Academics

EMS 106 EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN (EMT) REFRESHER

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This course provides the EMT with up-to-date knowledge in content areas such as legal and ethical issues, airway management and ventilation, cardiac care and resuscitation, patient assessment, medical emergency and injury management, medication administration, and incident management. This course meets the requirements for EMT re-certification through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) and participants will receive credit for 24 hours of continuing education through the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

Pre-requisite: EMS 114 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent; department approval


EMS 112 EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONDER (EMR)

2 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed to meet the emergency care training needs of those individuals responding to the initial call for emergency care assistance such as police officers, firefighters, industrial health personnel, teachers, etc. The Emergency Medical Responder provides care prior to the arrival of higher-level trained personnel such as EMTs, Paramedics, nurses or physicians. Emphasis is placed on airway management, patient assessment, and treatment of medical or trauma emergencies. Upon successful completion of this course, students may apply to take the Emergency Medical Responder licensure exam.

Pre-requisite: HLTH 041 with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent


EMS 114 EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN (EMT)

8 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed to prepare students to care for the victims of medical and traumatic emergencies, with an emphasis on the assessment of victims of illness and injury, and application of proper emergency care procedures. Upon successful completion of EMS 114, students may apply to take the Illinois Department of Public Health or National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians EMT licensure exam.

Pre-requisite: High school graduate or equivalent; and Accuplacer Reading score 44 or greater; or equivalent reading placement score; or department approval


EMS 116 TRAUMA LIFE SUPPORT

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed to enhance and build on the student's existing knowledge and training in the treatment of a trauma victim. Emphasis will be placed on patient assessment and management. Course topics include rapid assessment, resuscitation, stabilization and transportation of trauma victims. Students successfully completing the course will earn certification in trauma life support by an accredited certifying agency.

Pre-requisite: Current Illinois or National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians EMT, EMT-I, AEMT, or Paramedic licensure/certification or equivalent; department approval


EMS 117 ADVANCED CARDIAC LIFE SUPPORT (ACLS)

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is designed to provide specialized instruction in the management of cardiovascular related emergencies and to prepare emergency and critical care personnel such as physicians, nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and other appropriate healthcare professionals to provide treatment for a cardiovascular emergency. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be issued an American Heart Association ACLS provider card.

Pre-requisite: Current American Heart Association - Healthcare Provider CPR certification; physician, nursing, EMT, paramedic, respiratory therapy, or other appropriate allied/clinical health personnel; department approval


EMS 118 PEDIATRIC EDUCATION FOR PRE-HOSPITAL PROVIDERS (PEPP)

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This course provides specialized instruction for the pre-hospital provider in the assessment and management of pediatric emergencies. Instruction will focus on child and family interaction and communication, assessment and treatment of medical and traumatic emergencies, as well as patient stabilization and transport. Students successfully completing the course will be issued a PEPP course completion card through the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Pre-requisite: Current Illinois or National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians EMT, EMT-I, AEMT, or Paramedic licensure/certification or equivalent; department approval


EMS 120 EMT PRACTICUM

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This course provides a planned and supervised clinical experience with local transport and non-transport emergency medical services agencies. During this course, students will be provided the opportunity to participate as a member of the healthcare delivery team in order to enhance the knowledge and skills learned in the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course.

Pre-requisite: EMS 114 with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent; current Illinois EMT licensure or National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians EMT certification; Accuplacer score of at least "44"; department approval


EMS 230 PARAMEDIC I

7 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is the first of six designed to prepare the student to function as a Paramedic. Instruction in the roles and responsibilities of the Paramedic, ethical and legal aspects of emergency care, as well as in-depth study of anatomy and physiology/pathophysiology relevant to emergency care will be provided. Instruction in patient assessment will also be provided. Practical laboratory sessions and selected clinical experiences will provide patient contact opportunities to correlate with the course content.

Pre-requisite: BIOL 111 and EMS 114 both with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent; completion of, or concurrent enrollment in EMS 120; current Illinois EMT licensure or National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians EMT certification; COMPASS reading score of at least "72"; department approval


EMS 231 PARAMEDIC II

7 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is the second of six designed to prepare the student to function as a Paramedic. Detailed instruction in airway management, pharmacology, and medication administration will be provided. Further instruction will focus on the pathophysiology and management of trauma, to include assessment of the trauma patient, management of traumatic injuries, and current trends in trauma management. Practical laboratory sessions and selected clinical experiences provide patient contact opportunities to correlate with the course content.

Pre-requisite: BIOL 111 and EMS 114 both with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent; completion of, or concurrent enrollment in EMS 120; EMS 230 or equivalent; current Illinois EMT licensure or National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians EMT certification; COMPASS reading score of at least 72; department approval


EMS 232 PARAMEDIC III

7.5 Credit Hours (OC)
This is the third of six courses designed to prepare the student to function as a Paramedic, and provides concentrated instruction in the assessment and management of medical emergencies such as cardiac, respiratory, and neurological conditions. Instruction in intravenous therapy and administration of appropriate medications, as well as electrocardiogram interpretation will also be provided. Practical laboratory sessions and selected clinical experiences provide patient contact opportunities to correlate with the course content.

Pre-requisite: BIOL 111 and EMS 114 both with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent; completion of, or concurrent enrollment in EMS 120; EMS 231 with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent; current Illinois EMT licensure or National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians EMT certification; COMPASS reading score of at least 72; department approval


EMS 233 PARAMEDIC IV

6.5 Credit Hours (OC)
This is the fourth of six courses designed to prepare the student to function as a Paramedic, and provides concentrated instruction in the assessment and management of neonatal, pediatric, OB/GYN and geriatric emergencies. Diverse patient populations such as those with behavioral disorders, long-term care and the chronically ill patient will be studied and discussed. Practical laboratory sessions and selected clinical experiences provide patient contact opportunities to correlate with the course content.

Pre-requisite: BIOL 111 and EMS 114 both with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent; completion of, or concurrent enrollment in EMS 120; EMS 232 or equivalent; current Illinois EMT licensure or National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians EMT certification; COMPASS reading score of at least 72; department approval


EMS 240 PARAMEDIC PRACTICUM I

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course (EMS 240) is the fifth of six courses designed to prepare the student to function as a Paramedic, and gives the student field experience with an advanced life support unit. The experiences gained during this course will further develop the skills and knowledge gleaned in EMS 230-233.

Pre-requisite: BIOL 111 and EMS 114 both with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent; EMS 120; EMS 233 or equivalent; current Illinois EMT licensure or National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians EMT certification; COMPASS reading score of at least 72; department approval


EMS 241 PARAMEDIC PRACTICUM II

3 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is the last of six courses designed to prepare the student to function as a Paramedic and is a continuation of EMS 240. The student will participate in field clinical experiences with an advanced life support unit. Emphasis will be placed on enhancement of team leadership abilities, critical thinking skills and differential diagnosis of the ill or injured patient. The experiences gained during this course will further develop the skills and knowledge gleaned in EMS 230-233 and EMS 240.

Pre-requisite: BIOL 111 and EMS 114 both with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent; EMS 120 with a grade of "C" or better; EMS 240 with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent; current Illinois EMT licensure or National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians EMT certification; COMPASS reading score of at least 72; department approval


EMS 255 INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This course provides the opportunity to work on a technical project, research, or other specialized study related to individual academic needs. A written plan for the independent study project is developed with a faculty member (including a detailed description of the project, the number of credit hours assigned to it, the evaluative criteria to be used, and other relevant matters), and the project is carried out under the periodic direction of the faculty member. Repeatable up to a maximum of five semester hours of credit.

Pre-requisite: Current Illinois or National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians EMT, EMT-I, AEMT, or Paramedic licensure/certification or equivalent; department approval