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About the Paramedicine Certificate

Catalog Year: 2016-2017 (view other years)
Minimum credits required:  43
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The Paramedicine certificate program prepares students for direct entry as paramedics in emergency care, stabilization, and immobilization of victims of illness and injury: recognizing and documenting signs and symptoms of illness and injury, intervening, and evaluating the intervention; performing assessment of basic electrocardiograph rhythm identification; administration of oxygen and medications approved by the Arizona Department of Health Services, office of Emergency Medical Services; advanced airway techniques; use of specific immobilization devices, peripheral, interosseus, and central intravenous techniques, defibrillation, synchronized cardioversion, transcutaneous pacing; and preparing for transportation.

Note: Since there is a special admission process for this program, prospective students should contact an academic advisor for detailed information.


Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
EMS240 Paramedic Anatomy & Physiology

EMS 240. Paramedic Anatomy and Physiology (4). Human anatomy and physiology. An overview of the body's organs and tissue function. Prerequisite: Program Admission. Four lecture.

1. Structure and organization of the body and anatomical terms
2. Homeostatic control mechanisms
3. Body chemistry concepts
4. Cellular structure and function
5. Structure and function of the following body systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive
6. Hearing, sight, and smell
7. Blood types and composition
8. Metabolic regulation
9. Pregnancy and fetal circulation

1. Apply appropriate terminology to anatomical and physiological processes. (1)
2. Differentiate body systems and their relation to human physiology and homeostatic control. (1,2)
3. Discuss biochemical concepts including matter, energy, molecules, compounds, and chemical bonds. (3)
4. Define pH and explain the importance of water, electrolytes, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, hormones and enzymes in body function. (3)
5. Describe the structure and function of human cells and their relation to tissues. (4)
6. Identify and describe anatomy and physiology of body membranes and the integumentary system. (5)
7. Identify and describe anatomy and physiology of the skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. (5)
8. State the structures and function of the special senses (hearing, sight, smell). (6)
9. Explain the composition of blood and define blood types. (7)
10. Describe the processes of metabolism and temperature control. (8)
11. Identify physiological changes occurring in pregnancy. (9)
12. Identify the structure and function of fetal circulation. (9)

EMS241 Paramedicine I

EMS 241. Paramedicine I (14). Introduction to Paramedicine including overview of rules and regulations, paramedic attributes,dispatch operations, EMS operations, pharmacology, medication administration, airway ventilation, patient assessment and trauma. Prerequisite: EMS 240. Twelve lecture. Six lab.

1. Roles and responsibilities and the well-being of a paramedic
2. Medical/legal/ethical aspects of paramedicine
3. EMS role in public health
4. Crime scene awareness
5. EMS dispatch, deployment, operations and command
6. Emergency vehicle operations
7. Hazardous materials and tactical response
8. Vehicle rescue and extrication
9. Disaster and domestic preparedness
10. Anatomy, physiology, and life span development
11. Pathophysiogical principles
12. Paramedic pharmacology
13. Intravenous access and medication administration
14. Basic and advanced airway management
15. Communication and documentation
16. Assessment: history taking and physical exam
17. Trauma systems and Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) guidelines
18. Mechanism of injury, pathophysiology and management of trauma patients

1. Identify the roles, responsibilities, medical, legal and ethical issues that impact EMS providers. (1,2)
2. Defend the importance of personal wellness in EMS providers. (1)
3. Describe primary injury prevention activities and explain ways to prevent fatalities, disabilities and escalating health care costs. (1,3)
4. Identify the various elements of EMS operations. (4-6)
5. Schematize response priorities for HazMat, tactical, disaster, and vehicle rescue incidents. (7-9)
6. Describe anatomy, physiology and life span development. (10)
7. Apply pharmacologic treatments in the management of medical and trauma patients. (12)
8. Use appropriate venous and intraosseous access and medication administration techniques (13)
9. Manage a patient airway using basic, advanced and surgical technique and utilize procedures to oxygenate and ventilate. (14)
10. Record and communicate patient information, verbally and in writing. (15)
11. Formulate a patient treatment plan based upon patient assessments, applying communication techniques, pathophysiological principles, medical history, physical exam and mechanisms of injury. (11,15-18)
12. Relate Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support guidelines to identify mechanisms of injury, assess and manage the trauma patient. (18)

EMS242 Paramedicine II

EMS 242. Paramedicine II (13). Introduction to Paramedicine including extensive overview of the National EMS Education Standard's modules in Medical and Special Considerations. Current American Heart Associate guidelines in cardiac and pediatric emergency care. Prerequisite: EMS 241. Ten lecture. Nine lab.

1.Overview of medical emergencies and treatments involving all body systems, cutaneous, toxicologic, hematologic, psychiatric disorders and infectious disease
2. Standard 4-lead and 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation
3. Current American Heart Association (AHA) protocols for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
4. Current AHA protocols for Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
5. Gynecological and obstetrical patients
6. Childbirth and neonatal care
7. Chronically ill and special patient populations

1. Apply principles of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and assessment skills in the identification and treatment of medical emergencies. (1)
2. Evaluate and interpret 4- and 12-lead ECG tracings from a variety of patients and formulate appropriate treatment plans. (2)
3. Apply standardized AHA algorithms and current science in the assessment and management of adult and pediatric patients. (2-4)
4. Identify and differentiate between various gynecological and obstetrical emergencies. (5)
5. Prepare for, and choose, appropriate techniques to manage normal and complicated pregnancy and childbirth. (5,6)
6. Determine and provide appropriate post-partum car for mothers and neonates. (6)
7. Recognize and respond to physical and emotional needs of patients with disabilities, chronic, terminal and mental illness. (7)

EMS244 Paramedicine III

EMS 244. Paramedicine III (3). Clinical practicum. Extensive hands on application including emergency patient care of sick and injured under direct supervision of an authorized preceptor. Prerequisite: EMS 242. Nine lab.

1. Hospital Clinicals and Rotations
a. Emergency Room
b. Obstetrics
c. Surgery
d. Intensive Care Unit
e. Other areas as assigned

1. Perform the initial, focused, and continuing processes of assessment, medical history, vital signs, communications and documentation. (1,2)
2. Identify medications being administered, indications, contraindications, side effects and dosages to the preceptor. (1)
3. Deliver and document the delivery of medications using oral, rectal, tracheal, intraosseus and parenteral routes. (1)
4. Obtain and record blood samples of patients. (1)
5. Perform insertion and maintenance of nasogastric tubes and any catheters and identify complications in their use. (1)
6. Apply principles of customer service. (1)

EMS245 Paramedicine IV

EMS 245. Paramedicine IV (3). Introduction to vehicular practicum. Orientation to the field environment, vehicular scheduling and behaviors required to provide hands on emergency patient care under direct supervision of an authorized preceptor. Prerequisite: EMS 244 (May be taken concurrently). Nine lab.

1. Introduction to vehicular practicum
2. Introduction to the Team Lead role in the vehicular environment, including etiquette, task delegation, scene management and debriefing
3. Beginning EMS and preceptor documentation
4. Overview of AZ Department of Health Services (DHS) and Yavapai College required skills

1. Describe and perform the functions of a Team Lead in a variety of pre-hospital emergency situations. (1,2)
2. Complete required documentation for any patient contact and skills performed in the field. (1-3)
3. Create a user profile and record patient care information into FISDAP. (3)
4. Follow DHS protocols, American Heart Association's Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support algorithms, and specific local medical control guidelines in the administration of pre-hospital emergency medical services. (1,4)

EMS246 Paramedicine V

COURSE DESCRIPTION: EMS 246. Paramedicine V (6). Vehicular practicum. Extensive hands on application including emergency patient care of the sick and injured under direct supervision of an authorized preceptor while on board an Advanced Life Support ambulance, rescue and/or fire company assignment. Prerequisite: EMS 245 (May be taken concurrently). Eighteen lab.

1. Vehicular practicum
2. Team Lead role in the vehicular environment
3. Advanced EMS and preceptor documentation
4. Medications, use of intravenous catheters and emergency airway management

1. Act as Team Lead in a variety of pre-hospital emergency situations. (1,2)
2. Deliver and document the administration of medications using oral, rectal, tracheal, intraosseus and parenteral routes. (1-4)
3. Perform and document insertion and maintenance of intravenous catheters and identify complications in their use. (3,4)
4. Manage airway emergencies and document actions. (3,4)
5. Direct restock of drug boxes and all equipment. (1,2)
6. Triage patients. (1,2)
7. Apply principles of customer service. (1,2)


Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Paramedicine Certificate program, the learner will be able to:


  1. Explain the human anatomy and function of the cells in systemic organs. (EMS 240)
  2. Identify the roles, responsibilities, medical, legal and ethical issues that impact decisions within an EMS system. (EMS 241, EMS 242)
  3. Perform patient assessments, analyzing medical history, physical exam and/or mechanisms of injury to formulate a patient treatment plan. (EMS 241, EMS 242, EMS 244)
  4. Describe standards and guidelines that help ensure safe and effective ground and air medical care and transport for all types of incidents. (EMS 241)
  5. Perform all aspects of patient care procedures including communication documentation, administration of medications and readiness of equipment and personnel. (EMS 244, EMS 245, EMS 246)