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EMT Part I

Course Number: EMS 105
Transcript Title: EMT Part I
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: April 1, 2015
Total Credits: 5
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP
Repeats available for credit: 0
Approved delivery mode: Face-to-Face


WR 115, RD 90, MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores; current HCP CPR card

Course Description

Explores the legal and ethical issues encountered by the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Develops an understanding of basic human anatomy and physiology in addition to medical terminology. Introduces the necessary skills to assess patients by focusing on the signs and symptoms related to the respiratory, cardiac and endocrine systems. Course sequence requires passing criminal background check and drug screen. Part 1 of the 2-part Oregon EMT course. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 90, MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores; current HCP CPR card.

Intended Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the course will:

  1. Apply knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology of the human body and medical terminology to emergency situations.
  2. Identify and use certain equipment needed to assess and care for the sick or injured patient at a novice EMT level.
  3. Assess patients at a novice EMT level.
  4. Perform appropriate interventions at a novice EMT level that may be needed to help the sick or injured patient based on information collected.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Because the role of an EMT often places the person in life and death circumstances, the assessment and grading of the students in this 2-class sequence will be held to the highest levels. Students must maintain an average of 70 or above on ALL written tests and prove mastery of ALL skill stations.

Students will be expected to complete assigned portions of the workbook and have it reviewed by the instructor on a regular basis. It is the responsibility of the student to keep up with missed assignments and tests.

Course Activities and Design

This course will be a combination of lecture and lab in most sessions. Many of the course topics require more hands-on practice than others. The student will need to read the textbook and complete the workbook prior to each of the lecture/labs on the subject of the session. Videos and power point presentations will play a major role in the lecture format. The course follows the design and objectives of the EMT National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Curriculum.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • The Well-Being of the EMT
  • Lifting and moving patients
  • Medical/Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Medical Terminology related to Anatomy and Physiology
  • Principles of Pathophysiology and Life Span Development
  • Airway and Respiration
  • Scene Size Up and Assessment
  • Vitals Signs
  • Critical Thinking and Decision Making
  • Communication and Documentation
  • General Pharmacology
  • Respiratory emergencies
  • Cardiovascular emergencies
  • Diabetes/altered mental status
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Poisoning and Overdose

Department Notes

Students must attend a mandatory orientation for information on personal and medical requirements for the course sequence. Students who wish to register after the mandatory orientation must contact the instructor for permission. Entire course sequence (EMS 105 and EMS 106) is offered once per year.

Clinical requirements for course:

  • Recent TB Surveillance of a 2-step negative TB skin test or a Quantiferon Gold test or clear chest x-ray and negative symptom review (within last 12 months).
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) 2 doses on or after first birthday or laboratory evidence of immunity.
  • Tetanus (within past 5-10 years).
  • Hepatitis B immunization series started (1st HBV vaccination required before permission is given to register).
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox) immunity.
  • Influenza vaccination (for Fall or Winter enrollment).

National Registry EMT and Oregon EMT testing:

On completion of the entire EMS sequence (EMS 105 & EMS 106), students are eligible to apply for licensing testing. At that time the Oregon Health Division requires individual "yes or no" responses to the following questions:

  1. Do you or have you been diagnosed with any mental or physical impairment(s), within the last 10 years, that may affect your ability to perform ALL the essential duties and functions of an emergency medical technician at this level of certification?
  2. Have you ever engaged in excessive or habitual use of any chemical substances for other than legitimate medical purposes or been treated for addiction or dependency?
  3. Have you ever engaged in habitual use of alcohol or received treatment for alcoholism within the last 10 years?
  4. Have you ever been convicted of any misdemeanor, felony or other crime, except for minor traffic infractions, under the laws of any state, the United States, or a foreign country? Minor traffic violations need not be reported; felony or misdemeanor traffic crimes and any violation involving driving while impaired, intoxicated, or under the influence of any drug or alcohol MUST be reported.
  5. If you have been or are certified as an EMT in this or any other state, have you ever been disciplined by your employer or supervising physician, within the last 10 years (including but not limited to restricted scope of practice, suspension, letter of reprimand, etc.), in connection with inappropriate or unprofessional conduct or questionable medical care or procedures or policies?
  6. If you have been or are certified as an EMT or other certified or licensed health care provider, have you ever been named in a lawsuit alleging medical malpractice or misconduct?

To take the National Registry exam, applicants must be at least 18 years old on the day of the exam.