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CCOG for EMS 105 Winter 2024

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Course Number:
EMS 105
Course Title:
EMT Part I
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Course Description

Develops skills for the recognition of symptoms of illness and injuries and proper procedures of emergency care. Required: current HCP CPR card, passing criminal background check, and drug screen before placement into mandatory clinical observation in hospital emergency department and ambulance ride-along experience. Part 1 of the 2-part Oregon EMT course. Prerequisites: (WR 115 or IRW 115), (RD 90 or IRW 90), and MTH 20 or equivalent placement, and department permission required.

Addendum to Course Description

Contact EMS Department for instructions and application, which must include appropriate documentation of all prerequisites, personal, and medical requirements upon submission. These include:

  • Successful completion of WR 115, MTH 20, and RD 90 or placement into WR 121, MTH 60, and RD 115
  • Minimum high school graduate or GED
  • Minimum age 18
  • Recent negative TB test (within last 6 months) or clear chest x-ray (within last 12 months)
  • MMR (measles immunity) if born after 12/31/56
  • Tetanus (within past 5-10 years)
  • Hepatitis B immunization series started (1st HBV vaccination required before permission is given to register)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox) immunity
  • Influenza vaccination (annual)
  • Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support (CPR) card

In order to successfully complete the EMT course sequence (EMS 105 and EMS 106), you must successfully complete clinical and ambulance experiences. Prior to clinical/ambulance experiences, you must pass a drug screen and criminal background check.

On successful completion of the entire EMT sequence (EMS 105 and EMS 106), students are eligible to apply for certification/licensure testing. At that time the Oregon Health Authority requires individual "yes" or "no" responses to the following questions: (Responding to these questions is NOT a part of your PCC EMT course application.)

  1. Do you or have you had within the past 10 years, any physical or mental condition that impairs, could impair, or has impaired your ability to perform  the duties of an EMS Provder? If you answer yes, explain whether your condition is controlled by medication or other treatment and how your condition treated or untreated, affects your ability to perform the duties of an EMS Provider.
  2. Do you or have you used in the last 10 years, any drug or chemical substance for other than legitimate medical purposes that impairs or has impaired your ability to perform the duties of an EMS Provider?
  3. Have you been counseled about, diagnosed with, or treated for, a dependency on alcohol or drugs within the last 10 years?
  4. Have you ever been arrested, charged with, or convicted of any misdemeanor or felony? (Minor traffic violations need not be reported.)
  5. Has an employer or supervising physician taken disciplinary action against you related to your duties as an EMS Provider? (Discipline includes suspension, letter of reprimand, resignation in lieu of termination, a limitation or restriction of scope of practice or dismissal for cause.)
  6. Have you been named in a lawsuit alleging medical malpractice or misconduct related to providing medical care?
  7. Have you ever been disciplined, denied or revoked by the National Registry of EMTs or any health care certifying/licensing agency?
  8. Have you ever surrendered or resigned a health care license or certificate?
  9. Have you lived, worked or attended school outside of Oregon for 60 or more consecutive days in the last 5 years?

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

1. Perform basic elements of patient assessment.
2. Form a general field impression of patient condition based on basic patient assessment tools.

Course Activities and Design

Objectives are met through integrated lecture and lab activities. In addition, clinical Emergency Department rotation and ambulance ride-a-long are required.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Student mastery of the lesson objectives are evaluated by both written and practical tests, homework assignments, and individual short written projects.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Preparatory
    • EMS Systems
    • Research
    • Workforce Safety and Wellness
    • Documentation
    • EMS System Communication
    • Therapeutic Communication
    • Medical/Legal and Ethics
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Life Span Development
  • Public Health
  • Pharmacology
    • Principles of Pharmacology
    • Medication Administration
    • Emergency Medications
  • Airway Managemnet, Respiration, and Artificial Ventilation
    • Airway Management
    • Respiration
    • Artificial Ventilation
  • Patient Assessment
    • Scene Size-Up
    • Primary Assessment
    • History Taking
    • Secondary Assessment
    • Monitoring Devices
    • Reassessment
  • Medicine
    • Cardiovascular
    • Respiratory
  • EMS Psychomotor Skills
  • Preview of EMS 106 content

Related Instruction

Hours: 20


  • 1. Integrate knowledge and observations in the clinical setting to delineate the EMT-Basic roles and responsibilities.
  • 2. Assess, treat, transport, document, and verbally report for a variety of medical emergencies.


Student calculating vital signs; using multiplication skills to determine pulse rate, respiratory rate. Used in all patient assessment modules, both
lecture and lab components.
Student calculating respiratory volumes; using multiplication, addition, and subtraction skills to determine minute volume, dead space, etc. Used in Airway module.
Student calculation of oxygen delivery system parameters: using computation of oxygen cylinder capacities and size factors, residual pressure, rate of flow, to determine duration of flow.
Student computation of Glasgow Coma Score in altered mental status patients. Used in Initial Assessment module.
Student computation of normal blood pressure ranges, which vary according to patient age.
Student calculation of appropriate drug dosages, based on patient size/weight/age, including pound-to-kilograms conversion. Used in General Pharmacology module and again in various Medical Emergencies modules.
Student calculating compression/ventilation cycles, etc. Access interval, dispatch interval, response interval, assessment and shock intervals. Used in Cardiac Emergency module.
Student calculating APGAR scores. Used in Obstetrics and Gynecological Emergencies module.
Student calculating vital signs; Burn Surface Area; Rule of Nines for adults, pediatrics, infant patients; Burn Severity. Used in Bleeding and Shock, and Soft Tissue Injuries modules.

November 2009