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Emergency Medical Services - Emergency Medical Technician

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: This program prepares students to become Emergency Medical Technicians at the entry level.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Certified Emergency Medical Technician

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: In addition to the general college curricular admission requirements, students must have a current CPR card for either the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider or the American Red Cross Professional Rescuer.  Students without a current CPR card are encouraged to complete HLT 105 (CPR). For students who cannot obtain a CPR card prior to registering for their first EMS course, a CPR class will be offered prior to the first day of class for EMS 111 or EMS 112.  Students desiring to further their emergency medical training and capabilities should consider the Emergency Medical Services - Intermediate Career Studies Certificate or Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic Associate of Applied Science degree after completing this career studies certificate.

FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS:  In addition to the regular college tuition and fees, the EMS program requires the items listed below. These costs are subject to change.  

Textbook and Workbook Fees

$198.00

Background Check and Drug Testing

$81.00

FISDAP Scheduler

$30.00

Uniforms (boots, belt, pants, Reynolds EMS program shirt)

$143.00

Testing Fees:

ODEMSA

National Registry Paramedic Cognitive Examination

 

$50.00

$70.00

Medical Check Up

varies according to student’s doctor fees

 

To determine current tuition and fees, visit www.reynolds.edu/pay_for_college/tuition.aspx or call the School of Nursing and Allied Health office at (804) 523-5375.  The instructor will inform students of the textbooks and other required learning materials needed in the syllabus for each course.

CONTINUATION IN THE PROGRAM:  To continue in the program, students must achieve a course grade of at least "B" (80) in each EMS course.

FUNCTIONAL SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: The functional skills listed below apply to students entering the EMS – Emergency Medical Technician CSC, EMS – Intermediate CSC, EMS – Paramedic CSC, and EMS – Paramedic AAS degree. Students entering these programs must have the ability to

  • Verbally communicate in person, via telephone and telecommunications using the English language;
  • Hear spoken information from co-workers, patients, physicians, and dispatchers and sounds common to the emergency scene;
  • Lift, carry, and balance a minimum of 125 pounds equally distributed (250 pounds with assistance), a height of 33 inches, and a distance of 10 feet;
  • Read and comprehend written materials under stressful conditions;
  • Use a prescribed format to document patient information in writing or by entry into a computer program;
  • Demonstrate manual dexterity and fine motor skills, with ability to perform all tasks related to quality patient care in a safe manner;
  • Bend, stoop, crawl, and walk on even surfaces; and
  • Meet minimum vision requirements to operate a motor vehicle within the state.

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION: Please see http://www.reynolds.edu/curriculum/gainful-employment-html/ge_info_221-146-01.html to access gainful employment disclosure information for this program.

The Emergency Medical Services - Emergency Medical Technician program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of CoAEMSP. 

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL  33763
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

EMS 1121,2
and 
EMS 113
1,2,3

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic I and
Emergency Medical Technician - Basic II

3

2

2

2

4

3

EMS 1203

Emergency Medical Technician Clinical

0

2

1

BIO 1414

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

3

3

4

BIO 1424

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

3

3

4

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

Total

12

12

17

Total Minimum Credits for Career Studies Certificate in Emergency Medical Services - Emergency Medical Technician 17

12.11.18

1 EMS 112 and 113 are taken over two semesters.

2 EMS 112 is a prerequisite for EMS 113.

3 EMS 120 must be taken concurrently with EMS 113.

4 BIO 141 is a prerequisite for BIO 142.

EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

EMS 112 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic I (4 cr.)

Prepares student for certification as a Virginia and/or National Registry EMT. Focuses on all aspects of pre-hospital basic life support as defined by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services curriculum for Emergency Medicine Technician. Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 5 hours per week.

EMS 113 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic II (3 cr.)

Continues preparation of student for certification as a Virginia and/or National Registry EMT. Includes all aspects of pre-hospital basic life support as defined by the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services curriculum for Emergency Medical Technician. Upon successfully completing EMS 113 and EMS 120 with an overall grade average of at least 80, the student will be able to take the National Registry EMT Written and Practical Examinations. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.

EMS 120 Emergency Medical Technician Clinical (1 cr.)

Provides supervised direct patient contact introducing the student to the assessment and emergency care of sick and injured patients. This course is a co-requisite for either EMS 111 or EMS 113, depending upon the program in which the student is participating. Laboratory 2 hours per week.

EMS 121 Preparatory Foundations (2 cr.)

Introduces fundamental concepts established by the National Emergency Medical Service Education Standards (NEMSES) for Advanced EMT and Paramedic curricula. Includes EMS systems, introduction to research, workforce safety and wellness, EMS system communications, introduction to public health, legal and ethical issues. Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS. Lecture 2 hours per week.

EMS 123 EMS Clinical Preparation (1 cr.)

Introduces the student to local clinical agencies and prepares the student for clinical activities above the level of EMT. Includes prerequisites required by clinical affiliates, therapeutic communication, primary assessment, history taking, secondary assessment, reassessment, monitoring devices and documentation. Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS. Laboratory 2 hours per week.

EMS 125 Basic Pharmacology (1 cr.)

Prepares students to demonstrate competency concerning basic principles of pharmacology, drug dosage calculations, and medication administration. Introduces medications listed in the Advanced EMT (AEMT) scope of practice. Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS. Co-requisite: EMS 126. Lecture 1 hour per week.

EMS 126 Basic Pharmacology Lab (1 cr.)

Focuses on the safe administration of medications in the emergency setting. Includes drug dose calculation and covers multiple routes of administration including oral, intramuscular, subcutaneous, intravenous, and intraosseous and other methods within the scope of practice for the emergency care provider. Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS. Co-requisite: EMS 125. Laboratory 2 hours per week.

EMS 127 Airway, Shock and Resuscitation (1 cr.)

Introduces concepts associated with pre-hospital emergency care of the individual experiencing airway difficulty or in need of resuscitation or shock management. Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS. Co-requisite: EMS 128. Lecture 1 hour per week.

EMS 128 Airway, Shock and Resuscitation Lab (1 cr.)

Focuses on specific skills related to airway, resuscitation, and shock management. Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS. Co-requisite: EMS 127. Laboratory 2 hours per week.

EMS 135 Emergency Medical Care (2 cr.)

Prepares the student to assess and manage patients with common medical emergencies. Prerequisites: EMS 121, EMS 123, EMS 125, EMS 126, EMS 127, EMS 128. Corequisite: EMS 136. Lecture 2 hours per week.

EMS 136 Emergency Medical Care Lab (1 cr.)

Focuses on specific skills related to the assessment and management of common medical emergencies. Prerequisites: EMS 121, EMS 123, EMS 125, EMS 126, EMS 127, EMS 128. Corequisite: EMS 135. Laboratory 2 hours per week.

EMS 137 Trauma Care (1 cr.)

Prepares the student to assess and manage injured patients, developing his/her problem-solving ability in the treatment of trauma involving various body systems. Prerequisites: EMS 121, EMS 123, EMS 125, EMS 126, EMS 127, EMS 128. Corequisite: EMS 138. Lecture 1 hour per week.

EMS 138 Trauma Care Lab (1 cr.)

Focuses on the skills required for the assessment and management of patients with traumatic injury. Prerequisites: EMS 121, EMS 123, EMS 125, EMS 126, EMS 127, EMS 128. Corequisite: EMS 137. Laboratory 2 hours per week.

EMS 139 Special Populations (1 cr.)

Focuses on the pre-hospital assessment and management of patients in a specific population including pediatrics, geriatrics, obstetrics/gynecology (OB/GYN), bariatric, abuse, sexual assault, and special needs. Prerequisites: EMS 121, EMS 123, EMS 125, EMS 126, EMS 127, EMS 128. Corequisite: EMS 140. Lecture 1 hour per week.

EMS 140 Special Populations Lab (1 cr.)

Develops skills related to the assessment and management of patients in a specific population including pediatrics, geriatrics, obstetrics/gynecology (OB/GYN), bariatric, abuse, sexual assault and special needs. Prerequisites: EMS 121, EMS 123, EMS 125, EMS 126, EMS 127, EMS 128. Corequisite: EMS 139. Laboratory 2 hours per week.

EMS 141 Cardiovascular Care (2 cr.)

Focuses on assessment and management of cardiac-related emergencies. Covers basic dysrhythmia recognition and relates it to overall cardiac patient care. Prerequisites: EMS 121, EMS 123, EMS 125, EMS 126, EMS 127, EMS 128. Corequisite: EMS 142. Lecture 2 hours per week.

EMS 142 Cardiovascular Care Lab (1 cr.)

Focuses on skills involved in the assessment and management of cardiac-related emergencies. Prerequisites: EMS 121, EMS 123, EMS 125, EMS 126, EMS 127, EMS 128. Corequisite EMS 141. Laboratory 2 hours per week.

EMS 151 Introduction to Advanced Life Support (4 cr.)

Prepares the student for Virginia Enhanced certification eligibility and begins the sequence for National Registry Intermediate and/or Paramedic certification. Includes the theory and application of the following: foundations, human systems, pharmacology, overview of shock, venous access, airway management, patient assessment, respiratory emergencies, allergic reaction, and assessment-based management. Conforms at a minimum to the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services curriculum. Co-requisite: EMS 170. Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 5 hours per week.

EMS 153 Basic ECG Recognition (2 cr.)

Focuses on the interpretation of basic electrocardiograms (ECG) and their significance. Includes an overview of anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, including structure, function, and electrical conduction in the heart. Covers advanced concepts that build on the knowledge and skills of basic dysrhythmia determination and introduction to 12 lead ECG. Prerequisites: EMS 111 and EMS 120. Co-requisites: EMS 151, EMS 157, and EMS 170. Lecture 2 hours per week.

EMS 155 ALS - Medical Care (4 cr.)

Continues the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services Intermediate and/or Paramedic curricula. Includes ALS pharmacology, drug and fluid administration with emphasis on patient assessment, differential diagnosis, and management of multiple medical complaints. Includes, but not limited to, conditions relating to cardiac, diabetic, neurological, non-traumatic abdominal pain, environmental, behavioral, gynecology, and toxicological disease conditions. Prerequisites: Current EMT-B certification, EMS 151, and EMS 153. Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 5 hours per week.

EMS 157 ALS - Trauma Care (3 cr.)

Continues the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services Intermediate and/or Paramedic curricula. Utilizes techniques which will allow the student to utilize the assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the trauma patient. Prerequisites: Current EMT-B certification and EMS 151. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.

EMS 159 ALS-Special Populations (3 cr.)

Continues the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services Intermediate and/or Paramedic curricula. Focuses on the assessment and management of specialty patients, including obstetrical, neonates, pediatric, and geriatrics. Prerequisites: EMS 151 and EMS 153. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: EMS 155. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.

EMS 163 Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) (1 cr.)

Prepares for certification as a Prehospital Trauma Life Support provider as defined by the American College of Surgeons. Prerequisites: EMS 111 or equivalent. Lecture 1 hour per week.

EMS 164 Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) (1 cr.)

Covers current topics of care for adult patients suffering extensive medical conditions and emergencies, and offers certification as an Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) as defined by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). Lecture 1 hour per week.

EMS 167 Emergency Pediatrics Course (EPC) (1 cr.)

Provides a unique approach to pediatric medical care, offering assessment techniques that can help EMS practitioners rapidly and accurately assess pediatric patients to determine which situations may be life threatening and require immediate intervention. Offers certification as defined by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). Prerequisite: Current Virginia EMT and CPR certification as approved by the Virginia Office of EMS. Lecture 1 hour per week.

EMS 170 ALS Internship I (1 cr.)

Begins the first in a series of clinical experiences providing supervised direct patient contact in appropriate patient care facilities in and out of hospitals. Includes, but not limited to, patient care units, such as the Emergency Department, Critical Care units, Pediatric, Labor and Delivery, Operating Room, Trauma Centers, and various advanced life support units. Prerequisites: EMS 151 and EMS 120. Co-requisites: EMS 151, EMS 153, and EMS 157. Laboratory 3 hours per week.

EMS 172 ALS Clinical Internship II (1 cr.)

Continues with the second in a series of clinical experiences providing supervised direct patient contact in appropriate patient care facilities in and out of hospitals. Includes, but not limited to, patient care units, such as the Emergency Department, Critical Care units, Pediatric, Labor and Delivery, Operating Room, and Trauma Centers. Co-requisite: EMS 151. Laboratory 3 hours per week.

EMS 173 ALS Field Internship II (1 cr.)

Continues with the second in a series of field experiences providing supervised direct patient care in out-of-hospital advanced life support units. Laboratory 3 hours per week.

EMS 175 Paramedic Clinical Experience I (2 cr.)

Introduces students to live patient assessment and management in the clinical setting. Begins a continuum of learning involving live patients that leads to entry-level competence at the paramedic level. Prerequisites: EMS 121, EMS 123, EMS 125, EMS 126, EMS 127, EMS 128. Laboratory 6 hours per week.

EMS 201 EMS Professional Development (3 cr.)

Prepares students for Paramedic certification at the National Registry Level by fulfilling community activism, personal wellness, resource management, ethical considerations in leadership, and research objectives in the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services Paramedic curriculum. Lecture 3 hours per week.

EMS 202 Paramedic Pharmacology (2 cr.)

Focuses on advanced pharmacological interventions, medications and their effects. Prerequisites: EMS 125, EMS 126, EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142. Lecture 2 hours per week.

EMS 203 Advanced Patient Care (2 cr.)

Focuses on the comprehensive assessment and management of patients in out-of-hospital and inter-facility scenarios. Content is centered on problem-solving through integration of didactic, psychomotor and affective curricula. Prerequisites: EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142. Co-requisite: EMS 204. Lecture 2 hours per week.

EMS 204 Advanced Patient Care Lab (2 cr.)

Focuses on the comprehensive assessment and management of out-of-hospital and inter-facility patients using scenario-based learning. Prerequisites: EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142. Co-requisite: EMS 203. Laboratory 4 hours per week.

EMS 205 Advanced Pathophysiology (4 cr.)

Focuses on the pathological processes of disease with emphasis on the anatomical and physiological alterations of the human body by systems. Includes diagnosis and management appropriate to the advanced health care provider in and out of the hospital environment. Lecture 4 hours per week.

EMS 206 Pathophysiology for the Health Professions (3 cr.)

Focuses on the pathological processes of disease with emphasis on the anatomical and physiological alterations of the human body systems. Includes diagnosis and management appropriate to the advanced health care provider in and out of the hospital environment. Prerequisites: BIO 145 or BIO 141-142 combination. Lecture 3 hours per week.

EMS 207 Advanced Patient Assessment (3 cr.)

Focuses on the principles of normal and abnormal physical exam. Emphasizes the analysis and interpretation of physiological data to assist in patient assessment and management. Applies principles during the assessment and management of trauma, medical, and specialty patients in laboratory environment. Prerequisites: EMS 155, 159, 172, and 173. Co-requisites: EMS 201, 205, 242, and 243. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.

EMS 209 Advanced Pharmacology (4 cr.)

Focuses on the principles of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and drug administration. Includes drug legislation, techniques of medication administration, and principles of math calculations. Emphasizes drugs used to manage respiratory, cardiac, neurological, gastrointestinal, fluid and electrolyte, and endocrine disorders and includes classification, mechanism of action, indications, contra-indications, precautions, and patient education. Incorporates principles related to substance abuse and hazardous materials. Applies principles during the assessment and management of trauma, medical, and specialty patients in a laboratory environment. Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 5 hours per week.

EMS 210 EMS Operations (1 cr.)

Focuses on matters related to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) operations, incident and scene safety and awareness, triage, multiple and mass casualty incident operations and medical incident management (command and control of EMS incidents). Prerequisites: EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142. Laboratory 2 hours per week.

EMS 211 Operations (2 cr.)

Prepares the student in the theory and application of the following: medical incident command, rescue awareness and operations, hazardous materials incidents, and crime scene awareness. (Conforms to the current Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services curriculum for EMT-Paramedics.) Prerequisites: EMS 201, EMS 207, EMS 242, and EMS 243. Co-requisites: EMS 209, EMS 244, and EMS 245. Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.

EMS 212 Leadership and Professional Development (1 cr.)

Focuses on the development of leadership within the field of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), topics include civic engagement, personal wellness, resource management, ethical considerations in leadership and research. Prerequisite: EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142. Lecture 1 hour.

EMS 216 Paramedic Review (1 cr.)

Provides the student with intensive review for the practical and written portions of the National Registry Paramedic exam. May be repeated once, for credit. Laboratory 2 hours per week.

EMS 242 ALS Clinical Internship III (1 cr.)

Continues with the third in a series of clinical experiences providing supervised direct patient contact in appropriate patient care facilities in and out of hospitals. Includes, but not limited to, patient care units, such as the Emergency Department, Critical Care units, Pediatric, Labor and Delivery, Operating Room, Trauma Centers, and various advanced life support units. Prerequisites: EMS 155, EMS 159, EMS 172, and EMS 173. Co-requisites: EMS 201, EMS 207, and EMS 243. Laboratory 3 hours per week.

EMS 243 ALS Field Internship III (1 cr.)

Continues with the third in a series of field experiences providing supervised direct patient care in out-of-hospital advanced life support units. Prerequisites: EMS 155, EMS 159, EMS 172, and EMS 173. Co-requisites: EMS 201, EMS 207, and EMS 242. Laboratory 3 hours per week.

EMS 244 ALS Clinical Internship IV (1 cr.)

Continues as the fourth in a series of clinical experiences providing supervised direct patient contact in appropriate patient care facilities in and out of hospitals. Includes, but not limited to, patient care units, such as the Emergency Department, Critical Care units, Pediatric, Labor and Delivery, Operating Room, and Trauma Centers. Prerequisites: EMS 201, EMS 207, EMS 242, and EMS 243. Co-requisites: EMS 209, EMS 211, and EMS 245. Laboratory 3 hours per week.

EMS 245 ALS Field Internship IV (1 cr.)

Continues as the fourth in a series of field experiences, providing supervised direct patient care in out-of-hospital advanced life support units. Prerequisites: EMS 201, EMS 207, EMS 242, and EMS 243. Co-requisites: EMS 209, EMS 211, and EMS 244. Laboratory 3 hours per week.

EMS 247 Paramedic Clinical Experience II (1 cr.)

Continues the student experience with live patient assessment and management in the clinical setting. It is the second step in a continuum of learning involving live patients that leads to entry-level competence at the paramedic level. Prerequisites: EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142, EMS 175. Laboratory 3 hours.

EMS 248 Paramedic Comprehensive Field Experience (2 cr.)

Expands the student experience with live patient assessment and management into the field setting. It is the third step in a continuum of learning involving live patients that leads to entry-level competence at the paramedic level. Prerequisites: EMS 135, EMS 136, EMS 137, EMS 138, EMS 139, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 142, EMS 175. Laboratory 6 hours

EMS 249 Paramedic Capstone Internship (2 cr.)

Provides summative evaluation of the Paramedic student in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains. Prerequisites: EMS 202, EMS 203, EMS 204, EMS 206, EMS 247, EMS 248. Laboratory 6 hours.


Name Program Email Phone
John Kirtley EMS-EMT CSC JKirtley@reynolds.edu 804/523-5768

 

Common Job Titles1: EMT Intermediate (Emergency Medical Technician, Intermediate); EMT, Paramedic (Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic); EMT/Dispatcher (Emergency Medical Technician/Dispatcher); Emergency Medical Technician (EMT); Emergency Medical Technician, Basic (EMT, B); Emergency Medical Technician/Driver (EMT/DRIVER); First Responder; Flight Paramedic; Multi Care Technician (Multi Care Tech); Paramedic


Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected Employment (2028): 825

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $23,200 - $39,300


Bright Outlook Bright Outlook occupations are expected to have rapid growth over the next 10-years (employment increase of 10% or more in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2018-2028) or are expected to have a high demand (projected to have 750 or more job openings in the Richmond, MSA over the period of 2018-2028).

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accuarate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on August 15, 2018.