South Suburban College
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Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic Courses

Numbers in parenthesis are credit hours/semester and actual hours/week in class.

Where special course fees are required in addition to tuition, they are noted at the end of the individual course description. These fees are subject to change without prior notice.


EMS 210 - EMS Paramedic Foundations (3, 4)

Prerequisite: EMT-B licensure and admission to the program requires sponsorship by an approved ALS Agency

This course provides an overview of basic life support skills and knowledge. Introduces the student to prehospital laws, ethics, and role responsibilities Also includes basic pathophysiology, fluid replacement and pharmacology.

EMS 212 - EMS Paramedic Respiratory (5, 6)

Prerequisite: EMS 210

This course provides an overview of various airway emergencies. Introduces the student to assessment and history taking skills. Also includes basic radio communications. Skill acquisition will be integrated in the course of study.

EMS 214 - EMS Paramedic Trauma (5, 6)

Prerequisite: EMS 210 & EMS 212

This course provides an in-depth study of trauma related injuries. Treatment for trauma patients will be learned. Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) certification will be obtained upon successful completion of a written and practical examination.

EMS 216 - EMS Paramedic Cardiovascular (5, 6)

Prerequisite: EMS 210, EMS 212, & EMS 214

This course provides an in-depth study of cardiovascular emergencies. Treatment for cardiac patients will be learned. Electrocardiogram (EKG) interpretation will be introduced. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification will be obtained following successful completion of a written and practical exam.

EMS 218 - EMS Paramedic Medical/Maternal Child (5, 6)

Prerequisite: EMS 210, EMS 212, EMS 214 & EMS 216

This course provides a comprehensive study of the gynecological and obstetric patient. Introduction to the care of the pediatric patient. Management of gynecological emergencies, pregnant patients and pediatric emergencies will be a primary focus.

EMS 220 - EMS Paramedic Medical (4, 4)

Prerequisite: EMS 210, EMS 212, EMS 214, EMS 216 & EMS 218

This course provides a comprehensive study of patients with medical, psychiatric, and environmental emergencies. Disaster management and assessment based management are covered. Care of individuals with special challenges will be introduced.

EMS 222 - EMS Paramedic Field Internship (4, 5)

Prerequisite: EMS 210, EMS 212, EMS 214, EMS 216, EMS 218 & EMS 220

This course provides for study in medical incident command, hazardous and rescue awareness and ambulance operations. This course will allow students to utilize concepts and skills learned in the class and apply them in the prehospital setting. They will work supervised by licensed paramedics. Internship requires 280 contact hours.

For additional information, please contact Kim Stotts, Ingalls Memorial Hospital at 708-915-6900, or 708-596-2000 ext. 6094.

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