Course Descriptions

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsDescriptionCompetencies
EMS105IA Law Enforcement Emerg Care1Designed to help Iowa Law Enforcement personnel gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be a competent, productive, and valuable member of the Emergency Medical Services team.Loading...
EMS214Emergency Medical Technician6This course is designed to educate students on how to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and noncritical patients who access the emergency medical system. EMT's possess the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. These skills include but are not limited to airway management, bleeding control, cervical spine stabilization, vehicle extrication techniques and vital sign assessment. EMT's function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight, and perform interventions with the basic-level emergency equipment. This course is the required entry-level EMS certification course designed to prepare students for advanced-level EMS courses. Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED, American Red Cross BLS (Basic Life Support)Card or American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) Card, 17 years of ageLoading...
EMS461Role of the Paramedic2The course covers Module I of the DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics and prepares students for their roles and responsibilities. The lab component includes review of EMT-Basic skills using skills checklists. Prerequisite: admission to the Paramedic Specialist programLoading...
EMS463Medical/Legal/Ethical Issues2The course covers Module I of the DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics and prepares students for their roles and responsibilities. Areas of medical, legal and ethical issues are covered, as well as promotion of injury prevention and how it pertains to the paramedic. The lab component includes review of the EMT-Basic skills using skills checklists. Prerequisite: EMS 460Loading...
EMS467Prin of Pathophysiology I7The course covers Module II of the DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics and prepares the students for their roles and responsibilities. General principles of anatomy and physiology, as well as pathophysiology, will be provided in a classroom setting. Human life span development and the role of Public Health in EMS will also be reviewed and discussed. Prerequisite: EMS 463Loading...
EMS468Prin of Pathophysiology II7The course covers Module II of the DOT National Standards Curriculum for EMT Paramedics and prepares students for their roles and responsibilities. General principles of pharmacology and medication administration will be provided in a classroom setting. Advanced airway management and IV therapy provide for physical and field assessment, clinical decision-making, documentation, and the assessment and management of emergencies seen by the EMS provider. Prerequisite: EMS 467Loading...
EMS471Patient Assessment4This course covers Module III of the DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics. This course includes history-taking, techniques of physical examination, patient assessment and clinical decision-making. Students will learn to follow an accepted format for dissemination of patient information in verbal form, either in person or over the radio. Documentation of the essential elements of patient assessment, care and transport is covered. The lab component includes skills in history-taking, techniques of physical examination, patient assessment, clinical decision-making and communication. Prerequisite: EMS 468Loading...
EMS473Medical Emergencies7This course covers Module IV of the DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics. Content includes the skills and knowledge necessary to assess and manage medical emergencies specifically for pulmonary, cardiac and neurological emergencies. This course includes techniques of physical examination on the medical patient, patient assessment and clinical decision-making. Documentation of the essential elements of patient assessment for the medical patient, care and transport is covered. The lab component includes skills in history-taking, techniques of physical examination, patient assessment, clinical decision-making and communication. Prerequisite: EMS 470Loading...
EMS476Trauma7This course covers Module IV of the DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics. Students will predict the likelihood of injuries to the trauma patient based on mechanism of injury. Skills and management of soft tissue and burn injuries, as well as head, neck, chest and abdominal injuries are included. The lab component includes assessment and management of the patient with shock, hemorrhage, and spinal cord and musculoskeletal injury using the Paramedic skills checklist. Prerequisite: EMS 473Loading...
EMS480Special Considerations6This course covers Modules V & VI of the DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics. Assessment and management of specific age groups-including neonatal, pediatric and gerontologic patients - is identified. Chronically ill patients - those who have been victims of abuse and culturally diverse patients - are addressed. The lab component will be the assessment and management of special situations, including resuscitation of infants and children. Students will assume the role of team leader while managing common medical emergencies. Paramedic skills checklists will be used to assist in completion of the course. Prerequisite: EMS 476Loading...
EMS483Operations4This course covers Modules VII and VIII of the DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics. Guidelines for safe medical transport, general incident management, rescue and crime scene management will be covered. The lab component will include the principles of triage, rescue operations and hazardous materials incidents. Paramedic skills checklists will be used to assist in completion of the course. Prerequisite: EMS 480Loading...