Course Descriptions

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsDescriptionCompetencies
EMS105IA Law Enforcement Emerg Care1Designed to help Iowa Law Enforcement personnel gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be a competent, productive, and valuable member of the Emergency Medical Services team.Loading...
EMS214Emergency Medical Technician6This course is designed to educate students on how to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and noncritical patients who access the emergency medical system. EMT's possess the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. These skills include but are not limited to airway management, bleeding control, cervical spine stabilization, vehicle extrication techniques and vital sign assessment. EMT's function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight, and perform interventions with the basic-level emergency equipment. This course is the required entry-level EMS certification course designed to prepare students for advanced-level EMS courses. Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED, American Red Cross BLS (Basic Life Support)Card or American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) Card, 17 years of ageLoading...
EMS401EMS LAB I4Students successfully completing EMS Lab 401 will have learned and mastered the following individual skills performed on simulated patients. These skills will be learned with an attention to relevant mechanical processes, indications, contraindications, appropriate equipment selection, verification of successful skill completion, and precautionary attention for adverse effects. Prerequisite: Admission to the Paramedic Program Loading...
EMS402EMS LAB II3Students successfully completing EMS Lab 402 will transition the learned and mastered individual skills from Lab 401, and execute them appropriately in a simulated scenario. These skills will be performed an attention to relevant situational application as dictated by established EMS standards of care. Types of scenario a student would be expected to apply individual skills learned in Lab 401 include but are not limited to: Cardiac Arrest, Chest Pain, Cardiac Arrhythmias, and Difficulty Breathing, Allergic Reaction, and Traumatic injury. Prerequisite: EMS 401 Loading...
EMS461Role of the Paramedic2The course covers Module I of the DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics and prepares students for their roles and responsibilities. The lab component includes review of EMT-Basic skills using skills checklists. Prerequisite: admission to the Paramedic Specialist programLoading...
EMS463Medical/Legal/Ethical Issues2The course covers Module I of the DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics and prepares students for their roles and responsibilities. Areas of medical, legal and ethical issues are covered, as well as promotion of injury prevention and how it pertains to the paramedic. The lab component includes review of the EMT-Basic skills using skills checklists. Prerequisite or Corequisite: EMS 461 Loading...
EMS465Prin of Pathophysiology I5The course covers Module II of the DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics and prepares the students for their roles and responsibilities. General principles of anatomy and physiology, as well as pathophysiology, will be provided in a classroom setting. Human life span development and the role of Public Health in EMS will also be reviewed and discussed. Prerequisite or Corequisite: EMS 463 Loading...
EMS466Prin of Pathophysiology II5The course covers Module II of the DOT National Standards Curriculum for EMT Paramedics and prepares students for their roles and responsibilities. General principles of pharmacology and medication administration will be provided in a classroom setting. Advanced airway management and IV therapy provide for physical and field assessment, clinical decision-making, documentation, and the assessment and management of emergencies seen by the EMS provider. Prerequisite or Corequisite: EMS 465 Loading...
EMS467Prin of Pathophysiology I7The course covers Module II of the DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics and prepares the students for their roles and responsibilities. General principles of anatomy and physiology, as well as pathophysiology, will be provided in a classroom setting. Human life span development and the role of Public Health in EMS will also be reviewed and discussed. Prerequisite: EMS 463Loading...
EMS468Prin of Pathophysiology II7The course covers Module II of the DOT National Standards Curriculum for EMT Paramedics and prepares students for their roles and responsibilities. General principles of pharmacology and medication administration will be provided in a classroom setting. Advanced airway management and IV therapy provide for physical and field assessment, clinical decision-making, documentation, and the assessment and management of emergencies seen by the EMS provider. Prerequisite: EMS 467Loading...
EMS471Patient Assessment4This course covers Module III of the DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics. This course includes history-taking, techniques of physical examination, patient assessment and clinical decision-making. Students will learn to follow an accepted format for dissemination of patient information in verbal form, either in person or over the radio. Documentation of the essential elements of patient assessment, care and transport is covered. The lab component includes skills in history-taking, techniques of physical examination, patient assessment, clinical decision-making and communication. Prerequisite: EMS 468Loading...
EMS473Medical Emergencies7This course covers Module IV of the DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics. Content includes the skills and knowledge necessary to assess and manage medical emergencies specifically for pulmonary, cardiac and neurological emergencies. This course includes techniques of physical examination on the medical patient, patient assessment and clinical decision-making. Documentation of the essential elements of patient assessment for the medical patient, care and transport is covered. The lab component includes skills in history-taking, techniques of physical examination, patient assessment, clinical decision-making and communication. Prerequisite: EMS 470Loading...
EMS474Patient Assessment3This course covers Module III of the DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics. This course includes history-taking, techniques of physical examination, patient assessment and clinical decision-making. Students will learn to follow an accepted format for dissemination of patient information in verbal form, either in person or over the radio. Documentation of the essential elements of patient assessment, care and transport is covered. Prerequisite: EMS 466 Loading...
EMS476Trauma7This course covers Module IV of the DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics. Students will predict the likelihood of injuries to the trauma patient based on mechanism of injury. Skills and management of soft tissue and burn injuries, as well as head, neck, chest and abdominal injuries are included. The lab component includes assessment and management of the patient with shock, hemorrhage, and spinal cord and musculoskeletal injury using the Paramedic skills checklist. Prerequisite: EMS 473Loading...
EMS477Medical Emergencies5This course covers Module IV of the DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics. Content includes the skills and knowledge necessary to assess and manage medical emergencies specifically for pulmonary, cardiac and neurological emergencies. This course includes techniques of physical examination on the medical patient, patient assessment and clinical decision-making. Documentation of the essential elements of patient assessment for the medical patient, care and transport is covered. Prerequisite OR Corequisite: EMS 474Loading...
EMS479Trauma5This course covers Module IV of the DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics. Students will predict the likelihood of injuries to the trauma patient based on mechanism of injury. Skills and management of soft tissue and burn injuries, as well as head, neck, chest and abdominal injuries, are included. Prerequisite or Corequisite: EMS 477 Loading...
EMS480Special Considerations6This course covers Modules V & VI of the DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics. Assessment and management of specific age groups-including neonatal, pediatric and gerontologic patients - is identified. Chronically ill patients - those who have been victims of abuse and culturally diverse patients - are addressed. The lab component will be the assessment and management of special situations, including resuscitation of infants and children. Students will assume the role of team leader while managing common medical emergencies. Paramedic skills checklists will be used to assist in completion of the course. Prerequisite: EMS 476Loading...
EMS481Special Considerations1This course covers Modules V & VI of the DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics. Assessment and management of specific age groups-including neonatal, pediatric and gerontologic patients-is identified. Chronically ill patients-those who have been victims of abuse and culturally diverse patients-are addressed. Prerequisite or Corequisite: EMS 479Loading...
EMS483Operations4This course covers Modules VII and VIII of the DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics. Guidelines for safe medical transport, general incident management, rescue and crime scene management will be covered. The lab component will include the principles of triage, rescue operations and hazardous materials incidents. Paramedic skills checklists will be used to assist in completion of the course. Prerequisite: EMS 480Loading...
EMS484Operations1This course covers Modules VII and VIII of the DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics. Guidelines for safe medical transport, general incident management, rescue and crime scene management will be covered. Prerequisite or Corequisite: EMS 481 Loading...
EMS501EMS Clinical I2Students successfully completing EMS Clinical 501 will transition the learned and mastered individual skills from Lab 401, and execute them appropriately on a live patient in a clinical setting. These skills will be performed an attention to relevant situational application as dictated by established EMS standards of care under the direction of a paramedic, nurse, physician, or other approved preceptor. Clinical settings include Emergency Department, Pre Operating Room, Operating Room, Post-Op, Respiratory Therapy, Cardiac Cath Lab, ICU, Peds ER, PICU, and Labor and Delivery. In addition, students will apply skills being concurrently learned in EMS Lab 201 while in the EMS ride time portion of EMS Clinical 401. During this portion, students will utilize individual skills applied to real live EMS scenarios under the mentorship of a field preceptor paramedic. During completion of these requirements, students will pay special attention to local protocol, in addition to EMS standards of care learned in previous classes. Prerequisite: EMS 401 Prerequisite or Corequisite: EMS 402 Loading...
EMS503EMS Clinical II2Students successfully completing EMS Clinical 503 will transition the learned and mastered individual skills from Lab 401, application of those individual skills to simulated and live scenarios in EMS Lab 402, and Clinical 501 and begin transitioning into a team leader role under the guidance of an approved preceptor. A portion of Clinical 503 will include the completion of the student's clinical capstone requirements as outline in CoA appendix G. During this time students will be expected to act as a team leader executing pt. assessments, treatment plan, individual skills, and pt. destination decisions, with the student preceptor acting as a safety net to the student acting as a team lead. All learned skills, assessments, and treatments from the entirety of the previous coarse work, can and often will be utilized during EMS clinical 503. Prerequisite: EMS 501 Loading...