Instructional Programs
Emergency Medical Services

 Program Overview

This articulated classroom, clinical and field experience education program prepares the individual for a career in out-of-hospital emergency medical care. EMS personnel, through performance of patient assessments and initial treatment of medical emergencies of the acutely ill or injured, work to prevent and reduce mortality and morbidity. EMS personnel are primarily employed by licensed private and municipal providers (ambulance services), fire departments, industrial safety departments, recreational facilities (theme parks), and hospitals. Employment is also found in EMS management, education, EMS marketing/sales, the military and governing/accrediting agencies.

This Emergency Medical Services Program provides training at three progressive levels: EMS-Basic, EMS-Intermediate, and EMS-Paramedic. The curriculum is adopted from the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) through the Department of Transportation (DOT) and is in compliance with Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board mandates and the Texas Department of Health-Bureau of Emergency Medicine requirements. Medical Advisor: Juan Fitz, M.D.

Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services Program, individuals are eligible to take both the State and National Registry examinations for Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic. Graduates may then transfer to a university to complete a Bachelor of Science in EMS or in Allied Health.

Verification of workplace competencies will be provided by successful completion of EMSP 2388, Internship-Emergency Medical Technology/Technician. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the program. Enrollment is limited. Students must take the CPT prior to enrollment.

Special Notes:
Before enrolling in the first clinical course, students must provide proof of CPR certification at the professional level (American Heart Association Professional Level or American Red Cross Basic Life Support Level.) Current CPR certification must be maintained throughout enrollment in clinical courses within the program. Students enrolled in clinical education courses must provide evidence of a current physical examination, tuberculin test, and specified immunizations. Additional information on this requirement is provided at the program orientation. Students are responsible for their own transportation to off-campus clinical learning sites. Special uniforms are required for clinical courses. Uniforms must be in accordance with provided guidelines for the program. Students must purchase them at their own expense. Specialized equipment and/or laboratory supplies must be obtained for selected courses within this program. Students must purchase them at their own expense. Advanced placement through transfer or challenge is available for individuals with previous related coursework. Articulated credit from many area high schools is available for graduates with high school health occupations courses. In order to complete the requirements for progression and graduation, students enrolled in this program must have a grade of “C” or better in all specialized courses. The term “specialized courses” refers to all courses carrying the prefix of the program in which the student is majoring or the prefix of another health-related discipline. Following completion of the Tech Prep Associate of Applied Science degree, a multi-disciplinary enhanced skills certificate in Border Health issues is available. This program prepares graduates to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to meet the unique health care needs of the U.S./ Mexico border community.

Individuals with EMS registry and/or previously related work experience may register for specialized, specific courses either individually or in an accelerated fashion. See the Health Occupations Counselor or EMSP Program Coordinator for more information.



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 Program Requirements

 Continuing Education

The CE Health department and EMSP department provides continuing education programs that are necessary for paramedics, nurses, doctors and other medical practitioners to maintain their competencies in key areas of the professions. EPCC is an authorized AHA Training Center and offers many AHA courses.

EPCC's current offering of CE Courses include:

AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers - This course teaches basic CPR and AED skills. It is offered in an 8 hour initial course or a 4 hour renewal course. It is also a prerequisite for many of the nursing and allied health programs.

First Aid program teaches basic first aid skills and training to recognize medical emergencies.

ACLS(Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support) - Skills development for professional personnel practicing in critical care units, emergency departments, and paramedic ambulances. Establishes a system of protocols for management of the patient experiencing cardiac difficulties.

PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) - A system of protocols for management of the pediatric patient experiencing difficulties in medical and/or trauma related emergencies. Allows health care professionals, whose jobs are involved in the medical care of pediatric patients to practice and improve their knowledge and skills in pediatric resuscitation.

PHTLS (PreHospital Trauma Life Support) - Focuses on the care of the trauma patients in the pre-hospital environment. Topics include how to identify, manage, and transport trauma patients with the highest chance of survival.

The CE Health Department can also tailor a custom training solution for your organization or department. We have experience in training for industry settings, hospitals, fire departments, and private physicians’ offices. We can create a training program for your employees or students. Programs we have done include CPR, First Aid and AED Training For Industry, EKG Interpretation and Basic Phlebotomy.

 

 

Contact Information:

Dennis Redd

CE Coordinator for Health

Tel: 915-831-7070

E-mail: dredd@epcc.edu

 News

January 1, 2014 - Over the Winter Break the EMSP Department welcomed site visitors from CoAEMSP as part of the departments pursuit of accreditation. Earlier in 2013, the department received a letter of review. Over the course of the visit the evaluators spoke with students, employers, and faculty concerning the program. In a final meeting with key college officials, including college president Dr. William Serrata, the site visitors expressed positive remarks concerning the program and the support of the institution. The program report generated by the site visitors will be evaluated by the CoAEMSP board later in the year when official accreditation is expected to be awarded to the EMSP Program.

March 26, 2014 - Program Coordinator Tony Ayub and Program Dean, Dr. Paula Mitchell received an award on behalf of EPCC and the EMSP department presented by The National Council of Instructional Administrators. The award was presented in Jacksonville, Florida at the NCIA's national conference. This national award is given in recognition for innovative and exemplary program innovations. The entry submitted by EPCC showcased the relationship between El Paso Community College - EMSP Department, the El Paso Fire Department, and Del Sol Medical Center as these entities partnered together to produce 3 cohorts of paramedic graduates in an accelerated format lasting about 6 months each. This special program touted a 94% NREMT pass rate and helped train approximately 90 new EPFD firefighter paramedics over approximately 18 months.

April 1, 2014 - An informational meeting was held at El Paso Community College's Rio Grande Campus to discuss the Paramedic to RN Program and when it can be offered next. On hand were counselors and program coordinators from both the RN Program and the EMSP Program, as well as, the program deans of both divisions. The turnout was remarkable with over 70 paramedics in attendance to show interest and support for the program. Nursing Dean Gail Meagher committed to establishing a cohort that will begin Fall 2015 providing at least 10 paramedics are ready with all necessary prerequisites. A Paramedic to RN informational packet is posted under the "Documents" section of the EMSP website. This packet contains information including the prerequisites, degree plans and more concerning this program. More information will be posted here concerning this program as it becomes available.

May 14, 2014 - Due to state mandates to reduce the Associate degree programs to 60 hours, the AAS –Nursing: Paramedic to RN degree will no longer require the college math, Math 1324 or Math 1314 or Math 1342 effective Fall 2015. Students will still have to comply with the TSI requirements that mandate the student show proficiency in Math either through course completion or TSI testing. Please check with your Nursing Counselor for specifics.

 Resources

FISDAP - is an online patient care reporting system and clinical tracker. When you enter our program you will get access to this system to submit your patient contact documentation from your ambulance and hospital rotations.

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) - Texas DSHS is the state regulating and licensing agency for all levels of EMS providers. Once you have completed a course and national registry testing you need to apply at DSHS for your Texas State License if you wish to practice in Texas.

National Registry of EMT (NREMT) - National Registry is the national credentialing agency for EMT, AEMT and Paramedic. This agency works to develop and enhance paramedic curriculum and produces the exam that is required to get your national certification. Through this certification many states recognize reciprocity and do not require you to complete other tests. Texas is one such state. You will need to create an account at NREMT's website when you are ready to test for EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic certification levels.

EPCC Applicant Management System - This website is where new students and returning students must go to get their background and drug screen tests. These are required for all health occupation programs at EPCC and it is recommended that you begin the process before you start the semester as they can take an extended amount of time to complete.


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 Contact Info

Tony Ayub

EMSP Program Coordinator

Tel: (915)-831-7079

Email: aayub@epcc.edu

 

Angel Carrillo

EMSP Lab Facilities Coordinator

Tel: (915)-831-7058

Email: acarri34@epcc.edu

 

Cynthia Kabariti

EMSP Program Assistant

Tel: (915)-831-7075

Email: cavila12@epcc.edu

 

 Documents

EMSP_Documentation_Instructions.pdfEMSP_Documentation_Instructions
Patient Assessment Management.PDFPatient Assessment Management
Clinical Rotation Form Packet.PDFClinical Rotation Form Packet
Student Performance Review Evaluation.PDFStudent Performance Review Evaluation
EKG Recognition Management.PDFEKG Recognition Management
Patient Care Record.PDFPatient Care Record
Assessment of the Newborn.PDFAssessment of the Newborn
Paramedic to RN Info Packet.pdfParamedic to RN Info Packet