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USA Undergraduate/Graduate Bulletin 2007-2008

 

DEPARTMENT OF
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES EDUCATION
 
Chair: David W. Burns, M.P.H. (251) 431-6418
Program Directors: Curry, Garmon, Varner
Medical Director: Frank S. Pettyjohn, M.D.
Instructors: Burns, Curry, Erwin, Foote, Garmon, Varner
Academic Advisors: Burns, Curry
Part-time Instructors: Carter, Morgan, White
Clinical Coordinator: McArthur
CME Coordinator: Faggard
Home Page: http://www.southalabama.edu/ems
 
PROGRAMS OFFERED:
Certificate Program in Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B)
Certificate Program in Paramedic (EMT-P)
Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services
The Department of EMS Education prepares students for careers in Emergency Medical Services. To meet the expanding role of Pre-hospital Providers, the Department of EMS Education offers two certificate programs, Basic EMT and Paramedic, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services.
 
CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
The EMT-Basic certificate program can be completed in one academic semester and is a prerequisite to the Paramedic certificate program. Together, both programs can be completed in five or six semesters. Students may, however, elect to complete only the EMT Basic level of training. After successful completion of each level of training, 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. Those who complete both levels of training and certification are qualified to work in many areas of out-of-hospital emergency medical care, including ambulance services, fire rescue departments, and industrial health and safety settings. Students may begin certificate programs in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.
 
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
EMEGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PROGRAM
Students graduating from USA's Paramedic certificate program, as well as licensed Paramedics from other training 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 expand their careers in Emergency Medical Services as administrators, educators and Critical Care Paramedics.
 
ADMISISONS
General admission to the University is requires 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:
  • Evidence of successful completion of a nationally accredited or State of Alabama approved paramedic program.
  • 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 by April 1 for Fall admission 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.
 
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).
 
PROGRESSION AND COMPLETION POLICIES 
To progress throughout the 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 both the EMT Basic and Paramedic levels of practice. Only those students who have met all academic requirements of the Program will be eligible to sit for the National Registry examination.
Students unable to satisfactorily complete the final comprehensive examinations in EMT 495 will be required to repeat this course the following semester.
Students will be allowed to repeat a course only one time.
In accordance with State EMS Rules, each student must be a state license EMT Basic prior to beginning his or her second semester of paramedic (third semester overall) 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 the EMT Basic or Paramedic program must maintain current Healthcare Provider (CPR) certification and must keep all immunizations current. Students are responsible for all personal health care expenses including expenses resulting from injury or accidents, while engaged in learning experiences required by the Department of EMS Education. All clinical students are charged once a year for professional liability insurance. Students are responsible for all travel expenses to and from clinical and field internship sties. Students are responsible for purchase of uniforms and required clinical equipment and supplies for internships. Tuition and fees are set by the University of South Alabama, upon approval of the Board of Trustees.
 
CURRICULUM
The basis for the curriculum is the current Department of Transportation National Standard curriculum for the EMT Basic (1994) and Paramedic (1999).
 
EMT BASIC CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
First Semester
EMT 200: Basic Emergency Care 6
EMT 205: Basic Clinical Internship 1
EMT 206: Basic Skills Lab 1
    8
     
PARAMEDIC CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
First Semester
EMT 210: Medical Terminology 3
EMT 310: Human Systems/Disease Process 3
EMT 335: Essentials of Paramedicine 3
EMT 340: EMS Cardiology 3
    12
Second Semester
EMT 315: Pharmacology I 3
EMT 345: Pharmacology II 3
EMT 355: Emergency Care I 3
    9
Third Semester
EMT 375: Women and Children 3
EMT 465: Clinical Internship I 3
EMT 350: Patient Assessment/Trauma 3
    9
Fourth Semester
EMT 455: Paramedic Skills Lab 1
EMT 466: Clinical Internship II 3
EMT 425: Emergency Care II 3
    7
Fifth Semester
EMT 475: Paramedic Field Internship 6
EMT 495: Comprehensive Review and Exams 1
    7
 
SPECIAL NOTES:
The Paramedic Certificate Program can be completed in 4 semesters exclusive of EMT Basic with permission from the Paramedic Program Director. 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 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
  HY/Soc Elective
3
HY
*3
  MA 110 or 112
3
Fine Arts Elective
3
  Public Speaking/Speech
3
Total
16
  Total
16
         
Sophomore Year
1st Semester     2nd Semester  
BMD 114
4
  BMD 115
4
Literature
*3
  2nd HY or Lit
*3
PSY 120
3
  EMT 200
6
ST 210
3
  EMT 205
1
Area 2 or 4 Elective
3
  EMT 206
1
Total
16
  Total
15
         
Junior Year
1st Semester     2nd Semester  
EMT 335
3
  EMT 315
3
EMT 340
3
  EMT 345
3
EMT 350
3
  EMT 355
3
EMS 310
3
  EMT 375
3
Total
12
  Total
12
         
3rd Semester
     
EMT 455
1
     
EMT 465
3
     
EMT 466
3
     
EMT 425
3
     
Total
10
     
         
Senior Year
1st Semester     2nd Semester  
EMT 475
6
  EMS 325
3
EMT 495
1
  EMS 340
3
EMS 315
3
  EMS 440
3
EMS 320
3
  EMS 445
3
EMS 460
3
  EMS 475
3
Total
16
  EMS 495
1
      Total
16
         
Total Credits
129
     
*Must complete a two semester series of either Literature or History.
 
 
THE CENTER FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING
 
The University of South Alabama's Center for Emergency Response Training (CERT) provides non-credit training and continuing education courses for emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, such as EMT's and paramedics, as well as nurses, physicians and other allied healthcare professionals in the community.
CERT is housed in the Department of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Education on the University's Brookley Campus. The Center has been designated as an authorized community training center (CTC) of the American Heart Association. As such, over 500 students each year complete emergency cardiac care provider and refresher training in areas such as ACLS, PALS and BLS (CPR). 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.
 
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.
 
International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) Provider
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.
 
EMT and Paramedic Refreshers Courses
Designed to assist those licensed EMT's and paramedics who are in need of a DOT National Standard EMT Refresher class for recertification purposes. Call department for availability and costs.
 
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