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2019-2020 Course Catalog 
2019-2020 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EMSP 1205 - Introduction to Paramedics

Credits: 1
Hours/Week: Lecture 1 Lab None
Course Description: This course introduces the student to the roles, responsibilities, and ethics of a paramedic.  Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of EMS systems, medical-legal issues, ethics in medicine, and the safety and well-being of a paramedic.  This course also provides students with an overview of research in EMS along with an orientation to the paramedic program and an assessment of their physical agility pertinent to EMS duties.  Students must be able to perform physical tasks to complete course requirements. This course requires Minnesota Human Services and National background studies with no restrictions; current AHA BLS Provider certification; current State EMT certification; current healthcare insurance. 
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): None
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Basic word processing skills.

Major Content
  1. Program *Student handbook *Program structure and flow *Student expectations
  2. Workforce Safety and Wellness *Provider safety and well being *Standard safety precautions *OSHA blood and airborne compliance *Prevention of work-related injuries *Lifting and moving a patient *Wellness principles
  3. Research in EMS *Research principles in EMS *Literature review *Advocate evidence-based practice
  4. EMS Systems *History of EMS *EMS Systems *Roles, responsibilities, and professionalism of EMS personnel *Quality improvement methods *Patient safety
  5. Medical/Legal/Ethics *Consent/refusal of care *Confidentiality *Advanced directives *Tort and criminal actions *Statutory responsibilities *Mandatory reporting *Healthcare regulation *Patient rights/advocacy *Ethical principles/moral obligations *Ethical tests and decision making

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. advocate patient safety.
  2. analyze EMS research abstract(s).
  3. define the various EMS systems.
  4. demonstrate workforce safety.
  5. discuss and define medical/legal issues in emergency care.
  6. discuss the well-being of a paramedic.
  7. identify quality improvement methods.
  8. identify the roles and responsibilities of EMS personnel.
  9. model ethical decision making in emergency care.
  10. outline the history of EMS.
  11. understand the structure, policies, and flow of the paramedic program.

Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)

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