EMS Course Descriptions

EMD 197 - Emergency Medical Technician 

This workshop provides the medical knowledge and skills practice necessary to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). It delivers a brief introduction to EMS systems, the structure, and history of EMS and focuses on providing the fundamental knowledge and skill set necessary to become an EMT. With the completion of EMD 197, students will have attained the required training hours to test for certification as an EMT through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMTs).

EMD 310 - Emergency Medical Systems Core Competencies

This course will provide an in-depth review of EMT and Paramedic clinical knowledge and will allow students to recertify as an EMT, AEMT, or paramedic in the State of Arizona or using the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) recertification process. Course topics will cover all didactic material/objectives required by the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) for both EMTs and Paramedics. This course is available online with one required skills day in person.

EMD 350 - Advanced Emergency Medical Services

This course covers the core concepts of EMS systems and operations. At the completion of this course, students will have a better understanding of current EMS systems across the United States and how to optimize their function. Course topics will include the history and foundation of EMS, EMS systems, state and regional EMS systems, trauma systems, emergency departments and EMS, medical oversight and accountability, administration/management/operations, system financing, communications, emergency medical dispatch, medical record documentation and EMS information systems, ambulance ground transport, inter-facility and specialty care transfer, air medical transport, EMS for children, rural EMS, disaster response, emergency medical care at mass gatherings, response to terrorist incidents and weapons of mass destruction, operational EMS, EMS and public health, research, EMS educational programs, EMS providers and system roles, occupational health issues, medical-legal concerns in EMS, EMS research, Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) and EMS.

EMD 410 - Critical Care

This course provides students with the clinical knowledge and skills competencies necessary to provide pre-hospital critical care for both adult and pediatric patients. Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to sit for the Critical Care Paramedic exam. The course will prepare you to deliver advanced critical care in the out of hospital setting, including interfacility transfer of critically ill patients, as well as response to scene calls for critically ill or injured patients. You will learn from critical care providers and Emergency Medicine Physicians, as well as other experts who will teach you to perform the appropriate patient assessments. This will include how to perform invasive out of hospital care. The course is delivered online with in person skills sessions and clinical time in the ICU. Course prerequisites or Co-requisites are required for enrollment: 1) Paramedic certification or licensure valid throughout the end date of the course with 2 years-experience; or Registered Nurse with at least two years emergency or ICU experience, or a combined 2 years of EMS and ER/ICU. 2) Current ACLS certification, and current PRPP/PALS/Pedi-BTLS (One).

EMD 420 - Alternative Patient Destinations

This course provides EMTs and Paramedics the background knowledge to understand and implement community paramedicine and treat and refer programs across a variety of EMS response models and communities. Upon completion of the course, students will meet Arizona requirements for those students with a certification as a paramedic to function as a Community Paramedic in a treat-and-refer program.

EMD 430 - Wilderness Medicine

This course provides Paramedics with the background knowledge and skills necessary to provide emergency medical care in the wilderness or limited resource environments.

EMD 440 - Advanced Pediatric Pre-hospital Emergency Care

This course will provide an overview of the initial assessment and emergency management of children according to the pediatric assessment triangle. Key to this course will be the recognition of critically ill children in a pre-hospital setting in order to place them into appropriate standing order sets. Course topics will include airway obstruction, croup, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, asthma, cardiac arrest, dysrhythmias, shock, sepsis, altered mental status, traumatic brain injury, seizures, neonatal resuscitation, and special needs/technology dependent children.

EMD 450 - EMS Special Operations

This course provides students with EMS special operations training in the areas of hazardous materials response, search and rescue, tactical EMS, and Military EMS.

EMD 493 (A or C) - Internship for EMS or EMT

A: This course is designed for students working with the University of Arizona EMS Agency.  Students will be tasked with activities throughout the semester and will report to the instructors on their progress. Students are expected to attend training, events, shifts, and other activities as assigned by their EMS Agency.

C: This course provides Paramedics a mentored clinical experience through their current employer or volunteer agency of their choosing.  Students will log duty hours, provide instructors with mock patient care reports and revise those reports based on instructor feedback. 

EMD 493 (B or D) - EMS Leadership

B: This course is designed for students in leadership positions at the University of Arizona EMS Agency (UEMS Chief, Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief, Captains of training, logistics, and personnel). Students will be tasked with leadership activities throughout the semester and will report to the instructors on their progress.

D: This course provides Paramedics with mentored leadership experience. The course is open to students with clinical activity in a variety of volunteer or paid activity as a Paramedic. Students will work with their EMS agency to identify a project, submit the project to course instructors, revise the project based on instructor feedback, complete the project and submit a final summary or the project to course instructors. 

EMD 498 - Senior Capstone

This required course is for Senior level students to showcase their learning in the Bachelor of Science degree. Students will prepare and submit a scientific publication or develop/revise a prehospital protocol based on new scientific evidence.