2015-16 Catalog

Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic

www.sandburg.edu/academics/emergency-medical-services-paramedic

The Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic program offers two paramedic training options, resulting in a one-year certificate or a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree, both designed to prepare individuals to become an entry-level paramedic in the State of Illinois. Graduates will be eligible to take the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Paramedic licensure exam.

The Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic program at Carl Sandburg College is designed to prepare the graduate to administer care to the sick and injured in emergency situations. Graduates are employed primarily by ambulance services, fire departments, helicopter flight crews, and hospitals. Upon successful completion of the EMS 101 – Emergency Medical Technician course, the student will be eligible to take the EMT registry examination.

Upon completion of the EMS-Paramedic program, the student is required to complete an additional internship which will be arranged through the EMS Program Director. This internship must be completed within one year after completion of the coursework and prior to taking the Paramedic licensure exam.

Program at a Glance

  • Average starting salary: $36,000  *national median average US Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Level of patient contact: High
  • Length of program: One year Certificate or two-year AAS degree
  • Program location: Galesburg campus
  • Program start time: Spring or Fall
  • Evening classes offered
  • Employment opportunities in a variety of settings
  • Prepare for State license exam

Admission to the Program

Admission information is available at on the Program Website.  Please follow the link at the top of the page.

Students must apply and be formally accepted into the Paramedic program prior to enrolling in any Paramedic courses. Enrollment is limited.

  1. If you have never attended Carl Sandburg College, complete an application for general admission to the College http://www.sandburg.edu/admissions/steps-enroll and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  2. Send an official high school transcript or equivalent and any appropriate post-secondary educational institutions transcripts to the Admission and Records Office.
  3. Complete the placement exam, COMPASS.
  4. If you are currently already an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), provide transcripts for course and EMT licensure.
  5. Meet with an advisor and complete application for admission into the Paramedic program.
  6. Applications accepted April 1 – July 1 for fall start, and August 1 – November 1 for spring start. Applicants will be notified in writing within two weeks of the deadline of admission status.
  7. The following criteria are required of accepted applicants and all information will be explained in detail upon admission into the program (all of the following information can be found on the program website):
  • Applicants accepted into the Paramedic program must attend the required orientation session and be able to perform the Paramedic Program Essential Skills (see program website) with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Students accepted will be required to possess current CPR Certification at the Healthcare Provider level throughout the program, show proof of immunizations and required titers, TB test, influenza vaccination, physical examination, criminal background check, and 10-panel drug screen.
  • Student is responsible for all fees incurred.
  • Estimated Cost – Paramedic Certificate (see program website)
  • Estimated Cost – Paramedic Associate in Applied Science Degree (see program website)

10.  Please note that findings on the criminal background check my void the conditional admission and prevent entrance to the program.  Findings on the physical examination and drug screen may prevent placement at the clinical sites.

Department of Health Professions

2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.

Galesburg, IL 61401

Phone: 309-345-3500

welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

For Graduation Requirements:

http://catalog.sandburg.edu/academicinformation/#graduation_policies_and_procedures

First Year
Spring SemesterSemester Hours
EMS.101Emergency Medical Technician 8
ENG.101Freshman Composition 1 3
PSY.101Introduction to Psychology 3
Fall Semester
BIO.211Anatomy & Physiology 1 4
EMS.110Fundamentals of Paramedic 2
EMS.112Paramedic 1 2
EMS.115Paramedic Practice 1 2
EMS.120Paramedic II 2
EMS.125Paramedic Practice 2 2
SOC.101Introduction to Sociology 3
Second Year
Spring Semester
BIO.212Anatomy & Physiology 2 4
EMS.130Paramedic III 2
EMS.135Paramedic Practice 3 2
EMS.200Paramedic IV 2
EMS.205Paramedic Practice 4 2
SPE.110 or 120Interpersonal Communication (or Introduction to Public Speaking) 3
Summer Session
EMS.210Paramedic V 2
EMS.215Paramedic Practice 5 6
Fall Semester
BUS.111Small Business Principles 3
PSY.207Crisis Intervention 3
PHL.103Biomedical Ethics 3
SOC.203Introduction to Diversity 3
and 3 other credit hours from SOC courses  3.0
 Total Program Hours: 69.0

Note:  Students enrolled in the Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic program must complete all EMS courses with a grade of C or better in order to register for subsequent courses and continue in the program.  In order to graduate students must complete all EMS courses with a grade of C or better.

(Students who do not expect to complete their degree within five years should refer to the Graduation Requirements section in this catalog.)

Certificate

First Year
Spring SemesterSemester Hours
EMS.101Emergency Medical Technician 8
Fall Semester
EMS.110Fundamentals of Paramedic 2
EMS.112Paramedic 1 2
EMS.115Paramedic Practice 1 2
EMS.120Paramedic II 2
EMS.125Paramedic Practice 2 2
Second Year
Spring Semester
EMS.130Paramedic III 2
EMS.135Paramedic Practice 3 2
EMS.200Paramedic IV 2
EMS.205Paramedic Practice 4 2
Summer Session
EMS.210Paramedic V 2
EMS.215Paramedic Practice 5 6
 Total Program Hours: 34.0

Note:  Students enrolled in the Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic program must complete all EMS courses with a grade of C or better in order to register for subsequent courses and continue in the program.  In order to graduate students must complete all EMS courses with a grade of C or better.

(Students who do not expect to complete their degree within five years should refer to the Graduation Requirements section in this catalog.)

BIO.212 Anatomy & Physiology 2324

This course is a continuation of BIO.211. There will be special emphasis on the cardiovascular system; fluid, electrolyte, and acid base balance; and exercise physiology. Laboratory work will include dissection of a fetal pig.
Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Take BIO.211
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS,AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

BIO.211 Anatomy & Physiology 1324

This is the first of a two-course sequence in anatomy and physiology for students who are intending to pursue a baccalaureate degree. Also, Anatomy 1 & 2 are required in the Associate Degree in Nursing Program. This course will be presented as an integrated systems approach emphasizing principles of homeostasis. There will be discussion of pathophysiological and anatomical changes that occur as a result of disease.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: BIO.101 and CHM.100 with a grade of C or better or the equivalent as evaluated by Biology faculty
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

BUS.111 Small Business Principles33

This course provides an overview for students interested in creating and operating a small business. Basic accounting principles, organizational business structures, operational and supervisory skills, and oral and written communications will be covered in this course.
Offered: Fall and Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits: Degree or Certification: AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. General Education: Not applicable..
General Education -- Not Applicable

ENG.101 Freshman Composition 133

This course is the first in a sequence of two freshman composition and rhetoric courses. It is designed for individuals planning to pursue a bachelor's degree as well as those who wish to develop proficiency in writing. Emphasis is on critical reading, organization, logical thought, paragraphing, sentence structure, grammar and punctuation. Also studied will be argumentation and inductive/deductive reasoning.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: Either placement according to the COMPASS score, or completion of ENG.098 with a C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. C1 900
General Education -- Communications

EMS.101 Emergency Medical Technician7.518

This is the first course in Emergency Medical Care as part of the Emergency Medical System EMS) structure. The course covers basic emergency care and includes care, handling, and extrication of the critically ill and injured person. Emphasis is on development of student skills in recognition of illnesses and injuries and proper procedures of emergency care. The student will also develop skills in the area of communication, recordkeeping, interpersonal relationships, and transportation methods. This course includes 116 hours of classroom instruction plus 10 hours of in-hospital experience.
Offered: Fall or Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

EMS.110 Fundamentals of Paramedic22

This course, in conjunction with Paramedic Practice 1, is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of paramedic services including a historical perspective of the EMS system in comparison to the current operations, the roles and responsibilities, safety and well being of the paramedic, legal issues and regulatory issues, communication and documentation, and basic patient assessment skills. This course closely integrates theory with practice, thus providing the foundational base from which the learner may develop further skills, knowledge and judgment of the paramedic.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

EMS.112 Paramedic 122

The purpose of this course is to familiarize paramedic students with the basic concepts and principles of pharmacology as well as provide a baseline for medication administration. Sources of drugs, reference materials for drugs, and legal considerations will be discussed as well as classification of drugs and how each affects the respective body system.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: Take EMS.101 with grade of C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

EMS.115 Paramedic Practice 162

Paramedic Practice 1 is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to develop skills and apply didactic information from Fundamentals of Paramedic (EMS.110) and Paramedic I (EMS.112) to the clinical and field settings respectively. Paramedic Practice 1 provides the student with the opportunity to become familiar with equipment and procedures used in the profession as well develop assessment skills. The course culminates in applying skills and knowledge learned to given case studies.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

EMS.120 Paramedic II22

The student will begin studying the different medical situations for which EMS is summoned. Coupled with EMS.125, Paramedic Practice 2, a high level of understanding for the medical situations involving cardiology will be gained through discussion and learning activities and case studies. A brief review of important anatomy and physiology as it applies to the situation(s) in question will be included as well as relevant pathophysiology providing the student with the needed information to begin pre-hospital assessment and treatment for each type of medical situation(s) discussed.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: Take EMS.110 and EMS.115 with grades of C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

EMS.125 Paramedic Practice 262

Paramedic Practice 2 is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to develop cumulative skills and apply didactic information from Paramedic I (EMS.112), and Paramedic II (EMS.120) to the clinical and field settings respectively. The course culminates in applying skills and knowledge learned to given case studies. Through simulations and case studies, this course will allow students to learn how to safely and precisely administer medications through a variety of routes. The student will also learn proper disposal of contaminated items and sharps. Further experience will be gained through clinical experience at area medical institutions through observation or hands-on experiences.
Offered: Fall
Prerequisites: Take EMS.110 and EMS.115 with grades of C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

EMS.130 Paramedic III22

This course will build on information learned in EMS.120, Paramedic II and EMS.125, Paramedic Practice 2 as the student will continue studying the different situations for which EMS is summoned. Coupled with EMS.135, Paramedic Practice 3, a high level of understanding for the situations involving systems such as: nervous, endrocrine, lymphatic, immune, digestive, renal gastrointestional, musculoskeltal, and reproductive including disorders of those systems. The student will also learn about infectious disease, psychiatric and behavioral disorders, gynecology, obstetrics, and neonatology. Compare and contrast infection control techniques and explain the rationale for each, will be gained through discussion and learning activities and case studies. A brief review of important anatomy and physiology as it applies to the emergency in question will be included as well as relevant pathophysiology providing the student with the needed information to begin pre-hospital assessment and treatment for each type of medical emergency discussed.
Offered: Fall
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

EMS.135 Paramedic Practice 362

This course will cumulatively build on information learned in EMS.112 Paramedic I, EMS.120, Paramedic II and EMS.125, Paramedic Practice 2 along with EMS.130, Medical Emergencies 2, as the student will continue studying the different medical emergencies for which EMS is summoned. Through simulations and case studies, this course will allow students to learn how to provide care for medical emergencies related to urology and nephrology, toxicology and substance abuse, environmental emergencies, infectious disease, psychiatric and behavioral disorders, gynecology, obstetrics, and neonatology. Further experience will be gained through clinical experience at area medical institutions through observation or hands-on experiences.
Offered: Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

EMS.200 Paramedic IV22

The student will study the different trauma emergencies for which EMS is summoned for which care is provided by pre-hospital personnel to help reduce morbidity and mortality. Coupled with EMS.205, Paramedic Practice 4, a high level of understanding for the pediatric and geriatric patient(s) and traumatic emergencies based on the body systems involved will be gained through discussion and learning activities and case studies.
Offered: Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

EMS.205 Paramedic Practice 462

Through simulations and case studies, this course will allow students to learn how to provide care for pediatric and geriatric patient(s) and trauma emergencies for which care is provided by pre- hospital personnel to help reduce morbidity and mortality. Further experience will be gained through clinical experience at area medical institutions through observation or hands-on experiences.
Offered: Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

EMS.210 Paramedic V22

This course prepares the graduating paramedic student for more complicated treatment situations including the challenged patient and acute interventions for the chronic-care patient. Students will learn about operations of an ambulance as well as medical incident management, rescue awareness and operations, hazardous materials incidents, crime scene awareness and terrorist acts. Preparation for entry-level paramedic practice will be supported with discussion of contemporary paramedic practice and current Illinois laws related to the paramedic profession.
Offered: Summer
Prerequisites: Take EMS.200 and EMS.205 with grades of C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

EMS.215 Paramedic Practice 5186

The purpose of this couse is to integrate, cumulatively all skills and knowledge learned in the classroom into the clinical setting. Students will experience rotations in various fields of medicine including, but not limited to various hospital departments, the emergency room, surgical suites, and ambulance. Students will observe and actively participate in each of the settings to synthesize knowledge and skills to the field of paramedic practice.
Offered: Summer
Prerequisites: Take EMS.200 and EMS.205 with grades of C or better
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable

PHL.103 Biomedical Ethics33

This course introduces the student to biomedical ethics. Students will gain a beginning foundation for analysis as related to biomedical ethical dilemmas. Apply classical ethical theories to related topics and issues, utilize basic principles of health care ethics to discuss bio-medical ethical topics and current issues and examination of bio-medical ethical issues using a problem-solving approach.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate - AA, AS, AAS, AGS and Certificates where applicable..
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

PSY.101 Introduction to Psychology33

This course is designed to provide an understanding of a variety of topics within the field of psychology. It is not only designed for students planning on majoring in psychology, but for those who have an interest in the scientific basis of behavior, thought, and the physiological processes that underlie each.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Prerequisites: A COMPASS Reading score of 83 or above is required to enroll in this course, or RDG.096 with a grade of C or better or an ACT Reading score of 20 or higher.
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. S6 900
General Education -- Social Science

PSY.207 Crisis Intervention33

This course is an overall introduction to crisis intervention and is designed to provide an understanding of theory and practice of short term models of treatment. A wide variety of crises will be examined and role played so students can become comfortable with different intervention techniques. Example crises will include suicide, developmental life stage, loss, medical, and post traumatic stress victims. Students will understand the professional and ethical side of crisis intervention along with developing an appreciation for the importance of cultural sensitivity in crisis intervention. Crisis intervention is designed as a university studies course, but is also applicable to those pursuing careers in allied health, criminal justice, education, fire science, etc.
Offered: Spring
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only

SOC.101 Introduction to Sociology33

The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the discipline of sociology as it applies to contemporary American society. This course provides an orientation to the student interested in social science or the helping professions. Among specific topics to be studied are: how the sociologist gathers information, the importance of culture and symbols, personality development, the changing structure of the family, social class and inequality, race and ethnicity, and deviant behavior.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate; AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. S7 900
General Education -- Social Science Human Relations

SOC.203 Introduction to Diversity33

This course helps students come to know people from various ethnic/racial, religious, and cultural groups that make up the American population. Issues concerning racism, age, gender, and sexual orientation are examined.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. S7 903D
General Education -- Social Science Human Relations

SPE.110 Interpersonal Communication33

This course attempts to develop an awareness of, and an insight into, the choices that are made by participation in face-to-face, non-public, human communication. The text and lectures are designed to create an understanding of theories and principles. Experiential exercises encourage the student to apply this understanding, and to use it in interpreting his/her own and other people's attempts at communication. Among the topics covered are the communication process, the self as a communicator, verbal and nonverbal language, cooperation and conflict, etc. This course is intended for persons planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree and those who desire to improve their verbal communication.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable.
General Education -- Not Applicable Elective Only Human Relations

SPE.120 Introduction to Public Speaking33

This is a performance course in public speaking. The principles of oral public communication will be presented through readings and lecture. The student will apply these principles in the speeches presented to the class. Emphasis will be placed on outlining and the discovery and organization of important ideas and the communication of those ideas to a specific audience. Written evaluation of speeches will be required to enhance critical communication skills. This course is intended for individuals who desire to complete a bachelor's degree and those who desire to develop competence in public speaking.
Offered: Fall or Spring or Summer
Applicable toward graduation at Sandburg where program structure permits:
Degree or Certificate: AA, AS, AFA, AAS, AGS, and Certificates where applicable. IAI Course No. C2 900
General Education -- Communications

The paramedic practice courses are designed for hands-on training in the Paramedic classroom, lab and practicum settings. The paramedic courses are held at Carl Sandburg College’s Galesburg campus Building H, H102 is the Paramedic Lab where essential skills such as IV insertion, airway management, EKGs, administering medications and performing advanced life support measures will be practiced. Practicum experiences for the EMS-Paramedic program will be gained with community agencies and ambulance services in the Galesburg area such as: Galesburg Hospitals’ Ambulance Service, Galesburg Cottage Hospital, OSF St. Mary’s Medical Center, Kewanee Fire & Rescue, and other surrounding community’s fire & rescue agencies as needed.