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EMSP 1160 (1 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, ECC

Clinical - Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Current BCLS (CPR) certification.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Enrollment in, or prior completion within no more than 6 months of EMSP 1501.
Course Description: A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. (5 Ext.)


EMSP 1161 (1 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Clinical - Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of EMSP 1338, EMSP 1355 and EMSP 1160.
Course Description: A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. (3 Ext.)


EMSP 1162 (1 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Clinical - Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. (3 Ext.)


EMSP 1163 (1 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Clinical - Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. (3 Ext.)


EMSP 1338 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Introduction to Advanced Practice
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: (1) Current CPR certification preferred, (2) Completion of Texas Department of State Health Services approved Emergency Medical Technician course or certification by the Texas Department of State Health Services or National Registry of EMT as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic or higher, (3) Demonstrated competency in math, reading, and writing.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search and a drug screen as prescribed by the program and college. Failure to comply will result in the student being dropped from all EMSP courses.
Course Description: Fundamental elements associated with emergency medical services to include preparatory practices, pathophysiology, medication administration and related topics. This course is cross-listed as EMSP 1438. The student may register for either EMSP 1338 or EMSP 1438 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


EMSP 1355 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, ECC

Trauma Management
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: (1) Current BCLS (CPR) certification at the Health Care Provider level by the American Heart Association or equivalent, (2) Current certification by the Texas Department of State Health Services as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic or higher, (3) Successful completion of EMSP 1356.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search and a drug screen as prescribed by the program and college. Failure to comply will result in the student being dropped from all EMSP courses.
Course Description: Knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of patients with traumatic injuries. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


EMSP 1356 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Patient Assessment and Airway Management
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: (1) Current BCLS (CPR) certification at the Health Care Provider level by the American Heart Association or equivalent, (2) Current certification by the Texas Department of State Health Services as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic or higher.
Corequisite/Concurrent: (1) Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search and a drug screen as prescribed by the program and college. Failure to comply will result in the student being dropped from all EMSP courses, (2) Concurrent enrollment in or prior successful completion of SCIT 1408 or BIOL 2402.
Course Description: This course provides a detailed study of the knowledge and skills required to reach competence in performing patient assessment and airway management. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


EMSP 1391 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Special Topics in Emergency Medical Technology/Technician
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Admission into the Emergency Medical Services Program OR current Texas EMS Certification/license at a minimum of EMT-Basic level, OR current enrollment in EMSP 1501, and current BCLS (CPR) certification.
Course Description: Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. In particular, this course will cover Hazardous Material (HazMat) awareness and management, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) events, the national Incident command System (ICS), and Multi Casualty Incident (MCI) management. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


EMSP 1438 (4 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Introduction to Advanced Practice
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: (1) Verification of successful completion of testing with the National Registry of EMTs at either Emergency Medical Technician Basic or Intermediate levels; OR current certification by the Texas Department of State Health Services as an EMT-Basic or Intermediate; (2) Current BCLS (CPR) certification at the Health Care Provider level by the American Heart Association or equivalent; (3) Successful completion of a departmental assessment of EMT-Basic knowledge at the DOT National Standard Curriculum level; (4) Demonstrated competency in math, reading, and writing; (5) Successful completion of SCIT 1407 or BIOL 2401.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search and a drug screen as prescribed by the program and college. Failure to comply will result in the student being dropped from all EMSP courses.
Course Description: An exploration of the foundations necessary for mastery of the advanced topics of clinical practice out of the hospital. This course is cross-listed as EMSP 1338. The student may register for either EMSP 1438 or EMSP 1338 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)


EMSP 1501 (5 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, ECC

Emergency Medical Technician
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: (1) Current BCLS (CPR) certification at the Health Care Provider level by the American Heart Association or equivalent, (2) Demonstrated competency in MATH 0090, DREA 0091, and DWRI 0091.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search and a drug screen as prescribed by the program and college. Failure to comply will result in the student being dropped from all EMSP courses.
Course Description: Preparation for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). (2 Lec., 9 Lab.)


EMSP 2143 (1 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, ECC

Assessment Based Management
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: (1) Current BCLS (CPR) certification at the Health Care Provider level by the American Heart Association or equivalent, (2) Successful completion of EMSP 2160 or EMSP 2260, (3) Current certification by the Texas Department of State Health Services as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic or higher.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search and a drug screen as prescribed by the program and college. Failure to comply will result in the student being dropped from all EMSP courses.
Course Description: A capstone experience covering comprehensive, assessment based patient care management. Includes specific care when dealing with pediatric, adult, geriatric, and special needs patients. (2 Lab.)


EMSP 2160 (1 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Clinical - Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: (1) Completion of Department of State Health Services approved Basic Emergency Medical Technician Course, or certification by Department of State Health Services as Emergency Medical Technician, (2) current CPR certification as health care provider, (3) demonstrated competency in reading and math, and (4) Anatomy and Physiology course for Paramedics or equivalency.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search and a drug screen as prescribed by the program and college. Failure to comply will result in the student being dropped from all EMSP courses.
Course Description: A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. (3 Ext.)


EMSP 2161 (1 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Clinical - Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of EMSP 2160.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search and a drug screen as prescribed by the program and college. Failure to comply will result in the student being dropped from all EMSP courses.
Course Description: A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the students to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. (3 Ext.)


EMSP 2237 (2 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Emergency Procedures
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Current BCLS (CPR) certificate.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search and a drug screen as prescribed by the program and college. Failure to comply will result in the student being dropped from all EMSP courses.
Course Description: Instruction in a laboratory environment concentrating on practical medical skills and critical thinking abilities. Topics include a variety of skills appropriate to the student's training level. Required verifications of specific skills may be included. (4 Lab.)


EMSP 2260 (2 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Clinical - Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: (1) Current CPR certification, (2) Certification by the Texas Department of State Health Services as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic or higher, (3) Completion of EMSP 1356.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search and a drug screen as prescribed by the program and college. Failure to comply will result in the student being dropped from all EMSP courses.
Course Description: A health related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. (9 Ext.)


EMSP 2261 (2 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Clinical - Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: (1) Current CPR certification, (2) Certification by the Texas Department of State Health Services as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic or higher, (3) Completion of EMSP 2260 and EMSP 2434.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search and a drug screen as prescribed by the program and college. Failure to comply will result in the student being dropped from all EMSP courses.
Course Description: A health related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. (9 Ext.)


EMSP 2300 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Methods of Teaching - Emergency Medical Service
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Admission into the Emergency Medical Services Program OR current Texas EMS Certification/license at a minimum of EMT-Basic level, OR current enrollment in EMSP 1501, AND current BCLS (CPR) certification.
Course Description: Instruction in adult learning methodology for instructors of emergency medical services (3 Lec., 1 Lab.)


EMSP 2338 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, ECC

EMS Operations
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: (1) Current BCLS (CPR) certification at the Health Care Provider level by the American Heart Association or equivalent, (2) Successful completion of EMSP 1338 or EMSP 1438 and EMSP 1356, (3) Current certification by the Texas Department of State Health Services as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic or higher.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search and a drug screen as prescribed by the program and college. Failure to comply will result in the student being dropped from all EMSP courses.
Course Description: Knowledge and skills to safely manage multi-casualty incidents and rescue situations; utilize air medical resources; identify hazardous materials and other specialized incidents. (2 Lec., 2 Lab.)


EMSP 2362 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Clinical - Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the following courses: EMSP 2534, EMSP 2544, EMSP 2430, EMSP 1338, EMSP 1355 and EMSP 2161.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search and a drug screen as prescribed by the program and college. Failure to comply will result in the student being dropped from all EMSP courses.
Course Description: A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. (9 Ext.)


EMSP 2430 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, ECC

Special Populations
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: (1) Current BCLS (CPR) certification at the Health Care Provider level by the American Heart Association or equivalent, (2) Successful completion of EMSP 1338 or EMSP 1438 and EMSP 1356, (3) Current certification by the Texas Department of State Health Services as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic or higher.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search and a drug screen as prescribed by the program and college. Failure to comply will result in the student being dropped from all EMSP courses.
Course Description: Knowledge and skills necessary to assess and manage ill or injured patients in diverse populations to include neonatology, pediatrics, geriatrics and other related topics. (3 Lec., 2 Lab.)


EMSP 2434 (4 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Medical Emergencies
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: (1) Current BCLS (CPR) certification at the Health Care Provider level by the American Heart Association or equivalent, (2) Successful completion of EMSP 1338 or EMSP 1438 and EMSP 1356, (3) Current certification by the Texas Department of State Health Services as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic or higher. Successful completion of SCIT 1408 or BIOL 2402 is required to enroll in EMSP 2434.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search and a drug screen as prescribed by the program and college. Failure to comply will result in the student being dropped from all EMSP courses.
Course Description: This course provides a detailed study of the knowledge and skills necessary to reach competence in the assessment and management of patients with medical emergencies. This course is cross-listed as EMSP 2534. The student may register for either EMSP 2434 or EMSP 2534 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (3 Lec., 3 Lab.)


EMSP 2444 (4 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Cardiology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: (1) Current BCLS (CPR) certification at the Health Care Provider level by the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI), American Red Cross (ARC), or American Heart Association (AHA); (2) Successful completion of EMSP 1338 or 1438 and EMSP 1356; (3) Current certification by the Texas Department of State Health Services or Registration by the National Registry of EMT as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic or higher.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search and a drug screen as prescribed by the program and college. Failure to comply will result in the student being dropped from all EMSP courses. Successful completion or concurrent enrollment in SCIT 1408 or BIOL 2402 is required to enroll in EMSP 2444.
Course Description: A detailed study of the knowledge and skills necessary to reach competence in the assessment and management of patients with cardiac emergencies. In addition to the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of a cardiac crisis, it includes dysrhythmia recognition and 12 Lead ECG interpretation for field diagnosis, as well as pharmacological and electrical interventions for treatment. This course is cross-listed as EMSP 2544. The student may register for either EMSP 2444 or EMSP 2544, but may receive credit for only one of the two. This course is cross-listed as EMSP 2544. The student may register for either EMSP 2444 or EMSP 2544 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (3 Lec., 2 Lab.)

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on May 28, 2013. (Original) | (Changes)


EMSP 2463 (4 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Clinical - Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: (1) Current CPR certification at the Health Care Provider level by the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI), American Red Cross (ARC), or American Heart Association (AHA); (2) Certification by the Texas Department of State Health Services or Registration by the National Registry of EMT as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic or higher; (3) Completion of EMSP 2260 and EMSP 2261 or concurrent enrollment in EMSP 2553.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search and a drug screen as prescribed by the program and college. Failure to comply will result in the student being dropped from all EMSP courses. Successful completion or concurrent enrollment in EMSP 2143 or EMSP 2553 is required to enroll in EMSP 2463.
Course Description: A health related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. (19 Ext.)

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on May 28, 2013. (Original) | (Changes)


EMSP 2534 (5 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Medical Emergencies
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of EMSP 1338, EMSP 1355, EMSP 2544.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search and a drug screen as prescribed by the program and college. Failure to comply will result in the student being dropped from all EMSP courses.
Course Description: 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. This course is cross-listed as EMSP 2434. The student may register for either EMSP 2534 or EMSP 2434 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (4 Lec., 2 Lab.)


EMSP 2544 (5 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Cardiology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: (1) Completion of Department of State Health Services approved Emergency Medical Technician Course, or certification by Completion of Department of State Health Services or National Registry of EMT's as Emergency Medical Technician, (2) current CPR certification as health care provider, (3) demonstrated competency in math and reading, and (4) Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedics course or equivalency.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search and a drug screen as prescribed by the program and college. Failure to comply will result in the student being dropped from all EMSP courses.
Course Description: Assessment and management of patients with cardiac emergencies. Includes single and multi-lead ECG interpretation. This course is cross-listed as EMSP 2444. The student may register for either EMSP 2444 or EMSP 2544 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (5 Lec., 1 Lab.)


EMSP 2553 (5 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Emergency Medical Services Certification for Health Care Professionals
This is a WECM Course Number.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Concurrent enrollment, or successful completion, in EMSP 2237. Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search and a drug screen as prescribed by the program and college. Failure to comply will result in the student being dropped from all EMSP courses.
Course Description: Preparation of the R.N., R.R.T., or P.A. (licensed to practice in Texas) for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) certification. Students must meet program documentary requirements. Students must meet Department of State Health Services (DSHS) listed requirements to be eligible to apply for certification as a Paramedic. (4 Lec., 2 Lab.)

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on May 28, 2013. (Original) | (Changes)


EMSP 2563 (5 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Clinical - Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the following courses: EMSP 2338, EMSP 2143 and EMSP 2362.
Corequisite/Concurrent: Students will be required to submit to and pass a criminal background search and a drug screen as prescribed by the program and college. Failure to comply will result in the student being dropped from all EMSP courses.
Course Description: A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills, and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional. (15 Ext.)



Academic Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.

WECM Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four-year colleges and universities.