Emergency Medical Technology – Concentration

The Basic Emergency Medical Technician course is a Michigan Department of Community Health approved course. This program provides the information and experience necessary to prepare the student to sit for the National Registry Basic EMT Certification exam. Topics include: legal responsibilities, anatomy, physiology, patient assessment, management of various emergency situations, extrication, and current standards for EMTs in the field. Students will also participate in scenario-based education and computer-based testing and scenarios to reinforce skills learned within these areas. Students must complete a minimum of four 12-hour experiences in the hospital emergency room setting and with a pre-hospital life support agency. Laboratory and clinical experiences are included.


Program Requirements

Minimum credits 54
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses 2.0
Minimum grade in EMS 122 2.5
Minimum Jackson College credits 15

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

MAT 130 Quantitative Reasoning 4 MAT 030

Quantitative Reasoning develops student skills in analyzing, synthesizing and communicating quantitative information. Cultivates algebraic reasoning and modeling skills through a quantitative literacy lens. Emphasizes critical thinking and the use of multiple strategies in applied contexts. Topics include proportional and statistical reasoning, probability, and evaluation of bias and validity.

CORE REQUIREMENTS

Choose one of the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CEM 131 Fundamentals of Chemistry 4 ENG 085* and MAT 033* or higher

Fills requirement for some non-science majors. Provides background for CEM 141 for those with no recent high school chemistry. Fundamental principles of chemistry such as states of matter, simple atomic and molecular structure, and the periodic classification of elements. The study of water emphasizes the properties of solutions and acid-base relations. Course includes a laboratory component.

CEM 141 General Chemistry I 5 CIS 095*, ENG 085*, ENG 090* and MAT 131* or higher

This course is required for most sciences, engineering, and pre-professional health majors. Students who are required to take organic chemistry for their major should enroll in CEM 141 during their first semester. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, periodicity, chemical bonding, states of matter, kinetic molecular theory and stoichiometry. Course includes a laboratory component.

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
BIO 253 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 ENG 085* and MAT 020* or higher

This is the first course of a two-semester course sequence in which students study the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The course includes introductions to basic chemistry, biology and histology and extends to the survey of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. This course includes a laboratory component in which students are responsible for performing dissections and making original observations on dissected material. The laboratory experience culminates with the use of a plastinated human specimen for observation. A strong background in biology and/or chemistry is highly recommended.

BIO 254 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 BIO 253

This is the second course of a two-semester course sequence in which students study the anatomy and physiology of the human body. The course includes the autonomic nervous system, sensory, motor, and integrative systems, special senses, endocrine system, cardiovascular systems, lymphatic system and immunity, respiratory systems, digestive system, metabolism and nutrition, urinary system and reproductive systems. This course includes a laboratory component in which students are responsible for performing dissections and making original observations on dissected material. The laboratory experience culminates with the use of a plastinated human specimen for observation. Because physiological processes are based on the principles of chemistry, prior chemistry coursework is strongly recommended for this course.

EMS 122 EMT Basic Technology 12 ENG 085* and MAT 020* Corequisites: EMS 1220 (Lab) and EMS 1221 (Clinical)

The basic emergency medical technician course is a Michigan Department of Community Health approved course. This program provides the information and experience necessary to prepare the student to sit for the National Registry Basic EMT Certification exam. Topics include: legal responsibilities, anatomy, physiology, patient assessment, management of various emergency situations, extrication, and current standards for EMTs in the field. Students will also participate in scenario-based education and computer-based testing and scenarios to reinforce skills learned within these areas. Students must complete a minimum of four 12-hour experiences in the hospital emergency room setting and with a pre-hospital life support agency. Laboratory and clinical experiences are included.

EMS 164 Pediatric Advanced Life Support 2 Instructor Permission Required Corequisites: EMS 160, EMS 161, EMS 162, EMS 163 and EMS 166.

(FORMERLY EMS 235 WITH EMS 174 and EMS 176) This course is designed to provide the paramedic student with the skills and knowledge to handle pediatric emergencies in the pre-hospital setting. Pediatric patients are not treated as “young” adults. They are a distinct population with different responses to injuries than adults.

EMS 170 Paramedic Advanced Practice: II 4.25 EMS 160, EMS 161, EMS 162, EMS 163, EMS 164 and EMS 166. Corequisites: EMS 171, EMS 172, EMS 173, EMS 174, EMS 176

(FORMERLY EMS 225 WITH EMS 171, EMS 172, AND EMS 173) This course is designed to prepare the student for licensure as a paramedic in the State of Michigan. The course involves medical procedures and use of equipment as prescribed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Michigan Department of Community Health, and Jackson County Medical Control Authority. Topics include: advanced life support in gynecological emergencies, behavioral emergency management, gastrointestinal emergencies, lab test analysis, and other medical emergencies.

EMS 1700 Paramedic Skill Lab: II 2 Prerequisites: Instructor Permission Required. Corequisites: EMS 170, EMS 172, EMS 173, EMS 174, and EMS 1701

(FORMERLY EMS 225 WITH EMS 170, EMS 172 AND EMS 173) This course is designed to provide the paramedic student with the skills as prescribed by the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) for the paramedic curriculum. This course includes skill practice and scenarios (both computer and classroom).

EMS 172 Paramedic Pharmacology: II 2.25 EMS 160, EMS 161, EMS 162, EMS 163, EMS 164, and EMS 166. Corequisites: EMS 170, EMS 172, EMS 173, EMS 174, and EMS 176

(FORMERLY EMS 225 WITH EMS 170, EMS 171 AND EMS 173) This course is designed to provide pharmacological information on the remaining non-cardiac drugs, which a paramedic will experience in the pre-hospital and hospital setting. This course is based on the paramedic education program requirements as set by the Michigan Department of Health.

EMS 173 Paramedic Cardiology: II 2.25 EMS 160, EMS 161, EMS 162, EMS 163, EMS 164, and EMS 166. Corequisites: EMS 170, EMS 172, EMS 173, EMS 174, and EMS 176

(FORMERLY EMS 225 WITH EMS 170, EMS 171 AND EMS 172) This course is designed to provide knowledge in cardiology to fulfill the needs of the AEMT (paramedic) program. This course involves medical procedures and use of equipment as stated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Michigan Department of Community Health, and the American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support standards. Topics include pathophysiology of heart disorders, 12 lead EKG interpretation, pediatric ACLS and pharmacological therapy.

EMS 174 Paramedic Advanced Practice: III 4.25 EMS 160, EMS 161, EMS 162, EMS 163, EMS 164 and EMS 166. Corequisites: EMS 170, EMS 171, EMS 172, EMS 173 and EMS 176

(FORMERLY EMS 235 WITH EMS 164 and EMS 176) This course provides the paramedic student the knowledge in the transport of patients with special considerations and advanced EMT operations as prescribed in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s paramedic curriculum. Student will take a comprehensive exam at the conclusion of this course for certification by Jackson College. This certification can be used as evidence of completion for the National Registry Exam (passage of which leads to licensing in most U.S. states).

EMS 1701 Paramedic Clinical: II 3 Prerequisites: EMS 160, EMS 161, EMS 162, EMS 163, EMS 164 and EMS 166. Corequisites: EMS 170, EMS 1700, EMS 172, EMS 173 and EMS 174

(FORMERLY EMS 235 WITH EMS 164 and EMS 174) This course is designed to provide the second semester clinical hours necessary to meet the requirements of the Michigan Department of Community Health Paramedic curriculum. This course includes clinical rotations at various sites including ambulance, hospital and skilled care facilities. In addition, classroom time is scheduled to review clinical procedures and review progress of the students.

EMS 245 Paramedic Clinical Internship EMS 170, EMS 171, EMS 172, EMS 173, EMS 174, and EMS 176

This course is designed to provide the field internship as prescribed by Michigan Department of Transportation and the requirements of the Michigan Department of Community Health paramedic curriculum. This course is the last course taken as part of the paramedic program. This course includes clinical rotations at ambulance services as the lead paramedic under the supervision of a field paramedic. Students are expected to complete their clinical competencies during this class. In addition, classroom time is scheduled to review clinical procedures and review progress of the students. This course includes up to eight hours of medical simulation to help achieve any missing paramedic competencies.