Emergency Medical Services

Program Plan

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Emergency Medical Services
CPR 
1 credits EMSP-113: Healthcare Professionals CPR
Provides instruction of Basic Cardiac Life Support/ Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for the Healthcare Provider which includes: one and two person rescuer for CPR and management of foreign body obstruction of the airway in adults, children and infants. Instruction also provides for recognition of signs and symptoms requiring AED intervention, safe administration of AED, and common actions that can be utilized for survival, and prevention of risk factors for heart attack and stroke. Certification according to the standards of the American Heart Association (AHA) is issued upon successful completion of course which requires passing of a written examination and practical demonstration. The course satisfies the CPR requirement for EMS students and for most other Health Care programs. Students will be issued an American Heart Association BLS for the Health Care Provider card.
Offered: All
Emergency Medical Responder 
5 credits EMSP-110: Emergency Medical Responder
Designed for students that do not intend to pursue more advanced training in EMS, students are introduced to various lifesaving skills including CPR, airway management, patient assessment, and basic medical and trauma care. Upon successful completion students are eligible to the National Registry of EMT's and become a New Mexico License First Responder.
Offered: Fall, Spring
Emergency Medical Technician 
15 credits EMSP-121: Emergency Medical Technician
Provides the entry-level foundation for starting a career in Emergency Medical Services. Includes instruction on EMS operations, airway management, patient assessment, medical and trauma care, and care of special patient populations, including pediatrics, through a combination of lecture, skills labs, and simulated patient care scenarios. Course also includes a clinical or field component to allow students to apply their knowledge in real patient care situations.
Prerequisites: (RDNG-099 OR RDNG-113) or appropriate Reading Accuplacer Score.
Offered: Fall, Spring. Faculty Permission Required
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician 
7.0 credits EMSP-125: Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
Serves as the theory component of the Advanced Emergency medical Technician curriculum. Reviews foundational information from the EMT course. Includes instruction on advanced skills including advanced patient assessment, intravenous access, intravenous fluid resuscitation, and expanded medication administration. Taken in combination with a lab course and a clinical/field internship. Special prerequisites: High school diploma or GED; Current NM EMT licensure or National Registry EMT certification valid through the duration of the program; Current AHA Basic Life Support or comparable healthcare provider CPR certification valid through the duration of the program.
Prerequisites: Completion of RDNG-113 and MATH-096 or appropriate Reading and Math Accuplacer scores.
Corequisites: EMSP-128,EMSP-131
Offered: FASP Faculty Permission Required
3.0 credits EMSP-128: Advanced EMT Lab
Serves as the lab component of the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician curriculum. Reinforces Advanced EMT theory through practical labs and simulated patient care scenarios. Taken in combination with a theory course and a clinical/field internship.Special prerequisites: High school diploma or GED; Current NM EMT licensure or National Registry EMT certification valid through the duration of the program; Current AHA Basic Life Support or comparable healthcare provider CPR certification valid through the duration of the program.
Prerequisites: Completion of RDNG-113 and MATH-096 or appropriate Reading and Math Accuplacer scores.
Corequisites: EMSP-125,EMSP-131
Offered: FASP Faculty Permission Required
2.0 credits EMSP-131: Advanced EMT Clinical/Field Internship
Serves as the clinical/field internship component of the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician curriculum. Provides an opportunity for Advanced EMT students to apply their new knowledge in real patient care situations. Course is a minimum of 75 hours but may require additional hours to complete required skills. Taken in combination with a theory course and a lab course. Special prerequisites: High school diploma or GED; Current NM EMT licensure or National Registry EMT certification valid through the duration of the program; Current AHA Basic Life Support or comparable healthcare provider CPR certification valid through the duration of the program.
Prerequisites: Completion of RDNG-113 and MATH-096 or appropriate Reading and Math Accuplacer scores.
Corequisites: EMSP-125,EMSP-128
Offered: FASP Faculty Permission Required
Paramedic 
1.0 credits EMSP-200: Assessment & Clinical Decision Making
Theory course covering the concepts of advanced patient assessment including history taking, physical exam techniques, and therapeutic communication with patients. Introduces the student to the application of assessment findings to development of patient care plans through clinical decision making.Special prerequisite: Acceptance into the paramedic program.
Corequisites: EMSP-205,EMSP-211,EMSP-216,EMSP-219,EMSP-229
Offered: FALL
1.0 credits EMSP-205: Airway and Ventilatory Management
Theory course covering the concepts of assessment of airway emergencies, advanced airway management, and the care of patients in acute respiratory distress and/or failure.Special prerequisite: Acceptance into the paramedic program.
Corequisites: EMSP-200,EMSP-211,EMSP-216,EMSP-219,EMSP-229
Offered: FALL
2.0 credits EMSP-211: Professional Paramedic Practice
Theory course covering the foundational concepts of paramedicine as a profession. Reviews concepts from the EMT curriculum. Emphasizes how the paramedic operates as an integral part of the health care system. Course topics include roles of the paramedic, injury prevention, integration with public health, ethics, research, and emotional and social intelligence. A high-level review of anatomy and physiology is also included. Special prerequisite: Acceptance into the paramedic program.
Corequisites: EMSP-200,EMSP-205,EMSP-216,EMSP-219,EMSP-229
Offered: FALL
2.0 credits EMSP-216: Emergency Pharmacology
Theory course covering the concepts of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, dosage calculations, and administration of medications in the prehospital setting. Includes training in intravenous and introsseus access and fluid resuscitation. Special prerequisite: Acceptance into the paramedic program.
Corequisites: EMSP-200,EMSP-205,EMSP-211,EMSP-219,EMSP-229
Offered: FALL
5.0 credits EMSP-219: Medical Emergencies I
Covers the pathophysiology and management of common medical emergencies, including areas of pulmonology, cardiology, and neurology.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of all pervious paramedic courses.
Corequisites: EMSP-200,EMSP-205,EMSP-211,EMSP-216,EMSP-229
Offered: FALL
5.0 credits EMSP-229: Paramedic Lab I
Serves as the lab component of the first semester of the paramedic program. Reinforces paramedic theory coursework through practical labs and simulated patient care scenarios. Topics covered include foundational paramedic practice, assessment and clinical decision making, airway and ventilatory management, pharmacology, cardiology, and medical emergencies.Special prerequisite: Acceptance into the paramedic program.
Corequisites: EMSP-200,EMSP-205,EMSP-211,EMSP-216,EMSP-219
Offered: FALL Faculty Permission Required
3.0 credits EMSP-230: Paramedic Clinical I
Serves as the first clinical component of the paramedic program. Provides paramedic students an opportunity to apply their knowledge in real patient care situations. Clinical rotations include time in hospital departments such as emergency, intensive care, pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics, and respiratory and also at other sites including urgent cares, physician clinics, and daycare centers. Course is a minimum of 150 hours but may require additional hours to complete required skills. Taken in combination with theory and lab courses. Special prerequisite: Acceptance into the paramedic program.
Offered: FALL Faculty Permission Required
3.0 credits EMSP-242: Trauma Management
Theory course covering the pathophysiology, assessment, and management of the trauma patient. Includes discussions on mechanism of injury, hemorrhage and shock, burns, and injuries to different body systems. Incorporates the Prehospital Trauma Life Support curriculum. Special prerequisite: Acceptance into the paramedic program.
Corequisites: EMSP-246,EMSP-251,EMSP-256,EMSP-261,EMSP-269,EMSP-271,EMSP-274
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required
1.0 credits EMSP-245: Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Provides intense study in the advanced care of patients suffering cardiac emergencies. Course follows the ACLS curriculum of the American Heart Association. Students should have a strong understanding of cardiac rhythm interpretation. Upon successful completion, course participants receive an ACLS certificate from the American Heart Association. Course has required pre-course work that must be turned in on the first day of the course to be admitted.Special prerequisite: Current AHA Basic Life Support or comparable healthcare provider CPR certification. Course is also available on demand.
Offered: FALL Faculty Permission Required
1.0 credits EMSP-246: Pediatric Advanced Life Support
Provides intense study in the advanced care of pediatric patients suffering cardiac and respiratory emergencies. Course follows the PALS curriculum of the American Heart Association. Students should have a strong understanding of cardiac rhythm interpretation. Upon successful completion, course participants receive a PALS certificate from the American Heart Association. Course has required pre-course work that must be turned in on the first day of the course to be admitted.Special prerequisite: Current AHA Basic Life Support or comparable healthcare provider CPR certification. Course is also available on demand.
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required
2.0 credits EMSP-251: EMS Operations
Theory course covering the operational aspects of paramedic practice including discussions on communications and documentation, medical/legal issues, incident command, hazardous materials, rescue, crime scene awareness, and bioterrorism/WMD. Special prerequisite: Acceptance into the paramedic program.
Corequisites: EMSP-242,EMSP-246,EMSP-256,EMSP-261,EMSP-269,EMSP-271,EMSP-274
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required
2.0 credits EMSP-256: Current Issues in EMS
Theory course covering changing EMS practice. Recognizing that EMS practice is dynamic, this course takes a look at current research in emergency medicine and prehospital care and evaluates how it will effect paramedic practice in the future. Emphasizes the process and the value of research to practice. Special prerequisite: Acceptance into the paramedic program.
Corequisites: EMSP-242,EMSP-246,EMSP-251,EMSP-261,EMSP-269,EMSP-271,EMSP-274
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required
2.0 credits EMSP-261: Special Populations
Theory course covering the unique aspects of pathophysiology, assessment, and management of patients in special population groups including pediatrics, geriatrics, abused and neglected, and special needs/challenges including acute home health care patients. Incorporates the Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals curriculum. Special prerequisite: Acceptance into the paramedic program.
Corequisites: EMSP-242,EMSP-245,EMSP-251,EMSP-256,EMSP-269,EMSP-271,EMSP-274
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required
4.0 credits EMSP-269: Medical Emergencies II
Theory course covering the pathophysiology, assessment, and management of common medical emergencies in the areas of allergies and anaphylaxis, gastroenterology, urology, toxicology, hematology, environmental exposures, infectious and communicable diseases, behavioral medicine, gynecology, obstetrics, orthopedics, and HEENT. Special prerequisite: Acceptance into the paramedic program.
Corequisites: EMSP-242,EMSP-246,EMSP-251,EMSP-256,EMSP-261,EMSP-271,EMSP-274
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required
3.0 credits EMSP-271: Paramedic Clinical
Serves as the second clinical component of the paramedic program. Provides paramedic students an opportunity to apply their knowledge in real patient care situations. Clinical rotations include time in hospital departments such as emergency, intensive care, pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics, and respiratory and also at other sites including urgent cares, physician clinics, and daycare centers. Course is a minimum of 150 hours but may require additional hours to complete required skills. Taken in combination with theory and lab courses. Special prerequisite: Acceptance into the paramedic program.
Corequisites: EMSP-242,EMSP-246,EMSP-251,EMSP-256,EMSP-261,EMSP-270,EMSP-274
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required
5.0 credits EMSP-274: Paramedic Lab II
Serves as the lab component of the second semester of the paramedic program. Reinforces paramedic theory coursework through practical labs and simulated patient care scenarios. Topics covered include medical emergencies, trauma, special populations, operations, and current issues. Special prerequisite: Acceptance into the paramedic program.
Corequisites: EMSP-242,EMSP-246,EMSP-251,EMSP-256,EMSP-261,EMSP-269,EMSP-271
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required
2.0 credits EMSP-279: Paramedic Capstone
Capstone course providing a comprehensive review of all prior paramedic coursework to prepare students for New Mexico and National Registry testing, presentation of student research projects, and debriefing of field internship experiences. Course also involves comprehensive written and psychomotor exams that will serve as a final for the entire program. Special prerequisite: Acceptance into the paramedic program.
Corequisites: EMSP-282
Offered: SU Faculty Permission Required
5.0 credits EMSP-282: Paramedic Field Internship
Serves as the field internship component of the paramedic curriculum. Provides an opportunity for Paramedic students to apply their new knowledge in real patient care situations. Course is a minimum of 500 hours but may require additional hours to complete required skills. Special prerequisite: acceptance into the paramedic program.
Corequisites: EMSP-279
Offered: SU Faculty Permission Required
Refresher Courses 
2.0 credits EMSP-117: EMR/EMT/AEMT Refresher
Reviews the information presented in the initial Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician and Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (Intermediate) courses. Fulfills the formal refresher requirements for relicensure/recertification at the New Mexico state or national level. Special prerequisite: Current licensure or certification at one of the levels covered by the course.
Offered: ALL Faculty Permission Required
3.0 credits EMSP-288: Paramedic Refresher
Reviews the information presented in the initial Paramedic course. Fulfills the formal refresher requirements for relicensure/recertification at the New Mexico state or national level. Special prerequisite: Current licensure or certification at the paramedic level.
Offered: ALL Faculty Permission Required
Other Course Offerings 
1.0 credits EMSP-140: Prehospital Trauma Life Support
Provides the practicing emergency medical professional with specific knowledge and skills for the prehospital assessment and management of trauma patients. Serves as a continuing education program and may contain information that is a review of initial coursework; course may be able to be applied toward National Registry recertification. Upon successful completion, course participants receive a PHTLS certificate from the National Association of EMTs. Course has required pre-course work that must be turned in on the first day of the course to be admitted. Special prerequisite: Current licensure or certification at EMT level or higher, RN, or physician.
Offered: DMND Faculty Permission Required
1.0 credits EMSP-143: Pediatric Educ. for Prehospital Profess.
Designed by the American Academy of Pediatrics to address a specific area of challenge to the prehospital community, provides the practicing prehospital professional with specific knowledge and skills for the prehospital assessment and management of ill and injured children. Specifically designed for out-of-hospital personnel emphasizing quick assessment and transport decision-making. Serves as a continuing education program and may contain information that is a review of initial coursework; course may be able to be applied toward National Registry recertification. Upon successful completion, course participants receive a PEPP certificate from the American Academy of Pediatrics.Special prerequisite: Current licensure or certification at EMT level or higher, RN, or physician.
Offered: DMND Faculty Permission Required

For more information, please call EMS Program at (505) 566-3857. Or send us an email at ems@sanjuancollege.edu.