Emergency Medical Services

The Emergency Medical Services Program prepares individuals to recognize illnesses and injury symptoms and to provide legal permissible emergency treatment set forth by the standards of the Riverside County EMS Agency.

Note: Pursuant to California Health and Safety code Section 1799.100, by participating in a course of instruction in emergency medical training you have waived your rights to collect civil damages against the College in the event you sustain an injury.

The code states: "No local agency, entity of state or local government, or other public or private organization which sponsors, authorizes, supports, finances, or supervises the training of people, excluding physicians and surgeons, registered nurses, and licensed vocational nurses, as defined, in emergency medical services in training programs under this part, shall be liable for any civil damages alleged to result from such training program."

Students cannot register for the NREMT (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians) Certification Exam  or be certified as an EMT in the state of California without a social security number.

Advisor:  

Chantae Wilson
chwilson@collegeofthedesert.edu
760.776.7313

Certificates of Achievement

Noncredit Certificates

Local Certificate

(Locally approved certificate, is not notated on the student's transcript in accordance with State regulations.)

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

EMR 080  Emergency Medical Responder   Units: 3

This course prepares the EMR student to provide emergency prehospital assessment and care for patients of all ages with a variety of medical conditions and traumatic injuries. Areas of study include an introduction to emergency medical services systems, roles and responsibilities of EMRs, anatomy, and physiology, medical emergencies, trauma, and special considerations for working in the prehospital setting. "Cardiopulmonary resuscitation" (CPR) means establishing and maintaining an open airway, ensuring adequate respiration, and ensuring adequate circulation either spontaneously or by means of closed-chest cardiac compression, according to standards promulgated by the current American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC). A $12.50 fee is required for this course to cover the AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate. Students are required to purchase a uniform and attend a mandatory orientation prior to the start of the course. Check the program website for additional information. Note: Authority cited: Section 1797.107, Health and Safety Code. Reference: Sections 1797.182 and 1797.183, Health and Safety Code; and Section 13518, Penal Code.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

EMR 080A  Emergency Medical Responder 1A   Units: 1.5

This two-course sequence prepares the EMR student to provide emergency pre-hospital assessment and care for patients of all ages with a variety of medical conditions and traumatic injuries. Areas of study include an introduction to emergency medical services systems, roles and responsibilities of EMRs, anatomy and physiology, medical emergencies, trauma, and special considerations for working in the pre-hospital setting.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

EMR 080B  Emergency Medical Responder 1B   Units: 1.5

This second course in the two-course sequence prepares the EMR student to provide emergency pre-hospital assessment and care for patients of all ages with a variety of medical conditions and traumatic injuries. Areas of study include an introduction to emergency medical services systems, roles and responsibilities of EMRs, anatomy and physiology, medical emergencies, trauma, and special considerations for working in the pre-hospital setting.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: EMR 080A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

EMR 081  Ambulance Operations   Units: 1

This course provides information and skills training. Topics include applicable laws, defensive driving techniques, basic inspection, and maintenance. Each student also has the opportunity to increase their driving skills during simulated driving conditions.
Lecture Hours: 9         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 061
Limitation on enrollment: Valid driver's license, DMV H6 printout.
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

EMR 086  Public Safety First Aid   Units: 1

This course provides Basic Life Support (BLS) skills in patient assessment, bleeding control, muscular-skeletal injuries, respiratory emergencies, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED). The course complies with California Health and Safety Code, Division 2.5, CCR Title 22, Division 9 and American Heart Association. A Public Safety First Aid (PSFA) Certificate and CPR/AED cards will be issued upon completion. This course meets the prerequisite for the Cal Fire Basic Wildland Academy. PSFA is the recognition of and immediate care for injury or sudden illness, including medical emergencies, by public safety personnel prior to the availability of medical care by licensed or certified health care professionals. PSFA is used by lifeguards, firefighter and peace officers. A $12.50 fee is required for the BLS certificate.
Lecture Hours: 9         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

EMR 380A  Emergency Medical Responder 1A   Units: 0

This two-course sequence prepares the EMR student to provide emergency pre-hospital assessment and care for patients of all ages with a variety of medical conditions and traumatic injuries. Areas of study include an introduction to emergency medical services systems, roles and responsibilities of EMRs, anatomy and physiology, medical emergencies, trauma, and special considerations for working in the pre-hospital setting.
Noncredit Hours: 45                                        Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

EMR 380B  Emergency Medical Responder 1B   Units: 0

This second course in the two-course sequence prepares the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) student to provide emergency pre-hospital assessment and care for patients of all ages with a variety of medical conditions and traumatic injuries. Areas of study include an introduction to emergency medical services systems, roles and responsibilities of EMRs, anatomy and physiology, medical emergencies, trauma, and special considerations for working in the pre-hospital setting.
Noncredit Hours: 45                                        Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: EMR 380A or EMR 080A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

EMR 381  Ambulance Operations   Units: 0

This course provides information and skills training. Topics include applicable laws, defensive driving techniques, basic inspection and maintenance. Each student also has the opportunity to increase their driving skills during simulated driving conditions.
Noncredit Hours: 36                                        Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: EMR 080 or EMR 080B or EMR 380B
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Valid driver's license, DMV H6 printout.
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

EMR 386  Public Safety First Aid   Units: 0

This course will provide Basic Life Support (BLS) skills in patient assessment, bleeding control, muscular-skeletal injuries, respiratory emergencies, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED). The course complies with California Health and Safety Code, Division 2.5, CCR Title 22, Division 9 and American Heart Association (AHA). A Public Safety First Aid (PSFA) Certificate and BLS CPR/AED cards will be issued upon completion. Public Safety First Aid is the recognition of and immediate care for injury or sudden illness, including medical emergencies, by public safety personnel prior to the availability of medical care by licensed or certified health care professionals. PSFA is used by lifeguards, firefighter and peace officers. This course meets the prerequisite for the Cal Fire Basic Wildland Academy. A $12.50 fee is required for the BLS certificate.
Noncredit Hours: 36                                        Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

Emergency Medical Technology (EMT)

EMT 084  Emergency Medical Technician I   Units: 8

This course prepares students for National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) EMT-Basic Written Examination. Students study and practice the fundamental principles and skills required to provide care to patients experiencing traumatic and medical conditions in an emergent setting. This course is approved by Riverside Emergency Medical Services Agency, California Health and Safety Code and California Code of Regulations, Title 22 requirements. This course provides training in basic emergency care skills, theory instruction, use of definitive airway adjuncts and assisting patients with certain medications. All students must be eighteen years of age (18) on the first day of class, have a current TB test, have a current AHA Healthcare Provider Level CPR certification and meet the functional job requirements of the Emergency Medical Technician (Title 22, Division 9, Chapter 2, Section 100066b2 California Code of Regulations.) Check the program website for additional information.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 270          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: EMR 080 or EMR 080A & EMR 080B with a passing grade of B
Advisory: ENG 061, EMR 081, HS 062
Limitation on enrollment: Students must be eighteen (18) years of age on the first day of class. Students must have an American Heart Association BLS certification current through the end of the course. Students will need proof of a negative TB test or chest X-ray and will need to provide proof of vaccinations and/or titer. Current American Heart Association BLS certification valid till the last day of the semester.
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

EMT 085  EMT Refresher Course   Units: 2

This refresher course for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) personnel meets or exceeds the requirements specified in the California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Chapter 5, section 9. This course is for those who have completed a recognized EMT training course and are in the process of obtaining certification or renewing their current certification. The course contains information on new EMT techniques and procedures, review of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and a review of current local protocols. Passing performance on both written and skills competency examinations are required for course completion. To meet legally mandated training requirement, students may re-enroll in this course as many times as needed by completing a petition electronically via the @MyCod Student Portal, A&R Forms.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: EMT 084 or must have successfully completed a State of California EMSA recognized EMT course and/or be a current NREMT
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NAA
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

EMT 095A  Emergency Medical Services Work Experience   Units: 1-8

This work experience course of supervised employment assists students in acquiring desirable work habits, attitudes, and skills to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (for a combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit earned. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and education or occupational goals are directly related to emergency medical services.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 600          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

EMT 384  Emergency Medical Technician I   Units: 0

This course prepares students for National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) EMT-Basic Written Examination. Students study and practice the fundamental principles and skills required to provide care to patients experiencing traumatic and medical conditions in an emergent setting. This course is approved by Riverside Emergency Medical Services Agency, California Health and Safety Code and California Code of Regulations, Title 22 requirements. This course provides training in basic emergency care skills, theory instruction, use of definitive airway adjuncts and assisting patients with certain medications. All students must be eighteen years of age (18) on the first day of class, have a current TB test, have a current AHA Healthcare Provider Level CPR certification and meet the functional job requirements of the Emergency Medical Technician (Title 22, Division 9, Chapter 2, Section 100066b2 California Code of Regulations.) Check the program website for additional information.
Noncredit Hours: 324                                        Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Pass/No Pass
Prerequisite: EMR 380B passing grade of P or EMR 080 or EMR 080B with a passing grade of B
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: Students must be eighteen (18) years of age on the first day of class. Students must have an American Heart Association BLS certification current through the end of the course. Students will need proof of a negative TB test or chest X-ray and will need to provide proof of vaccinations and/or titer. Current American Heart Association BLS certification valid till the last day of the semester.
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NONC
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None