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Associate in Science – EMS – Paramedic

Last updated 4/2/2014

Associate in Applied Science Code 5039

Application for Admission

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Karen Wilson, 309-796-5361, wilsonk@bhc.edu
First Stop Center, 309-796-5100
East Campus
Wendy Smith, 309-854-1713, smithw@bhc.edu


The Associate in Science EMS-Paramedic consists of the Paramedic Certificate EMS program plus 20 hours of general education Arts and Sciences courses added. The program is intended to give graduates greater flexibility in their career choice. Many EMS services are now giving preference in hiring candidates with an associate degree. A degree in Emergency Medical Services can prepare graduates for upward mobility within the profession. This degree can prepare graduates for being a charge medic, supervisor, or administrative director of emergency services. The target population consists of EMS personnel already working in the field who would like to earn a degree and for those who have a desire to pursue an EMS career.

Note: EMS students who seek to enroll in paramedic level courses and completed their EMT-Basic coursework at an outside institution will need to:

  1. Provide an official transcript documenting the EMT-Basic classes. Note- If an official transcript is not available; a letter signed by an authorized representative, documenting the content of coursework and the dates the student attended is required.
  2. The student must provide a copy of a current Illinois state EMT-Basic license or NREMT Basic certification with eligibility to obtain an IL license.

Transcripts should be sent directly to the Enrollment Services Office from the institution granting the credit. The student can submit a copy of the state licensure card directly to Enrollment Services, or to the EMS Program Director. Black Hawk College will grant college transfer credit for EMS 100 and EMS 102 once the transcript and license have been received.

Note: The EMS courses are only available at the QC Campus.

Associate in Science – EMS – Paramedic
Associate in Applied Science Code 5039
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

First Semester
EMS 100 — Emergency Medical Technician Basic (8)
EMS 102 — Emergency Medical Technician Basic Clinical (1)
BIOL 145 — Anatomy Physiology I (4)

Second Semester
BIOL 150 — Medical Terminology I (3)
BIOL 146 — Anatomy Physiology II (4)
PSYC 101 — Introduction to Psychology (3)
ENG 101 — Composition I (3)

Summer
SPEC 175 — Intercultural Communication  or  (3)
ANTH 102 — Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)

Third Semester
EMS 110 — Paramedic Theory I (7)
EMS 112 — Paramedic Theory II (8)
EMS 114 — Paramedic Clinical I (3)

Fourth Semester
EMS 210 — Paramedic Theory III (7)
EMS 212 — Paramedic Theory IV (7)
EMS 214 — Paramedic Clinical II (4)

Summer
EMS 216 — Paramedic Clinical III (5)

Minimum total hours required for a degree (70)

Students are encouraged to consult with an advisor for appropriate course selection.

Courses for this program include: »

ANTH 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Introduction to culture, as an adaptive mechanism that provides for the survival of the human species that encompasses social organization, technology, economics, religion, and language as used by various peoples, in both traditional and technologically advanced societies. IAI: SI 901N

BIOL 145 Anatomy Physiology I
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Students must complete both #1 & #2 below or have instructor approval.
1. Biology 100, 101, or 105 and Chemistry 101 or 110 with a “C” or better; or a score of 70% or higher on the Anatomy and Physiology placement exam.
2. REA 098 & MATH 080 (or COMPASS equivalent) and students must be eligible for (as determined by COMPASS score or other assessment) or currently enrolled in college-level English courses (100-level or greater). A systematic study of the anatomical-physiological aspects of the human body. Topics include homeostasis, biomolecules, cytology, histology, as well as integumentary, skeleto-muscular, nervous and endocrine systems.

BIOL 146 Anatomy Physiology II
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: BIOL 145 “C” or better.
Continuation of BIOL 145. Systematic study of cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Fluids, electrolytes, acid-base balance, metabolism, and human development are also studied.

BIOL 150 Medical Terminology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: 83 or above on COMPASS reading test or REA 098 “C” or better.
This course presents the principles of medical word construction through identification of root words, prefixes, suffices, combining forms, and methods of building medical terms. Emphasis is placed on correct medical word spelling, pronunciation, and definition, while introducing terminology specific to various body systems. The course is intended to prepare students to classify medical information for use in medical coding, billing, and reporting.

EMS 100 Emergency Medical Technician Basic
8 cr. hrs.;
6 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: At least 18 years of age, high school diploma or GED, current CPR card (healthcare provider level).
Prepares individuals to provide basic emergency care at the scene of an accident or illness and to stabilize and transport the victim to a facility providing thorough emergency medical services. The course will include the treatment of common medical emergencies and injuries as well as the roles and responsibilities of emergency medical completion of the course, the student will be eligible to take the state EMT-B test or the National Registry.

EMS 102 EMT – Basic Clinical
1 cr. hr.;
0 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in EMS 100.
The student in this course will have field experiences under the direction of experienced preceptors. The student is required to complete a minimum number of hours of experience. This includes twenty-four hours in the Emergency Department and twenty-four hours of ride time in an ambulance. This course is designed to augment each phase of the didactic material presented in EMT-Basic (EMS 100).

EMS 110 Paramedic Theory I
7 cr. hrs.;
6 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: EMS 100 & 102 or equivalent. Current Illinois EMT Basic License or hold NREMT-Basic certification with eligibility for Illinois EMT Basic License. Current CPR card (Healthcare Provider). Concurrent enrollment in EMS 114.
Prepare individuals to complete preparation for paramedic certification. This eight-week course includes the roles and responsibilities of the paramedic, bloodborne pathogens, documentation & communication in EMS, medical records & HIPPA policies, Medical/Legal/Ethical considerations, anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues, muscular system, respiratory and cardiovascular systems, techniques for administration of medications and fluid resuscitation and an in-depth look at assessment and interventions for respiratory and cardiovascular conditions. Cardiac electrophysiology and EKG interpretation are also included.

EMS 112 Paramedic Theory II
8 cr. hrs.;
7 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: EMS 110 “C” or better and a current CPR card (Healthcare Provider). Concurrent enrollment in EMS 114.
Prepare individuals to complete preparation for paramedic certification. This eight-week course includes a variety of medical and surgical emergencies as well as emergency conditions related to the cardiac, respiratory, neurological, skeletal and integumentary systems. Advance Cardiac Life Support Certification will be included. Traumatic injuries including assessments, interventions and certification in International Trauma Life Support will be provided.

EMS 114 Paramedic Clinical I
3 cr. hr.;
0 lecture hours; 9 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in EMS 110 and 112.
The student in this course will have field and clinical experiences under the direction of experienced qualified preceptors. The student is required to complete a minimum number of hours in assigned environments. This includes fifty-two hours in the Emergency Department, sixteen hours in a critical care/intensive care unit, four hours with cardiopulmonary/respiratory therapy staff, and twelve hours in the operating room/surgery, two hours in the Cardiac Cath lab, two hours at the Burn/wound Center and 50 hours of field (ambulance) experience. This course is designed to augment each phase of the didactic material presentd in EMS 110: Paramedic Theory I and EMS 112: Paramedic Theory II.

EMS 210 Paramedic Theory III
7 cr. hrs.;
6 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: EMS 110 and EMS 112 “C” or better, EMS 114 with a pass grade, and a current CPR card (Healthcare Provider). Must be concurrently enrollment in EMS 212 & 214.
Prepare individuals to complete preparation for paramedic certification. This eight-week course includes a variety of medical emergencies related to shock & resuscitation, fluid and electrolyte imbalance, hematology & blood disorders, endocrine disorders & management, immunology/ anaphylaxis assessment & management, gastrointestinal disorders, genitourinary disorders, toxicology/poisoning, infectious diseases, psychiatric/behavioral emergencies, drug and alcohol abuse, obstetrics, and newborn care.

EMS 212 Paramedic Theory IV
7 cr. hrs.;
6 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: EMS 210 “C” or better and concurrent enrollment in EMS 214.
Prepares individuals to complete preparation for paramedic certification. This eight-week course includes a variety of emergencies responses and management related to neonatal resuscitation, the care of the pediatric patient, certification in Pediatric Advanced Life Support, adult lifespan development, care of the geriatric patient, sensory impairments, home care, domestic violence, abuse and assault of children and adults, care of patients with special challenges, EMS research, cultural care, hazmat awareness, workforce safety and wellness, stress management, multiple casualty incident, rescue triage, incident management, terrorism and disasters, and summative evaluations.

EMS 214 Paramedic Clinical IIx
4 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 12 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in EMS 210 and EMS 212.
The student in this course will have field and in-hospital experiences under the direction of experienced preceptors. The student is required to complete a minimum number of hours of experience. This includes 52 hours in the Emergency Department, 16 hours in a critical care/ intensive care unit, 4 hours with cardiopulmonary/ respiratory therapy staff, 12 hours in the operating room/surgery, 16 hours in Obstetrics and Neonatal units, 16 hours in the pediatric units, 16 hours in the psychiatric units, and 2 hours in the dialysis center and 50 field hours. This course is designed to augment each phase of the didactic material presented in EMS 110, 112, 210, & 212. This course is also designed to act as a continuum of clinical/field experience from EMS 114.

EMS 216 Paramedic Clinical III
5 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 15 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: EMS 210 and EMS 212 “C” or better and EMS 214 with a pass grade.
The student in this course will have advanced field level experiences under the direction of qualified, experienced preceptors. During this course the student will continue field hours until a minimum of 300 hours has been reached within the program with an ambulance service under the direction of assigned preceptors. This course is competency based, and may result in the extension of clock hours to meet all clinical/field competencies & objectives.

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.
A survey of the field of general psychology without specific emphasis on any particular theory or model of human or animal behavior. Fundamental principles, methods, theories and issues in the field are discussed. Content areas may include learning, thinking, neuroscience, methodology, memory, perception, personality, intelligence, emotion, adjustment, and abnormality among others. IAI: S6 900

SPEC 175 Intercultural Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Promotes awareness, knowledge, and skills for communicating among persons of differing cultural backgrounds. Focuses on cultures with whom U.S. Americans interact.