2014-15 Catalog

Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic

Certificate

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

Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic Certificate program is designed to prepare individuals to become an entry-level paramedic in the state of Illinois.

The Emergency Medical Technician 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 companies, fire departments, and in the clinical setting. Upon successful completion of the basic course, the graduate will be eligible to take the registry examination. Clinical experiences for the EMT-P program will be gained with community agencies and ambulance services in the Galesburg area. Upon completion of the EMT-P program, the student is required to have complete additional internship which will be arranged through the EMS Coordinator. This internship must be completed within one year after completion of the coursework and prior to sitting for the licensure exam offered by the Illinois Department of Pubic Health, EMS Division.

  •  $30,300/year median salary*
  •  Projected increase of 70%, one of the fastest growing fields in the U.S.*
  •  Evening classes offered
  •  Classes mix hands-on training

Admission to the Program:  Limited

First-Time Enrollees

  1. Complete an application for admission and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  2. Send an official high school transcript or GED score report to the Admissions and Records Office.
  3. Complete the placement exam, COMPASS.
  4. Meet with an advisor/counselor to select classes and complete the registration process.

Department of Career, Technical & Health Education
2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309.345.3500
welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

First Year
Spring SemesterSemester Hours
EMS.101Emergency Medical Technician-B 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 SPE.120Interpersonal Communication 3
Summer Session
EMS.210Paramedic V 2
EMS.215Paramedic Practice 5 6
Fall Semester
BOC.110Small 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-B 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.)

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Courses

EMS.101 Emergency Medical Technician-B7.518

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 2262

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

Lauri White
Dean of Career Tech and Health Education