Kalamazoo Valley Community College

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EMT 105 Medical First Responder
3-2-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab)/ 3-0-0 (Online) The MFR is the first level of responder to an emergency. The MFR course is a study of the topics and skills necessary to make life saving interventions and stabilize patients in a prehospital environment while awaiting the arrival of more advanced care. Students who are successful in this course are eligible for licensing as a Medical First Responder through the Michigan Department of Community Health via the National Registry of EMT's exam.

EMT 110 Basic Emergency Medical Tech
8-6-6 (Lecture/Standard Lab) EMT's are the first level of care in the transport of patients from the pre-hospital setting. The EMT course is a study of the topics and skills necessary to make life saving interventions and stabilize patients during transport to a medical facility. Successful students are eligible for licensing as an EMT Basic through the Michigan Department of Community Health via the National Registry of EMT's certification exam. Prerequisite: Requires permission to enter through the Health Careers Admissions Coordinator.

EMT 115 EMT Clinical
1-0-3 (Clinical) EMT's are the first level of care in the transport of patients from the pre-hospital setting. EMT students need the opportunity to encounter the care of patients not only at the scene of an emergency, but during the transport and transfer of patients to higher levels of care. This clinical experience requires that EMT's serve as an EMS team member during emergency care for 10 patients utilizing a combination of Advanced Life Support and Emergency Room clinical time. Prerequisite: AHA Healthcare Provider Certification, successful completion of EMT 110, and permission to enter from the Health Careers admissions coordinator.

EMT 201 Prehospital Emergency Med I
5-4-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course emphasizes the cornerstones of paramedic practice; patient assessment and airway management and includes roles and responsibilities, medical-legal and ethical issues and others. This is the initial course in the Paramedic sequence. Prerequisite: Licensing at the Basic EMT level or EMT 110 and admission to the program. Corequisite: BIO 110.

EMT 211 Prehospital Emergency Pharm
5-4-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is in the progression to obtain certification as a Paramedic. The lecture topics covered are related to pharmacology issues of drug actions and toxicology, especially nerve agents. There will be emphasis placed on the drugs use in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and cardiac care. The skills lab teaches the skills of venous access and medication administration. Prerequisite: EMT 201.

EMT 215 Introductory EMS Clinical
3-1-6 (Lecture/Open Lab/Clinic) This course takes the scope of practice taught in EMT 211 and places those skills in the context of patient care settings in which paramedics function. There are 15 hours of lecture covering clinical orientation and infection control guidelines plus 80 hours of clinical experiences in several different settings. Prerequisite: AHA Healthcare Provider Certification and EMT 110. Corequisite: EMT 211.

EMT 221 Medical Emergencies
4-3-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is in the progression to obtain certification as a Paramedic. The topics covered are all related to medical emergencies treated in the field. Specific instruction, including scenario based instruction is given in managing different disease processes and treating presenting signs and symptoms. Special consideration is given to the challenges presented by multiple and chronic medical conditions. Prerequisite: EMT 211.

EMT 225 Medical Emergencies Clinical
2-0-6 (Clinic) This course is designed around patient care experiences in a variety of clinical settings providing students opportunity to treat patients with a variety of medical conditions. Patient encounters provide students supervised experience managing different disease pathologies. Special consideration is given to the challenges presented by multiple and chronic medical conditions. This course is to be taken concurrently with EMT 221. Prerequisite: AHA Healthcare Provider Certification, EMT 215. Corequisite: EMT 221.

EMT 231 Trauma and Disaster Medicine
5-4-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course focuses on trauma care with emphasis on rescue, extrication and multiple casualty situations. Training in Incident Command Structures, disaster and triage, bio-terrorism and hazardous materials response including decontamination procedures are practiced during contrived scenarios. Prerequisite: Licensing at the Basic EMT level or EMT 110 and admission to the program. Corequisite: EMT 201.

EMT 235 Trauma Rotation
2-0-6 (Clinic) This course is designed around patient care experiences in a variety of clinical settings providing students opportunity to treat trauma victims. Patient encounters give the student supervised experiences managing rescue, extrication and multiple casualty situations. Training in Incident Command structure, bio-terrorism, and hazardous materials response is a practiced course component. This course is to be taken concurrently with EMT 231. Prerequisite: AHA Healthcare Provider Certification, EMT 215. Corequisite: EMT 231.

EMT 241 Cardiovascular Emergencies
5-4-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) Diagnosing and treating cardiovascular disease related to heart attack and stroke is the focus of the course. Students learn rhythm interpretation and diagnostic 12-lead EKG's. Treatment regimens which focus on pharmacology and electrical therapy are practiced in mock arrest and mega-code formats. Prerequisite: EMT 231.

EMT 245 Cardiac Clinical Rotation
2.5-0-7.5 (Clinic) This course is designed around patient care experiences in a variety of clinical settings providing students opportunity to treat patients with cardiac disease. Patient encounters give the student supervised experience managing cardiovascular disease pathology relating to heart attack and stroke. Treatments focus on the use of pharmacologic agents and electrical therapy. This course is to be taken concurrently with EMT 241. Prerequisite: AHA Healthcare Provider Certification, EMT 215. Corequisite: EMT 241.

EMT 251 Prehospital Emergency Med II
4-3-2 (Lecture/Standard Lab) This course is the final course needed to obtain certification as a Paramedic. Starting with obstetrics and gynecology we follow developmental changes from neonatal and pediatric stages of life through geriatrics. Students participate in scenarios involving obstetrical emergencies including childbirth. The program concludes with a comprehensive review and cumulative final exam of the entire Paramedic program, including the practical skills. Prerequisite: EMT 241.

EMT 255 Specialized Care Rotation
1.5-0-4.5 (Clinic) This course is designed around patient care experiences in a variety of clinical settings providing students' opportunity to assess and manage both pediatric and obstetric patients. While assessment and treatment plans are the main component of the course participation in live births it also a requirement. This course is to be taken concurrently with EMT 251. Prerequisite: AHA Healthcare Provide Certification, EMT 215. Corequisite: EMT 251.

EMT 265 Field Internship
5-0-15 (Open Lab/Clinic) This is the final capstone course for the paramedic program. Field Internship's assign students to a single preceptor who provides a summative evaluation to determine if the student is ready for entry level paramedic employment. Students are expected to function as the team leader to an ALS emergency response including assessment, provision of definitive treatments or supportive care, transport, and transfer of the patient. Prerequisite: AHA Healthcare Provider Certification, EMT 215, EMT 235, EMT 245.