Emergency Medical Care Bachelor's Degree - Emergency Services Administration

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EKU’s online bachelor’s degree in emergency medical care focuses on your skills in the field, as well as your management and operational knowledge. This concentration allows you to take administration-focused classes in budgeting, finance, personnel issues, adult education (for training officers), ethics, EMS law and EMS management. 

At-A-Glance

Format: 100% online

Credit Hours: 120 hours

2016-2017 Tuition: $400 per credit hour

Transfer Credits Accepted:  Up to *90 hours 

Career Options: Emergency medical technician (EMT), paramedic, trainer/educational director, administrative supervisor, rank advancement within the military 

* A minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed at EKU       

NOTES:

  • Applicants must be NREMT-P certified and/or state licensed paramedics
  • Up to 12 hours from each of the online paramedic classes may be used for NREMT or state renewal in states that accept CECBEMS accredited continuing education.                                  

Enhance your degree with a minor or certificate
Select from a wide range of minors, allowing you to explore interests or make use of prior credits.

You can also choose from numerous undergraduate certificates in specialty areas that complement and enhance your major as you work toward your degree.

What sets our program apart?
Focused on medical best practices and leadership building, EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through topics such as advanced life support, advanced cardiology, management of behavioral emergencies and management of OB/GYN emergencies.

  • CAAHEP-accredited for more than 35 years
  • Nationally-renowned instructors
  • 8 week courses
  • 18 credit hours for previous experience PLUS additional opportunities to maximize credit 
  • Hours that count toward your degree and your recertification
  • Ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the best universities offering online degrees

Why choose EKU?
EKU is a regionally-accredited, brick-and-mortar university that is ranked among the nation's best colleges and has been educating students for more than a century. EKU has received numerous honors, including being named one of the best online colleges in the nation and one of the most veteran-friendly campuses.

Curriculum

Core Courses: 46 hours

Additional Core Courses

Emergency Services Administration Option: 29 hours

Plus BIO 171 , BIO 301, CHE 101/101L, CHE 102/102L, ENG 300, PSY 200, PSY 308 (See catalog for details.)

*Credit by departmental exam is available. Contact your program advisor or program coordinator for information about fees and testing procedures.

Free Electives: 3 hours

University Graduation Requirements: 42 hours (See catalog for details)

Total Hours Required for Degree Completion: 120 hours

Course Descriptions

EMC 104 Healthcare Basic Life Support 

(1) I, II, A. Basic cardiac life support skills for healthcare student or professional in accord with peer-reviewed American Heart Association (AHA) scientific guidelines. Course completion documentation when AHA requirements met. Maximum 6 enrollments for renewal. 0.25 Lec/0.75 Lab. 

EMC 110 Introduction to Emergency Medical Care

(6) I, II, A. Prerequisite or corequisite: EMC 104. Prehospital basic life support concepts, skills, and field clinical experience for entry level Emergency Medical Technician-Basic adhering to national curricula. Meets eligibility requirements for state certification and national registration examinations. 3 Lec/6 Lab.

EMC 200 Introduction to Prehospital Advanced Life Support

(2) II, A. Role and responsibilities of EMT-Paramedic, components of EMS systems, medical/legal considerations, and communications in advanced and basic life support settings.

EMC 205 Prehospital Management of OB/GYN Emergencies

(1) I, A. Pathophysiology and advanced level prehospital management of antepartum, parturition, postpartum, and gynecological emergencies. Assessment, care, and transportation of the neonate.

EMC 215 Prehospital Management of Behavioral Emergencies

(1) I, A. Concepts and management of emotional and psychological emergencies applied to prehospital crisis intervention.

EMC 225 Introduction to Pharmacology

(3) I, II, A. Introduction to classification, nature, and uses of medications. Pharmacological agents utilized in prehospital health care setting emphasized.

EMC 240 Introduction to Electrocardiography

(3) I, II, A. Cardiac anatomy, physiology, and electrophysiology related to ECG. Proficient ECG interpretation skills emphasized.

EMC 310 Advanced Cardiology

(2) II, A. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: EMC 240, EMC 225, and 335; or departmental approval. Advanced diagnostics, interventions, and management of cardiovascular emergencies to include cardiac resuscitation adhering to the standards of the American Heart Association. AHA ACLS Provider required for course completion. 1 Lec/ 2 Lab.

EMC 320 Advanced Life Support: Trauma

(3) II, A. Prerequisites: EMC 115, 240, BIO 171, 301. Prehospital management of complex patients with multiple systems failure secondary to trauma related pathologies.

EMC 335 Advanced Life Support: Medical Emergencies I

(3) I, A. Prerequisites: EMC 240, BIO 171, 301, EMC 115, 225, and department approval. Pathophysiology and advanced level prehospital management of emergencies of the respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, nervous, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and reproductive systems.

EMC 340 Advanced Life Support: Medical Emergencies II

(3) II, A. Prerequisite: EMC 335. Pathophysiology and advanced level prehospital management of emergencies involving anaphylaxis, toxicology, alcoholism, drug abuse, infectious diseases, environmental hazards, and pediatric and geriatric patients.

EMC 342 Advanced Clinical I

(3) I, A. Corequisite: EMC 335 and EMC 342L. Integration of basic and advanced life support concepts and psychomotor skills in patient care situations developed through supervised assignments in various hospital settings.

EMC 342L Advanced Clinical I Lab

(0) Corequisite: EMC 335 and EMC 342. Integration of basic and advanced life support concepts and psychomotor skills in patient care situations developed through supervised assignments in various hospital setting.

EMC 352 Advanced Clinical II

(3) II, A. Prerequisite: EMC 342. Corequisites: EMC 320 and 340 and EMC 352L. Hospital assignments allow continued development and application of cognitive and psychomotor skills in critical situations. Autonomous decision-making skills developed under supervision through increased participation in patient care.

EMC 352L Advanced Clinical II Lab

(0) Prerequisite: EMC 342 and 342L. Corequisite: EMC 340 and EMC 352. Hospital assignments allow continued development and application of cognitive and psychomotor skills in critical situations. Autonomous decision-making and critical thinking skills in clinical situations developed under supervision through increased participation in patient care.

EMC 360 Advanced Field Internship

(2) A. Prerequisites: EMC 205, 212, 215, 310, 320, and 352. Minimum 120 hours supervised experience on paramedic ambulance. Progresses from advanced emergency care delivery observation to beginning team member responsibilities.

EMC 362 Advanced Field Internship II

(4) A. Prerequisite or corequisite: EMC 360. Continuation of supervised experience on advanced life support ambulance. Assumes team member role with progression to team leader. Minimum advanced internship experience requires 500 hours.

EMC 380 Advanced Prehospital Theory: Medical

(4) A. Prerequisites: certification, EMT-Paramedic and admission to EMC major. Foundation classes for paramedic students which focuses on pathophysiological basis for prehospital interventions and management. Includes in-depth history and assessment skills.

EMC 382 Advanced Prehospital Theory: Trauma

(4) A. Prerequisites: certification, EMT-Paramedic and admission to EMC major. Foundation course for paramedic students which focuses on pathophysiological basis for prehospital interventions and management in trauma settings. Includes in-depth history and assessment skills.

EMC 400 Emergency Care Systems Management

(3) I, II, A. Prerequisite: ENG 300 or FSE 200. EMS systems design and typical agency divisions, including operations, communications, training and customer service. Projects focus on system design, training and efficiency.

EMC 420 Emergency Services Design and Budget

(3) A. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 300 or FSE 200 or departmental approval. Identify and compare issues with staffing, operations, communications, training and mission with various EMS systems models. Develop and revise sample budgets for EMS systems.

EMC 430 or 430W Legal and Ethical Aspects of Emergency Services

(3) A. Prerequisite: departmental approval. Examine and apply moral and ethical decisions made in emergency services. Issues of diversity, expanded health care settings, aging population, and others will be explored.

EMC 440 EMS Instruction

(3) A. Prerequisite: departmental approval. Introduction to the principles involved in EMS adult learning. Roles issues, domains of learning, and instruction models will be emphasized. Organization and planning for the EMS community including diverse learning populations and regulations.

EMC 480 Topics in Emergency Medicine

(3) I, II, A. Investigation into the pathophysiology of traumatic and medical emergencies which applies to the latest trends in recognition and management.

EMC 489 Introduction to Research Methods

(3) A. Prerequisites: ENG 300 or FSE 300, and FSE 200. Introduction to basic research methods for professionals in emergency services and public agency practitioners and educators. This includes foundational principles of statistical analyses and application, as well as human subjects protections.

This page reflects the program requirements in the 2015-2016 EKU Undergraduate Catalog and is subject to change.