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Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services

The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services (BS in EMS) program is designed for you if you are a current EMS professional, wish to advance your career, or wish to begin a career in the exciting and rewarding EMS field. Offered in a format that takes into account the time demands of working professionals with family obligations, the program is delivered through a blend of direct seminar and online classes. With the BS in EMS degree program you are given an option of two tracts: (1) EMS Administration or (2) EMS Public Health.

 

Program Objectives

  • Enhance higher order thinking, communication, research, and therapeutic interventions in the practice of professional pre-hospital emergency care.
  • Furnish a foundation for management and leadership roles in emergency medical services.

Curriculum

Curriculum

Major Requirements (all tracks: 21 credits)

EMS 101 Introduction to Health Professions
EMS 121 EMT Basic
PA 360 Communications in Organizations
SHS 411 Grant Writing
HCA 413 Moral and Ethical Issues in Health Care
SHS 454 Social & Health Services Research Methods

EMS Administration Track 18 credits

PA 362 Public Personnel Administration
PA 363 Public Financial Administration
EMS 401 EMS Administration I
EMS 402 EMS Administration II
HCA 320 Human Resource Development
EMS 499 EMS Capstone

Public Health Track (18 credits)

EMS 301 Health Information Systems and Technology
EMS 302 Public Health Culture and Diversity
EMS 303 Public Health Emergency Preparedness
PA 340 Public Policy
or    
PH 201 Public Health Essentials
HCA 105 Introduction to Public Health
EMS 499 Capstone

Para-medicine Track (33 credits)

EMS 211 EMT Paramedic I
EMS 212 EMT Paramedic II
EMS 311 EMT Paramedic III
EMS 313 Paramedic Practicum I
EMS 314 Paramedic Practicum II
EMS 499 EMS Capstone

General Education: two Writing courses; a Mathematics Skills course; and at least one approved course from each of the following categories: Natural Science, Humanities, History, Fine Arts, Social Science; and additional liberal arts electives for a total of 30 credits.

Free Electives - up to 66 credits

Total Credits required to graduate: 120

Course Descriptions

EMS 101 – Introduction to Health Professions
Prepares the student for an administrative position as a high level, or chief officer, in an EMS agency. This course will cover aspects of government structure, strategic planning, leadership, marketing, risk & human resource management, and financial management.

EMS 121 – EMT Basic
Prerequisite: Completion of a 6-hour American Heart Association for Health Care Providers or the Red Cross Professional Rescuer and consent of the SCS Dean Students will learn Skills in Basic Life Support, Respiratory Emergencies, Trauma Emergencies, vehicle extrication, and a new section on Terrorism awareness as it pertains to EMS. There will also be sections on medication administration, use of Automated External Defibrillators, and ambulance operations. Students will also be required to document 8 hours of observation time in a hospital Emergency Room.
(6 Credits) Fall, Spring, Summer I

PA 360 – Communication in Organizations
Prerequisite: POLSC 100 or PA 201 or PA 202 or consent of instructor A study of the nature and importance of communications in complex organizations such as corporations and agencies. Topics include communication theory, theory of organizations, managing communications in organizations, and effects of communication on behavior and attitudes. (3 credits)

PA 411/SHS 411 – Grant Writing
Cross-listed as SHS 411 Provides a working knowledge of the various sources of funds available to the grant writer as well as the terminology and the components (problem statements, objectives, methodology, evaluation, budget) of various funding applications and instruments. At the conclusion of the course the student will have the skills to do basic research for a grant proposal and to write a proposal. (3 credits)

HCA 413 – Moral and Ethical Issues in Health Care
Introduces students, currently employed (or intending to be employed) in the health care field, to the moral/ethical issues and dilemmas facing the healthcare industry/employee(s) today and into the future. A sampling of selected topics that will be discussed and researched include: informed consent, euthanasia, rationing of health care services, advance directives, biomedical research, heroic measures, the uninsured and underinsured. (3 credits) Spring, Summer

SHS 454 – Social and Health Services Research Methods
Introduces principles of research methodology pertinent to health care and social service fields of practice in which Social and Health Services students are currently or will be employed. As such, the course focuses on the formulation and design of an independent research project related to practice. (3 credits) Fall, Spring

PA 362 – Public Personnel Administration
Prerequisite: POLSC 100 or PA 201 or PA 202 or consent of instructor Focuses on the primary personnel functions including job evaluation and compensation; staffing; employee training and development; employee relations; collective bargaining; and other issues and concerns of public sector personnel management. (3 credits)

PA 363 – Public Financial Administration
Prerequisite: POLSC 100 or PA 201 or PA 202 or consent of instructor This course explores administrative, political, and institutional aspects of the budgetary and financial management processes within the public sector. A review of federal, state, and local financial, budget, and revenue systems. (3 credits)

EMS 401 – EMS Administration I
Prepares the student for an administrative position as a high level, or chief officer, in an EMS agency. This course will cover aspects of government structure, strategic planning, leadership, marketing, risk & human resource management, and financial management. (3 credits)

EMS 402 – EMS Administration II
Prerequisites: EMS 401 Prepares the student for an administrative position as a high level, or chief officer, in an EMS agency. This course will cover aspects of government structure, strategic planning, leadership, marketing, risk & human resource management, and financial management. (3 credits)

HCA 320 – Human Resource
Development Provides a framework for understanding, assessing, and designing organized learning experiences within the workplace which will improve job performance. It addresses specific issues of adult learning, and develops the particular skills required for effective communication and training in the workplace. Topics covered include theories of adult learning and motivation, problems assessment, training design, facilitating learning, and team development. (3 credits) Fall, Spring, Summer

EMS 499 – EMS Capstone
Prepares the student for entry in to the Emergency Medical Service career by reviewing and reinforcing concepts, demonstrating practical application using research and critical decision making in such positions as a high level, or chief officer, in an EMS agency. This course will culminate with a presentation to peers and professionals in the EMS field. (3 credits)

EMS 301 – Health Information Systems and Technology
Prepares the student for an administrative position as a high level, or chief officer, in an EMS agency. This course will cover aspects of government structure, strategic planning, leadership, marketing, risk & human resource management, and financial manage. (3 credits)

EMS 302 – Public Health Culture and Diversity
Prepares the student for an administrative position as a high level, or chief officer, in an EMS agency. This course will cover aspects of government structure, strategic planning, leadership, marketing, risk & human resource management, and financial management. (3 credits)

EMS 303 – Public Health Emergency Preparedness
Prerequisite: Junior Standing Prepares the student for an administrative position as a high level, or chief officer, in an EMS agency. This course will cover aspects of government structure, strategic planning, leadership, marketing, risk & human resource management, and financial management. (3 credits)

POLSC 380/PA 340 – Public Policy
Cross-listed as PA 340 Prerequisite: POLSC 100; or consent of instructor Systematic analysis of critical domestic issues and areas: poverty, race relations, crime, education, health care, etc. Consideration of the entire public policy cycle: recognition and definition of potential “problems”; formulation and implementation of governmental policy “solutions”; and assessment and evaluation of the impact of policies. (3 credits) Alternate Fall

PH 201 – Public Health Essentials
Prerequisite: BIO 103 or ANTH 100 or consent of instructor Fulfills a course requirement for the Public Health Minor This course addresses the question: What is public health? with an introduction to the concepts, principles and practices of public health. Students will examine the historical and current role of public health institutions and the biological, social, behavioral, environmental and cultural determinants of health. An overview of tools used to assess, control and prevent disease will be put into the context of current public health threats and the future of public health. (3 credits) Fall

HCA 105 – Introduction to Public Health
Introduces students who are currently practicing in health care fields to an overview of public health on a state and national level. Students will learn about the public health system, including infectious disease, chronic disease, occupational health, injury control, maternal and child health, regulation, behavioral health issues, surveillance, quality assurance, and policy. (3 credits) Fall

EMS 211 – EMT Paramedic I
Prerequisite: EMT 121 and consent of the SCS Dean This course is part one of the four part sequence required for students to sit for the National Paramedic Certification Exam This Program consists of over 172 hours of classroom lecture/didactic and the start of 50 hours of clinical setting training and demonstration of skill. In addition a significant time is spent riding on an approved 911 rescue. It also requires several hours of hospital internship. Persons must be currently certified as a Basic EMT to be accepted in this course. This Paramedic course builds on basic EMT training and helps prepare students for certification as a paramedic.
(6 Credits) Fall, Spring, Summer I

EMS 212 – EMT Paramedic II
This course is part two of the four part sequence required for students to sit for the National Paramedic Certification Exam. This Program consists of over 172 hours of classroom lecture/didactic and the start of 50 hours of clinical setting training and demonstration of skill. In addition a significant time is spent riding on an approved 911 rescue. It also requires several hours of hospital internship. This Paramedic course helps prepare students for certification as a Paramedic. (6 credits) Fall, Spring, Summer

EMS 311 – EMT Paramedic III
Prerequisite: EMS 211 This course is part three of the four part sequence required for students to sit for the National Paramedic Certification Exam. This Program consists of over 172 hours of classroom lecture/didactic and the start of 50 hours of clinical setting training and demonstration of skill. In addition a significant time is spent riding on an approved 911 rescue. It also requires several hours of hospital internship. This Paramedic course helps prepare students for certification as a Paramedic. (6 credits) Fall, Spring, Summer

EMS 313 – Paramedic Practicum I
Prepares the student for entry in to the Paramedic career by reviewing and reinforcing concepts, demonstrating practical application in a controlled hospital or facility setting. This course will culminate with completion of the minimum required hours and skills, and competency determination by the program and medical director. (6 credits)

EMS 314 – Paramedic Practicum II
Prerequisite or Co-requisite EMS 313 Prepares the student for entry in to the Paramedic career by reviewing and reinforcing concepts, demonstrating practical application in a controlled hospital or facility setting. This course will culminate with completion of the minimum required hours and skills, and competency determination by the program and medical director. (6 credits)

Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking
  • Professional Standards
  • Communication
  • Assessment
  • Technical Knowledge
  • Personal Well-being & Safety
  • Clinical & Technical Skills
  • Medical Legal Issues
  • Certification

Faculty