During this intensive course, the student gains in-depth knowledge of cardiac electrophysiology; static and dynamic cardiac rhythm interpretation; arrhythmia management; and assessment and management of common prehospital cardiac-related problems. Topics include pharmacology; 12-lead EKG interpretation; Acute Coronary Syndrome and ST Elevation; Myocardial Infarction management; and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). This course also covers common medical complaints encountered by the paramedic. The student uses critical thinking skills to develop differential diagnoses and plans of care. Topics include respiratory, immunology, hematology, sepsis, endocrine, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, non-traumatic musculoskeletal disorders, allergic reactions, psychological, and neurological emergencies. The course reinforces and enhances knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology. The student explores challenges when dealing with geriatric, bariatric, and disabled clients. The course presents normal differences based on age, size, and underlying medical problems and the student is challenged to think critically about providing the best care possible. Topics include technology-dependent patients and the logistics of emergency calls versus transfers. During the lab portion of the course, the student experiences a variety of medical scenarios and simulations requiring paramedic-level assessments and interventions. The student participates in clinical rotations as needed in the ED, OR, ICU, and psychiatric units and demonstrates communication skills, teamwork, documentation, and transfer of theory into practice in the lab setting. In this semester, the student demonstrates an expanded depth of skills and knowledge, including application of new information in cardiology, pharmacology, and medicine. They continue to ride with a paramedic preceptor to meet the objectives, including providing safe and therapeutic care, effective communication, and demonstrating and understanding of the material covered in class. A Vermont Tech paramedic uniform is required.
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
9 hours of online lecture, 6 hours of lab per week with independent clinical and field hours