Emergency Health Sciences

Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) have fulfilled prescribed requirements by a credentialing agency to practice the art and science of out-of-hospital medicine in conjunction with medical direction. Through performance of patient assessments and providing medical care, their goal is to prevent and reduce mortality and morbidity due to illness and injury. Paramedics primarily provide care to emergency patients in an out-of-hospital setting.

Paramedics and EMTs are expected to possess the knowledge, skills, and attitudes consistent with the expectations of the public and the profession. They are expected to recognize that they are an essential component of the continuum of care and serve as linkages among health resources. Paramedics are expected to strive to maintain high-quality, reasonable-cost health care by delivering patients directly to appropriate facilities. As advocates for patients, paramedics are expected to be proactive in affecting long-term health care by working in conjunction with other provider agencies, networks, and organizations.

The emerging roles and responsibilities of the Paramedic include public education, health promotion, and participation in injury and illness prevention programs. As the scope of service continues to expand, the Paramedic will function as a facilitator of access to care, as well as an initial emergency medical treatment provider.

The Department of Emergency Health Sciences offers certificate programs for EMT-Basic and Paramedic that, at a minimum, prepare graduates for national certification and entry into the EMS profession. The department also offers a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Health Sciences degree program for applicants already holding Paramedic certification. The certificate programs are accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP), 4101 W. Green Oaks Blvd., Suite 305-599, Arlington, Texas 76016, and by the Texas Department of State Health Services, Bureau of Emergency Management, 1100 W. 49th Street, Austin, Texas 78756-3199.

Within the Department of Emergency Health Sciences, there are two divisions that offer certifications.

THE DIVISION OF INITIAL EDUCATION

The Division of Initial Education offers:

  • EMT certification
  • Paramedic certification
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Health Sciences

EMT-Basic Certification

The EMT program consists of 2 courses, EMSP 1501 (classroom and lab) and 1160 (clinical) for a total of 6 semester credit hours. Classroom instruction covers Basic Life Support knowledge and skills criteria, clinical and field internship. Successful completion of the course requirements prepares the student for the National Registry of EMT certification examination.

Paramedic Certification

The Paramedic Program consists of 16 courses for a total of 30 semester credit hours. This option is a 2 semester program (Fall & Spring). Classroom instruction covers anatomy, physiology, patient assessment, advanced airway shock/trauma management, cardiovascular disease recognition and management, advanced treatment protocols for trauma, medical/special patient emergencies, clinical and field internship. Successful completion of the course requirements prepares a student for the NREMT-Paramedic certification examination. The Department also offers this program in a condensed, full-time format for fire departments/EMS agencies/military under special arrangements not open to the general public.

Bachelor of Science in Emergency Health Sciences

Paramedics who have earned a paramedic certificate may choose to continue their education to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Health Sciences (EHS) offered by the Department of Emergency Health Sciences. This degree is only offered as an online program.  The baccalaureate degree offers additional opportunities in the field of pre-hospital emergency medical technology in administration, teaching, or advanced level practice.

The objective of the baccalaureate degree program is to broaden the knowledge base and professional skills of emergency medical services (EMS) professionals who wish to pursue a degree that will help enable them to fulfill an advanced leadership role within the community, additionally it will help provide them with an enhanced capability to facilitate in the delivery of EMS and emergency/community health services. The EHS degree provides graduates an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to assume positions of responsibility in the Emergency Medical Services profession to political entities, educational institutions, and private enterprises. Generally, the EHS degree program provides graduates with information on how to manage and direct EMS organizations, deliver educational and regulatory information to varied communities of interest and students.  Additionally it may satisfy disaster management/planning requirements for municipalities as emergency managers.

All of the Emergency Health Sciences degrees help the graduate assume broader positions of responsibility in a variety of health care, research, business, community/educational settings, and to adapt to new rules precipitated by a changing health care delivery environment.

THE DIVISION OF COMMUNITY EDUCATION

The Division of Community Education offers:

  • EMT-Basic certification
  • Paramedic certification
  • Continuing education programs for medical, nursing, EMS, and other allied health professions.

These programs are offered in off-campus locations or blended delivery options and on dates/times that are more conducive to working adults. EMT and Paramedic certification courses are identical in length and outcomes with other department courses but are offered at flexible times typically in partnership with area fire and EMS departments. Contact the Division of Community Education (210.567.8760) for schedules and separate application procedures.

Emergency Health Sciences Admissions Requirements

Interested applicants should consult the department website for the most current modifications to these requirements, deadlines, and upcoming programs.

All applicants must meet the basic requirements for admission to the Department of Emergency Health Sciences. Admission to any EHS program does not guarantee eligibility for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians or certification by Texas Department of State Health Services.  

All application materials must be received by the Office of the University Registrar by the application deadlines listed below. Applicants are encouraged to seek advisement from the School of Health Professions Office of Admissions and Special Programs

Application Deadlines:

For EMT-B certificate program (see website for availability):

  • December 1 for January enrollment (Spring semester)

For EMT-Paramedic certificate program:

  • June 15 for August enrollment (Fall semester)
  • Other dates as advertised for additional offerings

For EHS BS Program:

  • May 1 for July enrollment* (Fall semester, preferred)
  • November 1 for January enrollment* (Spring semester)

*The EHS BS Program follows a 'super semester' format. The Fall term is July - December and the Spring term January - June. Applications for certificate and degree programs are reviewed as they are received. 

The Emergency Health Sciences Admissions Committee reviews applications and admits students based on application review.  Applicants are notified by e-mail/mail of their acceptance or non-acceptance. The number of students is limited by spaces available for clinical experience in affiliated hospitals and EMS provider organizations. Competitive selection of students may be necessary if the number of applicants exceeds the number of seats available.

In addition to non-academic factors that are considered, admission requirements for all EHS programs include:

  • Completion of the Texas Common Application.
  • Criminal background check.
  • Some clinical sites may require students to pass a drug screen or require additional immunizations (e.g., H1N1, annual seasonal flu). Applicants/students must cover the costs of the background check, drug screen, medical insurance, and immunizations.
  • First-time College Students: Submit documentation of high school diploma or GED. Note: The EMT Basic and Paramedic programs are exempt from the Texas Success Initiative requirements.
  • Official transcripts from each college and university currently or previously attended.  
  • Applicants who are enrolled in college courses at the time of application should submit an official transcript showing courses in progress.  An updated transcript must be submitted upon completion of the courses.  Note: Transfer credits indicated on another school’s transcript are not accepted in lieu of submitting the original institution record for that coursework. Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be submitted in the original language and must be accompanied by a NACES Members evaluation agency English translation.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Documentation of EMT certification for Paramedic Program enrollment. Students who currently are enrolled in an EMT course or who have completed EMT course work and are engaged in the credentialing process should provide a statement to this effect.
  • International Applicants only: Submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores: minimum: 560 (paper), or 68 (internet).

Admission Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in EHS

The BS in EHS is a degree completion program and the Health Science Center does not offer general education courses. Texas Core Curriculum courses must be obtained from other regionally accredited institutions.

Students will be allowed to co-enroll in the program while working to complete Texas Core requirements (beginning Fall 2016).  Students must have all Texas Core courses completed no later than their enrollment for the final semester in the BS in EHS program.

  • English Composition I & II, 6 hours

  • U.S. History I and U.S. History II, 6 semester credit hours

  • Texas State & Local Government & American Government, 6 semester credit hours

  • Any Philosophy, Language, Humanities, or Literature course, 3 hours

  • Any Creative Arts course in Art, Music, or Drama. 3 hours

  • Any Social/Behavioral Science, 3 hours

  • College Algebra or higher, 3 hours

  • Any 3 Science courses with Lab, 12 hours

​Additional Admission Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in EHS

  • Current EMT-Paramedic Certification

  • Overall GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

  • Completion of the Texas Common Application

  • Submission of official transcripts from each college and university currently or previously attended.  Applicants who are enrolled in college courses at the time of application should submit an official transcript showing courses in progress.  An updated transcript must be submitted upon completion of the courses.  Note: Transfer credits indicated on another school’s transcript are not accepted in lieu of submitting the original institution record for that coursework. Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be submitted in the original language and must be accompanied by a NACES Members evaluation agency English translation.

  • International Applicants only: Submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores

Emergency Health Sciences Certificate and Degree Requirements

EMT-BASIC CERTIFICATE

The EMT certificate program consists of 6 semester credit hours. Students are required to complete all didactic, laboratory, EMS, and clinical requirements. See Department website for availability.

PARAMEDIC CERTIFICATE

The Paramedic certificate program consists of 30 semester credit hours. Students are required to complete all didactic, laboratory, EMS, and clinical requirements.

ADVANCED PRACTICE/COMMUNITY PARAMEDIC CERTIFICATE (limited offerings)

The Advanced Practice Paramedic certificate program consists of 42 semester credit hours. Students are required to complete all didactic, laboratory, EMS, and clinical requirements. See Department website for availability.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EMERGENCY HEALTH SCIENCES (ONLINE PROGRAM)

The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Health Sciences curriculum consists of 124 semester credit hours, including the Texas Core Curriculum, an EMT-Paramedic certificate (minimum of 30 semester credit hours) and 52 semester credit hours of advanced courses completed online through the Health Science Center (the bachelor’s degree program is designed to meet individual students’ educational and career goals). Therefore, in consultation with the program director, the student may create an individualized curriculum of at least 52 semester credit hours in order to graduate.

The Paramedic certificate may be completed at other approved EMS education and training programs/facilities. Texas Core Curriculum courses must be completed at another regionally accredited college or university (see Admission Requirements for specific pre-requisites).

The EMT Certificate, the Paramedic Certificate, or the Bachelor of Science degree is awarded upon the satisfactory completion of prescribed academic programs, recommendation of the Emergency Health Sciences faculty and certification of the candidate by the Dean and President to the Board of Regents. A candidate for graduation must have completed all courses at a satisfactory level and earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the Certificates or Bachelor of Science degree program.  Completion of the total unit requirement with passing grades does not necessarily assure candidates a recommendation for graduation.

Emergency Health Sciences Sample Plans of Study

EMT-Basic Curriculum

EMSP 1160EMT Basic Clinical1
EMSP 1501EMT5
Total Credit Hours6

Other Services Curriculum

EMSP 1201Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedic Practice2
EMSP 1238Introduction to Paramedic Practice2
EMSP 1248Emergency Pharmacology2
EMSP 1256Airway Management and Patient Assessment2
EMSP 1344Cardiology3
EMSP 1161Clinical 11
EMSP 1162Clinical 21
EMSP 2138EMS Operations1
EMSP 2255Trauma Management2
EMSP 2334Medical Emergencies 13
EMSP 2230Special Populations2
EMSP 2243Assessment-Based Management2
EMSP 2164Paramedic Practicum1
EMSP 1137Emergency Procedures 11
EMSP 2237Emergency Procedures 22
EMSP 2300Preparation for Professional Practice3
Total Credit Hours30

Advanced Practice/Community Paramedic Curriculum

EMSP 1201Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedic Practice2
EMSP 1238Introduction to Paramedic Practice2
EMSP 1248Emergency Pharmacology2
EMSP 1256Airway Management and Patient Assessment2
EMSP 1344Cardiology3
EMSP 1161Clinical 11
EMSP 1162Clinical 21
EMSP 2138EMS Operations1
EMSP 2255Trauma Management2
EMSP 2334Medical Emergencies 13
EMSP 2230Special Populations2
EMSP 2243Assessment-Based Management2
EMSP 2164Paramedic Practicum1
EMSP 1137Emergency Procedures 11
EMSP 2237Emergency Procedures 22
EMSP 2378Critical Care Paramedic3
EMSP 2274Medical Emergencies 22
EMSP 2278Advanced Pharmacology2
EMSP 2371Physical Exam and History Taking3
EMSP 2376Cardiology 23
EMSP 2174Practicum for Advanced Paramedic Practice1
EMSP 2177Emergency Procedures 31
Total Credit Hours42

The bachelor’s degree program is designed to meet individual students’ educational and career goals. Therefore, in consultation with the program director, the student may create an individualized curriculum of at least 52 semester credit hours from the courses listed below.

BS in Emergency Health Sciences Curriculum (online program)

EMSP 3001Foundations of Emergency Health Sciences3
EMSP 3003Critical Care Medicine3
EMSP 3004Pharmacology 1 for EMS Providers3
EMSP 3006Electrocardiology in Emergency Health Science3
EMSP 3007Human Diseases3
EMSP 3011EMS Informatics3
EMSP 3012Behavioral Medicine and Psychopathology3
EMSP 3013Professional Orientation and Legal Foundations3
EMSP 3031Directed Study1-4
EMSP 3100Orientation to Online Learning1
EMSP 3041Current Research In Emergency Health Sciences3
EMSP 4001Physical Examination and History Taking3
EMSP 4002Pathophysiology for EMS Providers3
EMSP 4003Flight Medicine3
EMSP 4004Management of Disasters and Hazard Materials3
EMSP 4005EHS Systems Management and Budget3
EMSP 4006Educational Issues in Emergency Health Sciences3
EMSP 4007Human Resource Development3
EMSP 4008Leadership Development3
EMSP 4012Pharmacology 2 for EMS Providers3
EMSP 4021Internship6
Total Credit Hours62-65

Emergency Health Sciences Objectives/Program Outcomes

Students graduating from a Department of Emergency Health Sciences program must meet the essential function requirements of the academic program and profession. The program consists of academic study and clinical experience. The student will possess the skills and attributes necessary to perform as a professional before graduation from the program.

Students who graduate from the Emergency Health Sciences programs will be able to:

  • communicate effectively, think critically, and assimilate into their community successfully
  • demonstrate personal behaviors and attitudes consistent with and appropriate to the delivery of pre-hospital emergency medical care
  • meet the community’s need for advanced life support personnel in a variety of settings
  • work in various occupational settings relating to emergency health services
  • understand theoretical foundations of the profession, and
  • synthesize knowledge from the basic sciences, social sciences, humanities, and pre-hospital emergency science to conceptualize and resolve patient and health care delivery problems

Emergency Health Sciences Program Policies

Credit by Exam/Challenge Exam (BS-EHS)

A student may be eligible to earn credit for a course by passing the examination designated and administered by the department. 

The Department of Emergency Health Sciences offers two categories of students the opportunity to obtain academic credit by examination:

  • certified/licensed EMS personnel who completed EMT-Basic and/or Paramedic coursework for non-credit through the Department of EHS certification program; and, students admitted to the EHS Bachelor of Science degree program.

Previous professional employment can potentially be accepted for EHS clinical course credit. A student’s work experience will be reviewed on an individual basis by the course directors and the department’s academic team. If the student fails a challenge examination/evaluation, he/she may enroll in and attend the corresponding course only during regularly scheduled course offerings in order to receive credit.

Students who wish to obtain credit by examination should contact the Department of Emergency Health Sciences at (210) 567-8760 for further information.

Program Costs

In addition to required tuition and fees, there are costs for textbooks, scrubs, and equipment. There are also costs for criminal background checks, immunization, and drug screens (if required by clinical facilities). The full-time clinical fieldwork experiences included in the curriculum may require that students relocate and/or travel outside of San Antonio for the duration of the rotations. Fieldwork expenses will vary according to individual arrangements depending on the cost of travel, temporary housing, maintenance of local accommodations, etc. Students are encouraged to budget for major expenditures that could be associated with these assignments.  Detailed information about program costs can be found on the Department of Emergency Health Sciences website.

Courses

EMSP 1137. Emergency Procedures 1. 1 Credit Hour.

Application of emergency medical procedures.

EMSP 1149. Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support. 1 Credit Hour.

This course is an intense skill development in emergency field management, systematic rapid assessment, resuscitation, packaging, and transportation of patients. It includes experiences necessary to meet initial certification requirements.

EMSP 1160. EMT Basic Clinical. 1 Credit Hour.

This course is a method of instruction providing detailed education, training, and work-based experience and direct patient/client care at a clinical site.

EMSP 1161. Clinical 1. 1 Credit Hour.

This course is a method of instruction providing detailed education, training, and work-based experience and direct patient/client care at a clinical site.

EMSP 1162. Clinical 2. 1 Credit Hour.

This course is a method of instruction providing detailed education, training, and work-based experience and direct patient/client care at a clinical site. Prerequisites: EMSP 1161.

EMSP 1201. Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedic Practice. 2 Credit Hours.

A study of the structure and function of the human body, emphasis will be given to the study of cells and tissues, and anatomical and physiological interrelationships of the skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems. This course is designed primarily for Paramedic students.

EMSP 1238. Introduction to Paramedic Practice. 2 Credit Hours.

This course is an exploration of the foundations necessary for mastery of the advanced topics of clinical practice out of the hospital. Course Learning Outcomes: At the completion of this module, the student will be required to understand the roles and responsibilities of a paramedic within the EMS system, apply the basic concepts of development and pathophysiology to assessment, and management of emergency patients.

EMSP 1248. Emergency Pharmacology. 2 Credit Hours.

This course is a comprehensive course covering all aspects of the utilization of medications in treating emergencies. The course is designed to complement Cardiology, Special Populations, and Medical Emergency courses. Course Learning Objectives: The student will be required to display a command of general pharmacological terminology, general drug mechanisms, administration routes and administration procedures, and drug dose calculations. Students will be required to demonstrate understanding of the pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, indications, contraindications, possible side effects, and common drug interactions of a variety of medications used in out-of-hospital medical care.

EMSP 1256. Airway Management and Patient Assessment. 2 Credit Hours.

This course is a detailed study of the knowledge and skills required to reach competence in performing patient assessment and airway management. Course Learning Outcomes: At the completion of this module, the student will be required to take a proper history and perform a comprehensive physical exam on any patient, develop a patient care plan, communicate with others, and establish and/or maintain a patent airway, oxygenate, and ventilate a patient. Course fees: Lab materials fee $150.

EMSP 1344. Cardiology. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is a detailed study of the knowledge and skills necessary to reach competence in the assessment and management of patients with cardiac emergencies. Prerequisite: EMSP 1244.

EMSP 1501. EMT. 5 Credit Hours.

This course is an introduction to the level of EMT Basic. It covers the skills necessary to provide emergency medical care at the basic life support level with an ambulance service or other specialized service.

EMSP 2135. Advanced Cardiac Life Support. 1 Credit Hour.

Instruction satisfies guidelines published by the American Heart Association for their ACLS core curriculum. The focus is on the initial management of the cardiopulmonary arrest patient, including advanced airway management techniques, cardiovascular pharmacology, defibrillation, and arrhythmia analysis. The student must review the current AHA ACLA text prior to class. Successful completion results in ACLS Provider Course Completion Card.

EMSP 2138. EMS Operations. 1 Credit Hour.

This is a course of study to prepare the paramedic to safely manage medical incidents, rescue situations, hazardous materials, and crime scenes.

EMSP 2160. Paramedic Clinical 3. 1 Credit Hour.

A method of instruction providing detailed education training and work-based experience and direct patient/client care at a clinical site. Prerequisites: EMSP 1162.

EMSP 2161. Paramedic Clinical 4. 1 Credit Hour.

This course is a clinical internship requiring each student under close supervision to complete a stated number of objectives in both the hospital and ambulance environment. Clinical courses to be taken in the sequence are listed above. Students are evaluated on cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains. A numerical grade is awarded based on performance levels and course objectives met. Note: Successful completion of clinical requirements is based on objectives met along with the required Hours. It may be necessary for a student to complete more than the scheduled 375 hours in order to meet the objectives.

EMSP 2164. Paramedic Practicum. 1 Credit Hour.

Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student.

EMSP 2174. Practicum for Advanced Paramedic Practice. 1 Credit Hour.

Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student.

EMSP 2177. Emergency Procedures 3. 1 Credit Hour.

Application of emergency medical procedures.

EMSP 2230. Special Populations. 2 Credit Hours.

This course is a detailed study of the knowledge and skills necessary to reach competence in the assessment and management of ill or injured patients in nontraditional populations.

EMSP 2237. Emergency Procedures 2. 2 Credit Hours.

Application of emergency medical procedures.

EMSP 2243. Assessment-Based Management. 2 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to provide for teaching and evaluating comprehensive assessment-based patient care management.

EMSP 2244. Cardiology. 2 Credit Hours.

A detailed study of the knowledge and skills necessary to reach competence in the assessment and management of patients with cardiac emergencies.

EMSP 2255. Trauma Management. 2 Credit Hours.

This course is a detailed study of the knowledge and skills necessary to reach competence in the assessment and management of patients with traumatic injuries and to safely manage the scene of an emergency. At the completion of this module, the student will be required to integrate the pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan for the trauma patient.

EMSP 2274. Medical Emergencies 2. 2 Credit Hours.

Knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of patients with medical emergencies, including medical overview, neurology, gastroenterology, immunology, pulmonology, urology, hematology, endocrinology, toxicology, and other related topics.

EMSP 2278. Advanced Pharmacology. 2 Credit Hours.

Utilization of medications in treating emergency situations with special emphasis on basic principles of pharmacology. This includes the pharmacologic properties of major drug classes and individual drugs, and the clinical application of drug therapy and awareness.

EMSP 2300. Preparation for Professional Practice. 3 Credit Hours.

Theory and skills necessary for the management of cardiac, medical, trauma and pediatric patients specified by American Heart Association and National Association of EMTs guidelines. May be repeated multiple times to improve student proficiency.

EMSP 2334. Medical Emergencies 1. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is a detailed study of the knowledge and skills necessary to reach competence in the assessment and management of patients with medical emergencies. At the completion of this module, students will be required to integrate pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement a treatment plan for the medical patient.

EMSP 2371. Physical Exam and History Taking. 3 Credit Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide the learner with the ability to perform and work in non-traditional and rural settings. Learners will gain the skills of patient assessment, disease identification, health education, and preventative medicine. Learners are given the opportunity to study methods for understanding disease processes through proper techniques for eliciting a complete patient history and performing a thorough physical examination. (Successful completion of Physical Assessment & Airway Management and Physical Examination and History Taking satisfies the Physical Examination and History Taking course requirements for the EHS BS degree).

EMSP 2376. Cardiology 2. 3 Credit Hours.

A study of the fundamentals of electrocardiography with emphasis on the role of the 12-lead ECG for advanced paramedic and community paramedic practice. (Successful completion of Cardiology I and II satisfies the Electrocardiography in EHS course requirement for the EHS BS degree).

EMSP 2378. Critical Care Paramedic. 3 Credit Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide the learner with advanced knowledge in critical care medicine and to prepare healthcare personnel to function as members of a critical care transport team. Topics will include monitoring technology, advanced procedures, diagnostic testing, and treatment of acutely critical patients. (Successful completion satisfies the Critical Care Paramedic course for the EHS BS degree.).

EMSP 3001. Foundations of Emergency Health Sciences. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is an introduction to EMSP. This course surveys the history, evolution, theoretical concepts, and clinical methods and techniques that support the practice of EMSP.

EMSP 3003. Critical Care Medicine. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to provide advanced knowledge in critical care medicine. Topics will include monitoring technology, advanced procedures, diagnostic testing, and treatment of acutely critical patients.

EMSP 3004. Pharmacology 1 for EMS Providers. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to provide the learner with a fundamental knowledge of the actions and therapeutic uses of drugs. The topics covered will include basic principles of drug action, pharmacokinetics, autonomic and cardiovascular pharmacology, neuropharmacology, toxicology, endocrine pharmacology, and respiratory tract pharmacology.

EMSP 3006. Electrocardiology in Emergency Health Science. 3 Credit Hours.

A study of the fundamentals of electrocardiology, this course will emphasize the role of the 12-lead ECG in out-of-hospital medical care. The purpose of this course is to teach a systematic-analytical approach to rapid 12-lead interpretation. Topics begin with cardiac anatomy and physiology and progress to the level of recognizing the classic 12-lead and multi-lead ECG patterns.

EMSP 3007. Human Diseases. 3 Credit Hours.

This purpose of this course is to provide a foundation in basic disease conditions, pathophysiological process behind major diseases and their causes, definitions of disease, classifications of disease, and descriptions of diseases as they pertain to the emergency health sciences.

EMSP 3010. Basic Cardiac Life Support. Credit Hours.

Course instruction satisfies AHA guidelines for Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS). Successful completion merits AHS BLS Course Completion Card. Topics include basic airway and ventilatory management of the choking and/or unconscious infant, child, and adult; cardiac chest compressions; and automated external defibrillation (AED). AHD Standard written and skills exams administered.

EMSP 3011. EMS Informatics. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is a class designed to initiate today's EMS professional to the rapidly advancing field of information science and to acquaint the students with the concepts of electronic field data collection, database theory and its application to EMS, information driven performance improvement, and clinical education.

EMSP 3012. Behavioral Medicine and Psychopathology. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides an opportunity to develop an understanding of human behavior by providing an overview of behavioral disease processes and differentiation criteria to include disease presentation, physical examination findings, laboratory testing, and therapeutic approaches. The course will focus on issues pertinent to the pre-hospital environment including common patient presentation, overview of the legal system with mental health patients, and individual and system interventions.

EMSP 3013. Professional Orientation and Legal Foundations. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides the student with an overview of the legal foundations for Emergency Medical Services. Topics include concepts of malpractice, litigation, consent and refusal of medical treatment, advanced directives, patient confidentiality, and expert and factual witness preparation.

EMSP 3031. Directed Study. 1-4 Credit Hours.

This course is available to the learner to allow for a voluntary course of independent study in a clinical/advanced provider concentration.

EMSP 3041. Current Research In Emergency Health Sciences. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is a seminar designed to encourage the learner to discover research and research trends in the field of EMSP. Basic concepts in research methods will be discussed. The learner will have the opportunity to discover methods, procedures, and ways of analysis for examining research.

EMSP 3100. Orientation to Online Learning. 1 Credit Hour.

A course designed to provide the student with necessary information, tools, and strategies to enhance and facilitate learning at a distance at the Health Science Center.

EMSP 4001. Physical Examination and History Taking. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to assist students in refining history taking, psychosocial assessment, and physical assessment skills. Emphasis is placed on detailed health history taking, differentiation, interpretation, and documentation of normal and abnormal findings. Learners are given the opportunity to study methods for understanding disease processes through proper techniques for eliciting a complete patient history and performing a thorough physical examination.

EMSP 4002. Pathophysiology for EMS Providers. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to introduce the student to pathophysiologic concepts related to altered biological processes affecting individuals across the lifespan. It includes basic mechanisms of disease, the immune response, and selected disorders of the following systems: neurologic, endocrine, reproductive, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, hematologic, respiratory, urinary, and digestive.

EMSP 4003. Flight Medicine. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to provide the learner with general physics of flight as well as the effect that flight has on patients and equipment utilized in patient care. Additionally, general aviation guidelines and safety protocols will be introduced as well as the regulatory structure of flight medicine.

EMSP 4004. Management of Disasters and Hazard Materials. 3 Credit Hours.

This course discusses considerations of the theoretical and practical foundations necessary to manage multi-casualty and multi-agency incidents, including planning, response, triage, and scene control. Medical, surgical, mental health, and public health views are discussed along with the resolution phases of disaster.

EMSP 4005. EHS Systems Management and Budget. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to identify and discuss various forms and trends of EHS Systems management. From the volunteer service to the large, urban EHS system, the learner will have the opportunity to become familiar with the various aspects of America's EHS services. Budgeting and financial management skills and understanding necessary to manage emergency health systems will be emphasized.

EMSP 4006. Educational Issues in Emergency Health Sciences. 3 Credit Hours.

This course analyzes educational and training needs relating to EMS agencies. Principles of adult teaching and learning are presented.

EMSP 4007. Human Resource Development. 3 Credit Hours.

This course reviews the policies necessary to ensure that properly prepared and motivated personnel are available to carry out the mission and daily operations of an EMS organization and to gain a scholarly understanding of and familiarity with foundational HRD theory and research. Topics include methods of hiring staff, performance appraisal processes, legal requirements around health and safety, union matters, and sexual harassment in the workplace.

EMSP 4008. Leadership Development. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is a study and application of contemporary leadership theories and conceptual, skill-building, feedback, and personal growth approaches for the development of effective organizational leadership behaviors and practices.

EMSP 4009. Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). 1 Credit Hour.

Instruction presented satisfies guidelines published by the American Heart Association's ECC for the PALS core curriculum. The focus is on the initial management of the cardiopulmonary arrest pediatric patient including advanced airway management techniques, cardiovascular pharmacology, defibrillation, and arrhythmia analysis. The student must review the current AHA PALS text prior to class. Successful completion results in PALS Provider Course Completion certification.

EMSP 4010. Emer Med Serv-Ambulance. 4 Credit Hours.

Orientation to the San Antonio Fire Department Standard Medical Operating Procedures (SMOPs) and EMS Organization is followed by assignment to SAFD Paramedic Ambulance teams. The student experiences emergency patient encounters involving on-the-scene pre-hospital management of medical, surgical, pediatric, psychological, obstetrical, and social emergencies. Experiences include vehicle extrication, full range of pre-hospital medical and trauma patients, EMS communication procedures, medical-legal situations, conflict resolution, EMS-Police cooperation, BLS/ACLS, hospital diversions experience and patient access to care problems peculiar to EMS. During 40 requisite patient encounters, the student makes brief assessment notes, assists in the care and transportation of patients to the 20 San Antonio Emergency rooms. The rotation also includes EMS Case Discussions, formal classes in comparative EMS organizations, methods of emergency triage, introduction to disaster medicine, management of mass casualties, and a survey of weapons of mass destruction. Prerequisite: Current BLS Certification and successful completion of third year of medical school is required.

EMSP 4011. Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas. 3 Credit Hours.

Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas in Health Professions with special emphasis on out-of-hospital and EMS medical care. This course provides the knowledge necessary to understand ethical behaviors and decision-making in health care and is an introduction to various ethical-legal issues.

EMSP 4012. Pharmacology 2 for EMS Providers. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to provide a fundamental knowledge of the actions and therapeutic uses of drugs. Topics covered include: fluid and electrolyte balance, bone and joint disorders, nutrition, infectious diseases, and cardiovascular and parasitic diseases. Online course. Note: EMSP 3004 Pharmacology I is not a prerequisite for this course.

EMSP 4021. Internship. 6 Credit Hours.

This course is a semester internship/capstone experience by arrangement.

EMSP 4031. Independent Study 2-Clinical. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is available to the learner to allow for a voluntary course of independent study in a clinical/advanced provider concentration.

EMSP 4100. Advanced Cardiac Life Support. 1 Credit Hour.

The focus of this course is the initial management of the cardiopulmonary- arrest patient including advanced airway management techniques, cardiovascular pharmacology, defibrillation, and arrhythmia analysis. The student must review the current AHA ACLS text prior to class. Successful completion results in an ACLS Provider Course Completion Card. Instruction presented satisfies guidelines published by the American Heart Association's ECC for their ACLS core curriculum.

EMSP 6135. Advanced Cardiac Life Support. 1 Credit Hour.

Theory and skills necessary for the management of cardiovascular emergencies as specified by the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines. This course was designed to be repeated multiple times to improve student proficiency and available for Master's level of higher programs.

EMSP 7001. Basic Cardiac Life Support. Credit Hours.

Course instruction satisfies AHA guidelines for Basic Cardiac Life Support. Successful completion merits AHA BLS Healthcare Provider course completion certification. Topics include basic airway and ventilatory management of the choking and/or unconscious infant, child or adult victim, cardiac chest compression techniques, and automated external defibrillation (AED). AHA standard written and skills exams administered.