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Escaping Violent Encounters
PARA  0101 1.00 Credit Hours
Escaping Violent Encounters for EMS/Fire gives the EMS provider the options needed to recognize a developing threat of assault, deflect it if possible, escape if practical, and defend if necessary. This non-violent system of prevention and avoidance takes a realistic approach to dealing with assaults on EMS and Fire personnel. The course gives EMS and Fire personnel an effective and reasonable plan on how to avoid an attack, and also how to defend themselves once attacked.
Concepts of A&P in EM Care
PARA  0201 4.00 Credit Hours
Concepts of Anatomy & Physiology in Emergency Medical Care is a fundamental course designed to provide you with the understanding and knowledge to help you succeed in pre-hospital emergency care. The course covers how the structure and function of various systems and organs in the human body interact to function as a unit. Emphasis will be placed on the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and central nervous systems. Four hours of lecture per week. Enrollment is restricted to Pre-Paramedic students only.
Emergency Medical Technician
PARA  0220 9.00 Credit Hours
Emergency Medical Technician is a fundamental course that is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience to function as a competent, entry-level practitioner. The student will gain knowledge about the acute, critical differences in physiology, pathophysiology, and clinical differences as they pertain to the pre-hospital emergency medical care of the infant, child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patient. The student will develop skills in patient assessment, airway management, shock and bleeding control, and splinting. The student will have the opportunity to implement the knowledge and skills learned and gain clinical experience during hospital and ambulance based clinical rotations. PARA 201 or BIO 121 is strongly recommended prior to enrolling in this course. Prerequisite: Student must possess a current CPR for Healthcare Provider certification.
Paramedic I
PARA  0250 12.00 Credit Hours
This training course is organized to cover the Preparatory, Airway Management, Patient Assessment, and introduce the Trauma portion of the National Curriculum. The classes will meet for three, four-hour classes each week of the semester. The class time will include both didactic and hands-on training of the skills needed including medication administration, airway maintenance, IV access, monitoring, and patient assessment. Prerequisites include completion of PARA 201 or BIO 121 (or equivalent) with a "C" or higher, a current Missouri EMT-Basic license, and a current CPR for Healthcare Provider card.
EMS Foundations
PARA  0251 1.00 Credit Hours
EMS Foundations introduces the students to the building blocks of the paramedicine profession. The course emphasizes professionalism and the expanding roles of the paramedic. The course provides an introduction to the following topics: EMS systems, roles and responsibilities, safety, EMS research, public health, medical and legal aspects of pre-hospital care, ethics, communication, and documentation. One hour of lecture per week. Prerequisites: Missouri Emergency Medical Technician license, American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider certification, completion of PARA 201 or BIO 121 (or equivalent) with a “C” or better.
EMS Pharmacology
PARA  0252 2.00 Credit Hours
This course introduces the underlying principles of pharmacology and provides a perspective of the historical, regulatory (FDA) and industrial aspects of pharmacological science. This includes overviews of the physiological, biochemical, and anatomical foundations for the interaction of drugs and chemicals with biological systems as well as a brief examination of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. Students will also become familiar with basic concepts of the interactions of chemical agents with living tissues. This course is intended to orient new paramedic students to the general scope of pharmacologic science. Two hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: Missouri Emergency Medical Technician license, American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider certification, completion of PARA 201 or BIO 121 (or equivalent) with a “C” or better.
EMS Pathophysiology
PARA  0253 2.00 Credit Hours
Pathophysiology is the study of physiologic functions in an abnormal state. It is necessary for the paramedic student to understand human pathophysiology in order to recognize injury or illness that occurs in the human body, and to be able to anticipate changes in the injured or ill patient’s condition. Principles of pathophysiology will be presented to the student, and the student will learn to recognize pathophysiological findings in many body systems including but not limited to the circulatory system, the musculoskeletal system, the respiratory system and abnormal neurological findings. Two hours lecture per week. Prerequisites: Missouri Emergency Medical Technician license, American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider certification, completion of PARA 201 or BIO 121 (or equivalent) with a “C” or better.
Pulmonology
PARA  0254 2.00 Credit Hours
Pulmonology introduces the paramedic student to commonly encountered respiratory system emergencies. Focus will be placed on respiratory anatomy and physiology, and the assessment and treatment of respiratory emergencies. Instruction will integrate assessment findings with principles of epidemiology and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and treatment plan. Two hours of lecture each week. Co-requisites: PARA 252 and PARA 255.
Paramedic Skills
PARA  0255 3.00 Credit Hours
This course introduces basic, fundamental skills that are required for the paramedic to function. Without the knowledge and ability to properly perform these skills, the paramedic would not be able to treat patients. These skills include intravenous (IV) access, intraosseous (IO) access, medication administration and patient assessment. One hour of lecture and four hours of lab per week. Co-requisite: PARA 252.
Pre-Hospital Cardiology
PARA  0256 4.00 Credit Hours
Arguably, one of the most important areas of study in pre-hospital medicine is cardiology. The paramedic must be able to both recognize and treat cardiac disease in order to provide the patient with appropriate and timely care. This ability will minimize morbidity and mortality related to cardiac disease in the community. The ability to quickly recognize cardiac related illnesses, and confidently provide rapid treatment and transport is vital to the success of the paramedic student. Four hours of lecture per week. Co-requisites: PARA 252 and PARA 255.
Paramedic II
PARA  0270 12.00 Credit Hours
Paramedic II is organized to cover the Trauma and Medical portion of the National Curriculum. The course provides the student with knowledge about the acute, critical differences in physiology, pathophysiology, or clinical symptoms, as they pertain to the pre-hospital emergency medical care of the infant, child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patient. The student will have an opportunity to acquire clinical experience and practical skills related to the emergency medical care of these patients both during class time and during hospital based clinical rotations. Prerequisites include completion of PARA 250 with a "C" or higher, current CPR for Healthcare Provider certification, and a current Missouri EMT-Basic license.
Traumatology
PARA  0272 4.00 Credit Hours
Traumatology details the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of trauma. Albeit trauma is a surgical disease, and in many instances definitive care must be provided in the operating room, there is a significant amount of care that can be provided by pre-hospital personnel to help reduce both morbidity and mortality. This course addresses various types of trauma based on the body systems involved. Instruction will integrate assessment findings with principles of epidemiology and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and treatment plan. Four hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: Completion of PARA 251, PARA 252, PARA 253, PARA 254, PARA 255, and PARA 256 with a "C" or better. Co-requisites: PARA 275 and PARA 370.
Emergency Medical Care
PARA  0273 3.00 Credit Hours
Emergency Medical Care introduces the paramedic student to commonly encountered illnesses and non-traumatic emergencies. Focus will be placed on neurology, endocrinology, immunology, gastroenterology, nephrology, toxicology, infectious disease, psychiatric and behavior disorders, and obstetrics/gynecology. Instruction will integrate assessment findings with principles of epidemiology and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and treatment plan. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: Completion of PARA 251, PARA 252, PARA 253, PARA 254, PARA 255, and PARA 256 with a "C" or better. Co-requisites: PARA 275 and PARA 370.
Advanced Paramedic Skills
PARA  0275 3.00 Credit Hours
This course expounds on the skills learned in Paramedic Skills. Advanced Paramedic Skills focuses on the highly advanced, critical care skills needed to function as a paramedic. Skills and topics covered in the class include: thoracentesis and thoracotomy, cricothyrotomy, IV infusions, mechanical ventilators, transporting patients with balloon pumps, escarotomy, and assessment of the critical care patient. The course will meet for one hour of lecture and four hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: Completion of PARA 251, PARA 252, PARA 253, PARA 254, PARA 255, and PARA 256 with a "C" or better. Co-requisites: PARA 272, PARA 273 and PARA 370.
Paramedic III
PARA  0290 9.00 Credit Hours
Paramedic III is organized to cover the Special Populations and EMS Operations portions of the National Curriculum. During Paramedic III, the student will meet for one class a week for the didactic portion covering special considerations in emergency medicine, assessment based management, and operations of the Emergency Medical Services. During the remaining part of the week, the student will be assigned specific hours with Advanced Life Support Ambulance Services and specified Preceptors to complete the Field Internship portion of the training. Prerequisites include completion of Para 270 with a "C" or higher, current CPR for Healthcare Provider certification, and a current Missouri EMT-Basic license.
EMS Operations
PARA  0292 1.00 Credit Hours
EMS Operations introduces paramedic students to the principles of paramedic operations. The course addresses ground and air transport, along with a variety of special circumstances, including: multiple-casualty incidents, rescue operations, hazardous materials, crime scenes, rural practice, and terrorist incidents. Two hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: Completion of PARA 272, PARA 273, PARA 275, and PARA 370 with a "C" or better.
Special Patient Populations
PARA  0293 1.00 Credit Hours
Special Patient Populations provides the paramedic student with information they need about special populations: pediatrics, geriatrics, disabled patients, patients requiring chronic care, and patients of abuse, assault, and neglect. Instruction will integrate assessment findings with principles of epidemiology and pathophysiology to formulate a field impression and treatment plan, taking into account special considerations for the varying populations. Two hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: Completion of PARA 272, PARA 273, PARA 275, and PARA 370 with a "C" or better.
Topics in EMT-Paramedic
PARA  0298 1.00 Credit Hours
Designed to give instruction in some area of the paramedic field not covered in other courses. Prerequisites to be determined by the department and listed on the syllabus for the specific course.
Clinical Practicum
PARA  0370 4.00 Credit Hours
During Clinical Practicum, students complete a minimum of 316 clock hours in various departments of regional hospital affiliates. Rotations include, but are not limited to: emergency department, critical care units, pediatrics, labor and delivery, cardiac catheterization lab, operating room, urgent care, psychiatric unit, and post-anesthesia care unit. Prerequisites: Completion of PARA 251, PARA 252, PARA 253, PARA 254, PARA 255, and PARA 256 with a "C" or better. Co-requisites: PARA 272, PARA 273, and PARA 275.
Field Internship
PARA  0390 6.00 Credit Hours
During Field Internship, students are assigned to a Paramedic preceptor with an area Advanced Life Support Ambulance. Students complete a minimum of 360 clock hours during the field internship. Focus is placed on developing pre-hospital care team leadership abilities and scene management. Students will progress from observer to team member to team leader. Prerequisites: completion of PARA 272, PARA 273, PARA 275, and PARA 370 with a "C" or better. Co-requisite: PARA 395.
EMS Seminar
PARA  0395 1.00 Credit Hours
EMS Seminar serves as a capstone course for the paramedic program. The course is designed to test competency in all paramedic skills and prepare for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician cognitive and psychomotor examinations. One hour of lecture per week, one 24-hour board preparation course. Prerequisites: completion of PARA 272, PARA 273, PARA 275, and PARA 370 with a "C" or better. Co-requisite: PARA 390.
EMS Systems
PARA  0401 3.00 Credit Hours
EMS Systems is an introduction to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems. Theoretical concepts and issues will be discussed and examined in order to provide the student with a conceptual basis for understanding and analyzing EMS systems and organizations. Particular emphasis will be placed on system components, system integration and the roles and responsibilities of management and leadership in EMS organizations. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: Completion of HS 350 with a grade of "C" or better.
EMS Leadership
PARA  0402 3.00 Credit Hours
EMS Leadership provides a general overview of management and administrative functions required of EMS managers today, including: planning, directing, budgeting, staffing, and evaluation. Particular emphasis will be placed on issues relating to human resources, EMS operations, and organizational planning. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: Completion of HS 350 and HS 390 with a grade of "C" or better.
EMS Research
PARA  0411 3.00 Credit Hours
EMS Research is an introduction to basic research methods and basic statistical procedures used in Emergency Medical Services. Students will use this information to assist them with reading, interpreting, and evaluating articles in the pre-hospital healthcare literature. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: MATH 310, GB 321, SOC 305, or PSY 320 and ENG 102.