Course Abstract Details

XEMS-211, Patient Assessment 2

Credits: 3

Course Description

EMS-211, Patient Assessment 2, prepares the paramedic student with the background and organization required to assess a variety of patients in the field as well as the clinical environment. this course will provide a review and confirm the competency of the students understanding of human anatomy and physiology. Students will review patient assessment concepts presented in Patient Assessment 1 and to a will be introduced to a variety of advanced assessment tools and techniques including an elementary mastery of the paramedic assessment. This course is a hybrid, delivering content and activities online. Classroom/lab hours will be scheduled on weekends. Prerequisites: EMS-110, EMS-120, EMS-130 and EMS-140. Thirty six hours of sychronized chat and four hours of classroom/lab. Three credits. Three billable hours. Additional $75 fee required. Offered Spring term only.

Course Objectives and Grading Information


1.) Students will discuss the functions of cytoplasmic membrane, cytoplasm, organelles, and nucleus, and the manner by which human cells reproduce. (Program 1,3; Gen Ed 1,2,3)

2.) Students will differentiate between epithelial tissue, connective tissue, muscle tissue, and nervous tissue. (Program 3; Gen Ed 2,3)

3.) Students will identify the major organ systems in the human body, special senses, the function of each, and how they interrelate. (Program 1,3; Gen Ed 2,3,4)

4.) Students will describe physical examination techniques and equipment commonly used in the pre-hospital setting and perform a comprehensive physical and mental status examination. (Program 1,3,5; Gen Ed 1,2,3,6)

5.) Students will identify components of the scene size-up, priorities in each component of patient assessment, and critical steps in initial patient assessment and management for medical and trauma patients. (Program 1,3,5; Gen Ed 1,2,3)

6.) Students will identify the key elements of paramedic practice, and the limitations of protocols, standing orders, and patient care algorithms. (Program 2,3,5)

7.) Students will identify elements necessary for an effective critical thinking process and describe how that process is utilized by paramedics. (Program 2,3,5; Gen Ed 1,2,6)

8.) Students will describe the six elements required for effective clinical decision making in the pre-hospital setting. (Program 1,2; Gen Ed 1,2)

9.) Students will utilize an effective system for documentation of pre-hospital care and differences necessary when documenting special situations, and define the implications of poor documentation. (Program 1,2,3; Gen Ed 1,2,6,7)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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