Emergency Medical Technology and Paramedic

Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa

Dean: Silvia Cornejo, M.A.

Department Chair: Ronald Ungar, M.A.

Director: Devin Price, M.S.

School/Department Location: www.swccd.edu/hecomlocation

Office: 4118D, (619) 216-6755

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/eEXhVUZXRY32

General Description

Emergency medical technology and paramedic is the study of emergency medical care and the evaluation and treatment of injuries. These programs focus on both technical and practical knowledge while providing requisite skills to evaluate and treat a wide variety of medical and trauma emergencies in the prehospital setting. Students learn to administer medication, start intravenous lines, interpret EKG rhythm strips, and defibrillate patients in cardiac arrest, as well as to administer many other advanced life support procedures.

Career Options

Below is a sample of the career options available for the emergency medical or paramedic major. Most require an associate degree, some require a bachelor’s degree, and a few of these require a graduate-level degree: emergency medical technician, paramedic, vocational teacher, college instructor, search and rescue responder, hospital technician, and emergency room technician.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Associate in Science Degree: Career/Technical
Emergency Medical Technology and Paramedic 02340
Certificate of Achievement
Emergency Medical Technology and Paramedic 02341

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.

Faculty

Ronald Ungar, M.A.
rungar@swccd.edu

EMT 10

EMT REFRESHER

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass Only

Limitation on Enrollment: Holds a current EMT certificate or has held certificate within last 48 months.

Lecture 1 hour, laboratory 0.50 hours

Offered: ALL

Meets or exceeds county and state requirements for biennial EMT-I refresher training. [ND]

EMT 32

PRE-ACADEMY FIRE, POLICE, AND EMS FITNESS AND NUTRITION

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Explores the theory and application of cardiovascular fitness and strength training for individuals wanting to get physically and mentally prepared to attend a Police or Fire Academy or for a career in Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Includes an introduction to nutrition and wellness. [D] (Same as: AJ 32;FS 32)

EMT 101

HEALTHCARE PROVIDER CPR

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass Only

Fee: $30

Recommended Preparation: RDG 56 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 1 hour

Offered: ALL

American Heart Association course designed to train and certify emergency medical personnel and healthcare providers in basic life support cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Provides certification and eight hours of continuing education for EMT, paramedic, and nursing personnel. [D; CSU]

EMT 109

EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONDER

2 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 56 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Corequisite: EMT 101.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 0.50 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides the first in the track for students interested in a career in emergency medical services. Covers national curriculum for Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) training. Includes basic and advanced first aid, care of patients with medical and traumatic emergencies, and emergency childbirth. [D; CSU]

EMT 113

EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN--BASIC

5 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: EMT 101 and EMT 109 or equivalent; or EMT 125 or equivalent.

Lecture 5 hours, laboratory 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Introduces techniques of emergency care, as outlined by the Emergency Medical Services Education Standards (NAEMSES). Provides theory portion of program designed to prepare graduates to work in prehospital care (ambulance, firefighter) and emergency departments at EMT basic level. [D; CSU] (Formerly: EMT 112)

EMT 113L

EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN LABORATORY -BASIC

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Fee: $40

Prerequisite: EMT 113 or equivalent.

Limitation on Enrollment: Student must possess a valid "Healthcare Provider" level CPR card.

Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4.50 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides lecture and laboratory activities to attain competency at the EMT-Basic level. Includes competency-based skills training, community experience to observe and assess patients in a hospital emergency department (ED) and a ride-along with a Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulance crew. [D; CSU] (Formerly: EMT 112L)

EMT 125

WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER

4 UNITS

Grade Only

Lecture 4 hours, laboratory 1.50 hour

Offered: ALL

Provides curriculum consistent with U.S. Department of Transportation first responder guidelines. Emphasizes medical care of the sick and injured while operating in extreme environments, using improvised equipment and managing delayed or prolonged evacuations. Optional certification is available through Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA). [D; CSU]

EMT 126

AMBULANCE STRIKE TEAM LEADER CERTIFICAT ION

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass Only

Limitation on Enrollment: Recommendation of current employer and either (1) Ambulance Strike Team Provider online course (Allan Hancock College) OR (2) Incident Command Systems (ICS) 100 AND ICS 200, and a State-approved strike team program (eight-hour course.

Lecture 1 hour

Offered: ALL

[)] Developed in cooperation with the State of California's Office of Emergency Services (OES), the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), for certification of leaders in the ambulance industry for the role of Ambulance Strike Team(AST) or Medical Task Force (MTF) Leader. [ND]

EMT 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study or research in some area of emergency medical technology of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the college. [D; CSU]

EMTP 115

PARAMEDIC PREPARATION

3.5 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Recommended Preparation: EMT 113 and EMT 113L or equivalent; RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 1.50 hour

Offered: ALL

Prepares the basic emergency medical technician (EMT) to begin paramedic training. Emphasizes review of EMT knowledge, human anatomy and physiology, math calculation, and electrocardiograph (ECG) interpretation. Provides the basic EMT with intensive scenario-based training. Designed to improve student success in paramedic school. [D; CSU]

EMTP 200

ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT PARAMEDIC THEORY I

12 UNITS

Grade Only

Fee: $20

Corequisite: EMTP 200L.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance into the paramedic program.

Lecture 12 hours

Offered: ALL

Offers first half of paramedic didactic training. Follows National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards (NEMSES) published by U.S. Department of Transportation. Includes preparatory, airway, assessment, pharmacology, and trauma modules. [D; CSU]

EMTP 200L

ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT PARAMEDIC LABORAT ORY I

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Fee: $55

Corequisite: EMTP 200 and EMTP 202.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance into the paramedic program.

Laboratory 9 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides skills portion of the National Emergency Services Education Standards (NEMSES) published in 2009. Includes psychomotor skills for medication administration, intravenous access, advanced airway management, patient assessment, history taking, and physical examination. [D]

EMTP 201

ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT PARAMEDIC THEORY II

12 UNITS

Grade Only

Prerequisite: EMTP 200 and EMTP 200L or equivalent.

Corequisite: EMTP 201L.

Lecture 12 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides second half of paramedic didactic training. Follows National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards (NEMSES) published by U.S. Department of Transportation. Includes medical, special patients and EMS operations. [D; CSU]

EMTP 201L

ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT PARAMEDIC LABORAT ORY II

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Fee: $34

Prerequisite: EMTP 200 and EMTP 200L or equivalent.

Corequisite: EMTP 201 and EMTP 203.

Laboratory 9 hours

Offered: ALL

Continues skills portion of the National Emergency Services Education Standards (NEMSES) published in 2009. Includes psychomotor skills electrocardiograph (ECG) interpretations, electrical therapy, lab-simulated patient emergency calls, multi-patient drills, and emergency childbirth. [D; CSU]

EMTP 202

EMS COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE I

1.5 UNIT

Pass/No Pass Only

Fee: $40

Corequisite: EMTP 200L.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance into the paramedic program.

Laboratory 5.50 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides emergency medical services (EMS) observational experience in the hospital, clinic, and ambulance. Includes ambulance ride-alongs at area ambulance agencies and fire departments. Clinical sites expose students to the EMS patient in a secure, controlled environment. [D]

EMTP 203

EMS COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE II

1.5 UNIT

Pass/No Pass Only

Prerequisite: EMTP 202 or equivalent.

Corequisite: EMTP 201L.

Laboratory 5.50 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides hands-on experience in the hospital, clinic, and ambulance. Includes ambulance ride-alongs at area ambulance agencies and fire departments. Clinical sites expose students to the EMS patient in a secure, controlled environment. [D; CSU]

EMTP 225

HOSPITAL CLINICAL EXPERIENCE FOR PARAME DICS

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Prerequisite: EMTP 201 and EMTP 201L or equivalent.

Limitation on Enrollment: Student must complete criminal background check and drug screen prior to clinical experience.

Laboratory 9 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides instruction to enhance student's knowledge of emergency care in a clinical setting; opportunity to assist and observe in emergency rooms, as well as other areas of the facility under direct supervision of hospital staff. Takes place in varied shift assignments. [D; CSU]

EMTP 230

FIELD TRAINING FOR PARAMEDICS I

8 UNITS

Pass/No Pass Only

Prerequisite: EMTP 225 or equivalent.

Laboratory 24 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides practicum experience for paramedic students to observe and participate in emergency medical care supervised by a preceptor in an ambulance. Requires 20 twenty-four hour shifts, and students must document at least 40 advanced life support (ALS) patient contacts and serve as a team leader. [D; CSU] (Formerly: EMT 230)

EMTP 231

FIELD TRAINING FOR PARAMEDICS II

1 UNIT

Pass/No Pass Only

Prerequisite: EMTP 225 or equivalent.

Laboratory 3.50 hours

Offered: ALL

Receives assignment to a preceptor in an ambulance. Assists with prehospital care in emergencies of all types which includes completion of 480 clock hours to satisfy field internship requirements (California) for paramedics and registered nurses seeking paramedic licensure. [D; CSU]

EMTP 250

PARAMEDIC NREMT REFRESHER

2 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Previous EMT or paramedic course completion or certification.

Lecture 1.50 hour, laboratory 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides all continuing education hours required for biannual paramedic recertification. Follows California EMS Authority (CAEMSA) requirements for content directly or indirectly related to ALS patient care. Follows National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic (NREMTP) requirements for content in patient assessment, pharmacology, airway management, cardiology, medical and behavioral emergencies, trauma, obstetrics and pediatrics and EMS Operations. Students will receive certifications in Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) and Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP). [D; CSU]

EMTP 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study or research in some area of emergency medical technology of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the college. [D; CSU]