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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2011-2012

 

DEPARTMENT OF
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES EDUCATION

Chair: TBA (251) 461-1832
Program Directors: Erwin, Morgan
Medical Director: Frank S. Pettyjohn, M.D.
Instructors: Brooks, Creel, Erwin, Garmon,
McArthur, Morgan, Varner
Academic Advisors: Brooks, Creel, Erwin, Morgan,
Varner
Part-time Instructors:
Cox, White
Clinical Coordinator: McArthur
CME Coordinator: McKenna

Home Page: http://www.southalabama.edu/Alliedhealth/ems
 

PROGRAMS OFFERED:
Certificate Program in Emergency Medical Technician - (EMT)
Certificate Program in Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)
Certificate Program in Paramedic
Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services
Bachelor of Science in Professional Health Sciences (Healthcare Informatics)
Bachelor of Science in Professional Health Sciences (Healthcare Management)

 
The Department of EMS Education prepares students for careers in Emergency Medical Services. To meet the expanding role of prehospital providers, the Department of EMS Education offers three certificate programs, EMT, AEMT and Paramedic, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services.
 
CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

The EMT certificate program can be completed in one academic semester and is a prerequisite to the Advanced EMT (AEMT) certificate program.  The AEMT certificate program can be completed in one academic semester and is a prerequisite to the Paramedic certificate program.  The Paramedic certificate program can be completed in three academic semesters.  Together, these programs can be completed in five semesters. Students may, however, elect to complete only the EMT level of education, or the AEMT level of education.  After successful completion of each level of education, the student is eligible to sit for the National Registry of EMT’s (NREMT) certification examination.  Successful completion of this examination is mandatory for licensure to practice in the State of Alabama.  State licensure as an EMT is required to apply for AEMT education.  State licensure as an AEMT is required to apply for Paramedic education.  Those who complete any level of education and licensure are qualified to work in escalating roles (by level) in many areas of out-of-hospital emergency medical care, including ambulance services, fire rescue departments, and industrial health and safety settings. 

 
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
EMEGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PROGRAM

Students graduating from USA’s Paramedic certificate program, as well as licensed Paramedics from other educational institutions, may continue their education at USA and complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services.  The baccalaureate program is designed to provide graduates of the certificate program with an opportunity to expand their careers in Emergency Medical Services as administrators, educators and Critical Care Paramedics, or continue their graduate educations into other medical or allied health fields.

 
ADMISSIONS
General admission to the University is required for all levels of EMS education. Additionally, admission to all EMS programs is contingent upon a satisfactory background check and drug screen. The following are admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree program:
 
The following are admission requirements for the EMS certificate program:
  • Academic advising prior to admission to any certificate level.
  • Completion of all healthcare, administrative and documentation requirements.
  • Completion of all mandatory requirements at least one week prior to the beginning of the semester.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0.
  • Evidence of a current State of Alabama EMT license prior to admission to AEMT program.
  • Evidence of a current State of Alabama AEMT license prior to admission to Paramedic program.
 
The following are admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree program.
  • Evidence of successful completion of a nationally accredited or State approved paramedic program, or currently enrolled in the EMS program at the University of South Alabama.
  • Evidence of a current state paramedic license or national certification.
  • Official transcript or documentation which indicates the successful completion of at least 32 semester hours of paramedic credit (or its equivalent).
  • Submission of departmental application per University admission policy including a $50 application fee.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 in all prerequisite courses and a minimum university GPA of 2.0.
  • Submission of a one to two page written essay explaining professional goals and career aspirations.
 
ADMISSION TO PARAMEDIC TO B.S. IN EMS TRACK
The Department of EMS Education has a track designed especially for licensed Paramedics who obtained their paramedic education elsewhere. In addition to meeting all other admissions requirements, students in this track are required to take a six hour bridge course. Upon completion of the bridge course, up to 40 semester hours of credit will be awarded for the student's previous paramedic training during the final semester before graduation.
 
PROGRESSION AND COMPLETION POLICIES 

            To progress throughout the certificate program, a minimum final grade of 80% (or satisfactory, if applicable) must be achieved in each course.  The State of Alabama mandates the National Registry of EMT’s examination at the EMT, AEMT and Paramedic levels of practice.  Only those students who have met all academic requirements of the certificate program will be eligible for their respective National Registry examination. 
           
Students unable to satisfactorily complete the final comprehensive examinations in EMS 297 will be required to repeat this course the following semester. 
            Students will be allowed to repeat any course only one time, and then only with the permission of the Program Director. 
         
   In accordance with State EMS Rules, each student must be a state licensed EMT prior to beginning AEMT instruction, and a licensed AEMT prior to beginning paramedic instruction.
            All other criteria for progression will be listed in each course syllabus and will be mandatory.

CLASS AND CLINICAL INTERNSHIPS
Attendance is mandatory. Those students who have conflicts regarding attendance will be asked to transfer to programs more suited to their schedules.
 
EXPENSES
Students enrolled in EMS clinical courses must maintain current CPR certification and must keep all immunizations current.  Each semester of education; EMT (one semester), AEMT (one semester) and Paramedic (three semesters) have clinical components and current immunization status will be reviewed prior to the beginning of each semester by the Clinical Coordinator to prevent unprotected exposure to communicable diseases during clinical activity.  Students are responsible for all personal health care expenses including expenses resulting from injury or accident, etc., while the student is engaged in learning experiences required by the EMS Department.  Therefore, all students are responsible for the purchase and maintenance of current and adequate health care insurance.  All students are charged once a year for professional liability insurance.  Students are responsible for all travel expenses to clinical sites and classes at the University.  Students are responsible for the purchase of uniforms and required clinical equipment and supplies.  Students are also responsible for costs related to drug testing and criminal background checks required to be current and/or updated prior to advancement to each subsequent level of education.  Tuition and fees are set by the University of South Alabama, upon approval of the Board of Trustees.
 

BACKGROUND EXAMINATION
            Those students accepted into the clinical components of EMT, AEMT and Paramedic will be required to have a drug test and a background examination via an EMS Department designated vendor before beginning classes.  Admission will be withdrawn for a student testing positive on their drug test.  Admission may be withdrawn for students who in the judgment of the Dean and the Department Chair has been convicted of offenses or have pending criminal charges that would not be acceptable to our clinical agencies.  Random drug screens or testing for reasonable suspicion are conducted.  Students must submit to drug testing for controlled substances and background examinations as requested.  Failure to submit to testing or a positive drug test and/or unsuitable background examination will result in the student’s dismissal from the program.

 

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION
            The Department’s Paramedic Program is fully accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Committee on
Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP).

 
CURRICULUM
The basis for the curriculum is the 2009 National EMS Educational Standards.
 
CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
 
EMT CERTIFICATION PROGRAM - 8 Hours (1 Semester)
First Semester
EMS 112: EMT 6
EMS 113: EMT Lab 1
EMS 115: EMT Clinical Internship 1
    8
     
ADVANCED EMT (AEMT) CERTIFICATE PROGRAM - 15 Hours (1 Semester)
EMS 210: Medical Terminology 3
EMS 200: Human Systems and Pathophysiology 3
  (or BMD 114 and 115)  
EMS 140: Advanced EMT 6
EMS 141: Advanced EMT Lab 1
EMS 143: Advanced EMT Clinical 2
    15
     
PARAMEDIC CERTIFICATE PROGRAM - 31 Hours (3 Semesters)
First Semester
EMS 212: Foundations of Paramedicine 3
EMS 214: Introduction to EMS Cardiology 3
EMS 216: Paramedic Assessment and Operations 3
EMS 217: Paramedic Clinical Internship I 3
    12
Second Semester
EMS 240: Special Populations 3
EMS 242: Paramedic Emergency Care I 3
EMS 244: Paramedic Emergency Care II 3
EMS 245: Paramedic Skills Lab 1
EMS 247: Paramedic Clinical Internship II 2
    12
 
Third Semester
EMS 295: Paramedic Field Internship 6
EMS 297: Comprehensive Review and Exams 1
    7
 
SPECIAL NOTES:

Academic advising is required of all new and existing students prior to each semester.  It is the responsibility of each student to schedule an advising session with the academic faculty advisor prior to registration each semester.

 
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE PROGRAM
Freshman Year
1st Semester     2nd Semester  
EH 101
3
  EH 102
3
BLY 101 & 101L
4
  CH 101 & 101L
4
CIS 150
3
  SY 109
3
HY*
*3
  MA 110 or 112
3
Fine Arts Elective
3
  CA 110
3
Total
16
  Total
16
         
Sophomore Year
1st Semester     2nd Semester  
Literature*
3
  2nd HY or Lit*
3
PSY 120
3
  Area 2 or 4 Elective
3
EMS 112
6
  EMS 200
3
EMS 113
1
  EMS 140
6
EMS 115
1
  EMS 141
1
EMS 210
3
  EMS 143
2
Total
17
  Total
18
         
Junior Year
1st Semester     2nd Semester  
MGT 300
3
  EMS 240
3
EMS 212
3
  EMS 242
3
EMS 214
3
  EMS 244
3
EMS 216
3
  EMS 245
1
EMS 217
3
  EMS 247
2
Total
15
  Total
12
         
Senior Year
1st Semester     2nd Semester  
EMS 295
6
  EMS 325
3
EMT 297
1
  EMS 340
3
EMS 310
3
  EMS 440
3
EMS 315
3
  EMS 445
3
EMS 320
3
  EMS 475
3
EMS 460
3
  EMS 495
1
Total
19
  Total
16
         
Total Credits
129
     
*Must complete a two semester series of either Literature or History.
Fine Arts Elective - 1 course. Acceptable include: ARH 100, 103, 123, ARS 101, DRA 110, or MUL 101
Literature Elective* - 1 course. Acceptable include: EH 215, 216, 225, 226, 235, or 236
Humanities Elective* - 1 course. Acceptable include: AFR 101, AIS 105, ARH 100, 103, 123, ARS 101, 121, 123, 124,, DRA 110, EH 216, 225, 226, 235, 236, LG 211, 212, 231, 232, 251, 252, 271, 272, LGS 202, 206, LGS 207, 221, 222, 241, 242, MUL 101, PHL 110, 121, 131, 231, or 240
History Elective * - 1 course. Acceptable include: HY 101, 102, 135, or 136
Social Science Elective* - 1 course. AIS 201, AN 100, 101, CA 100, 211, ECO 215, 216, GEO 114, 115, HY 101, 102, 135, HY 136, IS 100, PSC 130, PSY 121, 250,, SY 112
*Must complete a 2 course sequence in Literature or History
Acceptable sequences are: EH 215 and 216 or EH 225 and 226 or EH 235 and 236 or HY 101 and 102 or HY 135 and 136
 
 
BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN PROFESSIONAL HEALTH SCIENCES
The Department of Emergency Medical Services offers two BS degrees in Professional Health Sciences, Healthcare Management and Healthcare Informatics. This program is designed for students who wish to have a well rounded background in health sciences, but do not wish to pursue a specific professional degree or allows students in pre-professional programs that change their mind about specific professional degrees to apply most of their course credits towards another degree. The program provides broad information in health related disciplines and also in health informatics. Graduates from this program should be suited to work at hospitals, health insurance companies, pharmaceuticals, long-term care facilities, assistant to hospital managers, physician offices, or health informatics technicians. They could also pursue an MBA to go into hospital administration.
 
Admission to the Health Sciences Component
All students are required to fulfill a 41 semester hour General Education Core and a 25 semester hour Preprofessional Core as outlined in the curriculum below. After successfully completing these courses, students may then apply to the department for entry into the Health Sciences component. Requirements for admission to the professional component are the following:
  1. Submission of a completed application by the deadline (April 1st). Application must include a $50.00 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.0 in all pre-requisite courses and a minimum University GPA of 2.0.
Bachelor's Degree in Professional Health Sciences Curriculum
 
General Education Core - 41 Hours
 
Written Composition (6)
English - EH 101 3
English - EH 102 3
   
Humanities and Fine Arts (12)
Public Speaking/Speech - CA 110 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
Literature I 3
-and-
Literature II* 3
-or-
Humanities Electives 3
 
Natural Sciences and Math (11)
Math - MA 112 3
Biology - BLY 101 or 121 4
Biology - BLY 102 or 122 4
 
History, Social Sciences (12)
Psychology - PSY 120 3
Sociology - SY 109 3
History I 3
-and-
History** 3
-or-
Social Science Electives 3
 
*Must complete a two semester series of either Literature or History
 
Pre-Professional Core - 25 hours
 
EMS 110 - Emergency Medical Responder or
General Elective (3) or Science Elective (4)
3
EMS 104 - First Aid/CPR 1
ST 210 - Statistical Reasoning & Applications 3
Chemistry Class (CH 100 or 101 or 131) 4
CIS 150 - Computer Applications 3
BMD 210 - Infectious Disease in Health Care 3
BMD 114 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BMD 115 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
 
Health Sciences Core (Required for both HCS tracks) - 30 hours
 
EMS 210 - Medical Terminology 3
EMS 310 - Introduction to EMS Systems 3
EMS 320 - EMS Law/Legal Issues 3
EMS 340 - Disaster Mgt & Event Planning 3
EMS 440 - Health Insurance/Managed Care in EMS 3
EMS 460 - Issues and Trends in EMS or General Elective 3
OT 201 - Introduction to Occupational Therapy 3
General Elective 3
EMS 401 - Seminar in Allied Health Professions 3
CP 450 - The Job Campaign 3
 
TRACK 1: Health Care Management Core - 33 hours
 
MGT 300 - Management Theory 3
EH 372- Technical Writing 3
General Elective 3
SY 372 - Social Gerontology 3
SY 401 - Disaster & Society 3
SY 415 - Sociology of Mental Health & Illness (Spring only) 3
SY 472 - Sociology of Aging and the Family 3
MGT 305- Organizational Communication 3
MGT 340 - Organizational Behavior 3
MGT 351 - Human Resource Management 3
MGT 357 - Leadership or Management Elective 3
 
TRACK 2: Health Care Informatics Core - 33 hours
 
MGT 300 - Management Theory 3
EH 372- Technical Writing 3
General Elective 3
SY 372 - Social Gerontology 3
SY 401 - Disaster & Society 3
SY 415 - Sociology of Mental Health & Illness (Spring only) 3
SY 472 - Sociology of Aging and the Family 3
3
ISC 300 - Health Informatics Clinical Environment
ISC 410 - Health Informatics 3
ISC 450 - Health Systems Analysis & Design 3
ISC 455 - Health Decision Support System 3
 
EMS CONTINUING EDUCATION TRAINING
 

The Department of Emergency Medical Services Education provides continuing education For EMS and other Allied Health professions. The Department of EMS provides non-credit and continuing education courses for emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, as well as nurses, physicians and other allied healthcare professionals in the community.  The EMS department has been designated as an authorized community training center (CTC) of the American Heart Association.  The Center also provides other non-credit training courses of interest to the emergency response community.  Below are the Center’s main course offerings. Please call for a schedule of classes.

 
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Provider
Designed for healthcare professionals whose daily occupation demands proficiency in the knowledge and skills of adult resuscitation. A current BLS card is recommended. Course is taught in two (2) consecutive eight (8) hour days.
 
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Provider
Designed for healthcare professionals whose daily occupation demands proficiency in the knowledge and skills of pediatric resuscitation. A current BLS care is recommended. Course is taught in two (2) consecutive eight (8) hour days.
 
Basic Life Support (BLS) - Healthcare Provider CPR
Designed for healthcare professionals and laypersons who may need to provide either basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or foreign body airway obstruction (FBAO) management in either children or adults, and who need the training to be able to provide two-rescuer CPR. The course can be taught in one (1) eight (8) hour day.
 
American Heart Association Instructor Courses
Designed for participants from a Provider course who attain Instructor Potential (IP) status. Course is a one day, eight (8) hour course which qualifies the participant to educate students at the Provider levels. These courses are by invitation only.
 
Basic Life Support (BLS) - Heartsaver
Designed for laypersons who have a need to know cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and foreign body airway obstruction (FBAO) management techniques for adults. This course is useful for elementary through high school students, neighborhood groups with primarily adults and spouses caring for adults at high risk for heart attacks or strokes.
 
Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
Designed to provide practicing EMT Basics, paramedics and nurses with a specific body of knowledge related to the pre-hospital assessment and care of trauma patients. Course is taught in two (2) consecutive eight (8) hour days.
 
Emergency Medical First Responder
A skills approach in helping the student to intervene in any medical or traumatic emergency situation before emergency personnel arrive on the scene. Emphasis is placed on care of the airway, CPR, control of bleeding, splinting and bandaging, and overall management. Course is typically taught in five (5) consecutive eight (8) hour days.
 
EMS Refresher Courses
Designed to assist those licensed EMS personnel who are in need of a National Standard EMS Refresher class for recertification purposes. Call department for availability and costs.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
A minimum of 24 credits in Emergency Medical Services including EMS 112, EMS 113, EMS 115, EMS 140, EMS 141, EMS 143, EMS 200 or BMD 115 and EMS 210.
 
 
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