Paramedic Technology Courses

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.

Credits Proven By Certification (EMT)

PMP104

Credits awarded by submission of a current Emergency Management Technician (EMT) certification issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health or the National Registry of EMT's (NREMT). Submission of current EMT certification is required for admission to the Paramedic program. 6 Credits (3 Lecture - 6 Lab - 3 Clinical)

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

Practical skills and simulation lab focusing on the development of assessment and 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): PMP104. Corequisite(s): PMP143. Summer Only.

Fundamentals of Paramedic Practice

PMP143

Introductory course which explores and reviews basic and advanced airway management, patient assessment, and pathophysiology and shock. Preparatory topics, including the well-being of the paramedic, legal issues, EMS research, lifespan development, and communication/documentation are also discussed. 5 Credits (4 Lecture - 3 Lab) Prerequisite(s): PMP104. Corequisite(s): PMP139. Summer Only.

Paramedic Skills and Simulations Lab I

PMP233

Practical skills and simulation lab focusing on the development of assessment and treatment skills for patients presenting with illness and injury from various cardiac, medical, and respiratory etiologies. Specific skills found within the Paramedic Psychomotor Core Competency Portfolio developed in this course include obtaining IV access, safe administration of medications through various routes, safe utilization of electrical therapy, application and interpretation of 3 and 12 lead ECG’s, and the competencies in the current ACLS guidelines as well as associated Paramedic Protocols. Certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support is included in this course. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 9 Lab) Prerequisite(s): PMP139 and PMP143. Corequisite(s): PMP244 and PMP248 and PMP249. Fall 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.

Medical Emergencies for the Paramedic

PMP244

Study of medical emergencies relating to the areas of neurology, allergies and anaphylaxis, hematology, endocrinology, infectious disease, toxicology, environmental conditions, gastroenterology, psychiatric emergencies, and urology. Pharmacological principals including pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and how medications interact with various body systems will be discussed. 4 Credits (4 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): PMP139 and PMP143. Corequisite(s): PMP233 and PMP248 and PMP249. Fall Only.

Cardiology and Pulmonology for the Paramedic

PMP248

Principles and techniques in cardiology and pulmonology. Emphasis on respiratory and cardiovascular anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, diseases, conditions, assessment, and management plans. Coursework includes certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. (formerly PMP247) 4 Credits (4 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): PMP139 and PMP143. Corequisite(s): PMP233 and PMP244 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.

Special Patient Populations for the Paramedic

PMP261

Study of obstetrics and gynecology, neonatology, and pediatrics. Neonatology and pediatrics are addressed in terms of growth and development, assessment, resuscitation, and management of medical/traumatic emergencies. Techniques and challenges associated with treating the geriatric patient and the patient with special health care needs are also explored. (formerly PMP254) 4 Credits (4 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): PMP233 and PMP244 and PMP248 and PMP249. Corequisite(s): PMP259 and PMP262 and PMP263. Spring Only.

Trauma and Advanced Operations for the Paramedic

PMP262

Study of specific traumatic emergencies, including head and facial trauma, spinal trauma, soft tissue, burns, thoracoabdominal trauma, and musculoskeletal trauma. Additional focus on prehospital operations includes rescue awareness and operations, crime scene awareness, incident management, and terrorism response. (formerly PMP256) 4 Credits (4 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): PMP233 and PMP244 and PMP248 and PMP249. Corequisite(s): PMP259 and PMP261 and PMP263. Spring Only.

Paramedic Skills and Simulation Lab II

PMP263

Practical skills and simulation lab focusing on the development of assessment and treatment skills for patients presenting with illness and injury across the lifespan. Course content also includes medical incident command and safe operations at a Multiple Casualty Incident (MCI) scene. Certification in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Prehospital Trauma Life Support included in course content. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 9 Lab) Prerequisite(s): PMP233 and PMP244 and PMP248 and PMP249. Corequisite(s): PMP259 and PMP261 and PMP262. Spring Only.

Paramedic Field Internship

PMP270

Summative field experience that allows the paramedic student to demonstrate the ability to function as an entry level paramedic in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains by successfully treating a minimum of 50 ALS-level patients in the prehospital setting. Students in this semester move from the team member to the team leader role and direct the prehospital care team. Students must also successfully complete a summative cognitive and psychomotor assessment during this course. Participation requirements: 360 clock hours (minimum) of field assignment. (formerly PMP269) 4 Credits (0 Lecture - 20 Internship) Prerequisite(s): PMP259 and PMP261 and PMP262 and PMP263. 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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