Course Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes

FIRE 119B - Emergency Medical Technician (3.5)

  • Prerequisite: FIRE 103 and a minimum of 12 FIRE credits

FIRE majors only or instructor approval. This course is the first in a series of two EMT Basic courses. This course is designed to develop specific medical skills used in emergency response. Students should be prepared to do practical labs both in class and in a hospital setting. Students are required to pay a lab fee and purchase a limited liability coverage policy while participating in this course. May be taken on a CR/N basis.

3 hrs. lect.; 1.5 hrs. lab. per week

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of FIRE 119B, the student will be able to:

  • Perform initial and ongoing physical examinations, obtain pertinent past medical history and a history of present events, relate existing medical conditions to the immediate problem as appropriate, obtain vital signs, and properly render basic life support level emergency medical care as defined in the EMT-B National Standard Curriculum
  • Understand the concept and principles of working together as a team alongside other EMS, public safety and health care providers
  • Demonstrate EMT-Basic knowledge, skills and proficiencies under the direction of other advanced-level health care providers and emergency service providers
  • Perform professionally, effectively, and safely as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic
  • Effectively perform an initial assessment, physical exam and on-going assessment as a means of evaluating the patient's total condition and be able to initiate appropriate emergency care
  • Recognize immediate life-threatening emergencies, e.g. cardiopulmonary arrest, partial or complete airway obstruction, respiratory arrest, severe bleeding, and initiate appropriate emergency care
  • Recognize medical emergencies, e.g. stroke, heart attack, diabetic emergencies, poisoning, substance abuse, diving and drowning emergencies, imminent childbirth, etc., and provide appropriate care to stabilize and prevent these emergencies from becoming life threatening
  • Recognize trauma-related emergencies, e.g. wounds, sprains/strains, fractures, burns, etc., and initiate appropriate emergency care
  • Identify basic principles of gaining access to the patient while taking into consideration environmental hazards and the rescuer's own physical capabilities
  • Identify and understand the principles associated with communicable disease and render appropriate emergency care with necessary protective measures
  • Recognize when and how a patient needs to be moved to minimize injuries to patient and self and/or to reduce the severity of life-threatening situations
  • Be familiar with basic principles of disaster care management and be able to triage and provide appropriate emergency care
  • Identify psychological/psychiatric emergencies and crisis situations and provide appropriate care and intervention
  • Recognize the necessity to work within the scope of Emergency Medical Technician-Basic training
  • Work as a team member under the direction of other emergency care provider.
  • Recognize ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation and be familiar with the use of a semi-automatic and automatic defibrillator
  • Set up and recognize complications of an intravenous drip
  • Assist with advanced airway management and be familiar with the use of invasive airway devices and maneuvers to protect the patient's airway

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