Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
EMS 100
Course Title:
Introduction to Emergency Medical Services
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Course Description

Covers the roles and responsibilities of the EMT: emergency medical services system, medical-legal considerations, major incident response, hazardous materials awareness, stress management, and blood-borne pathogens. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  • Utilize safe and appropriate precautionary measures to avoid contamination and/or contraction/spread of communicable diseases within the Emergency Medical Services response arena. 
  • Function and communicate effectively, and fulfill appropriate role(s) within major and minor emergency response system incidents using the National Incident Management System guidelines. 
  • Effectively use an Emergency Response Guidebook to mitigate hazards during a hazardous materials incident response. 

Course Activities and Design

The material in this course will be presented in a lecture format. Other educationally sound methods may be employed such as discussion, guest lectures, and role playing.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the beginning of the course, the instructor will detail the methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade. The methods may include one or more of the following tools: examinations, quizzes, homework assignments, small group problem solving of questions arising from application of course concepts and concerns to actual experience, short individual project papers, and role playing.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The following concepts will be introduced:

•EMT-Basic/Intermediate/Paramedic Training
•Roles of Personnel
•EMS History and Trends
•Physician Supervisor
•Quality Assurance
•Certification Agencies
•Continuing Education
•Personal Safety/Hazardous Materials
•Scene Survey
•Career Development
•Career Opportunities
•Protocols and Standing Orders
•Blood-borne Pathogens/Social Issues
•Critical Incident Stress
•Ambulance Specifications and Service Areas
•Trauma System
•Incident Command System
•Funding and Financing in EMS
•Medical Legal Issues
•Air Ambulance Operations
•EMS Funding Methods/Planning/Budgeting
•9-1-1 Dispatching/Call Taking