Emergency Medical Services (EMS) A.S. Degree

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Associate in Science
Type: AS
Major Code : EMS-AS
CIP: 1351090402
Educational Plan: EMS-AS

Program Description

Seminole State’s Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Emergency Medical Services combines medical theory studies with practical clinical and field internships. Graduates are prepared to assume the role of first responder, life-support provider and physician extender.

 

 

Profession

Lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. Often the first to respond to medical emergencies, natural disasters and acts of terrorism, these emergency professionals apply split-second decision-making skills to assess and stabilize patients who are injured or sick and administer emergency medical care while transporting those patients to healthcare facilities

Career Opportunities

Most Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics are hired by private services, fire departments, municipal/governmental organizations, or hospital-based ambulance companies. Paramedic specializations include tactical medicine with police departments, critical care inter-facility transport including aero-medical services, disaster management with technical rescue teams, primary health care with the federal prison system and industrial medicine in the oil and gas industry. Administrative, government, public health and education opportunities also are available.

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Job Outlook

Employment in this field is expected to grow by 33 percent (much faster than average) through 2020. Continued demand for emergency medical technicians and paramedics will lead to new openings for personnel in local departments (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).

 

College Credit Certificates

Students pursuing this degree also may obtain the following college credit certificates:

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Paramedic Technology (EMT-P)

Articulation

Students who hold Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) certification may receive 11 hours of college credit in the EMS A.S. Degree program upon proof of certification.

Degree Transfer

DirectConnect to UCF: Seminole State’s Emergency Medical Services A.S. degree is transferable to the University of Central Florida’s Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree.

Program Note

Seminole State’s Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees are designed to prepare graduates for immediate entry into their chosen career field and/or transfer into certain baccalaureate programs. Students planning to transfer to a college or university should consult with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all entry requirements for the baccalaureate program of their choice.

Certifications

Graduates of this program are qualified to earn the following industry certifications:

  • Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT), National Registry of Medical Technicians, (NREMT001).
  • EMT-Basic, Florida Department of Health, (FDMQA007)
  • JRC/EMS-Paramedic, Florida Department of Health, (FDMQA009)
  • Paramedic (EMT-P), Florida Department of Health(FDMQA014)
  • Paramedic, National Registry of Medical Technicians, (NREMT004.)
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Available Courses
Required Courses
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EMT Certificate

12
This lecture course is designed to prepare the student for a career in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) field as an Emergency Medical Technician in accordance with the Department of Transportation National EMT curriculum. The student will understand the role of an EMT within the EMS system. The course includes information on the EMS system, legal aspects of EMS, applied anatomy and physiology, communicable diseases, medical emergencies, trauma emergencies, communications, blood-borne pathogens and employability skills. Lab fee required.
This laboratory course is designed to prepare the student for a career in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) field as an Emergency Medical Technician in accordance with the Department of Transportation National EMT curriculum. The student will be able to perform various EMT skills such as patient assessment, airway management, cardiac-arrest management, cervical immobilization, bandaging, extremity immobilization, stretcher handling, IV set-up and ECG monitor set-ups. Lab fee required.
This clinical practice course is designed to prepare the student for a career in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) field as an Emergency Medical Technician in accordance with the Department of Transportation's National EMT curriculum and the State of Florida's Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. The student will perform various EMT skills in hospital and field settings. The student will attend 48 hours in an emergency department and 48 hours with a local fire department. All EMS students must submit to a National Criminal Background check. Students must not have been convicted of a crime as listed in the EMS student handbook available in the EMS department. Successful completion of EMS 1431, EMS 1119 and EMS 1119L with an overall grade of 80 percent (C) in each course will allow the student eligibility to complete the National Registry certification examination and the Florida EMT certification. EMS 1431 must be completed during the same term as EMS 1119 and EMS 1119L. Lab fee required.

Paramedic Certificate

42
This course presents the objectives contained in the 2009 U.S. Department of Transportation National EMS Education Standards for Paramedic. This course stresses theory and procedures used by a comprehensive emergency medical system in advanced pre-hospital care of the emergency patient. Topics studied include roles and responsibilities, medical legal issues, well-being of the paramedic, illness and injury prevention, ethics, medical terminology review, patient assessment, airway management, venous access and medication administration, therapeutic communications, life span development, pathophysiology, management of shock and general pharmacology. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" (80 percent grade average) or higher to continue in the Paramedic program. This course may be repeated one time. Permission of EMS program manager is required. This course is offered in the Fall and Spring terms.
This course presents the objectives contained in the 2009 U.S. Department of Transportation National EMS Education Standards for Paramedic. This course stresses theory and procedures used by a comprehensive emergency medical system in advanced pre-hospital care of the emergency patient. Topics studied include illness and injury prevention, medical terminology review, patient assessment, airway management, venous access and medication administration, therapeutic communications, management of shock and general pharmacology. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" (80 percent grade average) or higher to continue in the Paramedic program. This course may be repeated one time. Permission of EMS program manager is required. This course is offered in the Fall and Spring terms. Lab fee required.
This course presents the objectives contained in the 2009 U.S. Department of Transportation National EMS Education Standards for Paramedic. This course stresses theory and procedures used by a comprehensive emergency medical system in advanced pre-hospital care of the emergency patient. Topics studied include the following medical emergencies: cardiology, pulmonary, neurology, endocrinology, allergies, gastroenterology, renal, toxicology, hematology, environmental conditions, communicable diseases, gynecology, obstetrics and psychiatric emergencies. The following trauma emergencies include burns, spinal, thoracic, abdominal, musculoskeletal, head, facial, soft tissue, hemorrhage and shock. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" (80 percent grade average) or higher to continue in the Paramedic program. This course may be repeated one time. Permission of EMS program manager is required. This course is offered in the Spring and Summer terms.
This course presents the objectives contained in the 2009 U.S. Department of Transportation National EMS Education Standards for Paramedic. This course stresses theory and procedures used by a comprehensive emergency medical system in advanced pre-hospital care of the emergency patient. The laboratory will focus on cardiovascular, respiratory and traumatic emergencies, enabling students to practice the associated treatment modalities. Topics studied include the following treatment of medical emergencies: cardiology, pulmonary, neurology, endocrinology, allergies, gastroenterology, renal, toxicology, hematology, environmental conditions, communicable diseases, gynecology, obstetrics and psychiatric emergencies. The following trauma emergency treatments include burns, spinal, thoracic, abdominal, musculoskeletal, head, facial, soft tissue hemorrhage and shock. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" (80 percent grade average) or higher to continue in the Paramedic program. This course may be repeated one time. Permission of EMS program manager is required. This course is offered in the Spring and Summer terms. Lab fee required.
This course presents the objectives contained in the 2009 U.S. Department of Transportation National EMS Education Standards for Paramedic. This course stresses theory and procedures used by a comprehensive emergency medical system in advanced pre-hospital care of the emergency patient. Topics studied include the following: neonatology, pediatrics, geriatrics, abuse and assault, patients with special challenges, acute interventions for the chronic care patient, assessment based management, ambulance operations, medical incident command, rescue awareness and operations, hazardous materials incidents and crime scene awareness. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" (80 percent grade average) or higher to continue in the Paramedic program. This course may be repeated one time. Permission of EMS program manager is required. This course is offered in the Fall and Summer terms. Lab fee required.
This course presents the objectives contained in the 2009 U.S. Department of Transportation National EMS Education Standards for Paramedic. This course stresses theory and procedures used by a comprehensive emergency medical system in advanced pre-hospital care of the emergency patient. Topics studied include the following: emergency treatment techniques for neonatology, pediatrics, geriatrics, abuse and assault, patients with special challenges, acute interventions for the chronic care patient, assessment-based management, ambulance operations, medical incident command, rescue awareness and operations, hazardous materials incidents and crime scene awareness. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" (80 percent grade average) or higher to continue in the Paramedic program. This course may be repeated one time. Permission of EMS program manager is required. This course is offered in the Fall and Summer terms. Lab fee required.
This course presents the objectives contained in the 2009 U.S. Department of Transportation National EMS Education Standards for Paramedic. This course allows students to correlate all of the didactic background in the paramedic course with advanced patient care and offers the students opportunities to demonstrate competency in the skills learned in all of the Paramedic Laboratories. Students will be assigned to specific fire departments to complete 192 hours of field ride time. Students will perform various emergency medical modalities and procedures under the direct supervision of a paramedic preceptor. This course will focus on all treatment modalities as final preparation for the state certification examination and a career as a paramedic. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" (80 percent grade average) or higher to continue in the Paramedic program. All Paramedic students must submit to a National Criminal Background check prior to beginning any clinical rotations. Students must not have been convicted of a crime as listed in the EMS student handbook available in the EMS department. This course may be repeated one time. Permission of the EMS Program Manager is required to repeat the course. This course is offered in the Fall and Summer terms. This is one component (course) of a limited-access program.
This course presents the objectives contained in the 2009 U.S. Department of Transportation National EMS Education Standards for Paramedic. This course stresses theory and procedures used by a comprehensive emergency medical system in advanced pre-hospital care of the emergency patient. This course allows students to correlate didactic background with basic patient care and offers the student opportunities to demonstrate competency in the skills learned in the Paramedic I Laboratory. Students are assigned to specific agencies to perform various emergency medical modalities and procedures under the direct supervision of a paramedic, nurse or physician. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" (80 percent grade average) or higher to continue in the Paramedic program. All Paramedic students must submit to a National Criminal Background check prior to beginning any clinical rotations. Students must not have been convicted of a crime as listed in the EMS student handbook available in the EMS department. This course may be repeated one time. Permission of the EMS Program Manager is required to repeat the course. This course is offered in the Fall and Spring terms. This is one component (course) of a limited-access program. Lab fee required.
This course presents the objectives contained in the 2009 U.S. Department of Transportation National EMS Education Standards for Paramedic. This course stresses theory and procedures used by a comprehensive emergency medical system in advanced pre-hospital care of the emergency patient. This course allows students to correlate didactic background with basic patient care and offers the student opportunities to demonstrate competency in the skills learned in the Paramedic II Laboratory. Students are assigned to specific agencies to perform various emergency medical modalities and procedures under the direct supervision of a paramedic, nurse or physician. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" (80 percent grade average) or higher to continue in the Paramedic program. All Paramedic students must submit to a National Criminal Background check prior to beginning any clinical rotations. Students must not have been convicted of a crime as listed in the EMS student handbook available in the EMS department. This course may be repeated one time. Permission of the EMS Program Manager is required to repeat the course. This course is offered in the Spring and Summer terms. This is one component (course) of a limited-access program. Lab fee required.
This course presents the objectives contained in the 2009 U.S. Department of Transportation National EMS Education Standards for Paramedic. This course stresses theory and procedures used by a comprehensive emergency medical system in advanced pre-hospital care of the emergency patient. This course allows students to correlate didactic background with basic patient care and offers the student opportunities to demonstrate competency in the skills learned in the Paramedic II and III Laboratories. Students are assigned to specific agencies to perform various emergency medical modalities and procedures under the direct supervision of a paramedic, nurse or physician. Course must be completed with a grade of "C" (80 percent grade average) or higher to continue in the Paramedic program. All Paramedic students must submit to a National Criminal Background check prior to beginning any clinical rotations. Students must not have been convicted of a crime as listed in the EMS student handbook available in the EMS department. This course may be repeated one time. Permission of the EMS Program Manager is required to repeat the course. This course is offered in the Summer and Fall terms. This is one component (course) of a limited-access program. Lab fee required.
This course provides an introduction to scientific inquiry in relationship to the human body, its systems and basic functions with emphasis on homeostatic mechanisms. The structure and function of cells, tissues and organ systems will be investigated. Designed for non-science majors. This course does not fulfill the credit requirements for Biology majors.
Note: BSC 2093C and 2094C, BSC 1084 or EMS 2010 may substitute for BSC1020
Elective Courses
4

Choose 4 credits from the following list:

This course is designed to meet Florida state (Florida Statute 401.281, 316.003 (1) F.S.) and Florida Administrative Code 64J-1.013 requirements for safe emergency vehicle operations. This 16-hour class combines both didactic and practical (driver training) aspects of instruction in preparation for emergency vehicle operations.
This course allows the student to obtain experience in a variety of settings in Emergency Medical Services with an emphasis on strong affective skills. Students may obtain experience by participating in one or more of the following experiences: mock disaster drill, simulations, volunteering at a hospital or nursing home, completing an internship with an EMS provider or any agreed upon project by the EMS Program Manager. This course may be completed twice with a grade of "C" or higher to meet the requirements of the Associate Degree in Emergency Medical Services.
This is an introductory course to the language of medicine utilized by healthcare professionals. Basic word structure and formation, medical terms, abbreviations, definitions and spelling are included. Major disease processes and pathological conditions of specific body systems will be discussed.
This is an intermediate course in formal algebra for students without a strong background in algebra. Topics include sets, the real number system and number properties, absolute value, products and factoring, algebraic fractions, linear and quadratic equations and inequalities with applications, systems of equations, radicals, rational exponents, graphs and relations and functions (four elective credits).
This course is designed to be a foundation for students preparing to take MGF 1106, MGF 1107 or STA 2023. A strong emphasis will be placed on the application of linear equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations and quadratic equations. Topics also include real numbers and their properties, products and factoring, graphs and functions, counting methods, descriptive statistics as well as an introduction to probability and financial mathematics. Students who already have credit for MAT 1033 Intermediate Algebra do not need to take this course.

Mathematics General Education course

3
Credits

Science General Education course

3
Credits
This course is designed to help students become more effective in college. The course teaches students how to set goals, manage time, improve retention of information, take notes, strengthen test-taking skills, deal with test anxiety, master stress reduction techniques, think critically, approach problems creatively, communicate more effectively, use the library and other college services, adapt to various instructional styles, understand their own learning style and identify and deal with problems (learning, personal or social) that interfere with their ability to learn, develop an appreciation for diversity and develop appropriate classroom behaviors. Lab fee required.

Any SLS prefix college credit course

General Education Courses
15
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Communications requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
The purpose of this course is to improve the basic skills of speaking and listening. Class exercises emphasize preparing and delivering public speeches, speaking with clarity and variety and listening with literal and critical comprehension.

Humanities General Education course

3
Credits

Social Science General Education course

3
Credits

Mathematics or Science General Education course

3
Credits
Total Credits:
73
Note:

Students with a baccalaureate degree or an associate of arts degree from a regionally accredited institution will be considered to have met general education requirements for this degree program.

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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