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Emergency Medical Services

2020-21 Emergency Medical Services

Certificate of Completion
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.

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 through the Placement Process. 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 the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department website ( or at the Emergency Services 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 will be required to complete all screening requirements outlined in OAR 409-030-0190 and additional RCC requirements.

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 1 4
CIS/CS___ Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science class, CIS120/CS120 or above or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years 2 0-2
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or
MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or higher level math 2
RD90/WR90 College Reading/Fundamentals of Composition or  WR91 Fundamentals of Academic Literacy (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement score 0-8
  Total Prerequisite Credits 8-18
Required Courses
Course No.
Course Title
AH100 Medical Terminology: Introduction 3
BI231 Anatomy and Physiology I with lab 4
BI232 Anatomy and Physiology II with lab 4
BI233 Anatomy and Physiology III with lab 4
COMM100 Basic Communication, or higher level Communication course 3 3-4
ES105 Introduction to Emergency Services 4
ES131 EMT Part I 4
ES131L EMT Part I Lab 1
ES132 EMT Part II 1
ES132L EMT Part II Lab 2
ES171 Emergency Vehicle Operations 2
ES205 Crisis Management 3
ES268 Emergency Service Rescue 3
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or BT113 Business English I or higher level writing 3-4
  Approved program elective(s) 0-8
  Total Program Credits 45-55
Approved Program Electives
Course No.
Course Title
AH110 Medical Terminology: Clinical 3
BT102 Introduction to Supervision 3
BT111 Conflict Management 2
CG144 Introduction to Assertiveness 1
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
FRP261 Hazardous Materials First Responder Operations 1
FRP285 Fire Instructor I 3
HCI120 Introduction to the Health Care Industry 3
HPE295 Health and Fitness for Life 3
LIB127 Introduction to Academic Research 1
WR110 Understanding English Grammar 2

1 BI211 is a prerequisite to BI231; CHEM104 also highly recommended.

2 Required for graduation.

3 Alternative to Speech and Writing requirements above: 7-8 credits, WR115 and WR121, or WR115 (or higher) and COMM100, 111, 115, or 218.

For more information, contact the Emergency Services Department:

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