Paramedic training, the student is eligible to apply to take the respective state licensure exams. Other emergency medical training offered includes First Responder/Emergency Medical Responder and EMS continuing education.

The Emergency Medical Services Department trains and educates EMS professionals to excel in meeting the needs of the community. EMS Providers respond to medical emergencies by providing immediate care and transportation to the ill and injured. This department combines classroom lectures, hands-on skills labs and appropriate cooperative clinical and field experience to provide students with cognitive, psychomotor, and affective competence to function as effective EMS providers.

The Portland Community College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

To contact CAAHEP:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
www.caahep.org

To contact CoAEMSP:

8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
(214) 703-8445
FAX (214) 703-8992
www.coaemsp.org

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic

One-Year Certificate

Emergency Medical Services

Less Than One-Year Certificate

Emergency Medical Services
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician

Prerequisites and Requirements

  • Placement test scores within the last three years or transcript with course completion. Placement into WR 121 or completion of WR 115 with a grade of C or better. Placement into MTH 60, or completion of MTH 20 with a grade of C or better. Placement into RD 115 , or completion of RD 90 with a grade of C or better.
  • Must have completed high school or GED.

  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

  • Must have documented results of: TB exam (within 6 months), MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella immunity) if born after 12-31-56, Tdap (within past 10 years), Hepatitis B immunization series started, Varicella (chicken pox immunity), influenza (one dose each year for students needing clinical placement).

  • AHA Healthcare Provider BLS (CPR) or ASHI CPR-Pro card current through certification/licensure testing.

Applicants for EMS courses must meet all prerequisites prior to registration into EMS courses. Satisfactory Criminal History Background check and drug screening will be mandatory to qualify for clinical rotations and state licensure. The cost for Criminal History Background check and drug screening is the responsibility of the applicant/student. Submit photocopies of transcripts, immunization documentation and completed application to the EMS Department for review. Contact department office for instructions. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Applicants for the paramedic level must complete a departmental selection process. Attendance of the first session of each course is mandatory. Students missing the first class will be dropped from the roster by the department.

Applicants should be aware that the following questions are asked on the National Registry EMT and/or the Oregon EMT Application:

  1. Do you or have you had within the past 10 years, any physical or mental condition that impairs, could impair, or has impaired your ability to perform the duties of an EMS Provider? If you answer yes, explain whether your condition is controlled by medication or other treatment and how your condition treated or untreated, affects your ability to perform the duties of an EMS Provider.
  2. Do you or have you used in the last 10 years, any drug or chemical substance for other than legitimate medical purposes that impairs or has impaired your ability to perform the duties of an EMS Provider?
  3. Have you been counseled about, diagnosed with, or treated for, a dependency on alcohol or drugs within the last 10 years?
  4. Have you ever been arrested, charged with, or convicted of any misdemeanor or felony? (Minor traffic violations need not be reported.)
  5. Has an employer or supervising physician taken disciplinary action against you related to your duties as an EMS Provider? (Discipline includes suspension, letter of reprimand, resignation in lieu of termination, a limitation or restriction of scope of practice or dismissal for cause.)
  6. Have you been named in a lawsuit alleging medical malpractice or misconduct related to providing medical care?
  7. Have you ever been disciplined, denied or revoked by the National Registry of EMTs or any health care certifying/licensing agency?
  8. Have you ever surrendered or resigned a health care license or certificate?
  9. Have you lived, worked or attended school outside of Oregon for 60 or more consecutive days in the last 5 years?

Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic AAS Degree

Minimum 105 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. Math/computation competency is met through the math course(s) required in the program of study. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.

First TermCredits
EMS 100Introduction to Emergency Medical Services3
PSY 101 (or higher)*Psychology and Human Relations4
WR 121 (or higher)English Composition4
General Education4
Second Term
BI 231*Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
EMS 105EMT Part I5
COMM 111 (or higher)*Public Speaking4
MTH 65 (or higher)Introductory Algebra - Second Term4
Third Term
BI 232*Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
EMS 106EMT Part II5
EMS 116Emergency Medical Services Rescue3
Fourth Term
BI 233*Human Anatomy & Physiology III4
EMS 113Emergency Response Communication/Documentation2
EMS 114Emergency Response Patient Transportation2
EMS 115Crisis Intervention3
EMS 118EMS Medical Terminology3
General Education4
Fifth Term
EMS 240Paramedic I12
Sixth Term
EMS 242Paramedic II9
EMS 244Paramedic Clinical Internship I3
Seventh Term
EMS 246Paramedic Clinical Internship II5
EMS 248Paramedic Field Internship I2
HE 295Health and Fitness for Life2
PE 295Health and Fitness for Life Lab1
Eighth Term
EMS 250Paramedic Field Internship II7
EMS 252Paramedic III2
 Total Credits: 105
*

Could be used as General Education

One-Year Certificate

Emergency Medical Services

Less than One-Year Certificate

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician

Less than One-Year Certificate Career Pathway

Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services One-Year Certificate

Minimum 58 credits. Students must meet all certificate requirements.

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.

First TermCredits
EMS 100Introduction to Emergency Medical Services3
PSY 101 (or higher)Psychology and Human Relations4
WR 121 (or higher)English Composition4
General Education4
Second Term
BI 231Human Anatomy & Physiology I4
COMM 111 (or higher)Public Speaking4
EMS 105EMT Part I5
MTH 65 (or higher)Introductory Algebra - Second Term4
Third Term
BI 232Human Anatomy & Physiology II4
EMS 106EMT Part II5
EMS 116Emergency Medical Services Rescue3
Fourth Term
BI 233Human Anatomy & Physiology III4
EMS 113Emergency Response Communication/Documentation2
EMS 114Emergency Response Patient Transportation2
EMS 115Crisis Intervention3
EMS 118EMS Medical Terminology3
 Total Credits: 58

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Less than One-Year Certificate

Minimum 20 credits. Students must meet all certificate requirements.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Certificate Courses

EMS 105EMT Part I5
EMS 106EMT Part II5
EMS 135Advanced EMT Part 1 (Advanced EMT Part 1)5
EMS 136Advanced EMT Part 2 (Advanced EMT Part 2)5
Total Credits20

Emergency Medical Services Career Pathway Certificate

Minimum 24 credits. Students must meet all certificate requirements. The Emergency Medical Services Certificate is a career pathway. All courses are contained int the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic AAS Degree.

Emergency Medical Services Certificate Courses

EMS 100Introduction to Emergency Medical Services3
EMS 105EMT Part I5
EMS 106EMT Part II5
EMS 113Emergency Response Communication/Documentation2
EMS 114Emergency Response Patient Transportation2
EMS 116Emergency Medical Services Rescue3
WR 121English Composition (or higher)4
Total Credits24

Courses

EMS 100. Introduction to Emergency Medical Services. 3 Credits.

Covers the roles and responsibilities of the EMT: emergency medical services system, medical-legal considerations, major incident response, hazardous materials awareness, stress management, and blood-borne pathogens. Audit available.

EMS 105. EMT Part I. 5 Credits.

Develops skills for the recognition of symptoms of illness and injuries and proper procedures of emergency care. Requires passing criminal background check and drug screen before placement into mandatory clinical observation in hospital emergency department and ambulance ride-along experience. Part 1 of the 2-part Oregon EMT course. Department permission required. Prerequisite: WR 115; MTH 20; RD 90; current HCP CPR card.

EMS 106. EMT Part II. 5 Credits.

Continues EMS 105, Oregon EMT preparation. Includes preparation for state and national certification exams. Department permission required. Prerequisite: Successful completion of EMS 105 at PCC within the last year; current HCP CPR card.

EMS 113. Emergency Response Communication/Documentation. 2 Credits.

Covers principles of therapeutic communication, oral, written, and electronic communications in the provision of EMS. Includes: documentation of elements of patient assessment, care, transport, communication systems, radio types, reports, codes, and correct techniques. Prerequisites: EMS 105 and EMS 106, WR 121. Recommended: SP 111 or COMM 111. Audit available.

EMS 114. Emergency Response Patient Transportation. 2 Credits.

Covers ambulance operations, laws, maintenance and safety, emergency response driving and route planning. Prerequisites: EMS 105, WR 121. Recommended: EMS 106.

EMS 115. Crisis Intervention. 3 Credits.

Covers intervention in behavioral crises of sudden death, suicide, rape, murder, vehicle accidents, disease, trauma, and child abuse. Includes resources, supporting behavioral patterns, and handling emotional stress of the individual as well as coping with emotional conflict within one's self. Prerequisite: WR 121. Recommended: EMS 106 and SP111 or COMM 111. Audit available.

EMS 116. Emergency Medical Services Rescue. 3 Credits.

Covers the elementary procedures of rescue practices, systems, components, support and control of rescue operations including basic rescue tools. Introduces techniques and tools of patient extrication, emphasizing application to traffic accidents and low angle rescue. Recommended: EMS 106 and (SP 111 or COMM 111). Prerequisites: EMS 100, EMS 105, WR 121.

EMS 118. EMS Medical Terminology. 3 Credits.

Analysis of anatomical roots, prefixes, and suffixes, and Greek and Latin verbs and adjectives. Helps build a medical vocabulary. Examination of representative anatomical structures, diseases, procedures, tumors, and descriptive terms by simple analysis of words. Audit available.

EMS 120. Emergency Medical Services: First Responder. 3 Credits.

For those who are usually the first person at the scene of trauma or medical emergencies including law enforcement, fire department personnel, etc. Knowledge and skills are developed to provide basic care for trauma, medical and environmental emergencies; evaluation of scene and patients; and appropriate access and use of the Emergency Medical Services System. Must be 16 years of age. Audit available.

EMS 135. Advanced EMT Part 1. 5 Credits.

Develops skills for recognizing symptoms of illness and injuries. Covers proper procedures of emergency care at the Advanced EMT level. Requires passing criminal background check and drug screen before placement into mandatory clinical and internship experience. Part 1 of the 2-part Advanced EMT course. Department permission required. Recommended: BI 121, BI 122, or higher, WR 121, and MTH 60. Prerequisite: EMS 106, WR 115, MTH 20, RD 90 (or higher levels); current HCP CPR card; current Oregon EMT licensure.

EMS 136. Advanced EMT Part 2. 5 Credits.

Develops skills for recognizing symptoms of illness and injuries. Covers proper procedures of emergency care at the Advanced EMT level. Continuation of AEMT Part I. Requires passing criminal background check and drug screen before placement into mandatory clinical and internship experience. Part 2 of the 2-part Advanced EMT course sequence. Department permission required. Recommended: BI 121, BI 122, or higher, WR 121, and MTH 60. Prerequisite: EMS 135 at PCC within the last year and Current HCP CPR card; Current Oregon EMT licensure.

EMS 240. Paramedic I. 12 Credits.

Didactic portion covers illness and injury prevention, medical legal issues and well-being of the paramedic. Patient care topics include advanced airway, medication math, general principles of pathophysiology of shock, trauma assessment, kinematics, pharmacology, toxicology, drug and alcohol abuse, infection disease, endocrinology, OB/GYN, neonatology, cardiovascular system, EKG monitoring. There will be associated practical labs. Students will be certified in Pre-Hospital Life Support (PHTLS). Department permission required. Prerequisite: WR 121, MTH 60/65, BI 101 BI 231, BI 232, EMS 100, EMS 106, EMS 113, EMS 114, EMS 115, EMS 116, EMS 118. Audit available.

EMS 242. Paramedic II. 9 Credits.

Didactic portion covers EKG review, pediatric, geriatric, acute abdomen, burns, psychiatric disorders, dealing with death and the dying, crime scene preservation, Hazmat awareness, environmental conditions, advanced airway. Students will be certified in Pediatric Education for Pre-hospital Professional (PEPP) and Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). There will be associated practical labs. Department permission required. Prerequisite: EMS 240. Audit available.

EMS 244. Paramedic Clinical Internship I. 3 Credits.

Begin in-hospital clinical experiences including direct patient care responsibilities necessary for completion of the educational objectives. Patients are in a hospital/ clinical setting with disease and injury conditions comparable to those the student will experience in the pre-hospital care situations. Department permission required. Prerequisite: EMS 240.

EMS 246. Paramedic Clinical Internship II. 5 Credits.

Complete in-hospital clinical experience to include direct patient care responsibilities necessary for completion of the program's objectives. The patients in the hospital/ clinical setting shall have disease and injury conditions comparable to those the student will experience in the pre-hospital care situation. Department permission required. Prerequisite: EMS 244.

EMS 248. Paramedic Field Internship I. 2 Credits.

Begins field experience designed to expose students to disease and injury conditions. This segment begins the required 200 hours and number of calls necessary to fulfill the State curriculum. Department permission required. Prerequisite: EMS 244.

EMS 250. Paramedic Field Internship II. 7 Credits.

Complete the field experience necessary to fulfill the required hours and calls necessary for state certification. Department permission required. Prerequisite: EMS 248.

EMS 252. Paramedic III. 2 Credits.

Students successfully complete course final written and practical exam and prepare for the State and National Registry written and practical exam. Department permission required. Prerequisite: EMS 248. Audit available.