Fall Courses

EMD 197 - Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
This workshop provides the medical knowledge necessary to become an Emergency Medical Technician. EMD 197 will provide a brief introduction to EMS systems, the structure and history of EMS, and will focus on providing the fundamental knowledge necessary to become an EMT. With the completion of EMD 197, students will have attained the required didactic training hours to meet the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) prescribed requirements for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT).

EMD 310 - Emergency Medical Services Core Competencies
This course will provide an in-depth review of EMT and Paramedic 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 Systems
The Advanced Emergency Medical Services course will cover the basics of EMS systems for University EMS service members and the general student body.  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, interfacility 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. This course will be delivered fully online.

EMD 420 - Emergency Medical Services Alternative Destinations
This course is designed to provide an EMT or Paramedic with the additional training necessary to operate a community paramedic program or EMS treat-and-refer program. Topics covered will include advanced EMS pharmaceuticals, management of chronic disease, recognition of acute decompensation of chronic disease, identification of patients that would be best treated at non-emergency care facilities, use of telemedicine in the prehospital setting, and more. This course will be delivered fully online.

EMD 440 - Advanced Pediatric Prehospital Emergency Care
This course will provide an overview of the initial assessment and emergency management of children according to the pediatric assessment triangle. The key to this course will be the recognition of critically ill children in a prehospital 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. This course will be delivered fully online.

EMD 493A - Internship for EMS or EMT
This course is an internship course designed for current students working in EMS at The University of Arizona (general membership), or as an EMT while also a student at UArizona. Students will be tasked with activities throughout the semester and will report to the instructors on their progress. Students are expected to attend various trainings, events, shifts, and other activities as assigned by their EMS agency.

EMD 493B - EMS Leadership Internship
This course is an internship course designed for leaders in EMS at The University of Arizona (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.

EMD 498 - EMS Capstone Project
This senior-level capstone course provides students with the opportunity to showcase the skills and knowledge they have acquired through the completion of other Emergency Medical Services courses. For this course, students must choose a project to (research project, quality improvement project, scientific publication, development or revision of a prehospital protocol based on new scientific evidence, etc.) implement or report.  Available to Juniors and Seniors who have completed at least one core EMS course. All students must meet with the faculty advisor to develop their project plan.