2020-2021 Catalog 
    May 27, 2022  
2020-2021 Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

EMS 255 - Paramedic Refresher

Description: Review of advanced skills applied by certified emergency paramedics. Study of the anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and management of medical, obstetrical, pediatric emergencies, neurological injuries and specific chronic diseases related to the central nervous system, behavioral emergencies, respiratory emergencies, and shock.

Corequisite: On the first day of class, the student will need to submit:

  1. One of the following-

a. Current certification from the DHS as an AEMT, EMT-I(99), or Paramedic, or
b. Documentation of completion of prior training in an AEMT level or higher course within the past two (2) years, or
c. Documentation of current National Registry of EMTs at the AEMT or Paramedic classification, or
d. Documentation from National Registry of EMTs requiring the student to complete the ALS refresher course to be eligible for registration in the National Registry of EMTs,


  1. Documentation of current American Heart Association certification in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers and Advanced Cardiac Life Support


Credits: 3
Lecture: 2
Course Content:

  1. Medical and neurological patient assessment
  2. Shock
  3. Respiratory diseases
  4. Pediatric advanced life support
  5. Obstetrical emergencies
  6. Gynecological emergencies
  7. Behavioral emergencies
  8. Advanced cardiac life support
  9. Medical emergencies
  10. Pre-hospital trauma life support
  11. Neurological emergencies
  12. Pharmacology
  13. Invasive skills

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Manage pre-hospital patient emergencies. (4, 8-10, 13)
  2. Apply invasive skills approved by the Department of Health Services. (13)
  3. Assess the patient with a medical emergency. (1-3, 5-9)
  4. Assess a patient with neurological impairment. (1, 11)
  5. Assess and manage a pediatric patient with a medical or traumatic emergency. (4)
  6. Describe the specific indications, contraindications, dosing and possible side effects for drugs approved for paramedic administration by the Department of Health Services. (4, 8, 12, 13)
  7. Describe the impact of prescribed drugs on patient care including drug interactions and side effects. (9,12)
  8. Explain the pathology of shock and apply patient management strategies for each type of shock. (2)
  9. Predict the pathophysiology and management of patients with differing medical and trauma emergencies. (9, 10, 13)