Course Abstract Details

EMS-231, EMS Management 2

Credits: 2

Course Description

EMS-231, EMS Management 2, prepares the paramedic student to assess and differentiate between different types of cardiac patient presentations. Students will learn how to apply and interpret electrocardiographs to include twelve leads, differentiate between patient presentations and operate various types of cardiac monitor/defibrillators/pacers. This course is a hybrid, delivering content and activities online. Classroom/lab hours will be scheduled on
weekends. Prerequisites: EMS-114, EMS-115, EMS-116 and EMS-221. Eight hours lecture. Eight hours asychronous lecture. Thirty-six hours lab. Two credits. Two billable hours. Additional $50 fee required. Offered Spring term only.

Course Objectives and Grading Information


1. Students will describe the normal physiology of the heart and the electrophysiology as it relates to the normal electrical and mechanical events in the cardiac cycle. (Program 1,3; Gen Ed 1,2,3)

2. Students will identify risk factors and prevention strategies associated with cardiovascular disease. (Program 3; Gen Ed 2,3)

3. Students will assess a patient who may be experiencing a cardiovascular disorder. (Program 3,5; Gen Ed 2,3,6)

4. Students will describe basic monitoring techniques that permit electrocardiogram interpretation. (Program 1,3; Gen Ed 1,3)

5. Students will relate the relationship of electrocardiogram to the heart’s electrical activity. (Program 1,3; Gen Ed 1,2,3)

6. Students will identify rhythms strips and define site of origin, possible causes, clinical significance, and pre-hospital management indicated. (Program 3,5; Gen Ed 2,3)

7. Students will list indications, contraindications, and pre-hospital considerations when using selected cardiac interventions, including basic life support, monitor-defibrillators, defibrillation, implantable cardioversion-defibrillators, synchronized cardioversion, and transcutaneous pacing. (Program 3,5; Gen Ed 2,3,6)

Learning Goals

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

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