Course Descriptions

EMSC 1122—EKG Interpretation
This course covers cardiac anatomy and physiology with particular attention to cardiac electrical activity and the interpretation of electrocardiograms.  (1 Credit, Lecture and Online)

EMSC 1201—Patient Assessment
History taking, physical examination techniques, patient assessment in the field, clinical decision making, communications, and documentation. Emphasis on detecting, defining, and describing normal and pathological conditions.  (2 Credits, Lecture and Online)

EMSC 1210—Clinical Preparation
Prepares the student to care for patients in the clinical area by teaching the principles of intravenous access, medication administration, and airway management.  (2 Credits, Lecture and Laboratory)

EMSC 1211, 1222, 1233—Clinical Practicum I, II, and III
Supervised rotations through selected clinical and field areas.  Emphasis on developing and improving skills which reinforce classroom instruction.  (2 Credits, Clinical)

EMSC 1231— Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Competencies
Includes the core knowledge and skill set that an entry level Advanced Emergency Medical Technician must demonstrate.  Emphasis on common and/or critical medical, traumatic, and age-related emergency interventions.  (2 Credits, Lecture)

EMSC 1311—Anatomy & Physiology
Human Anatomy and Physiology from cellular structure to systems applications.  Emphasis on the normal human anatomy and physiology process.  (3 Credits, Online and Lecture)

EMSC 1320—Pharmacology
Addresses the basic principles of pharmacology, including the history of pharmacology; drug regulation, nomenclature, and classification; and pathophysiological principles of drug uptake, utilization, and elimination in the body. This course will also cover basic medical terminology.  (3 Credits, Online and Lecture)

EMSC 1334—Life Span Development
Recognition, pathophysiology, and management of emergencies among gynecologic, obstetric, neonatal, pediatric, and geriatric patients.  (3 Credits, Online and Lecture)

EMSC 1340—Trauma Management
Trauma systems, mechanism of injury, pathophysiology, management, and treatment of traumatic injuries including hemorrhage, burns, thoracic trauma,  soft tissue injury, head  injury, spinal injury, abdominal injury, and musculoskeletal injury.  (3 Credits, Online and Lecture)

EMSC 1410—Medical Emergencies I
Recognition, pathophysiology, and management of patients with respiratory, neurologic, endocrine, anaphylactic, non-traumatic abdominal, and urologic emergencies.  (4 Credits, Online and Lecture)

EMSC 1602—Introduction to Emergency Medical Technology
This course includes all of the skills necessary for the individual to provide emergency medical care at a basic life support level with an ambulance service or in another specialized area.  Completing this course fulfills all of the requirements for the students to challenge the Arkansas and National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians certification examination.  (6 Credits, Lecture)

EMSC 2159—Paramedic Competencies
This capstone course combines preparation and evaluation of significant entry level paramedic competencies including psychomotor and cognitive skills.  Emphasis is placed on all psychomotor skills and cognitive aspects of the national professional credentialing examination.  (1 Credit, Laboratory)

EMSC 2210—Foundations of the Paramedic
A study of the roles and responsibilities within an EMS system, the importance of personal wellness, implementation of injury prevention activities, understanding legal issues, ethics, and principles of therapeutic communications.  (2 Credits, Online and Lecture)

EMSC 2220—Pathophysiology
Application of the general concepts of pathophysiology for the assessment and management of emergency patients.  Pharmacological interventions are emphasized.  (2 Credits, Online and Lecture)

EMSC 2250—Assessment Based Management
Integration of assessment findings in order to formulate a field impression and implement a treatment plan for those with common physical, mental, and social complaints,  chronic care problems, and financial challenges; abuse victims; and assault victims.  (2 Credits, Online and Lecture)

EMSC 2310—Medical Emergencies II
Recognition, pathophysiology, and management of patients with toxicologic, substance abuse, hematologic, environmental, infectious, psychiatric, and behavioral emergencies.  (2 Credits, Online and Lecture)

EMSC 2431—Paramedic Field Internship
Supervised experience in prehospital care settings. Emphasis on the application of previous course work in the field environment.  (4 Credits, Online and Lecture)

EMSC 2501—Cardiovascular Care
Utilization of the assessment findings to formulate a field impression, to implement and evaluate the management plan for the patient experiencing a cardiac emergency.  Includes Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) didactic.  (5 Credits, Online and Lecture)

EMSC 3301—Foundations of Emergency Medical Services
An overview of EMS as related through a review of the historical development through the modern day implementation.  Includes an overview of federal rules and regulations as well as the planning and operations of typical EMS configurations systems including, methods of service and funding options.   (3 Credits, Online) (8 weeks: Aug-Oct)

EMSC 3302—EMS Operations Management
This course focuses on the role that operations management plays in the service industry through an emphasis on the principles and methodologies applicable to solving problems within the industry.  (3 Credits, Online) (8 weeks: Oct-Dec)

EMSC 3303—Leadership Development
A comprehensive view of the historical development of leadership theories and models and how they can be applied to emergency services. (3 Credits, Online) (8 weeks: Jan-Mar)

EMSC 3304—Community Paramedic
This course introduces a new direction and expanded role for EMS. The community paramedic adapts to the specific needs and resources of each community more broadly in the areas of primary care, public health, disease management, mental health, and dental care. This course emphasizes the role, advocacy, outreach, and community assessment for the community paramedic. Includes Modules 1 & 2 of Community Paramedic curriculum.  (3 Credits, Online) (8 weeks: Jan-Mar)

EMSC 4301—Human Resources Management
A general overview of the basic concepts and methods of human resources relevant in making decisions within any organization.

EMSC 4303—Foundations of Health Professions Education
Introduction to the methods and materials of community, and professional staff education; project development is required.  This course satisfies all requirements toward Arkansas licensure as an EMS Professional Educator. This course does require some actual face to face classroom interaction. (Prerequisite as an Arkansas EMT for two consecutive years).  (3 Credits, Online)

EMSC 4304—Safety & Risk Management
A discussion of the laws and regulations that governs the prevention and control of employee safety and health and the management techniques involved.  (3 Credits, Online)

EMSC 4305—Special Operations
Discusses the role that EMS providers play in special operations events such as mass casualty incidents, fire rehabilitation, extended operations, wilderness EMS, sporting events, technical rescues, hazardous materials, tactical events, and terrorism.  (3 Credits, Online) (8 weeks: Aug-Oct)

EMSC 4306—Community Paramedic Strategies
This course emphasizes the strategies to identify community health needs, developing strategies to meet those needs and building community capacity. Includes Modules 3 & 4 of Community Paramedic Curriculum. (Prerequisite EMSC 3304)  (3 Credits, Online) (8 weeks: Mar-May)

EMSC 4307—Current Topics in EMS
This seminar course is designed to discuss current problems in EMS systems.  Particular attention will be paid to evidence-based clinical medicine, EMS management issues, and public perceptions of EMS.  (3 Credits, Online) (8 weeks: Aug-Oct)

EMSC 4316—Community Paramedic Practicum
Directed clinical experiences in community health areas. (Pre or Corequisite EMSC 4306 and credentialed as a paramedic or advanced level healthcare professional)  (3 Credits, Clinical)

EMSC 4320—Critical Care Paramedic Practicum
Directed field and clinical experiences for the critical care paramedic. (Pre or Corequisite EMSC 4610 and credentialed as a paramedic or advanced level healthcare professional)  (3 Credits, Clinical)

EMSC 4330—Introduction to Research (RES 4330)
An introduction to the methods of scientific research to include research design and statistical analysis. Critical review of the components of research reports will be performed to include definition of the problem, review of the literature, research design, data analysis, and results.  (3 Credits, Online) (8 weeks: Oct-Dec)

EMSC 4408 – Directed Internship
An internship & capstone experience in which the student serves as an apprentice within any organization that impacts the field of EMS.  Suggested organizations include EMS providers, aeromedical EMS providers, a state or county Emergency Management agencies, Medicare or Medicaid governing agencies, industrial health settings, etc.  The student will also complete an individual project in a specific EMS area under the guidance and supervision of a faculty member.  (Usually 3 Credits, Practicum)

EMSC 4610—Critical Care Paramedic
This advanced course involves the complicated technological care for emergent patients with complex multisystem problems. Significant patient care experience as a paramedic or advanced level healthcare professional is required.  (6 Credits, Online and Lecture)