Emergency Medical Care — Bachelor’s Degree Curriculum

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Core Courses  46 hours

NOTES:

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

**After successful completion of EMC 380 and EMC 382 students will be awarded credit for the following 18 hours of core courses due to our NREMT-P certification requirement:

Emergency Services Administration Concentration 29 hours                                

And the following:

  • BIO 301: Human Physiology
  • CHE 101: Introductory Chemistry I
  • CHE 102: Introductory Chemistry II
  • EMC 130: Human Systems for Assessment
  • ENG 300: Introduction to Technical and Professional Writing
  • PSY 200: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 308: Abnormal Psychology

Free Electives 3 hours

EKU General Education Requirements 42 hours
(See catalog for details.)

Total Hours Required for Degree Completion 120 hours

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the university undergraduate catalog.

 

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.