Paramedic Emergency Medicine 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.

PEM 111C 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 PEM courses; co-requisites: PEM 126C, PEM 135C and PEM 244C)

PEM 117C 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: PEM 142C, PEM 150C and PEM 161C) Any failure in PEM 117C, PEM 150C or PEM 142C will trigger a failure in PEM 161C (even if a passing grade in PEM 161C has been achieved).

PEM 126C 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 PEM courses; co-requisites: PEM 111C, PEM 135C and PEM 244C) Any failure in PEM 126C, PEM 135C or PEM 244C will trigger a failure in PEM 162C (even if a passing grade in PEM 162C has been achieved).

PEM 135C 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 PEM courses; co-requisites: PEM 111C, PEM 126CE and PEM 244C) Any failure in PEM 126C, PEM 135C or PEM 244C will trigger a failure in PEM 162C (even if a passing grade in PEM 162C has been achieved).

PEM 142C 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: PEM 117C, PEM 150C and PEM 161C) Any failure in PEM 117C, PEM 150C or PEM 142C will trigger a failure in PEM 161C (even if a passing grade in PEM 161C has been achieved).

PEM 150C 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: PEM 117C, PEM 142C and PEM 161C) Any failure in PEM 117C, PEM 150C or PEM 142C will trigger a failure in PEM 161C (even if a passing grade in PEM 161C has been achieved).

PEM 161C 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: PEM 117C, PEM 142C and PEM 150C) Any failure in PEM 117C, PEM 150C or PEM 142C will trigger a failure in this lab course which includes the practical portion of the above listed courses.

PEM 162C 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 PEM courses; co-requisites: PEM 126C, PEM 135C and PEM 244C)
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.

PEM 163C 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 PEM courses; co-requisite: PEM 201C)

PEM 164C 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: PEM 210C and PEM 278C)

PEM 190C 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 PEM courses; co-requisite: PEM 194C)

PEM 194C 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 PEM courses; co-requisite: PEM 190C)

PEM 201C 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: PEM 163C)

PEM 210C 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: PEM 164C and PEM 278C)

PEM 244C 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 PEM courses; co-requisites: PEM 126C, PEM 135C, and PEM 162C) Any failure in PEM 126C, PEM 135C or PEM 244C will trigger a failure in PEM 162C (even if a passing grade in PEM 162C has been achieved).

PEM 278C 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: PEM 210C and PEM 164C)

PEM 290C 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 PEM 194C and all first year courses)

PEM 291C 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).

PEM 296C 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: PEM 194C; co-requisite: PEM 200C)

PEM 297C 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: PEM 296C)

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