Emergency Medical Services

Jeb Sheidler, MPAS, Coordinator
Phone: (419) 995-8228
Email: scheidler.j@RhodesState.edu
Office: 224B Cook Hall

As important members of the healthcare team, paramedics perform a wide variety of functions both on and off the streets. The professional paramedic is qualified by education and certification to provide pre-hospital care under the supervision of a medical director. In addition, the paramedic may also hold administrative duties within his/her organization.

Program Goals

Paramedic:

  • ​To prepare competent entry level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician:

  • To prepare competent entry level Advanced Emergency Medical Technician in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills) and affective (behavior) learning domains. 

Mission Statement

The Emergency Medical Services Program exists to prepare students as competent, professional emergency medical services providers.

Notice to Prospective or Current EMS Students

You are at risk if you have been convicted of a prior felony and/or some misdemeanors. You may not be able to participate in clinical education experiences at some hospitals or other clinical sites, therefore preventing you from completing the program. A criminal record may also prevent you from obtaining a license or certificate in your chosen healthcare profession.

Technical Standards

See here for details.

 

Associates Degree in Technical Studies with emphasis in Fire Science

Individuals who wish to pursue an associated degree in technical studies utilizing their Fire Fighter training should contact the EMS program chair. College credit will be awarded for state certification in the following courses:

EMS 1150Volunteer Firefighter2
EMS 1160Level I Transition Firefighter4
EMS 1170Level I Firefighter5
EMS 1180Level II Firefighter5
EMS 1190Fire Safety Inspector3

See here regarding requirements for the Associate of Technical Studies.

Re-Entry into Certification Program

Students seeking re-entry to the Emergency Medical Services Program Paramedic Certification may be accepted one time on a space available basis. A student who withdrew or was academically disqualified the previous academic year must be in good standing with the College. Students must score a minimum of 80% on an EMS reentry exam.

Placement Testing

Please refer to the General Allied Health Qualifications section here.

EMT Basic Certificate

Students interested in this course must meet with the EMS program chair to enroll. This course is offered through a cooperative agreement with Apollo Career Center. (Ohio Accreditation #102) Students completing the EMT-Basic Course are able to:

  • Challenge the NREMT exam and meet the certification standards set forth by Ohio Board of EMS
  • Initiate appropriate patient assessment and basic life support treatment
EMS 1580EMT-Basic7
 

"C" Grade Policy

Emergency Medical Services​
Associate of Applied Science Degree

Structured Course Sequence (4 Semester Plan)

First Year
FallHours
BIO 1110Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BHS 1390Medical Terminology 2
COM 1110 English Composition 3
MTH 1151Quantitative Reasoning 3
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
SDE 1010 First Year Experience 1
 Term Hours16
Spring
BHS 1330Foundations in Pharmacology 1
BIO 1120Anatomy and Physiology II 4
SOC 1200Death and Dying 3
EMS 1580EMT-Basic 7
 Term Hours15
Second Year
Fall
EMS 2210 Paramedic I 13
EMS 2215Paramedic Clinical 2.5
 Term Hours15.5
Spring
EMS 2220Paramedic II 13
EMS 2225Paramedic Field Experience 2.5
EMS 2260   EMS Capstone 1
EMS 2250Paramedic Review 2
 Term Hours18.5
 Total Hours 65

Portfolio Course

 Capstone Course

See General Education Requirements page for Portfolio and Capstone information.

Prerequisites:
Students should check course prerequisites before registering. 

EMS 1040 — EMS Anatomy and Physiology
3 Credit hours  

Demonstrates knowledge in basic human anatomy and physiology. Designed for students wishing to complete the Paramedic certification.

EMS 1120 — Advanced EMT
8 Credit hours  

Demonstrates both the cognitive and psychomotor skills required to challenge the NREMT Advanced EMT certification exam. This course meets the state required cognitive and didactic components of the Emergency Medical Technician Advanced curriculum as outlined and approved by the Emergency Medical Services Board in March of 2002. Topics to be covered include the assessment and management of medical and trauma emergencies. Advanced skills such as manual defibrillation, intravenous cannulation, use of pharmacological agents for pain, respiratory emergencies and diabetic emergencies will be covered. Changes in State and Federal law and regulations may necessitate changes in this course. Students enrolling in this course must be certified as an EMT-Basic in the state of Ohio.
Prerequisites: Current Ohio EMT certification, Completion of EMS admission packet and all paperwork.

EMS 1150 — Volunteer Firefighter
2 Credit hours  

Demonstrates both the cognitive and psychomotor skills required to function as a volunteer firefighter. The basic training class is required by the state of Ohio for all new volunteer firefighters. Topics will include safety, fire behavior, personal protective equipment and much more. Participants are instructed that they cannot perform the duties of a firefighter or participate in live burn evaluations prior to obtaining state certification. Special Notes: All students are required to attend all scheduled classes, pass both a written and practical examination to successfully complete this course. To become certified, students must also pass the Division of EMS Volunteer Fire Exam. This course is offered at Apollo Career Center (Ohio Fire Charter Number 102) through articulated or dual enrollment at Rhodes State College, students must meet admission requirements set forth by Apollo Career Center and the state of Ohio, which include a felony/misdemeanor waiver statement. Students must be at least 18 years old. Interested students should contact the EMS Department Chair for schedule.

EMS 1160 — Level I Transition Firefighter
4 Credit hours  

Expands the cognitive and psychomotor skills learned in EMS 1150 to meet the requirement of the Level I Professional Firefighter. Special Notes. Students are required to attend all scheduled classes and pass both a written and practical examination to successfully complete this course. To become certified, students must also pass the Division of EMS Fire Exam. This course is offered at Apollo Career Center (Ohio Fire Charter Number 102) through articulated or dual enrollment at Rhodes State College. Course schedule is determined by Apollo Career Center. "C' grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: EMS 1150.

EMS 1170 — Level I Firefighter
5 Credit hours  

Meets all the NFPA Level I Fire Fighter course objectives. Topics include Fire Department Organization and Safety, Fire Alarm and Communications, Fire Behavior, Overhaul, Personal Protective Equipment/SCBA, Fire Hose, Appliances and Streams, Foam Fire Systems, Fire Control, Fire Cause and Origin, Rescue, Water Supplies, Fire Detection, Alarm, and Suppression Systems, Fire Prevention, Public Fire Education, and Fire Cause Determination, Building Construction, Forcible Entry, Ventilation and Tools, Ropes, Salvage, Fire Extinguishers, Ground Ladders, Emergency Medical Care, HazMat, ICS, Practical Evolutions, and Live Fire Training. Students are required to attend all scheduled classes and pass both a written and practical examination to successfully complete this course. To become certified, students must also pass the Division of E.M.S. Fire Safety Inspector examination. This course is offered through a cooperative agreement with Apollo Career Center Ohio Fire Charter Number 102.

EMS 1180 — Level II Firefighter
5 Credit hours  

Meets all the NFPA Level II Firefighter course objectives. Upon completion of this level the firefighter is certified as a Professional Firefighter II by the State of Ohio. Special Notes: Students are required to attend all scheduled classes and pass both a written and practical examination to successfully complete this course. To become certified, students must also pass the Division of EMS Fire Exam. This course is offered through a cooperative agreement with Apollo Career Center (Ohio Fire Charter Number 102). "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: EMS 1170 or EMS 1150 and EMS 1160.

EMS 1190 — Fire Safety Inspector
3 Credit hours  

Meets the standards for Fire Safety Inspector prescribed in H.B. 590. The student will gain the fundamental knowledge and skills to conduct fire safety inspections. Students will be introduced to various codes needed to develop a working knowledge of the inspection process. As such, each student should be familiar with the codes and standards in effect within the State of Ohio. Topics include the fire inspector's responsibilities and role in code enforcement, general fire prevention practices, competencies, life safety considerations, fire safety requirements related to HazMat; electrical systems; occupancy and fire protection systems. Course content is designed to meet certification requirements as established by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, and NFPA 1031-Fire Inspector Professional Qualifications. Students are required to attend all scheduled classes and pass both a written and practical examination to successfully complete this course. To become certified, students must also pass the Division of E.M.S. Fire Safety Inspector examination. This course is offered through a cooperative agreement with Apollo Career Center.

EMS 1580 — EMT-Basic
7 Credit hours  

Learn operation of an ambulance, transportation and care of patients, and how to determine the nature and extent of illness or injury. Advanced life saving skills, including intubation, automatic external defibrillation. Admission requirements: 18 years of age, current driver's license, high school diploma or GED. Students who successfully complete this course meet the requirements to be eligible to challenge the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician's, EMT-Basic Exam. Certification in the State of Ohio requires successful completion of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician's, EMT-Basic Exam.
Prerequisites: Minimum 2.5 GPA and Compass reading score of 74 and Program Chair approval for registration.

EMS 1990 — Independent Study in EMS
0.5-6 Credit hours  

Provides the student the opportunity for in depth work on special topic within the field of Emergency Medical Services which the student was not able to pursue in the desired depth in the regular course offerings. During the first week of the semester the student is required to describe the proposed course of study in writing that he/she wishes to pursue. Such proposal must be submitted to the Department Chairperson for approval and student assignment to an Emergency Medical Services faculty member for oversight of the project. This course of independent study may be substituted for an elective course required for the AAS degree in Emergency Medical Services. This course is graded S/U.

EMS 2210 — Paramedic I
13 Credit hours  

Integrates comprehensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology, pharmacology into the assessment and management of patients experiencing a medical emergency. Topics include EMS systems pharmacology, airway management, patient assessment, respiratory, obstetrics, gynecological and cardiovascular emergencies. "C" grade policy applies. Prerequisies: EMS 1040 or BIO 1000, BHS 1390
Corequisites: EMS 2215.

EMS 2215 — Paramedic Clinical
2.5 Credit hours  

Provides interactions with patients in the hospital setting under the direct supervision of a Licensed Health Care Professional or Physician. Introductgion to specific psychomotor and cognitive objectives learned in EMS 2210 will be completed in this course. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: EMS 1040 or BIO 1000, BHS 1390
Corequisites: EMS 2210.

EMS 2220 — Paramedic II
13 Credit hours  

Integrates comprehensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology, pharmacology into the assessment and management of patients experiencing an EMS emergency. Topics include Medical Emergencies: Neurologic, EENT, Abdominal/Gatrointestinal, Genitouninary, Renal, Endocrine, Hematologic, Immunilogic, Infectious Diseases, Toxicology, Trauma, Environmental emergencies, and EMS Operations. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: EMS 2210, EMS 2215
Corequisites: EMS 2225.

EMS 2225 — Paramedic Field Experience
2.5 Credit hours  

Provides interactions with patients in the pre-hospital setting under the direct supervision of a certified Paramedic. Students will participate as a team leader beginning the 11th week of the term. Student will demonstrate competency in their ability to manage a patient in the emergent setting. "C" grade policy applies.
Prerequisites: EMS 2210, EMS 2215
Corequisites: EMS 2220.

EMS 2250 — Paramedic Review
2 Credit hours  

Meets the cognitive and psychomotor objectives of the Paramedic Refresher curriculum as outlined by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Board of EMS. Topic areas include preparatory, airway management and ventilation, medical emergencies, trauma, special considerations and EMS operations. Students completing this course in a traditional classroom setting meet the criteria necessary for a Paramedic Refresher CEU completion certificate. Online versions of this course do not meet the Ohio Requirements for a Paramedic Refresher. Not all CEU hours provided via the online course may be accepted by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Services. Students completing this course via online will be given 48 hours of continuing education in the specific topic areas. This course is graded S/U.

EMS 2260 — EMS Capstone
1 Credit hour  

Integrates technical knowledge with core skills and abilities. Students in this course will complete a project that reflects their ability to manage an EMS department. The project will include the development of work schedules, training schedules and grant applications for training and equipment purchase. The course will include an e-portfolio assignment and an exit evaluation of critical thinking and writing.
Prerequisites: COM 1110.

EMS 2310 — Allied Health Professional to Medic
5 Credit hours  

Demonstrates proficiency in the psychomotor and cognitive objectives required by the State of Ohio to challenge the NREMT Paramedic Exam. To qualify for admissions the Licensed/Certified must have a current provider card in Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Education for Pre-Hospital Providers (PEPP), Trauma Nursing Care Course (TNCC), Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS), or Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS); or Pre- Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS); an Ohio Basic EMT Certification and a Basic Health Care CPR card. Students in this course will meet all of Ohio's requirements to challenge the National Registry Exam at the Paramedic level. "C" grade policy applies.
Corequisites: EMS 2320.

EMS 2320 — Allied Health Professional to Medic Clinical
2 Credit hours  

Demonstrates proficiency in the clinical and prehospital setting of the cognitive and psychomotor skills and objectives of EMS 2310. Classes and clinical time spent in preparation to become licensed in the student's field of expertise will be taken into consideration to fulfill the clinical requirements. This course graded S/U.
Corequisites: EMS 2310.

Once the student is admitted into the Emergency Medical Services program, the program admitted students must show completion of the below requirements prior to the first day of class start of term:

  1. Be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Posess valid current Ohio EMT Card.
  3. Submit a high school transcript to the Office of Admissions.
  4. Complete a physical examination including laboratory tests and completion of required immunizations.
  5. Be able to meet the technical standards of the EMS program. These standards specify skills necessary to participate in learning activities and professional practice.
  6. Complete an American Heart Association, BLS, Health Care Provider, CPR course prior to first day of class and must be kept current through certification course(s) completion.
  7. Complete an interview with the Emergency Medical Services program chair or director of clinical education.

Accreditation

State:

The program is fully accredited by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services. Ohio Accreditation Number 318.

Inquiries regarding accreditation should be directed to:

Ohio Department of Public Safety,
Division of Emergency Medical Services
1970 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43218
1-800-233-0785
http://ems.ohio.gov/

National: This program is fully accredited with the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for Emergency Medical Services Profession. Program #600609.

Inquiries regarding the Letter of Review should be directed to:

CoAEMSP
8301 Lakeview Parkway
Suite 111-212
Rowlett, TX 73088
Phone: 214-703-8445
www.coaemsp.org

Advanced EMT Certificate

Students interested in this certificate must first be certified as an Ohio EMT-Basic. Students completing the Advanced EMT-certificate are able to:

  • Challenge the NREMT exam and meet the certification standards set forth by the Ohio Board of EMS.
  • Perform all duties of an Advanced EMT.
  • Initiate advanced patient assessment and appropriate intravenous procedures and use specific pharmacological agents for pain, respiratory emergencies and diabetic emergencies.
EMS 1120Advanced EMT9

Changes in the federal and state EMT-Advanced and Paramedic curriculums may necessitate changes to Rhodes State certificate programs.

Paramedic Certificate

(Ohio Accreditation #318) (subject to change)

Students interested in the Paramedic certificate must be certified as an Ohio EMT. Students completing the Paramedic certificate are able to:

  • Meet requirements to take the National Registry Paramedic examination.
  • Perform all duties of the Paramedic.
  • Initiate full cardiac monitoring, endotracheal intubation, perform manual defibrillation and synchronized cardioversion, perform appropriate drug therapy, relieve tension pneumothorax and perform crico-thyrotomy when authorized by a medical director.
EMS 2210 Paramedic I13
EMS 2215Paramedic Clinical2.5
EMS 2220Paramedic II13
EMS 2225Paramedic Field Experience2.5
Total Hours31

Portfolio Course

Prerequisite or corequisite: BHS 1390 Medical Terminology, EMS 1040 EMS Anatomy and Physiology or BIO 1000 Basic Human Structure and Function (min. grade “C”).

Allied Health Profession to Paramedic Certification

These courses are designed to prepare the licensed health professional for a Paramedic Certification. Registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and respiratory therapists are eligible to take this coursework. All candidates must have a minimum of two years clinical experience, preferably in a critical care setting; EMT-Basic certification from the state of Ohio; ACLS, PALS or PEPP; TNCC, BTLS or PHTLS; and an AHA BLS Health Care Provider Certification or its equivalent prior to enrollment.

Students completing the Allied Health Profession to Paramedic Certification courses will be able to challenge the NREMT Paramedic Exam and meet the certification standards set forth by the Ohio Board of EMS and perform all duties of an EMT-Paramedic.

EMS 2310Allied Health Professional to Medic5
EMS 2320Allied Health Professional to Medic Clinical2
Total Hours7
 

See www.RhodesState.edu/GainfulEmployment for additional information on certificates.