Course Catalog : Subject Area




Emergency Medical Services Courses Offered @ TNCC

Course Description and Pre-requisites
EMS 100 CPR for Healthcare Providers
(1 credit) Provides instruction in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation that meets current Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation education for Healthcare Providers. Equivalent to HLT 105. Lecture 1 hour per week.
EMS 110 Emergency Vehicle Operator's Course (EVOC)
(1 credit) Prepares the student for certification in the operation of various emergency vehicles. Teaches proper operating procedures in both emergency and non-emergency situations. Lecture 1 hour per week.
EMS 111 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic
(7 credits) Prerequisite: Prerequisite: CPR certification at the Health Care Provider level. Co-requisite(s): EMS 100 and EMS 120. Prepares student for certification as a Virginia and National Registry EMT-Basic. Includes all aspects of pre-hospital basic life support as defined by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services curriculum for Emergency Medicine Technician Basic. Lecture 5 hours + lab 4 hours = total 8 hours per week.
EMS 115 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Refresher
(2 credits) Provides 36 clock hours of instruction to meet Virginia Office of EMS requirements for recertification at the EMT-Basic level. Lecture 2 hours per week.
EMS 120 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Clinical
(1 credit) Co-requisite(s): EMS 111. Observes in a program approved clinical/field setting. Includes topics for both EMS 111 and EMS 113, dependent upon the program in which the student is participating and is a co-requisite to both EMS 111 and EMS 113 Lab 2 hours per week.
EMS 145 EMS Responses to Specialized Incidents
(3 credits) Presents the EMS response and mitigation of specialized incidents such as hazardous materials, Weapons of Mass Destruction, natural disasters, and other specialized multi-casualty incidents. Lecture 3 hours per week.
EMS 151 Introduction to Advanced Life Support
(4 credits) Co-requisite(s): EMS 170. Prepares the student for Virginia Enhanced certification eligibility and begins the sequence for National Registry Intermediate and/or Paramedic certification. Includes the theory and application of the following: foundations, human systems, pharmacology, overview of shock, venous access, airway management, patient assessment, respiratory emergencies, allergic reaction, and assessment based management. Conforms at a minimum to the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services curriculum. Lecture 3 hours + lab 2 hours = total 5 hours per week.
EMS 153 Basic ECG Recognition
(2 credits) Focuses on the interpretation of basic electrocardiograms (ECG) and their significance. Includes an overview of anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system including structure, function and electrical conduction in the heart. Covers advanced concepts that build on the knowledge and skills of basic dysrhythmias determination and introduction to 12 lead ECG. Lecture 2 hours per week.
EMS 155 ALS - Medical Care
(4 credits) Prerequisite(s): Current EMT-B certification, EMS 151 and EMS 153. Continues the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services Intermediate and/or Paramedic curricula. Includes ALS pharmacology, drug and fluid administration with emphasis on patient assessment, differential diagnosis and management of multiple medical complaints. Includes, but are not limited to conditions relating to cardiac, diabetic, neurological, non-traumatic abdominal pain, environmental, behavioral, gynecology, and toxicological disease conditions. Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
EMS 157 ALS - Trauma Care
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): Current EMT-B Certificate and EMS 151. Continues the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services Intermediate and/or Paramedic curricula. Utilizes techniques which will allow the student to utilize the assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the trauma patient. Lecture 2 hours + lab 2 hours = total 4 hours per week.
EMS 159 ALS - Special Populations
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): EMT-B Certification and EMS 151 and EMS 153. Co-requisite(s): EMS 155.Continues the Virginia office of Emergency Medical Services Intermediate and/or Paramedic curricula. Focuses on the assessment and management of specialty patients including obstetrical, pediatric, and neonates. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
EMS 163 Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
(1 credit) Prerequisite(s): EMS 111 or equivalent. Prepares for certification as a Prehospital Trauma Life Support provider as defined by the American College of Surgeons. Lecture 1 hour per week.
EMS 165 Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
(1 credit) Prerequisite(s): EMS 111, EMS 153 or equivalent. Prepares for certification as an Advanced Cardiac Life provider. Follows course as defined by the American Heart Association. Lecture 1 hour per week.
EMS 169 Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
(1 credit) Prepares the student for certification as a pediatric advanced life support provider as defined by the American Heart Association. Covers primary assessment and emergency care of infants and children. Lecture 1 hour per week.
EMS 170 ALS Internship I
(1 credit) Begins the first in a series of clinical experiences providing supervised direct patient contact in appropriate patient care facilities in and out of hospitals. Includes but not limited to patient care units such as the Emergency Department, Critical Care units, Pediatric, Labor and Delivery, Operating Room, Trauma centers and various advanced life support units. Lab 3 hours per week.
EMS 172 ALS Clinical Internship II
(2 credits) Co-requisite(s): EMS 151. Continues with the second in a series of clinical experiences providing supervised direct patient contact in appropriate patient care facilities in and out of hospitals. Includes but not limited to patient care units such as the Emergency Department, Critical Care units, Pediatric, Labor and Delivery, Operating Room and Trauma Centers. Lab 6 hours per week.
EMS 173 ALS Field Internship II
(1 credit) Continues with the second in a series of field experiences providing supervised direct patient care in out-of-hospital advanced life support units. Laboratory 3 hours per week.
EMS 201 EMS Professional Development
(3 credits) Prerequisite(s): EMT/B Certification. The purpose of this course is to prepare the EMS student to use community resources to facilitate personal and community wellness and fulfills the wellness and resource objectives of the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services Intermediate curriculum. Lecture 3 hours per week.
EMS 205 Advanced Pathophysiology
(4 credits) Prerequisite(s): EMT/B Certification. Focuses on the pathological processes of disease with emphasis on the anatomical and physiological alterations of the human body by systems. Includes diagnosis and management appropriate to the advanced health care provider in and out of the hospital environment. Lecture 4 hours per week.
EMS 207 Advanced Patient Assessment
(3 credits) Focuses on the principles of normal and abnormal physical exam. Emphasizes the analysis and interpretation of physiological data to assist in patient assessment and management. Applies principles during the assessment and management of trauma, medical, and specialty patients in laboratory environment. Lecture 2 hours + lab 2 hours = total 4 hours per week.
EMS 209 Advanced Pharmacology
(4 credits) Focuses on the principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and drug administration. Includes drug legislation, techniques of medication administration, and principles of math calculations. Emphasizes drugs used to manage respiratory, cardiac, neurological, gastrointestinal, fluid and electrolyte and endocrine disorders and includes classification, mechanism of action, indications, contraindications, precautions, and patient education. Incorporates principles related to substance abuse and hazardous materials. Applies principles during the assessment and management of trauma, medical, and specialty patients in a laboratory environment. Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
EMS 211 Operations
(2 credits) Prepares the student in the theory and application of the following: medical incident command, rescue awareness and operations, hazardous materials incidents, and crime scene awareness. (Conforms to the current Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services curriculum for EMT-Paramedics.) Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
EMS 213 ALS Skills Development
(2 credits) Utilizes reinforcement and remediation of additional advanced life support skills, as needed. Laboratory 4 hours per week.
EMS 215 Registry Review
(1 credit) Reviews material covered in the intermediate/paramedic program. Prepares the student for National Registry testing. Lecture 1 hour per week.
EMS 216 Paramedic Review
(1 credit) Provides the student with intensive review for the practical and written portions of the National Registry Paramedic exam. May be repeated once, for credit. Lecture 1 hour per week.
EMS 240 ALS Internship II
(1 credit) Continues clinical and/or field experiences providing supervised direct patient contact in appropriate patient care facilities in and out of hospitals. Includes, but not limited to patient care units such as the Emergency Department, Critical Care units, Pediatric, Labor and Delivery, Operating Room, Trauma Centers and various advanced life support units. Lab 3 hours per week.
EMS 242 ALS Clinical Internship III
(1 credit) Continues with the third in a series of clinical experiences providing supervised direct patient contact in appropriate patient care facilities in-and-out of hospitals. Includes, but not limited to patient care units such as the Emergency Department, Critical Care units, Pediatric, Labor and Delivery, Operating Room, Trauma Centers and various advanced life support units. Lab 3 hours per week.
EMS 243 ALS Field Internship III
(1 credit) Continues with the third in a series of field experiences providing supervised direct patient care in out-of-hospital advanced life support units. Lab 3 hours per week.
EMS 244 ALS Clinical Internship IV
(1 credit) The fourth in a series of clinical experiences providing direct patient contact in appropriate patient care facilities in-and-out of hospitals. Includes, but not limited to patient care units such as the Emergency Department, Critical Care units, Pediatric, Labor and Delivery, Operating Room and Trauma Centers. May be repeated as necessary. Laboratory 3 hours per week.
EMS 245 ALS Field Internship IV
(1 credit) Continues with the fourth in a series of field experiences providing supervised direct patient care in out-of-hospital advanced life support units. May be repeated as necessary. Laboratory 3 hours per week.
EMS 263 EMS Instructor Training
(3 credits) Develops skills in instructional design, delivery and evaluation. Includes: principles of adult learning and student learning styles; development of instructional objectives; preparation of lesson plans, preparation and use of instructional aids, class participation techniques, practical skill instruction, providing student feedback and evaluating performance. Lecture 3 hours per week.
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