EMS students working on clearing an airway.

Emergency Medical Services

Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2017 Paramedic Core. Download the Paramedic Core Application here. Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017.

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Contact Information

Jeff Morgan
Director of Emergency Services

jmorgan2@inverhills.edu
651-450-3397
HH 103

Admissions Team

admissions@inverhills.edu
651-450-3000
College Center

First responders, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics are primarily employed in

  • Public safety agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Private and public ambulance services
  • Fire departments

They provide care in a variety of emergency medical and traumatic situations. With enough education or experience, EMTs and paramedics can become emergency service supervisors, managers, directors or executive directors.

As a program graduate, you are eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) written and practical exams to become certified nationally and in the state of Minnesota.


EMS Information Sessions

Interested in learning more about the exciting career opportunities in the Emergency Medical Services field? Sign up to attend this information session to hear more about our EMT program, Paramedic program, and additional certification opportunities.

Deadline for Fall 2017 start is March 24

The Paramedic Core Application is due no later than March 24, 2017 by 4 p.m.


Accreditation

The Inver Hills Community College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Outcomes for the Paramedic Program Average 2014+2013+2012
National Registry Written Pass Rate 100%
National Registry Practical Pass Rate 100%
Retention 88%
Positive Placement of Grads 89.47%

CAAHEP CONTACT INFORMATION

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

COAEMSP CONTACT INFORMATION

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8445
FAX 214-703-8992
www.coaemsp.org


Degrees

Associate of Science (A.S.) in Emergency Medical Services: Traditional Track Paramedic – 70 credits

The EMS Traditional Track Paramedic program offers comprehensive educational and occupational preparation in the field of advanced pre-hospital emergency care. Paramedics work for advanced life support ambulance services and in various out-of-hospital care settings, providing life-saving aid in a variety of medical and traumatic emergencies. As a graduate with your A.S. degree, you are eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) written and practical exams.

You must complete a separate program application for admittance into the Paramedic Core program. Two unique curricular tracks are offered, both leading to an A.S. in Emergency Medical Services. You can select a third option if you are seeking a career as a paramedic, but are not seeking a degree. Clinical learning experiences are provided with ambulance services and hospitals throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Note: If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state and other higher education financial aid. Some courses within this program require a criminal background study to successfully complete. Please see the course description section of the catalog for more details. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide Paramedic Core Application

Paramedic Curriculum – 40 credits

Course Number Title Credits
Pre-Core Program
EMS 1122 EMS Systems 2 cr
EMS 1130 Advanced EMT 4 cr
EMS 1131 Advanced EMT Practicum 2 cr
EMS 1188 Advanced EMT Patient Care Experience 2 cr
Paramedic Core
(requires formal acceptance into Paramedic Core Program)
EMS 2420 Pathophysiology for EMS 3 cr
EMS 2430 Advanced Pharmacology 2 cr
EMS 2440 Shock and Trauma 2 cr
EMS 2460 Medical Emergencies I 3 cr
EMS 2470 Field Skills Practicum I 3 cr
EMS 2488 Paramedic Patient Care Experience I 2 cr
EMS 2530 Peds/OB/GYN Emergencies 3 cr
EMS 2540 Special Rescue Operations 2 cr
EMS 2560 Medical Emergencies II 4 cr
EMS 2570 Field Skills Practicum II 2 cr
EMS 2580 Synthesis of Advanced Life Support 1 cr
EMS 2588 Paramedic Patient Care Experience II 4 cr
Total credits: 40

Liberal Arts Curriculum – 30 credits

Course Number Title Credits
ENG 1108 Writing and Research Skills 4 cr
ENG 1111 Research Writing in the Disciplines 2 cr
COMM 1100 or 2240 Communication 3 cr
BIOL 1120 or 1154 Biology 4 cr
BIOL 2201 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 cr
BIOL 2202 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 cr
PSYC 1230 Psychology of Death and Dying 3 cr
History/Social Science/Behavioral Science (See Goal 5 of MnTC) 3 cr
Humanities/Fine Arts/Literature (See Goal 6 of MnTC) 3 cr
Total Credits: 30
Developmental Math and English courses may be required for admission to the program, but cannot be applied to graduation requirements.

Associate of Science (A.S.) in Emergency Medical Services: Accelerated Track Paramedic – 70 credits

EMS Accelerated Track Paramedic is a separate program offered to qualified paramedics. You must apply to both Inver Hills and the EMS program. Applications are accepted year-round. This track allows working paramedics to complete the A.S. degree at Inver Hills. You must successfully complete the Inver Hills credit residency requirement for graduation.

Note: If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state and other higher education financial aid. Some courses within this program require a criminal background study to successfully complete. Please see the course description section of the catalog for more details. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide Paramedic Core Application

Department Curriculum – 40 credits

Course Number Title Credits
Equivalent Credit for Paramedic Certificate/Experience 40 cr
Total Credits: 40

Liberal Arts Curriculum – 30 credits

Course Number Title Credits
ENG 1108 Writing and Research Skills 4 cr
ENG 1111 Research Writing in the Disciplines 2 cr
COMM 1100 or
COMM 2240
Interpersonal Communication or
Intercultural Communication
3 cr
BIOL 1120 or
BIOL 1154
Exploring Biology or
Biology: From Cell to Organism
4 cr
BIOL 2201 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 cr
BIOL 2202 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 cr
PSYC 1230 Psychology of Death, Dying and Loss 3 cr
History/Social Science/Behavioral Science (See Goal 5 of MnTC) 3 cr
Humanities/Fine Arts/Literature (See Goal 6 of MnTC) 3 cr
Total Credits: 30
Developmental Math and English courses may be required for admission to the program, but cannot be applied to graduation requirements.

Certificates

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) – 10 credits

Designed to provide expanded depth and breadth for students who have completed an Emergency Medical Technician course, this curriculum meets the National EMS Education Standards for training of the Advanced EMT (AEMT). The AEMT provides basic and limited advanced medical care to ill and injured patients above the scope of an EMT. Program curriculum includes pathophysiology of medical and traumatic conditions, critical thinking skills, some advanced airway management, basic pharmacology, incident operations, intravenous therapy and fluid administration along with field and hospital experiences. Curriculum in this certificate may be applied toward the Paramedic Certificate or A.S. degree.

Program curriculum includes:

  • Pathophysiology of medical and traumatic conditions
  • Critical-thinking skills
  • Advanced airway management
  • Basic pharmacology
  • Incident operations
  • Intravaneous therapy
  • Fluid administration
  • Field and hospital experiences

Note: If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state and other higher education financial aid. Some courses within this program require a criminal background study to successfully complete. Please see the course description section of the catalog for more details. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Core AEMT Curriculum – 10 credits

Course Number Title Credits
EMS 1122 EMS Systems 2 cr
EMS 1130 Advanced EMT 4 cr
EMS 1131 Advanced EMT Lab 2 cr
EMS 1188 Advanced EMT Experience 2 cr
Total Credits: 10
Current EMT certification required prior to and during all coursework.

Community Paramedic Certificate – 12 credits

The Community Paramedic certificate provides additional training to certified paramedics in the following areas:

  • Public health
  • Health prevention
  • Patient advocacy
  • Triage
  • Disease management
  • Mental health
  • Management of ongoing illness or injury

Provides additional training to certified, experienced paramedics in the areas of public health, health prevention, patient advocacy, triage, disease management, mental health and the management of ongoing illness or injury. The Community Paramedic works under the direction of an EMS Medical Director in cooperation with a primary care doctor. Community Paramedics work for EMS agencies, health care organizations or in other areas of public health.

Note: If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state and other higher education financial aid. Some courses within this program require a criminal background study to successfully complete. Please see the course description section of the catalog for more details. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Community Paramedic Curriculum

Course Number Title Credits
EMS 2900 Role of the Community Paramedic 2 cr
EMS 2910 Community Assessment 3 cr
EMS 2920 Pathophysiology and Disease Management for the Community Paramedic 2 cr
EMS 2930 Community Paramedic Patient Care Experience 5 cr
Total Credits: 12

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate – 9 credits

The Emergency Medical Technician certificate provides the following:

  • Basic education in emergency medical care
  • Competencies required to prepare for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) written and practical exams
  • Preparation for a career as a certified emergency medical technician (EMT)

You will learn responsibility in emergency care of the critically sick or injured while developing skills in the use and care of all basic emergency equipment. Program curriculum includes:

  • Patient assessment
  • Trauma skills
  • Care and recognition of heart disease
  • Respiratory problems
  • Other medical emergencies
  • Field clinical experience

The EMT certificate program is approved by the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB). When you successfully complete the certificate program, you will be eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) written and practical exams to become certified as an EMT nationally and in the state of Minnesota. You are required to provide proof of certification in Healthcare Provider CPR (or equivalent), valid through the end of the EMT course.

Note: If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state and other higher education financial aid. Some courses within this program require a criminal background study to successfully complete. Please see the course description section of the catalog for more details. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Core Curriculum – 9 credits

Course Number Title Credits
EMS 1101 Emergency Medical Technician 6 cr
EMS 1102 Emergency Medical Technician Practicum 3 cr
Total Credits: 9

Diplomas

Paramedic – 40 credits

This program is designed to offer comprehensive education and occupational preparation in the field of advanced prehospital emergency care. Paramedics are employed by advanced life support ambulance services as well as in various out-of-hospital care settings to provide care in medical and traumatic emergencies. Graduates are eligible to take the National Registry Paramedic written and practical exam. A separate program application is required for admittance into the Paramedic Core program.

Note: If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state and other higher education financial aid. Some courses within this program require a criminal background study to successfully complete. Please see the course description section of the catalog for more details. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study.

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Paramedic Curriculum – (40 credits)

Course Number Title Credits
Pre-Core Program
EMS 1122 EMS Systems 2 cr
EMS 1130 Advanced EMT 4 cr
EMS 1131 Advanced EMT Practicum 2 cr
EMS 1188 Advanced EMT Patient Care Experience 2 cr
Paramedic Core
(requires formal acceptance into Paramedic Core program)
EMS 2420 Pathophysiology for EMS 3 cr
EMS 2430 Advanced Pharmacology 2 cr
EMS 2440 Shock and Trauma 2 cr
EMS 2460 Medical Emergencies I 3 cr
EMS 2470 Field Skills Lab I 3 cr
EMS 2488 Paramedic Patient Care Experience I 2 cr
EMS 2530 Peds/OB/GYN Emergencies 3 cr
EMS 2540 Special Rescue Operations 2 cr
EMS 2560 Medical Emergencies II 4 cr
EMS 2570 Field Skills Lab II 2 cr
EMS 2580 Synthesis of Advanced Life Support 1 cr
EMS 2588 Paramedic Patient Care Experience II 4 cr
Total credits: 40
Developmental Math and English courses may be required for admission to the program, but cannot be applied to graduation requirements.
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Course Descriptions

EMS 1028  Directed Study in EMS   cr

Provides opportunity for directed study in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) theory, lab and/or clinicals for EMS students. The course content is individualized based on an assessment of the student's learning needs. Focus of the course will be demonstration of competency in identified learning outcomes related to EMS practice. Prerequisite: Permission of the EMS Program Director.

EMS 1100  Emergency Medical Responder   3.0 cr

Provides instruction in emergency medical care for those who are first on the scene of an accident or medical emergency; intended for police officers, firefighters, and other public safety personnel. Includes patient assessment, CPR, airway management including oxygen, adjunct airways and other resuscitation equipment, medical emergencies including seizures, strokes, heart attacks, poisonings and cover trauma management as well as bandaging, splinting and spinal immobilization. Students will be certified upon completion through the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board.

EMS 1101  Emergency Medical Technician   6.0 cr

Provides a foundation in emergency medical care. The course is designed to teach emergency care and transportation of patients who access the emergency medical system. Students will develop skills in the use of and care of all basic emergency equipment. The course includes topics such as patient assessment, trauma management, recognition and care of heart disease, respiratory problems and other medical emergencies. Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found in emergency care settings. This course consists of lecture, skills practice and clinical experience at a local hospital and/or ambulance service. This course is approved by the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board. Participants who successfully complete the course will be eligible to take the National Registry of EMT's practical and written examinations for State and National Certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. To complete the requirements of the course students will need to receive a criminal background clearance. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study. Notice: If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state, and other higher education financial aid.

EMS 1102  Emergency Medical Technician Practicum   3.0 cr

Provides a foundation in emergency medical care. The course is designed to teach emergency care and transportation of patients who access the emergency medical system. Students will develop skills in the use of and care of all basic emergency equipment. The course includes topics such as patient assessment, trauma management, recognition and care of heart disease, respiratory problems and other medical emergencies. Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found in emergency care settings. This course consists of lecture, skills practice and clinical experience at a local hospital and/or ambulance service. This course is approved by the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board. Participants who successfully complete the course will be eligible to take the National Registry of EMT's practical and written examinations for State and National Certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. Prerequisites: Co-registration in EMS 1101. Notice: If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state, and other higher education financial aid.

EMS 1103  EMR to EMT Transition   6.0 cr

Provides a foundation in emergency medical care. The course is designed to teach emergency care and transportation of patients who access the emergency medical system. Students will develop skills in the use of and care of all basic emergency equipment. The course includes topics such as patient assessment, trauma management, recognition and care of heart disease, respiratory problems and other medical emergencies. Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found in emergency care settings. This course consists of lecture, skills practice and clinical experience at a local hospital and/or ambulance service. This course is approved by the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board. Participants who successfully complete the course will be eligible to take the National Registry of EMT's practical and written examinations for State and National Certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. Prerequisites: Current state or national certification as an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR). Notice: If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state, and other higher education financial aid.

EMS 1105  Ambulance Operations   2.0 cr

Designed as an experiential practicum course to provide advance instruction and experience with skills needed to work in the EMS field. Students lead a team of pre-hospital caregivers in realistic scenario simulations: Life-like role-plays in which students must work through all phases of an ambulance call. These simulations are multi-complex care situations that require the development of critical thinking and decision-making skills. Prereq: Current CPR Certification, EMS 1101 or equivalent, Physical Exam current with last year. Valid Driver's License. Pre or Co-requisite: PHED 1157.

EMS 1106  BLS Field Experience   2.0 cr

Consists of supervised work experience in the emergency prehospital environment. Students respond and provide care during actual emergency situations with a 911 emergency ambulance system. Prereq: Written permission of Instructor, EMS 1105, PHED 1157. Must be a registered EMT-Basic.

EMS 1110  EMS Operations   2.0 cr

Provides advanced instruction and experience with skills needed to work in the EMS field. Students lead a team of pre-hospital caregivers in realistic scenario simulations: life-like role-plays in which students must work through all phases of an ambulance call. These simulations are complex care situations that require the development of critical thinking and decision-making skills. Prerequisites: Current CPR certification, EMS 1101 or equivalent, valid driver's license.

EMS 1111  Introduction to Emergency Medical Services   1.0 cr

Presents a general introductory course for students planning advanced studies in Emergency Medical Services. Students will learn the history, development and current model for the delivery of out-of-hospital medical services in the United States.

EMS 1112  Paramedic Core Preparation   1.0 cr

Prepares the student with basic skills necessary to be successful in the paramedic core courses. These skills include basic computer skills necessary to facilitate online course record keeping, online research, and the development of presentations for other health care personnel. The course will also prepare the student in basic medical calculations and the medical terminology to be able to effectively and accurately communicate with other allied health personnel, nurses and physicians. The course will introduce the student to problem-based learning methodology, utilizing all the aforementioned basic skills. Prereq: Current EMT -Basic certification or instructor permission.

EMS 1115  Advanced Operations   2.0 cr

Builds on the skills learned in EMS 1105 Ambulance Operations. This includes additional ambulance driving training and a more difficult driving obstacle course, ambulance service leadership, and patient care report writing for increasing complex patients and scenes. Students will also learn and practice management of Multiple Casualty Incidents using the Incident Command System command structure. Other topics may be covered based on student interest, including but not limited to: interfacility transportation, assessment and treatment of complicated patients, high-tech patients, pediatrics, geriatrics, and public health concerns. Students will need to demonstrate eligibility to drive MNSCU vehicles during the first week of class. Prerequisites: EMS 1105 or equivalent or instructor permission.

EMS 1120  Introduction to EKG Interpretation   1.0 cr

Designed to teach the student how to interpret and label the electrocardiogram (EKG). The focus of the course is basic rhythm interpretation, but will also cover such topics as: electrophysiology, EKG monitoring, genesis of the EKG, and cardiac output as it relates to cardiac rhythms.

EMS 1122  EMS Systems   2.0 cr

Explores the complex systems which make up Emergency Medical Services. Students will learn the history, development and current model for the delivery of out-of-hospital medical services in the United States. The role of EMS in public health and other current issues will be explored. Prerequisites: Completion of EMS 1101 or equivalent recommended.

EMS 1123  Emergency Response to Crisis   1.0 cr

Provides a comprehensive course on crisis theory and the management of various behavioral, social, cultural, psychiatric, and interpersonal problems. Emphasis is placed on the mental health of emergency workers in both personal and professional settings. Prereq: Current EMT-Basic certification or permission of instructor.

EMS 1130  Advanced Emergency Medical Technician   4.0 cr

Teaches emergency care and transportation of patients who access the emergency medical system. Students will further develop skills in the use of and care of all basic emergency equipment and selected advanced equipment and procedures. The course includes topics such as patient assessment, trauma management, recognition and care of heart disease, respiratory problems and other medical emergencies. Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions within the scope of practice determined by the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB). Participants who successfully complete the course will be eligible to take the National Registry of EMTs practical and written examinations for State and National Certification as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician. Prerequisites: Current, or eligibility for, certification as an EMT in Minnesota; Current certification in CPR at the Healthcare Provider level or Equivalent. Corequisite: EMS 1131

EMS 1131  Advanced EMT Practicum   2.0 cr

Affords the student the opportunity to learn and practice AEMT skills. Learners progress from isolated skill practice through a series of increasingly realistic simulations. Simulations are planned in a cycle that increases in complexity and skill integration. Each successive exercise will build on the scale and experience of the previous one. Prerequisites: Co-requisite: EMS 1130

EMS 1140  Basic Emergency Medical Services Topics   cr

Makes available specific topics of current interest in the Emergency Medical Services field presented through a variety of instructional methodology and media. Prereq: written permission of Instructor or EMT Basic Certification. This course may be repeated under different topics.

EMS 1150  Pharmacology for the Advanced EMT   1.0 cr

Introduces basic and advanced concepts in pharmacology including pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, alpha receptors, beta receptors, biotransformation and elimination. This introductory course will also focus on administration methodologies as well as drug calculation. Actual pharmacology included will focus on medications approved for the Advanced EMT such as nitroglycerin and albuterol. Prerequisites: EMS 1101 or equivalent; EMS 1130 or Concurrent

EMS 1188  Advanced EMT Patient Care Experience   2.0 cr

Provides supervised work experience in the hospital and emergency prehospital environment. Emphasis on performance of psychomotor skills, patient assessment, development of critical thinking, leadership and development of interpersonal skills in an actual patient care setting. This course meets the clinical and field experience requirement for the Advanced EMT Standards. To complete the requirements of the course students will need to receive a criminal background clearance. Please refer to the Criminal Background Study section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study. Prerequisites: Current Minnesota EMT certification, Mantoux test, immunization history, proof of health insurance, physical exam. Pre- or Co-requisites: EMS 1110, EMS 1130, EMS 1131, EMS 1150

EMS 1189  Emergency Medical Services Internship   2.0 cr

Designed to give students work experience in the field of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). This course is an experiential exploration of the EMS career and of an organization doing such work. The student will have the opportunity to apply what is learned in the classroom to the working world. Students meet with the instructor to individually design objectives, outcomes and/or research topics. Students are matched with an internship work supervisor or mentor within an EMS organization. Although students may occasionally have limited contact with real patients, the emphasis for this course is non-clinical in nature. Prereq: Written Permission of EMS instructor or program director.

EMS 2420  Pathophysiology for EMS   3.0 cr

Applies anatomy and physiology to common diseases and injuries encountered by EMS personnel. Students develop an understanding of how different disease processes interrupt normal bodily functions. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the Paramedic Core Program or instructor permission.

EMS 2430  Advanced Pharmacology   2.0 cr

Builds upon the concepts and medications learned in EMS 1150. Includes instruction on medications used in ACLS and PALS and introduces RSI pharmacology and non-prescription medications and supplements. Students also learn common lab values and common medications used in critical care transport. Proper documentation and use of controlled substances is also covered. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Paramedic Core Program, or permission of instructor.

EMS 2440  Shock and Trauma   2.0 cr

Focuses on the pathophysiology of shock and the kinematics of trauma. An epidemiological approach will be used to show the effects of traumatic injuries on the human body and its systems. Heat and cold emergencies will also be reviewed. This course will utilize case study review to emphasize total patient care in a traumatic situation. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Paramedic Core Program or permission of instructor.

EMS 2460  Medical Emergencies I   4.0 cr

Reviews in detail patient assessment and management of medical emergencies likely to be encountered in the pre-hospital environment. Emphasis is placed upon initial management of life-threatening emergencies, information gathering, review of body systems while prioritizing field care. Medical emergencies studied will include respiratory, cerebrovascular accidents and cardiovascular problems. Basic and advanced concepts of EKG monitoring techniques and interpretation are also included as they pertain to the topics mentioned. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Paramedic Core Program or permission of instructor.

EMS 2470  Field Skills Lab I   3.0 cr

Provides the opportunity to practice Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support skills. Scenarios, skill drills and other interactive classroom activities will be required. Emphasis placed on skill competence and preparation for certification exams. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Paramedic Core Program, or permission of instructor

EMS 2488  Paramedic Patient Care Experience I   2.0 cr

Provides competency-based clinical experiences in emergency medical services field response units, hospitals, health care clinics and other venues. Students perform advanced life support skills and patient assessments, formulate differential diagnoses, and direct patient care teams. Students are under the supervision of a preceptor or instructor. To complete the requirements of the course students will need to receive a criminal background clearance. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Paramedic Core Program. Pre or co-requisites: EMS 2460, EMS 2470 and EMS 2440, or permission of instructor.

EMS 2530  Pediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynecology Assessment and Intervention   2.0 cr

Provides a comprehensive instruction on obstetrical emergencies, childbirth, pediatric assessment, evaluation and stabilization. Pediatric medical emergencies and trauma are also discussed. This course consists of discussion and hands-on practice of simulated childbirth, neonatal resuscitation, pediatric advanced life support and medical emergency evaluation of the pediatric patient. This course incorporates material outlined in the American Heart Association PALS course, and certification is available to those successfully completing the requirements. Prerequisites: EMS 2460 and Acceptance into the Paramedic Core Program

EMS 2540  Special Rescue Operations   2.0 cr

Provides classroom and practical training in rescue operations and techniques including extrication, water rescue, high-level and sub-level rescue, search and recovery, multiple casualty situations, incident command, and hazardous material awareness. Also includes emergency driving skills practice. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Paramedic Core Program, or Instructor Permission.

EMS 2560  Medical Emergencies II   3.0 cr

Explores medical emergencies and their effect on patients in the prehospital environment. This course is a continuation of Medical Emergencies I, and covers topics such as: The immune system, infectious diseases, endocrine emergencies, anaphylaxis, environmental emergencies, the acute abdomen, toxicology and psychiatric emergencies. This course also addresses special topics such as geriatrics, alcohol and drug abuse. Prerequisites: EMS 2460 or permission of instructor

EMS 2570  Field Skills Lab II   2.0 cr

Provides the opportunity to practice Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support skills. Scenarios, skill drills and other interactive classroom activities will be required. Emphasis placed on skill competence and preparation for certification exams. Prerequisites: EMS 2470 and Acceptance into the Paramedic Core Program

EMS 2580  Synthesis of Advanced Life Support   1.0 cr

Provides a summary review and evaluation of all core content in EMS courses. This course helps students apply theoretical and practical knowledge gained throughout the EMS program toward its completion and successful paramedic state and national certification. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the paramedic core program. Pre or co-requisites: EMS 1123, EMS 2470 or instructor permission.

EMS 2588  Paramedic Patient Care Experience II   4.0 cr

Provides competency-based clinical experiences in emergency medical services field response units, hospitals, health care clinics and other venues. Students perform advanced life support skills and patient assessments, formulate differential diagnoses, and direct patient care teams. Students function as advanced life support team leaders are under the supervision of a preceptor or instructor. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the paramedic core program. To complete the requirements of the course students will need to receive a criminal background clearance. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study. Pre or co-requisites: EMS 2560, and EMS 2570, or instructor permission.

EMS 2900  Role of the Community Paramedic   2.0 cr

Explores the role of the Community Paramedic and how it is integrated into the primary care and public health systems. Students will learn the roles of other healthcare providers who are part of the healthcare home team. Prerequisites: Certified Paramedic with 2 years full time or equivalent experience; Co-requisites: EMS 2910; EMS 2920; EMS 2930

EMS 2910  Community Assessment   3.0 cr

Guides the students through the community assessment process. Student will conduct a needs gap analysis in their home community, and create a resource map designed to meet those needs. Prerequisites: Certified Paramedic with 2 years full time or equivalent experience; Co-requisites: EMS 2900; EMS 2920; EMS 2930

EMS 2920  Pathophysiology and Disease Management for the Community Paramedic   2.0 cr

Expands on the past knowledge and experience of a paramedic by further exploring chronic conditions commonly encountered in a primary care and public health setting. Prerequisites: Certified Paramedic with 2 years full time or equivalent experience; Co-requisites: EMS 2900; EMS 2910; EMS 2930

EMS 2930  Community Paramedic Patient Care Experience   5.0 cr

Provides clinical experience in primary care and other specialties commonly involved in public health and chronic disease management. Includes 16 hours of simulation time focused on advanced assessment skills and suturing. Prerequisites: Certified Paramedic with 2 years full time or equivalent experience; Co-requisites: EMS 2900; EMS 2910; EMS 2920.

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The A.S. in Emergency Medical Services at Inver Hills has articulation agreements with the following four-year institutions:

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Jeffery Morgan
Director of Emergency Services

jmorgan2@inverhills.edu
651-450-3397
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Emergency Medical Services Student Association (EMSSA)

Purpose: EMSSA members offer CPR classes and education to the public about the emergency medical services profession. We provide first aid stand-by services for sporting events and community events. Most of our members are EMT-Basic certified college students who are studying to become paramedics at Inver Hills. The group's e-mail address is emssainverhills@gmail.com.

To learn more, contact:

Jeff Morgan
Emergency Medical Services Instructor

jmorgan2@inverhills.edu
651-450-3733
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Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics provide first-line medical care for sick and injured people at the scene of an emergency, which could be almost anywhere, including a private residence, accident site, terrorist attack or disaster area.

EMTs and paramedics work with other professionals, including nurses, physicians, firefighters, police officers and emergency management specialists. The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) lists four categories of emergency medical practitioners:

  • Emergency medical responder (EMR)
  • Emergency medical technician (EMT)
  • Advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT)
  • Paramedic

Career opportunities exist for EMTs and paramedics in numerous fields, including:

  • Wilderness EMS
  • Special operations
  • Special events
  • Hazardous materials
  • Industrial safety
  • Quality management
  • Disaster relief

Workplace settings for EMTs and paramedics include:

  • Public safety agencies
  • Public and private ambulance services
  • Fire departments
  • Hospitals

Below are just a few examples of possible career paths that can start with earning an A.S. in Emergency Medical Services at Inver Hills.

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Why Inver Hills?

Completing your A.S. in Emergency Medical Services degree obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. Experience fast paced emergency situations where your actions make a difference
  2. Treat a wide range of patient conditions through a deep understanding of the human body
  3. Provide quality patient care alongside a paramedic and other healthcare professionals
  4. Receive an excellent education with one-on-one interactions with EMS faculty
  5. Get firsthand experience working on with EMS professionals in collaborative, large-scale simulations
  6. Save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt *

* On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.2 trillion, which is greater than credit card debt and auto loan debt combined. In Minnesota, the average debt for four-year grads tops $30,000; 70 percent carry a student debt load.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars. It's a no-brainer.

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