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Course Descriptions

Basic Life Support for the Paramedic

PMP103

Preparatory course covering cognitive, affective, and psychomotor objectives required of emergency medical technicians at the Basic level (EMT-B). Theory and practical application of basic life support skills required of advanced life support providers. Participation requirements: 64 clock hours (minimum) of clinical/field assignment. Pennsylvania Department of Health EMT-Basic Certification is required to register for this course. Successful completion required for admission to the Paramedic program. 2 Credits (0 Lecture - 6 Lab) Spring Only.

Emergency Medical Technician

PMP122

Skills and knowledge required at the level of Emergency Medical Technician-Basic. Introduction to emergency medical services; well being; medical, legal and ethical issues; baseline vital signs; and proper lifting and moving. Airway management at a basic life support level is included with completion of a cardiopulmonary resuscitation course. A structured patient assessment is modeled in a variety of medical and traumatic situations. Situational issues include emergencies involving infants and children, ambulance operations, rescue operations, and mass casualty scenarios. Participation requirements: 64 clock hours (minimum) of clinical/field assignment. Successful completion required for admission to the paramedic program. 8 Credits (6 Lecture - 6 Lab) Spring Only.

Airway Management and Assessment for the Paramedic

PMP134

Introductory study of emergency medical services and advanced study related to airway management and patient assessment. Discussion includes the importance of the wellness of the EMT: EMT roles and responsibilities; injury prevention; legalities and ethics; and decision making. Topics related to patient assessment surrounding trauma and medical emergencies include therapeutic communications, life span development, history taking, physical examination, scene assessment, and ongoing reassessments. Study includes pre-hospital communications and documentation in relation to the expectations of EMT-P performance. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ENL111 and MTH011 and PMP103 or ENL111 and MTH124 and PMP103 or ENL111 and MTH011 and PMP122 or ENL111 and MTH124 and PMP122 or ENL111 and MTH153 and PMP103 or ENL111 and MTH153 and PMP122 or ENL111 and MTH151 and PMP103 or ENL111 and MTH151 and PMP122. Corequisite(s): PMP135 and PMP139. Summer Only.

Operations and Rescue Practices for the Paramedic

PMP135

Study related to pre-hospital operations and rescue practices. Emphasis on basic and advanced rescue situations, rescue awareness and operations, crime scene awareness, and terrorism response. Study also includes medical incident command and emergency vehicle operations. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ENL111 and MTH011 and PMP103 or ENL111 and MTH124 and PMP103 or ENL111 and MTH011 and PMP122 or ENL111 and MTH124 and PMP122 or ENL111 and MTH153 and PMP103 or ENL111 and MTH153 and PMP122 or ENL111 and MTH151 and PMP103 or ENL111 and MTH151 and PMP122. Corequisite(s): PMP134 and PMP139. Summer Only.

Introductory Clinical Practicum

PMP139

Field experience that promotes the integration of skills and knowledge gained from previous and ongoing course work. Participation requirements: 160 clock hours (minimum). 1 Credit (0 Lecture - 5 Practicum) Prerequisite(s): ENL111 and MTH011 and PMP103 or ENL111 and MTH124 and PMP103 or ENL111 and MTH011 and PMP122 or ENL111 and MTH124 and PMP122 or ENL111 and MTH153 and PMP103 or ENL111 and MTH153 and PMP122 or ENL111 and MTH151 and PMP103 or ENL111 and MTH151 and PMP122. Corequisite(s): PMP134 and PMP135. Summer Only.

Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for the Paramedic

PMP243

Principles of patient assessment related to the pathophysiology of shock and pharmacology as related to the EMT-P. Discussion focuses on shock in terms of the cellular level, blood and components, immune and inflammatory responses, fluids and electrolytes, acid-base balance, and hemorrhage. Applied principles and techniques include vascular access and medication administration. 6 Credits (4.50 Lecture - 4.50 Lab) Prerequisite(s): PMP134 and PMP135 and PMP139. Corequisite(s): PMP247 and PMP249. Fall Only.

Pulmonary and Cardiology for the Paramedic

PMP247

Principles and techniques in pulmonary and cardiology. Emphasis on respiratory and cardiovascular anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, diseases, conditions, assessment and management plans. Study and skill development also includes respiratory and cardiac pharmacology, medication administration, electrical therapy, and treatment modalities as well as the principles and practice of dysrhythmia and cardiac arrest management. 6 Credits (4.50 Lecture - 4.50 Lab) Prerequisite(s): PMP134 and PMP135 and PMP139. Corequisite(s): PMP243 and PMP249. Fall Only.

Intermediate Clinical Practicum

PMP249

Supervised field experience that provides direct patient contact in hospitals and field settings. Application and integration of skills and knowledge gained from previous and ongoing course work. Participation requirements: 200 clock hours (minimum) in a variety of emergency, surgical, critical care, and pre-hospital settings. 1 Credit (0 Lecture - 5 Practicum) Prerequisite(s): PMP134 and PMP135 and PMP139. Corequisite(s): PMP243 and PMP247. Fall Only.

Medical Emergencies for the Paramedic

PMP253

Study of medical emergencies relating to the areas of neurology, allergies and anaphylaxis, hematology, endocrinology, infectious disease, toxicology, environmental conditions, gastroenterology, and urology. Skills developed include adapting assessment and acute interventions for geriatric patients; patients who face physical, mental, social and financial challenges; and chronic care patients. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): PMP243 and PMP247 and PMP249. Corequisite(s): PMP254 and PMP256 and PMP259. Spring Only.

Obstetrics and Pediatrics for the Paramedic

PMP254

Study of obstetrics and gynecology as related to anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and normal and abnormal delivery. Neonatology and pediatrics are addressed in terms of growth and development, assessment, resuscitation, and management of medical/traumatic emergencies. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): PMP243 and PMP247 and PMP249. Corequisite(s): PMP253 and PMP256 and PMP259. Spring Only.

Trauma and Behavioral for the Paramedic

PMP256

Study of specific traumatic emergencies, including head and facial trauma, spinal trauma, soft tissue burns, thoracoabdominal trauma, and musculoskeletal trauma. Skills developed included adapting assessment and acute interventions for patients who face abuse, assault, psychological, or behavioral emergencies. 4 Credits (3 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): PMP243 and PMP247 and PMP249. Corequisite(s): PMP253 and PMP254 and PMP259. Spring Only.

Advanced Clinical Practicum

PMP259

Field experience that allows for the integration of skills and knowledge gained from classroom, laboratory, and clinical lessons. Promotes an understanding of performance expectation, continued skill development, and regard for medical accountability within the emergency medical system. Participation requirements: 200 clock hours (minimum) of clinical/field assignment. 1 Credit (0 Lecture - 5 Practicum) Prerequisite(s): PMP243 and PMP247 and PMP249. Corequisite(s): PMP253 and PMP254 and PMP256. Spring Only.

Summative Clinical Practicum

PMP269

Extensive field experience providing additional opportunities for developing clinical skills; learning to value and respect the role, responsibilities, and scope of practice for the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic; and increasing regard for medical accountability within the emergency medical system. Course requirements include successful completion of a program-comprehensive, written examination and 480 hours (minimum) of clinical practicum assignment. 2 Credits ( .50 Lecture - 10 Practicum) Prerequisite(s): PMP253 and PMP254 and PMP256 and PMP259. Summer Only.

Application of Research in Pre-Hospital Medicine

PMP279

Research experience, completed with faculty adviser guidance, resulting in a scholarly written presentation or proposal. An interdisciplinary approach is used to synthesize, analyze, and consider solutions to a pre-hospital health care issue or problem. Emphasis on the analysis and integration of educational and professional knowledge and experiences; the interrelationship of practice, theory, and research; and the process of accessing and critiquing scholarly literature. Course is available in the summer only via distance learning. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ENL111 and PMP253 and PMP259. Corequisite(s): PMP269. (Writing Enriched) Summer Only.

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