Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
Certificate of Mastery
Minimum of 36 credit hours
Making fast, life-saving decisions is probably the most important thing a paramedic can do. If you want to help those who are hurt or in need, have an interest in the health care industry and are a quick, critical thinker, you might consider a career in the emergency medical sciences. Oklahoma City Community College offers a certificate of mastery in paramedic certification. This will give you the same training you need to enter the health care world without taking the general education requirements needed for a degree.
Courses identified by “C”within a program curriculum pattern must be completed with a grade of “C” or better by students majoring in this program.
- Course Sequence
Course ID Course name Credits Type Min Gd Suggested Entry Semester EMS 1019 Emergency Medical Technology 9 Major C BIO 1314 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 Support C Suggested Freshman 1st Semester EMS 1314 Paramedic Care I, Introduction to Paramedicine 4 Major C EMS 1324 Paramedic Care II, Trauma Emergencies 4 Major C BIO 1414 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 Support C Suggested Freshman 2nd Semester EMS 1334 Paramedic Care III, Medical Emergencies I 4 Major C EMS 2044 Paramedic Care IV, Medical Emergencies II 4 Major C EMS 1113 ECG Interpretation and Procedures 3 Major C
- Course Grouping
Major Courses: (28 credit hours): [D](C)EMS 1019; (C)EMS 1113; (C)EMS 1314; (C)EMS 1324; (C)EMS 1334; [D](C)EMS 2044.
General Education Courses: None
Life Skills Courses: None
Support Courses: (8 credit hours) Biological Science: (C)BIO 1314; (C)BIO 1414
All courses require a minimum of a "C" grade to qualify as a course prerequisite and to qualify the student for licensure.
[D] This course has a clinical component that requires purchase of liability insurance, a clinical uniform, drug testing and a National background check including a sex offender search.
- Program Notes
Notes: A Certificate of Mastery program is designed to meet the needs of an individual who wants to enter the job market following the completion of the certificate.
Criteria available in division office.
Drug Testing: Drug testings is required for all students in the Division of Health Professions. Each student must have a random drug test prior to the first clinical assignment. The fee will be paid with the tuition and other fees for the semester in the program where actual clinical assignments begin. Random drug tests will be done on a predetermined date. Any break in continuous enrollment will require an additional random test.
Special Admissions Procedures: Background Checks: Due to clinical agency requirements, the Division of Health Professions requires an extensive nationwide Background Report which includes, but is not limited to, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) background searches for sex offender, violent offender, and criminal history. The student is responsible for the cost of the Background Report, which must be paid by credit card or money order only. Clinical agency representative(s) review the reports that have any criminal history (or “hits on the designated areas of concern”). The facility alone can accept or deny clinical access to a student. If a student is denied access to clinical sites, he/she will be unable to successfully complete the course or the program. Any break in continuous enrollment will require another complete Background Report.
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at http://www.occc.edu/certificates/.
Credentialing: The ability to sit for the licensure exam, to meet the eligibility requirements to practice as a Paramedic will be approved or denied by the National Registry of EMT's based on criminal history. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the National Registry of EMT's and determine eligibility. It is strongly recommended that this be done prior to enrollment in the program.
Accredited by: The Oklahoma City Community College EMS program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756, 727-210-2350, www.caahep.org.
- Course Descriptions
BIO 1314 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Prerequisites: ENGL 0203 or adequate placement score or by meeting determined placement measures; MATH 0103 or adequate math placement test score. An adequate biology placement test score or BIO 0123 or a college-level biological science class.
Through a systematic study of the structure and function of the human body, its cells, tissues, organs and systems, the student will identify and describe basic anatomical structures and fundamental physiological processes that occur in health and disease for the major body systems. Laboratory work which requires dissection is an integral and required part of the course.
BIO 1414 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Prerequisites: BIO 1314
With Human Anatomy & Physiology I as a foundation, the student will advance his or her study of the structure and function of the human body and will identify and describe more detailed anatomical structures and more comprehensive physiological processes that occur in health through a systematic survey of the major body systems. Laboratory work which requires dissection is an integral and required part of the course.
Emergency Medical Sciences
EMS 1019 - Emergency Medical Technology
Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
The student will be able to do the following by describing the role of the Emergency Medical Technician in an emergency medical services system: perform patient assessment on patients with traumatic injuries and patients with medical emergencies, manage a multi-casualty incident including triage, correctly manage traumatic injuries to the body and its systems, as well as medical emergencies of varying types and causes, perform lifting and moving techniques and light extrication. The student will summarize and interpret legal responsibilities of safe ambulance operations; evaluate psychological and physical factors affecting safe emergency vehicle operations, incident command, hazardous materials incidents, crime scene awareness, rescue awareness. The student will demonstrate techniques for gaining access to the patient, disentanglement, patient movement, and recognize and manage situations posing threats to patients, EMT's or bystanders. This course includes, principles of safely operating a ground ambulance, and current required NIMS and Hazardous Materials training. Additionally, the student will describe current EMS law as it applies to the EMT. A field and hospital practicum are an integral part of the course, for which liability insurance, a student uniform, and a physical, including certain immunizations, are required.
EMS 1113 - ECG Interpretation and Procedures
Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
ECG Interpretation introduces the student to the electrical conduction system of the heart and basic ECG interpretation of cardiac rhythms and dysrhythmias and procedures related to the management of these dysrhythmias. The student will be expected to accept accountability for personal learning and performance which reflects a fundamental understanding of basic ECG interpretation, 12 lead interpretation including identification of acute myocardial infarction, application and acquisition of 12 lead ECG, defibrillation, cardioversion and transcutaneous pacing. This course is designed for paramedic students, nursing students, graduate nurses, CCU monitor technicians and other healthcare providers who require ECG interpretation skills.
EMS 1314 - Paramedic Care I, Introduction to Paramedicine
Prerequisites: EMS 1019; or National Registry of EMT certification (EMT, AEMT or EMT-I); Pre or Corequisite; BIO 1314 Human Anatomy and Physiology I.
Paramedic Care I introduces the student to basic EMS knowledge, life span development, an advanced level patient assessment, clinical reasoning, and the components of safe quality care. The student will be expected to accept accountability for personal learning and performance which reflects a fundamental understanding of EMS history and a complex understanding of EMS systems, roles, responsibilities, professionalism of EMS personnel, of quality improvement, patient, public and workforce safety, workforce wellness, documentation, communication, patient assessment, and research principles including ethics, legalities, and standards of paramedic practice. Includes Laboratory and Clinical Shifts.
EMS 1324 - Paramedic Care II, Trauma Emergencies
Prerequisites: Pre or Corequisite: EMS 1314 Paramedic Care I
Paramedic Care II is a study of all age groups, of advanced assessment, pathophysiology, and management of trauma emergencies. Course to include clinical reasoning and the development of treatment plans. The student will be expected to accept accountability for personal learning and performance which reflects a complex understanding of circulatory support, hemorrhage, all etiologies of shock, resuscitation, chest, abdominal, genitourinary, orthopedic, soft tissue, head, neck, face, nervous system, environmental and multi system trauma, and to apply standards of paramedic practice. Includes Laboratory and Clinical Shifts.
EMS 1334 - Paramedic Care III, Medical Emergencies I
Prerequisites: EMS 1324 Paramedic Care II, Trauma Emergencies; Pre or Corequisite: BIO 1414 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, EMS 1113 ECG Interpretation.
Paramedic Care III, Medical Emergencies I is a study of adult epidemiology, psychosocial impact, pathophysiology, presentation, prognosis, and management of medical emergencies. Course to include clinical reasoning and the development of treatment plans. The student will be expected to accept accountability for personal learning and performance which reflects a complex understanding and ability to apply knowledge and skills to neurological emergencies; allergies and anaphylaxis; abdominal and gastrointestinal disorders; immunological, endocrinological, toxicological, hematological, genitourinological, renal, non-traumatic muskuloskeletal, behavioral and psychiatric disorders; infectious diseases; and the application of standards of paramedic practice. Includes Laboratory and Clinical Shifts.
EMS 2044 - Paramedic Care IV, Medical Emergencies II
Prerequisites: EMS 1324 Paramedic Care II; Pre or Corequisite: BIO 1414 Human Anatomy and Physiology II, EMS 1113 ECG Interpretation.
Paramedic Care IV is a study and practical application of adult epidemiology, psychosocial impact, pathophysiology, and management of respiratory and cardiovascular emergencies. Course to include clinical reasoning and the development of treatment plans. The student will be expected to accept accountability for personal learning and performance which reflects a complex understanding and ability to apply knowledge and skills in scenario based education to respiratory and cardiovascular emergencies and apply standards of paramedic practice. Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification, Laboratory and Clinical Shifts included.