Emergency Medical Services Courses

These listings are sourced from Curricunet, and some courses may not be offered every semester. For additional information, contact the academic department, speak with counseling or refer to the current Class Schedule and College Catalog.

EMS 1 - First Responder    ( 2.50 Units )
This course is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills to manage many medical and trauma-related emergencies; includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation and prevention of disease transmission. Students will learn through lecture and lab practice how their role as an Emergency medical responder aligns with the Emergency Medical Services community. Successful completion of the knowledge and skills tests qualifies for an Emergency Medical Responder Certificate and an American Heart Association "Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider" Certificate. May not receive credit if Health 61 has been completed.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Identify and describe the basic anatomy and physiology of the human body.
  2. Demonstrate one-person and two-person CPR.
  3. Explain the causes, symptoms, and treatment of various medical emergencies.

EMS 2 - Emergency Medical Technician - Basic    ( 7.00 Units )
Provides training in the foundation skills and knowledge required of the EMT-1 scope of practice. The EMT-1 certification is the minimum requirement for ambulance attendants and most entry level firefighter positions. EMT-1 certification is also required for entry into paramedic training. This training program is accredited by the Alameda County Emergency Medical Services Agency. This course enrollment also requires: Evidence of immunizations for measles, mumps, and rubella. Evidence of Hepatitis B immunization series completed or in progress. A current (within one year of course completion) negative TB test is also required. Current healthcare CPR certification is required. May not receive credit if Health 81 has been completed.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Pass the NREMT cognitive exam.
  2. Identify life-threatening emergencies.
  3. Define medical direction and discuss the EMT-Basic’s role in the process.
  4. Perform an initial patient assessment.
  5. Describe the steps the EMT-Basic should take for personal protection from airborne and blood borne pathogens.
  6. Demonstrate the skills involved in performing the detailed physical exam.
  7. Apply the components of the essential patient information in a written report.
  8. Demonstrate the steps in performing the skill of artificially ventilating a patient with a bag-valve-mask for one and two rescuers.
  9. Demonstrate how to insert an oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal airway.
  10. Demonstrate CPR and the application and operation of the automated external defibrillator.

EMS 2W - Patient Stabilization, Extrication & Triage    ( 0.50 Units )
Patient stabilization techniques to include safe patient extrication from a simulated motor vehicle accident. Includes triage for multi-casualty incident/disaster management, Incident Command System and EMS Response to Terrorist Incidents. May not receive credit if Health 83 has been completed. Total weeks - 2.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Identify patient handling techniques.
  2. Demonstrate safe techniques for lifting patients.
  3. Use immobilization, packaging, and transfer devices for specific situations.

EMS 4 - Emergency Medical Technician – Basic – Refresher    ( 2.00 Units )
Provides refresher training in the foundation knowledge, skills, and abilities required of the EMT-Basic scope of practice. The EMT-B certification is the minimum requirement for ambulance attendants and most entry-level Firefighter positions. EMT certification is also required for entry into Paramedic school.40 total hours accredited by the Alameda County EMS Agency. Includes CE's and skills competency verification to National Registry standards.Prerequisite: EMT and BLS certification. Total - 2 weeks

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Perform all learning outcomes of the EMT, such as: Identify life-threatening emergencies.
  2. Perform CPR and use an AED.
  3. Administer oxygen.
  4. Stabilize fractures.