EMT Part I

Course Number: EMS 105
Transcript Title: EMT Part I
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 15, 2019
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, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


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 mandatory orientation, passing criminal background check and drug screen. Part 1 of the 2-part Oregon EMT course. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 90, MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores; current HCP CPR card. Audit available.

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 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

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. The Well-Being of the EMT
  2. Lifting and moving patients
  3. Medical/Legal and Ethical Issues
  4. Medical Terminology related to Anatomy and Physiology
  5. Principles of Pathophysiology and Life Span Development
  6. Airway and Respiration
  7. Scene Size Up and Assessment
  8. Vitals Signs
  9. Critical Thinking and Decision Making
  10. Communication and Documentation
  11. General Pharmacology
  12. Respiratory emergencies
  13. Cardiovascular emergencies
  14. Diabetes/altered mental status
  15. Allergic Reactions
  16. 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.

Note: only the CPR for HCP card is a pre-requisite for this course. Other clinical requirements as listed in the OHA rules must be met prior to any participation in a clinical setting during EMS 106. Clinical facilities must have time to process students prior to attendance in the clinical setting; therefore, students must complete these requirements prior to the start of EMS 106.

For a complete listing of administrative standards for health profession student clinical training, including required immunizations, TB screening, current AHA CPR for HCP card, and ability to pass a background & sex offender check and drug screening, see http://www.oregon.gov/oha/OHPR/Pages/sct.aspx

Cost for the background check and drug screen is collected with course fees.

National Registry EMT https://www.nremt.org/

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. Applicants should be aware that to be eligible to take the NR-EMT exam, they must be 18 years old. In addition, the following questions are asked on the National Registry EMT and/or the Oregon EMT Application:

  1. Do you or have you had within the past 10 years, any physical or mental condition that impairs, could impair, or has impaired your ability to perform the duties of an EMT? If you answer yes, explain whether your condition is controlled by medication or other treatment and how your condition treated or untreated, affects your ability to perform the duties of an EMT.
  2. Do you or have you used in the last 10 years, any drug or chemical substance for other than legitimate medical purposes that impairs or has impaired your ability to perform the duties of an EMT?
  3. Have you been counseled about, diagnosed with, or treated for, a dependency on alcohol or drugs within the last 10 years?
  4. Have you ever been arrested, charged with, or convicted of any misdemeanor or felony? (Minor traffic violations need not be reported.)
  5. Has an employer or supervising physician taken disciplinary action against you related to your duties as an EMT? (Discipline includes suspension, letter of reprimand, resignation in lieu of termination, a limitation or restriction of scope of practice or dismissal for cause.)
  6. Have you been named in a lawsuit alleging medical malpractice or misconduct related to providing medical care?
  7. Have you ever been disciplined, denied or revoked by the National Registry of EMTs or any health care certifying/licensing agency?
  8. Have you ever surrendered or resigned a health care license or certificate?
  9. Have you lived, worked, or attended school outside of Oregon for 60 or more consecutive days in the last 5 years?