PEM 111C              Paramedic Procedures

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 and competencies making students eligible for advanced hospital and field clinic rotations. (Prerequisites: all fall PEM courses; corequisites: PEM 126C, PEM 135C, and PEM 244C)

Lecture Hours: 1    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 3     Credit Hours: 2

PEM 117C              Physical Assessment

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. (Corequisites: 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).

Lecture Hours: 2    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 2

PEM 126C              Pharmacology

Covers pharmacology related to paramedic practice. Includes cardiovascular, respiratory, analgesic, G.I., antibiotic, and CNS medications. (Prerequisites: all Fall PEM courses; corequisites: 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).

Lecture Hours: 3    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 3

PEM 135C              Medical Emergencies

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; corequisites: PEM 111C, PEM 126C, 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).

Lecture Hours: 2   Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 2

PEM 142C              Cardiology I

Focuses on the conduction system of the heart, electrocardiography, and interpretation and the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias. (Corequisites: 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).

Lecture Hours: 2     Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 2

PEM 150C              Advanced Trauma

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. (Corequisites: 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).

Lecture Hours: 2    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 2

PEM 161C              Integration Lab I

Develops 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 other courses. (Corequisites: 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.

Lecture Hours: 0    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 4    Credit Hours: 2

PEM 162C              Integration Lab II

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 previous courses. (Prerequisites: all Fall PEM courses; corequisites: PEM 126C, PEM 135C, and PEM 244C) Any failure in PEM 126C, PEM 135C, or PEM 244C will trigger a failure in this lab course, which includes the practical portion of the above-listed courses.

Lecture Hours: 0    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 4    Credit Hours: 2

PEM 163C              Integration Lab III

Develops 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 previous courses. (Prerequisites: all first-year PEM courses; corequisite: PEM 201C)

Lecture Hours: 0    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 4    Credit Hours: 2

PEM 164C              Integration Lab IV

Develops 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 previous courses. (Corequisites: PEM 210C and PEM 278C)

Lecture Hours: 0    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 4    Credit Hours: 2

PEM 190C              Introduction to the Clinical Environment

Sets 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; corequisite: PEM 194C)

Lecture Hours: 1    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 1

PEM 194C              Hospital Clinical

Focuses on theory, assessment skills, invasive skills, and affective behaviors expected of a paramedic. A total of 224 hospital hours. All students enrolled in this course will be charged a $500 per semester clinical surcharge. (Prerequisites: all first year PEM courses; corequisite: PEM 190C)

Lecture Hours: 0    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 18    Credit Hours: 5

PEM 201C              Special Populations

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 PEM courses; corequisite: PEM 163C)

Lecture Hours: 2    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 2

PEM 210C              Field Operations

Covers all aspects of field practice including roles and responsibilities, medical control, written/oral communications, occupational stress, and safety and legal considerations. Protocol interpretation and introduction to research design are covered. (Corequisites: PEM 164C and PEM 278C)

Lecture Hours: 2    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 2

PEM 244C              Advanced Cardiology

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; corequisites: PEM 126C, PEM 135C, 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).

Lecture Hours: 2    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 2

PEM 278C              Advanced Paramedic Practice

Integrates 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. (Corequisites: PEM 210C and PEM 164C)

Lecture Hours: 2    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 2

PEM 290C              Field Clinic Primer

An optional/assigned field experience where the students will ride 100 hours and serve as team lead in 10 calls with an ALS unit. This can be utilized at any time the student needs additional field experience. This clinic may not be taken more than twice. Students may be assigned this clinic if faculty determine need; they may also elect this experience. Students enrolled in this course must successfully complete it to continue in the program; successful completion includes preceptor endorsements, completed documentation, a successful mid-semester performance appraisal, and completed end semester evaluation. (Prerequisites: successful completion of all previous PEM courses and PEM 194C)

Lecture Hours: 0    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 6    Credit Hours: 2

PEM 292C              12 Lead EKG Interpretation/Difficult Airway Seminar

Primary certification in the interpretation of 12 lead EKG’s 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 an integral part of the course. The difficult airway portion of the course will include RSI, adjunctive airways, difficult and failed airways, and the airway decision process. (Corequisites: PEM 163C, PEM 196C, PEM 201C, and BIOL 222C)

Lecture Hours: 2    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 0    Credit Hours: 2

PEM 296C              Field Clinical I

A progressive and formative field experience where the student will ride 150 hours with an advanced life support service. The student will be required to serve as a team leader on 18 calls. Successful completion will include preceptor endorsement to continue, completed documentation, a successful mid-semester performance appraisal, and a completed end-semester clinic evaluation. (Prerequisites: all previous PEM courses and PEM 194C; corequisites: all senior Fall semester courses)

Lecture Hours: 0    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 9    Credit Hours: 3

PEM 297C              Field Clinical II

A progressive and formative field experience where the student will ride a total of 120 hours with an advanced life support service. The student will be required to serve as a team leader on 20 calls. Successful completion will include preceptor endorsement to continue, completed documentation, a successful mid-semester performance appraisal, and a completed end-semester clinic evaluation. (Prerequisite: all previous PEM courses, PEM 194C, PEM 296C; corequisites: all senior Spring semester courses)

Lecture Hours: 0    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 7    Credit Hours: 3

PEM 298C              Field Clinical III

A summative and integrative field experience as a capstone for all program activities (lecture, lab, and previous clinicals) where the student will ride 50 hours (April 1-May 10) and will act as team lead on a minimum of 15 calls with an ALS unit. Successful completion will include at least 12 of 15 successful team leads, preceptor endorsement as a competent entry-level paramedic, completed documentation, and a successfully completed end semester summative evaluation. (Prerequisite: all previous PEM courses, PEM 194C, PEM 296C, PEM 297C; corequisite: all senior Spring PEM courses)

Lecture Hours: 0    Lab/Practicum/Clinical Hours: 2    Credit Hours: 1

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