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 Course Title:   Basic Emergency Medical Technician

 Title Abbreviation:   EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECH

 Department:    FIRE

 Course #:    242

 Credits:    12

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    14

 CIP:    430203

 EPC:    828

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Training for the EMT-Basic level per National Standards Curriculum and abiding by the laws of the Washington State. Learn to recognize, assess and treat medical and trauma related emergencies at the basic life support level. Preparation for National Registry EMT certification testing and includes the National Registry Emergency Medical Technician certification practical examination for EMT-Basic.


Prerequisite: In accordance with Washington State law, must be at least 17 years of age at course start.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 88

Lab: 88

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for certificate, Elective  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Be familiar with emergency medical care, the emergency medical service system, roles & responsibilities to the EMT-Basic, quality improvement and medical direction.
  2. Know basic anatomy & physiology to the EMT-Basic level.
  3. Assess effectively a patient’s vital signs and develop a medical history on each patient using appropriate methods and provide continuing patient assessment.
  4. Safely lift, move and retain patients without endangerment of self, patient or others, using proper body mechanics and techniques.
  5. Learn the EMT-Basic pharmacokinetics and proper dosage, assistance with, and administration routes.
  6. Perform appropriate treatments for respiratory distress and emergencies.
  7. Perform appropriate treatments for cardiovascular emergencies.
  8. Recognize the signs and symptoms of an allergic or diabetic reaction and be able to properly assist and treat.
  9. Understand the concept of bleeding, shock, hypo-perfusion, the types and causes, and effectively treat same.
  10. Perform proper musculoskeletal care, immobilization and other trauma related injury care.
  11. Understand the differences in treating infants and children, common medical and trauma related emergency and proper treatments.
  12. Knowledge of emergency medical service operations, rescue techniques, triage, and other operational issues as related to the EMT-Basic.
  13. Communicate and understand how to relate to a diverse and multicultural population in an emergency situation.
  14. Work as a team member.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.

Course Contents

  1. Anatomy & physiology.
  2. Vital signs. Cardio-pulmonary respiration.
  3. Airway management & respiratory emergencies. Patient assessment.
  4. Infectious disease. Ambulance operations.
  5. Critical incident stress debriefing.
  6. Environmental, psychological, cardiac, pediatric, and diabetic emergencies.
  7. Allergies & poisoning. General pharmacology.
  8. Obstetrics & gynecology.
  9. Bleeding, shock & MAST. Soft tissue injury.
  10. Burns. Fractures and fracture care.
  11. Defibrillation.
  12. Head, neck & spine emergencies. Principles of extrication.
  13. Hazardous materials.
  14. Mass casualty incidents & triage. Incident command system.
  15. Diverse and multicultural population. Teamwork.