Academic Catalog

Emergency Medical Services (EMT/EMR/Paramedic) (EMS)

EMS 50  •  EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE

EMS 50 Details
Units: 5
Hours: 4 lecture, 4 laboratory per week (96 total per quarter)
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in EMR 50, HLTH 5 or 55.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Provides the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to work as an emergency medical responder (EMR) to help sustain life, reduce pain and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until more advanced medical help takes over. The course meets or exceeds the 2008 Emergency Medical Services Educational Standards for Emergency Medical Response and meets Guidelines 2010 for First Aid and 2010 Consensus on Science for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care.

EMS 52  •  EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN: BASIC PART A

EMS 52 Details
Units: 5
Hours: 4 lecture, 4 laboratory per week (96 total per quarter)
Advisory: EMS 52 and 53 may not be taken concurrently; not open to students with credit in EMT 50 or 304.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Intended to instruct a student to the level of Emergency Medical Technician-1 (EMT-1) who serves as a vital link in the chain of the health care team. It is recognized that the majority of prehospital emergency medical care will be provided by the EMT-1. Students will participate in hands-on application of skills necessary to work as a competent EMT. Students will also perform patient assessment scenarios focused on medical and trauma complaints and treatments of various diseases and injuries, to build competence and prepare them to sit for the state certification exam. Includes all knowledge and skills necessary for the individual to provide emergency medical care at a basic life support level with a fire department or other specialized service.

EMS 53  •  EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN: BASIC PART B

EMS 53 Details
Units: 6
Hours: 4 lecture, 6 laboratory per week (120 total per quarter)
Includes 2 hours clinical laboratory.
Prerequisite: EMS 52.
Advisory: EMS 53 is part two of two courses required to be eligible to take the California State written and practical exam for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician-1; EMS 52 and 53 may not be taken concurrently; not open to students with credit in EMT 51 or 305.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Second of two courses required to be eligible to take the California State written and practical exam for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician-1 (EMT-1). Intended to instruct a student to the level of Emergency Medical Technician-Basic who serves as a vital link in the chain of the health care team. Students will participate in hands-on application of skills necessary to work as a competent EMT. Students will also perform patient assessment scenarios focused on medical and trauma complaints and treatments of various diseases and injuries, to build competence and prepare them to sit for the state certification exam. Includes all knowledge and skills necessary for the individual to provide emergency medical care at a basic life support level with a fire department or other specialized service.

EMS 60A  •  PARAMEDIC COGNITIVE & AFFECTIVE IA

EMS 60A Details
Units: 9
Hours: 9 lecture per week (108 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: BIOL 40A or equivalent (with laboratory).
Corequisite: EMS 60B.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in EMTP 60A or 100A.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

First of three modularized lecture series in which paramedic students will learn and discuss the EMS System, understand the relationship of anatomy and physiology of the human body, life span of the patient, cellular function and disease, medical terminology, and pharmacology related to patient care. Intended for students in the Paramedic Program; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.

EMS 60B  •  PARAMEDIC COGNITIVE, PSYCHOMOTOR & AFFECTIVE IB

EMS 60B Details
Units: 3
Hours: 1 lecture, 6.5 laboratory per week (90 total per quarter)
Corequisite: EMS 60A.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in EMTP 60B.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Paramedic skills presented: proper hand washing; personal protective equipment; patient assessment; intravenous access; intraosseous infusion; pharmacology; medication administration; airway management: endotracheal intubation, oropharyngeal airway, nasopharyngeal airway, suctioning, dual lumen airways; advanced cardiac life support ambulance 911 call simulations and case studies; synchronized cardioversion; transcutaneous pacing; defibrillation; cardiovascular/chest pain emergency 911 call simulations; end tidal carbon dioxide monitoring; capnography; 12 lead ECG interpretation. Intended for students in the Paramedic Program; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.

EMS 61A  •  PARAMEDIC COGNITIVE & AFFECTIVE IIA

EMS 61A Details
Units: 9
Hours: 9 lecture per week (108 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: EMS 60A and 60B.
Corequisite: EMS 61B.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in EMTP 61A or 100B.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Continuation of EMS 60A, the second of three modularized lecture series. Discusses airway anatomy and management, EKG, 12 leads and discuss various respiratory emergencies. In addition students will learn and discuss neurological disorders, cardiovascular emergencies, musculoskeletal injuries and treatment, and GI, and GU anatomy and disorders. Intended for students in the Paramedic Program; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.

EMS 61B  •  PARAMEDIC COGNITIVE, AFFECTIVE & PSYCHOMOTOR IIB

EMS 61B Details
Units: 3
Hours: 1 lecture, 6.5 laboratory per week (90 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: EMS 60A and 60B.
Corequisite: EMS 61A.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in EMTP 61B or 100B.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

The cognitive, psychomotor, and affective basis for EMT students wishing to become EMT paramedics. The paramedic: anatomy and physiology; patient assessment; respiratory ambulance 911 call simulations and case studies; nebulizer/BVM set-up; pleural decompression; digital intubation; foreign body airway obstruction; neurological ambulance 911 call simulations and case studies; 12 lead ECG interpretation; diabetic ambulance 911 call simulations and case studies; blood glucose analysis; medication administration; pharmacology; pediatric advanced life support ambulance 911 call simulations and case studies; non-traumatic abdominal ambulance 911 call simulations and case studies; bleeding control & shock management; pressure infusers; intubation with spinal immobilization; intravenous access; overdose and poisoning ambulance 911 call simulations and case studies. Intended for students in the Paramedic Program; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.

EMS 62A  •  PARAMEDIC COGNITIVE & AFFECTIVE IIIA

EMS 62A Details
Units: 9
Hours: 9 lecture per week (108 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: EMS 61A and 61B.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in EMTP 62A or 100C.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Continuation of EMS 61A, and the third of three modularized lecture series. Discusses various toxicological emergencies, psychiatric emergencies, OB, pediatric anatomy and emergencies, command and control, triage, and the geriatric patient. Intended for students in the Paramedic Program; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.

EMS 62B  •  PARAMEDIC COGNITIVE, AFFECTIVE & PSYCHOMOTOR IIIB

EMS 62B Details
Units: 3
Hours: 1 lecture, 6.5 laboratory per week (90 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: EMS 61A and 61B.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in EMTP 62B.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Paramedic skills presented: proper hand washing; personal protective equipment; patient assessment; intravenous access; intraosseous infusion; pharmacology; medication administration; airway management: endotracheal intubation, oropharyngeal airway, nasopharyngeal airway, suctioning, dual lumen airways; advanced cardiac life support ambulance 911 call simulations and case studies; synchronized cardioversion; transcutaneous pacing; defibrillation; cardiovascular/chest pain emergency 911 call simulations; end tidal carbon dioxide monitoring; capnography; 12 lead ECG interpretation. Intended for students in the Paramedic Program; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.

EMS 63A  •  PARAMEDIC HOSPITAL SPECIALTY ROTATIONS

EMS 63A Details
Units: 2
Hours: 6 laboratory per week (72 total per quarter)
This is a clinical laboratory course.
Prerequisite: EMS 60A and 60B.
Corequisite: EMS 61A and 61B.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in EMTP 63A or 102.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Application of skills that demonstrate principles and concepts of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, clinical symptoms and diagnosis as they pertain to pre-hospital emergency medical care of the sick and injured. The student will rotate through specialty areas of the hospital departments: pediatrics, pediatric intensive care unit, labor and delivery, surgery (airway management), respiratory therapy, other selected hospital areas, assisted living, Skills Nursing Facilities, and facilities for the mentally and physically challenged. Intended for students in the Paramedic Program; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.

EMS 63B  •  PARAMEDIC HOSPITAL EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT ROTATIONS

EMS 63B Details
Units: 4.5
Hours: 14 laboratory per week (168 total per quarter)
This is a clinical laboratory course.
Prerequisite: EMS 60A and 60B.
Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in EMS 63A.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in EMTP 63B or 102.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Application of skills that demonstrate principles and concepts of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, clinical symptoms and diagnosis as they pertain to pre-hospital emergency medical care of the sick and injured. The student will rotate through specialty areas of the hospital departments: pediatrics, pediatric intensive care unit, labor and delivery, surgery (airway management), respiratory therapy, and other selected hospital areas. Intended for students in the Paramedic Program; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.

EMS 64A  •  PARAMEDIC AMBULANCE FIELD INTERNSHIP I

EMS 64A Details
Units: 13
Hours: 40 laboratory per week (480 total per quarter)
This is a clinical laboratory course.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in EMTP 64A or 103A.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Application of paramedic knowledge and skills in the clinical setting as an intern responding on a 911 ambulance to ill and injured patients while being instructed and evaluated by a field preceptor. The student has the task of initiating, providing, and directing entire emergency patient care while under the supervision of a preceptor. First of two ambulance field internships required for certification as an EMT-Paramedic in California. Intended for students in the Paramedic Program; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.

EMS 64B  •  PARAMEDIC AMBULANCE FIELD INTERNSHIP II

EMS 64B Details
Units: 13
Hours: 40 laboratory per week (480 total per quarter)
This is a clinical laboratory course.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in EMTP 64B or 103B.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Application of paramedic knowledge and skills in the clinical setting as an intern responding on a 911 ambulance to ill and injured patients while being instructed and evaluated by a field preceptor. The student has the task of initiating, providing, and directing entire emergency patient care while under the supervision of a preceptor. Second of two ambulance field internships required for certification as an EMT-Paramedic in California. Intended for students in the Paramedic Program; enrollment is limited to students accepted in the program.

EMS 120  •  EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES ACADEMY

EMS 120 Details
Units: 8
Hours: 6 lecture, 6 laboratory per week (144 total per quarter)
Prerequisite: EMS 53.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in EMT 120 or 309.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Students will participate in physical training identical to that of EMTs employed by large private ambulance providers. Heavy emphasis is placed on training in patient moving and lifting, documentation, scenario practice, customer service and medical legal issues. Mock interviews will be conducted by job recruiters from local public and private agencies. Successful completion of the class will result in a stronger first time job applicant. Intended for students interested in a career as an Emergency Medical Technologist.

EMS 200  •  PARAMEDIC ACADEMY

EMS 200 Details
Units: 1.5
Hours: 6 lecture, 36 laboratory per quarter (42 total per quarter)
This is a 1 week course.
Prerequisite: Current CPR card; current EMT license; at least 2 years of experience as an EMT.
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in EMTP 200.
Degree and Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Introduction to the profession of paramedicine. Emphasis on paramedic terminology, communication skills, licensure, documentation, patient assessments, and skills proficiency. Discussion of the requirements for the paramedic program. Intended for students entering or considering to enter the paramedic program. This course is designed to prepare the student with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the Paramedic Academy.

EMS 203  •  EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN: BASIC CONTINUING EDUCATION

EMS 203 Details
Units: 2.5
Hours: 2 lecture, 1.5 laboratory per week (42 total per quarter)
Advisory: Students must possess either a current EMT-1 certificate or a certification which has been expired for no more than 24 months (must complete before the end of that month); students who have not fulfilled NREMT requirements within one year of EMT course completion may enroll; students must also possess current certification in American Red Cross CPR-BLS for the Professional Rescuer or American Heart Association CPR for the Healthcare Provider; students may repeat this course without petition when necessary to meet a legally mandated training requirement as a condition of volunteer or paid employment.
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability
Formerly: EMT 203, 303

This course meets the education requirements as specified by the California Emergency Medical Services Authority, the Emergency Medical Authority of Santa Clara County and the National Registry of EMT (NREMT) of 40 hours. Intended for both pre-employed personnel and those persons currently employed by a fire department or ambulance service within the County of Santa Clara. Review and update the knowledge and skills required for basic certification. Students maintaining their National Registry of Emergency Technicians (NREMT) certification will meet the NREMT transition requirements with this course.

EMS 400  •  EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE NONCREDIT

EMS 400 Details
Units: 0
Hours: 4 lecture, 4 laboratory per week (96 total per quarter)
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability
Formerly: EMR 400

Provides the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to work as an emergency medical responder (EMR) to help sustain life, reduce pain and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until more advanced medical help takes over. The course meets or exceeds the 2008 Emergency Medical Services Educational Standards for Emergency Medical Response and meets Guidelines 2010 for First Aid and 2010 Consensus on Science for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Students must successfully pass this course to enter in the EMT course.

EMS 401  •  EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN: BASIC PART A NONCREDIT

EMS 401 Details
Units: 0
Hours: 4 lecture, 4 laboratory per week (96 total per quarter)
Advisory: EMS 401 and 402 may not be taken concurrently.
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability
Formerly: EMT 401

Intended to instruct a student to the level of Emergency Medical Technician-1 (EMT-1) who serves as a vital link in the chain of the health care team. It is recognized that the majority of prehospital emergency medical care will be provided by the EMT-1. Students will participate in hands-on application of skills necessary to work as a competent EMT. Students will also perform patient assessment scenarios focused on medical and trauma complaints and treatments of various diseases and injuries, to build competence and prepare them to sit for the state certification exam. Includes all knowledge and skills necessary for the individual to provide emergency medical care at a basic life support level with a fire department or other specialized service.

EMS 402  •  EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN: BASIC PART B NONCREDIT

EMS 402 Details
Units: 0
Hours: 4 lecture, 6 laboratory per week (120 total per quarter)
Includes 2 hours clinical laboratory.
Prerequisite: EMS 401.
Advisory: EMS 402 is part two of two courses required to be eligible to take the California State written and practical exam for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician-1; EMS 401 and 402 may not be taken concurrently.
Degree and Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability
Formerly: EMT 402

Second of two courses required to be eligible to take the California State written and practical exam for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician-1 (EMT-1). Intended to instruct a student to the level of Emergency Medical Technician-Basic who serves as a vital link in the chain of the health care team. Students will participate in hands-on application of skills necessary to work as a competent EMT. Students will also perform patient assessment scenarios focused on medical and trauma complaints and treatments of various diseases and injuries, to build competence and prepare them to sit for the state certification exam. Includes all knowledge and skills necessary for the individual to provide emergency medical care at a basic life support level with a fire department or other specialized service.