Emergency Medical Services

Paramedic Certificate Course Descriptions

Award: Certificate

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EMS541 Clinical I

3 credits – This course will provide clinical atmosphere for performance of psychomotor skills as described by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Standard Paramedic Curriculum. To successfully complete this course, students must demonstrate competency in skills for patients of all ages within the scope of practice. The student will participate in and document patient contacts and field experience. Additional contact hours (up to 3 times stated minimum) may be needed to meet the course competencies. Permission of instructor required.

Lecture Hours: 0 Co-op Hours: 192

Co-requisites: EMS619 Airway and Patient Assessment and EMS641 Introduction to Paramedicine

Course Fee: $125.00

EMS546 Clinical II

3 credits – This course will provide clinical atmosphere for performance of psychomotor skills as described by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Standard Paramedic Curriculum. To successfully complete this course, students must demonstrate competency in skills for patients of all ages within the scope of practice. The student will participate in and document patient contacts and field experience. Additional contact hours (up to 3 times stated minimum) may be needed to meet the course competencies. Permission of instructor required.

Lecture Hours: 0 Co-op Hours: 192

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in EMS541 Clinical I.

Co-requisites: EMS677 Special Populations for the Paramedic, EMS674 Cardiology for the Paramedic, and EMS650 Medical and Psychological Emergencies.

Course Fee: $95.00

EMS619 Airway and Patient Assessment

4 credits – The course includes Module 2 (Airway Management and Ventilation) and Module 3 (Patient Assessment) of the DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics. Content will include advanced airway management physical assessment, field assessment, clinical decision making, documentation and the assessment and management of respiratory emergencies. The lab component of this course includes skills in airway management and ventilation, history taking, techniques of physical examination, patient assessment, clinical decision making, communication and AHA ACLS. All will be practiced and demonstrated.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in EMS641 Introduction to Paramedicine.

Course Fee: $42.00

EMS641 Introduction to Paramedicine

3 credits – Provides an overview of paramedic roles and responsibilities and the emergency medical service system. Includes discussion of medicolegal and ethical issues in EMS, agents of trauma and disease, and career opportunities for paramedics. Provides discussion and demonstration of proper documentation in EMS, emergency vehicle operations, and non-patient care aspects of EMS.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre-requisites: Must be in program major. Must hold Iowa EMT Certification prior to course enrollment. A minimum grade of C in EMS201 Emergency Medical Technician

Course Fee: $113.00

EMS650 Medical and Psychological Emergencies

4 credits – Lecture and case-based teaching in the pathophysiology, recognition and advanced life support assessment and management of emergencies involving the nervous, endocrine, renal, and gastrointestinal systems. Assessment and intervention in psychological emergencies.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in EMS641 Introduction to Paramedicine. A minimum grade of C in EMS619 Airway and Patient Assessment.

EMS655 Transition to Paramedic Practice

4 credits – This course will provide a platform for the student to apply cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills to actual practice during a field internship. This course will also include comprehensive psychomotor exercises in a lab setting to prepare the paramedic student for national certification.

Lecture Hours: 0 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: Instructor approval. A minimum grade of C in EMS541 Clinical I. A minimum grade of C in EMS546 Clinical II. A minimum grade of C in EMS641 Introduction to Paramedicine. A minimum grade of C in EMS671 Paramedic Pharmacology/Pathophysiology. A minimum grade of C in EMS619 Airway and Patient Assessment.

Course Fee: $395.00

EMS671 Paramedic Pharmacology/Pathophysiology

3 credits – Paramedic Pharmacology/Pathophysiology is a preparatory course for the Paramedic Education Program. The course will concentrate on the pathophysiology of illness and injury on the human body and also relate the principles of pharmacology to the pathophysiology.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Co-requisites: EMS619 Airway and Patient Assessment and EMS641 Introduction to Paramedicine

Course Fee: $62.00

EMS674 Cardiology for the Paramedic

4 credits – Cardiology for the Paramedic will focus on assessing the pre-hospital cardiac patient, interpreting electrocardiograms, and formulating treatment regimens for these patients.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in EMS641 Introduction to Paramedicine. A minimum grade of C in EMS619 Airway and Patient Assessment. A minimum grade of C in EMS671 Paramedic Pharmacology/Pathophysiology.

Co-requisites: EMS650 Medical and Psychological Emergencies

EMS677 Special Populations for the Paramedic

4 credits – Special Patient Populations for the Paramedic explores illness and injury in the obstetric/gynecologic, neonatal, pediatric, geriatric, and chronically ill patient populations.

Lecture Hours: 48 Lab Hours: 32

Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C in EMS 619 Airway and Patient Assessment. A minimum grade of C in EMS 641 Introduction to Paramedicine.

EMS678 Traumatic Emergencies for the Paramedic

3 credits – Traumatic Emergencies for the Paramedic explores the science of traumatic injuries, their detection and treatment. Major topics include: soft tissue, shock, hard tissue, nervous system, and internal injuries.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Co-requisites: EMS671 Paramedic Pharmacology/Pathophysiology

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Nichole Anfinson
Health Education and Services Center 217B
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Program Coordinator/Advisor

John Cockrell
Health Education and Services Center 217C
319-296-4428
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Bryan Renfro
Black Hawk Hall 180
319-296-4427
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