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Emergency Medical Services

2018-19 Emergency Medical Services Grad Guide (PDF)

Certificate of Completion
Major Code: 510904B
Courses for this Certificate

About the Program

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) one-year certificate program is accredited by the Oregon
Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority – EMS. It offers career training for
entry-level personnel in EMT. Successful completion of the EMT course leads to eligibility to sit
for the state and National Registry EMT exams. This program is ideal for students who plan to go
on to the Associate of Applied Science degree in Paramedicine. Students not interested in the paramedic
level may wish to consider the EMT Career Pathway certificate.

Successful completion of the curriculum leads to a one-year RCC certificate and eligibility to apply
for the Paramedicine courses at RCC, at any other Oregon community college offering the associate
degree, or at the Oregon Health and Science University.

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technical certificate programs to prospective students. Data includes Standard Occupational
Classification (SOC) codes (, graduation rates, tuition and fees, typical costs
for books and supplies, job placement rates for students completing the programs, and median loan
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Program Learning Outcomes

Perform an adequate patient assessment and formulate and implement a treatment plan for patients with a variety of medical and traumatic emergencies.

Demonstrate effective communication, cultural competency, and conflict management and intervention skills for people in crisis.

Implement self-care strategies and techniques to address the impact of stress and emotional trauma on emergency providers.

Demonstrate leadership, teamwork and decision making in the management of multiple personnel on emergency scenes.

Understand and follow workplace expectations regarding attendance, safety, conduct, and professionalism.

Describe and use defensive and safe driving techniques in the operation of emergency vehicles.

Demonstrate safe work practices in a variety of specific rescue situations including rope, water, wilderness, and confined space rescue.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined by the results of their placement assessment.  In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

This program requires an application and satisfaction of certain course admission criteria prior
to enrolling in the EMT courses (ES131, ES132). Information is available on department website
( or at the Emergency Services (ES) Department office
located at the RCC Table Rock Campus. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an ES
Department advisor prior to beginning any coursework.

Students must be at least 17 years old to apply to the EMT course. Students must be a high school
graduate or have a GED or equivalent for certification. In addition, students must meet the qualifications
outlined by the Oregon Health Authority – EMS. Students are required to submit verification
of certain immunizations and medical tests. Students will also be required to pass a drug
screen and a criminal background investigation prior to their mandatory clinical time.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college
policies and the Emergency Services Department chair’s recommendation. In order to ensure that
coursework is current, program courses over five years old must be reviewed and approved by the
Emergency Services Department chair before being accepted toward core requirements.

Graduation Requirements

Students completing all credits outlined in this program with a grade of “C” or better will earn a certificate in Emergency Medical Services. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an Emergency Services Department adviser prior to beginning any coursework.
Course No.
Course Title
BI211 General Biology I (BI211 is a prerequisite to BI231; CHEM104 also highly recommended) 4
CS____ Approved 3-4 computer science class, CS120 or above or documented computer proficiency

Note: Required for graduation. Successful completion of CS120, or otherwise meeting the proficiency requirement within the last 10 years, fulfills this requirement. Contact a computer science adviser to help determine placement.

MTH63 Applied Algebra I or MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I 0-4
RD90 College Reading or designated placement test score 0-4
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or designated placement test score 0-3
  Total Prerequisite Credits 4-19
Required Courses
Course No.
Course Title
First Term
AH100 Medical Terminology: Introduction 3
BI231 Anatomy and Physiology I with lab 4
ES105 Introduction to Emergency Services 4
ES131 EMT Part I 4
ES131L EMT Part I Lab 1
Second Term
BI232 Anatomy and Physiology II with lab 4
ES132 EMT Part II 4
ES132L EMT Part II Lab 1
EMS170 Emergency Communication and Documentation 2
MTH96 Applied Algebra II or MTH95 Intermediate Algebra or higher level math 4
Third Term
BI233 Anatomy and Physiology III with lab 4
ES205 Crisis Management 3
ES268 Emergency Service Rescue 3
ES171 Emergency Vehicle Operations 2
WR121 English Composition I 4
  Approved program elective(s) 0-8
  Total Program Credits 47-55
Approved Program Electives
Course No.
Course Title
AH110 Medical Terminology: Clinical 3
ASL101, ASL102, ASL103 First Year American Sign Language I, II, III 4-4-4
BT102 Introduction to Supervision 3
BT111 Conflict Management 2
CG144 Introduction to Assertiveness 1
CHEM104 Introductory Chemistry I with lab and recitation 5
CJ243/SOC243 Drugs, Crime and Addiction 4
EMS160 Electrocardiogram (ECG) Interpretation 2
EMS165 Introduction to Pharmacology for Health Occupations 2
ES280 Cooperative Work Experience/Emergency Services 1-6
ES295 Health and Fitness for Emergency Services Workers 3
FRP251 Firefighter Level I (FRP251 taken previously for 8 credits but without a separate lab is also acceptable) 3
FRP251L Firefighter Level I Lab (FRP251 taken previously for 8 credits but without a separate lab is also acceptable) 5
FRP261 Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations 1
FRP285 Fire Instructor I 3
HC100 Community Health Worker 6
HCI120 Introduction to the Health Care Industry 3
HPE295 Health and Fitness for Life 3
LIB127 Introduction to Academic Research 1
MTH95R Intermediate Algebra Recitation 1
MTH105 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics 4
MTH243 Probability and Statistics 4
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations or BT101 Human Relations in Organizations 3
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking or SP218 Interpersonal Communications 4
WR110 Understanding English Grammar 2
WR227 Technical Writing 4
  Any world language 4
  Approved social science elective (see catalog for approved list of electives) 3-4

For more information contact the Emergency Services Department:

Grants Pass or Medford: 541-245-7965
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7965
Web address:
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711