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Emergency Medical Services: First Responder

Course Number: EMS 120
Transcript Title: EMS: First Responder
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: April 1, 2015
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 24
Lecture / Lab Hours: 24
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0
Approved delivery mode: Face-to-Face

Course Description

For those who are usually the first person at the scene of trauma or medical emergencies including law enforcement, fire department personnel, etc. Knowledge and skills are developed to provide basic care for trauma, medical and environmental emergencies; evaluation of scene and patients; and appropriate access and use of the Emergency Medical Services System. Must be 16 years of age. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Apply safe working practices in medical and trauma emergencies.
  2. Use industry accepted verbal and written communication skills in transmitting patient care findings and treatment.
  3. Demonstrate correct application of patient assessment and management skills given patient scenarios and following current field protocols.
  4. Answer multiple choice questions over didactic material with 80% accuracy.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Student mastery is evaluated by both written and practical examinations, quizzes, written/oral reports, and projects.

Course Activities and Design

Activities include lecture, practical lab sessions with manikins and equipment, individual and group projects, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Course content is determined by Oregon Department of Human Services Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Systems Section, which follows National Standards based on USDOT NHTSA curricula.

Themes, Concepts, and Issues

  • EMS Systems
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • First Responder Well-Being
  • Human Body
  • Lifting and Moving Patients
  • Airway Management
  • Patient Assessment, including calculation/computation of vital signs
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Childbirth
  • Pediatrics
  • Gaining Access and Hazards on Scene
  • Multiple-Casualty Incidents, Triage and Incident Management


  • Patient assessment
  • Basic Life Support
  • Splinting
  • Bandaging, dressing and bleeding control
  • Airway maintenance
  • Spinal immobilization
  • Communications and documentation
  • Lifting and moving patients

Related Instruction


Hours: 4
Pertaining primarily to outcomes 3 and 4 above, estimated minimum time required in computation skills: 4 hours

  • Student will demonstrate how to calculate and/or compute data pertinent to patient vital signs for use in assessment
  • Student will interpret and apply protocols for triage and patient management
  • Student will apply charts and calculations to specific patient conditions to determine field treatment.


  1. Demonstrate correct application of patient assessment and management skills given patient scenarios and following current field protocols.