EMT Courses

EMT 100 Introduction to EMSCredit Hrs: 3
Pre-Req: None   Co-Req: DSPM Mods. 1-4, DSPR 0700, DSPW 0700
This course provides the participant with an introduction to the Emergency Medical Services system. Content includes ethics, legal considerations, critical incident stress management, and an historical account of the EMS system.

EMT 101 Basic EMT ICredit Hrs: 6
Pre-Req: None.   Co-Req: EMT 100.
This is the entry level course to the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) profession. Areas to be included are: EMT roles and responsibilities, airway management, patient assessment, medical emergencies, anatomy and physiology, documentation, lifting and moving, and communications. Practical labs will be conducted. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be eligible to enroll in EMT 102. EMT 102 must be completed successfully for the student to be eligible to take the State of Tennessee Basic EMT Licensure Examination. EMT 102 must be completed in the semester immediately following EMT 101. If EMT 102 is not taken in this manner, EMT 101 must be repeated.

EMT 102 Basic EMT IICredit Hrs: 6
Pre-Req: EMT 101.   Co-Req: EMT 104.
Must be taken in same academic year as EMT 101 to be submitted for licensure. Areas to be included in this course are: childbirth, trauma emergencies, pediatric emergencies, environmental emergencies, behavioral emergencies, and ambulance operations. Practical labs will be conducted. Emergency department and prehospital clinical experience is required. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be eligible to take a comprehensive competency-based examination. A passing score of 80 percent is required to be eligible to take the Basic EMT Licensure Examination given by the Tennessee Department of Health, Division of Emergency Medical Services.

EMT 104 EMT Extended SkillsCredit Hrs: 3
Pre-Req: EMT 100 and EMT 101.   Co-Req: EMT 102.
This course prepares the EMT student to perform skill competencies consistent with State of Tennessee EMT regulations. Content areas include intravenous access, pharmacology and medication administration for the Basic EMT, and review of airway management. Practical lab and clinical experiences are required.

EMT 141 EMS Symposium ICredit Hrs: 2
Pre-Req: None   Co-Req: None
The focus of this course will be topics of current interest in the field of Emergency Medical Services. Subjects covered will relate to skills, procedures, or knowledge required by current and future practitioners in order to provide high quality care.

EMT 142 EMS Symposium IICredit Hrs: 3
Pre-Req: None   Co-Req: None
The focus of this course will be topics of current interest in the field of Emergency Medical Services. Subjects covered will relate to skills, procedures, or knowledge required by current and future practitioners in order to provide high quality care.

EMT 150 Independent Study in EMTCredit Hrs: 1-6
Pre-Req: Admission to the Paramedic Program or permission of the EMT Program Director.   Co-Req: None
This course of study is designed to meet individual learning needs. Faculty supervision and guidance is provided to accomplish the selected learning objectives.

EMT 159 PreparatoryCredit Hrs: 6
Pre-Req: None.   Co-Req: EMT 160, 161, 164.
Introduction of the student to the role of the EMT-Paramedic in the health care delivery system. The well-being of the EMT-Paramedic, including illness and injury prevention, will be taught. Other topics include venous access and medication administration, therapeutic communication, and life span development.

EMT 160 Principles of PathophysiologyCredit Hrs: 4
Pre-Req: None.   Co-Req: EMT 159, 161, 164.
This section introduces pathophysiology as it correlates to the disease process. Cellular composition and function, including alterations in body fluids environment, will be taught. Other topics include genetics, familial disease, hypoperfusion, the body?s self-defense mechanism, the inflammatory process, immunity, and stress response to diseases.

EMT 161 Patient AssessmentCredit Hrs: 3
Pre-Req: None.   Co-Req: EMT 159, 160, 164.
Introduction of the student to patient assessment utilized by the EMT-Paramedic. History taking, techniques of physical exam, conceptual approach to the process of patient assessment, clinical decision making, patient interaction, and documentation will be taught. This section will lay the foundation for additional course work in patient assessment, stabilization, and treatment.

EMT 162 Pre Hospital Pharmacology IntrCredit Hrs: 3
Pre-Req: None.   Co-Req: EMT 163, 165, 170.
Introduction of the student to general groups of drugs and classification of each. Topics include therapeutic effects of drugs, indications, contraindications, dosage and side effects. Also, the student will learn methods of administering medications after calculations of appropriate dosages. This unit is designed to help the EMT-Paramedic implement a patient management plan based on principles and applications of pharmacology. Issues such as personal responsibility for safe and therapeutically effective drug administration within legal and ethical realms will be taught.

EMT 163 Medical SituationsCredit Hrs: 6
Pre-Req: None.   Co-Req: EMT 162, 165, 170.
Introduction of the student to medical illnesses as encountered by the EMT-Paramedic. This section incorporates previously learned abilities into teaching the pathophysiology, symptomology, and treatment for diseases and injury to the respiratory system, cardiovascular system, endocrine system, and nervous system. Topics include areas of instruction in pulmonary, cardiology, neurology, endocrinology, allergies, gastroenterology, renal and urology, toxicology, hematology, environmental disorders, infectious and communicable diseases, behavioral disorder, gynecology, and obstetrics. ACLS certification will be awarded during this course to students meeting the established criteria of the American Heart Association.

EMT 164 Airway ManagementCredit Hrs: 2
Pre-Req: None.   Co-Req: EMT 159, 160, 161.
This section is designed to teach the EMT-Paramedic student how to establish and maintain a patent airway, oxygenate, and ventilate a patient. Details of upper and lower airways, including differences in pediatric variations, is taught. Other topics include details of respiration, ventilation, measurement of gases, and causes of decreased oxygen concentrations in the blood. Psychomotor skill labs will be conducted.

EMT 165 Clinical Experience ICredit Hrs: 3
Pre-Req: None.   Co-Req: EMT 162, 163, 170.
Clinical education is comprised of time spent in various area hospitals, clinics, field trips, and EMS agencies. Major emphasis is placed on EMS observation, emergency room, labor and delivery, pediatrics, operating room, and recovery room.

EMT 170 EMS OperationsCredit Hrs: 4
Pre-Req: None.   Co-Req: EMT 162, 163, 165.
The student will practice previously learned paramedic skills. Medical incident command, rescue operations and awareness, basic water rescue, confined space rescue awareness, highway/vehicle rescue operations, hazardous terrain, hazardous materials awareness and operations, and crime scene awareness and operations will be conducted.

EMT 171 Patient ManagementCredit Hrs: 4
Pre-Req: None.   Co-Req: EMT 172, 173.
This is a continuation of Medical Situations. Topics to be covered will

EMT 172 Trauma EmergenciesCredit Hrs: 4
Pre-Req: None.   Co-Req: EMT 171, 173.
Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support concepts to the Standards of the American College of Surgeons will be presented. This section will allow the student to integrate pathophysiological trauma principles and assessment findings into an ability to formulate a general field impression and implement a patient treatment plan. Topics include trauma systems, mechanism of injury, hemorrhage, shock, soft tissue trauma, burns, head and facial trauma, spinal trauma, thoracic trauma, abdominal trauma, and musculoskeletal trauma.

EMT 173 Clinical Experience IICredit Hrs: 3
Pre-Req: None.   Co-Req: EMT 171, 172.
A continuation of EMT 165. Major emphasis includes the addition of coronary care, intensive care, and psychiatric units.

EMT 180 EMS Clinical Experience IIICredit Hrs: 3
Pre-Req: None.   Co-Req: EMT 181.
A continuation of EMT 165 and 173. Minimum competencies are required for successful completion.

EMT 181 InternshipCredit Hrs: 3
Pre-Req: None.   Co-Req: EMT 180.
Summative evaluation of experience from classroom and clinical settings within pre-hospital Advanced Life Support Units will be gained. This experience must be conducted under the direction of a licensed EMT-Paramedic or a course instructor. Under supervision, the student will be exposed to injuries and illnesses and will participate in the diagnosis and treatment of the patient while working in an environment approximating that found upon graduation. The intern will progress from observer, through team member, to a leadership role as a pre-hospital provider as part of the summative evaluation. Minimum competencies are required for successful completion.