Paramedic Course Descriptions

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Number sequencing next to course name means the following: first digit designates the number of lecture hours for the course; the second digit designates the number of lab, clinic or practicum hours; and the third digit designates the credit hours for the course.

PM 111 Paramedic Procedures 1-3-2
This performance based course focuses on the broad spectrum of paramedic procedures. Students will perform the technical skills drawn from Advanced Trauma, Advanced Cardiology, Medical Emergencies, Special Populations, and Pharmacology courses. An emphasis will be placed on the skills competencies making students eligible for advanced hospital and field clinic rotations. (Prerequisites: all fall PM courses; co-requisites: PM 126, PM 135 and PM 244)

PM 117 Physical Assessment 2-0-2
A comprehensive course that provides integration of knowledge and terminology utilized for physical assessment. Included are life span differences and assessment of acute and chronic patients who present with medical problems. (Co-requisites: PM 142, PM 150 and PM 161) Any failure in PM 117, PM 150 or PM 142 will trigger a failure in PM 161 (even if a passing grade in PM 161 has been achieved).

PM 126 Pharmacology 3-0-3
An advanced course covering Pharmacology related to paramedic practice. Includes cardiovascular, respiratory, analgesic, G.I., antibiotic and CNS medications. (Prerequisites: all fall PM courses; co-requisites: PM 111, PM 135 and PM 244) Any failure in PM 126, PM 135 or PM 244 will trigger a failure in PM 162 (even if a passing grade in PM 162 has been achieved).

PM 135 Medical Emergencies 3-0-3
A comprehensive course that includes the pathophysiology and management of selected medical emergencies. Critical thinking and problem solving will be emphasized using a scenario-based approach. (Prerequisites: all fall PM courses; co-requisites: PM 111, PM 126 and PM 244) Any failure in PM 126, PM 135 or PM 244 will trigger a failure in PM 162 (even if a passing grade in PM 162 has been achieved).

PM 142 Cardiology I 2-0-2
This course focuses on the conduction system of the heart, electrocardiography, as well as interpretation and the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. (Co-requisites: PM 117, PM 150 and PM 161) Any failure in PM 117, PM 150 or PM 142 will trigger a failure in PM 161 (even if a passing grade in PM 161 has been achieved).

PM 150 Advanced Trauma 3-0-3
A comprehensive course that covers the assessment, pathophysiology and management of trauma including: head, spinal, chest, abdominal, soft tissue, and musculoskeletal trauma. MCI, environmental emergencies, and HAZMAT are also covered. (Co-requisites: PM 117, PM 142 and PM 161) Any failure in PM 117, PM 150 or PM 142 will trigger a failure in PM 161 (even if a passing grade in PM 161 has been achieved).

PM 161 Integration Lab I 0-3-1
This scenario-driven course is designed to develop team leadership skills and clinical decision-making. A great emphasis will be placed on paramedic assessment skills, treatment aims and outcomes. Students will draw from the knowledge and interventions learned in Cardiology, Medical Emergencies, and Physical Assessment. (Co-requisites: PM 117, PM 142 and PM 150) Any failure in PM 117, PM 150 or PM 142 will trigger a failure in this lab course which includes the practical portion of the above listed courses.

PM 162 Integration Lab II 0-3-1
This scenario-driven course is designed to develop team leadership skills and clinical decision-making. A great emphasis will be placed on paramedic assessment, diagnostic skills, treatment aims and outcomes. Students will draw from the knowledge and interventions learned in Advanced Cardiology, Medical Emergencies, Advanced Trauma, and Pharmacology courses. (Prerequisites: all fall PM courses; co-requisites: PM 126, PM 135 and PM 244)
Any failure in PM 126, PM 135 or PM 244 will trigger a failure in this lab course which includes the practical portion of the above listed courses.

PM 163 Integration Lab III 0-3-1
This scenario-driven course is designed to develop team leadership skills and clinical decision-making. A great emphasis will be placed on paramedic assessment, diagnostic skills, treatment aims and outcomes. Students will draw from the knowledge and interventions learned in Special Populations. (Prerequisites: all first year PM courses; co-requisite: PM 201)

PM 164 Integration Lab IV 0-3-1
This scenario-driven course is designed to develop team leadership skills and clinical decision-making. A great emphasis will be placed on paramedic assessment, diagnostic skills, treatment aims and outcomes. Students will draw from knowledge and interventions learned in Field Operations and Advanced Paramedic Practice. (Co-requisites: PM 210 and PM 278)

PM 190 Introduction to the Clinical Environment 1-0-1
A course designed to set students up for success within a variety of clinical systems. An emphasis will be placed on mandatory inservice training topics such as universal precautions, body mechanics, fire procedures, incident prevention and other clinical protocols and procedures. Interpersonal and communication skills will be an integral part of the course and students will gain an understanding of clinical documentation systems. (Prerequisites: all first year PM courses; co-requisite: PM 194)

PM 194 Hospital Clinical 0-18-5
A comprehensive hospital experience that focuses on theory, assessment skills, invasive skills, and affective behaviors expected of a paramedic. A total of 224 hospital hours. (Prerequisites: all first year PM courses; co-requisite: PM 190)

PM 201 Special Populations 3-0-3
This advanced level course includes assessment, paramedic diagnosis and treatment for all special populations including OB, Pedi, Geriatrics, Psych, Chronic Disease and patients with special needs. (Prerequisites: all first year PM courses; co-requisite: PM 163)

PM 210 Field Operations 2-0-2
An overview course covering all aspects of field practice including roles and responsibilities, medical control, written/oral communications, occupational stress, safety and legal considerations. Protocol interpretation and introduction to research design are covered. (Co-requisites: PM 164 and PM 278)

PM 244 Advanced Cardiology 2-0-2
This comprehensive course includes the pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and treatment of cardiovascular emergencies. Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification (ACLS) is an integral part of the course. (Prerequisites: all fall PM courses; co-requisites: PM 126, PM 135, and PM 162) Any failure in PM 126, PM 135 or PM 244 will trigger a failure in PM 162 (even if a passing grade in PM 162 has been achieved).

PM 278 Advanced Paramedic Practice 2-0-2
The course is designed to integrate paramedic knowledge, skills and behaviors through practice and lecture. An emphasis is placed on detailed paramedic assessment, diagnosis and priorities in treatment. Students will develop leadership skills in the management of medical, traumatic, and psychological problems. This course will also lead to National Registry written exam preparation. Career opportunities, affective behaviors and preparation for entry into the EMS job market will also be discussed. (Co-requisites: PM 210 and PM 164)

PM 290 Transitional Advanced Life Support 0-8-2
An intermediate field experience where a student will ride 100 hours with an advanced life support unit. The student will serve as a team leader on 10 calls. This clinic can be utilized any semester a student needs additional ALS time. The same clinical manual and grading criteria will be used as in PM 296 and PM 297. This clinic may not be taken more than twice. Students electing to enroll in PM 290 must receive a passing grade before progressing in the program. (Prerequisites: successful completion of PM 194 and all first year courses)

PM 291 12 Lead EKG Interpretation/Field Clinic Seminar 1-1-1
Primary certification in the interpretation of 12 lead EKGs (including injury and ischemia patterns, normal and abnormal findings, and the 12 lead as a diagnostic tool) will be covered. Principles of ACS diagnosis/management will be the lab focus of this course. This advanced level course is a companion for field clinic (including such topics as documentation, RSI, medical control, and strategies for success).

PM 296 Field Clinical I 0-9-3
A comprehensive field experience where a student will ride 160 hours with an Advanced Life Support (ALS) service. In addition, a student is required to serve as a team leader on a minimum of 20 calls. (Prerequisite: PM 194; co-requisite: PM 200)

PM 297 Field Clinical II 0-9-3
A comprehensive field experience where students ride a total of 160 hours with an Advanced Life Support (ALS) service. In addition, a student is required to serve as a team leader on a minimum of 30 calls. (Prerequisite: PM 296)

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