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PAM 101 - Foundations of Paramedic Practice

Credits: 4
4 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: Acceptance into PAM program BIO 110  or BIO 151  
Co-requisites: BIO 161 , PAM 102  and PAM 112C  

This course introduces the student to emergency medical care at the advanced life support level. Topics include the history of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the EMS system, the roles, responsibilities, professionalism and well-being of the EMS provider and the medical, legal and ethical considerations specific to paramedic care. Course will also involve patient assessment, life-span development and EMS operations topics. This course requires a per credit health career fee; Check the tuition and fee schedule for the current rate.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. List major developments in the history and development of EMS systems.
  2. Define three roles, responsibilities and professional attributes of an EMS provider.
  3. Complete a patient care report and trip sheet on a simulated patient encounter.
  4. Complete appropriate assessments on simulated medical and trauma patients.
  5. Utilize monitoring devices to obtain patient vital signs.
  6. Apply concepts of EMS Operations to specified emergency situations.
Listed Topics
  1. History of EMS
  2. EMS systems
  3. Roles and responsibilities of the paramedic
  4. Quality improvement and research applications for EMS
  5. Workforce safety and wellness
  6. EMS communications
  7. Documentation, medical/legal and ethical issues
  8. Life span development
  9. Patient assessment, history taking, monitoring devices
  10. EMS operations
Reference Materials
Textbooks, library resources, journals, videos and lab equipment.
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 06/01/2016

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