Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic I

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FIR 221

       Course Name: Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic I

       Credits: 6 (4 lecture; 8 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

FIR 220 or equivalent and consent of instructor. Concurrent registration in Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic II, FIR 222

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

First course of four towards acquiring skills in advanced emergency medicine.  Topics covered include role and responsibilities of the paramedic, legal and medical considerations, response to major incidents, and stress management.  The learning process is enhanced by concurrent laboratory and clinical instructions.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The course instructs students in:

  • Duties and responsibilities of the paramedic
  • Medical and legal aspects
  • EMS structure and communication
  • Responding to major incidents.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

1.0 Orientation
2.0 EMS Systems and EMS Communication
3.0 Role and Responsibilities
3.1 Medical and Legal Considerations
4.0 Pulmonary Anatomy and Physiology
5.0 Fluid and Electrolytes
6.0 Respiratory Assessment
6.1 Management of Respiratory Disorders
7.0 Airway and Ventilation
7.1 Techniques of Management
7.2 ET/EOA Interbation
8.0 Acid-Base Balance
8.1 IV Therapy
9.0 Pathophysiology and Management of Shock
10.0 Intravenous Fluid Therapy

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  • Lectures augmented by slides and film presentation
  • Practical demonstration
  • Participation in emergency procedure
  • Working in laboratory and clinical setting

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  1. Reading assigned text and workbook chapters prior to each class.
  2. Performing all lab tasks
  3. Submitting all written assignments
  4. Participating in 3 hours/week study periods
  5. Quizzes
    1. Scheduled quizzes will begin promptly at 6:15 PM, and will be collected by the preceptor promptly at 6:55 PM. should the student arrive late, it is up to the preceptor’s discretion whether or not time permits completion of the quiz. No extra time will be given for completion of the quiz.
    2. Following the quiz, the lecture will begin at 7:00 PM.
    3. If a quiz is missed, a make-up will be offered on the Monday following the scheduled quiz. It will be given from 8:15 am to 8:55 am.
    4. If a quiz is missed on the scheduled date and the make-up date, the stu-dent may take an oral quiz to be given by the PMD. This option will be offered only once during the Course. If more than one quiz is missed, the student will receive a score of zero (0) for that quiz.
    5. Cases of hardship or extenuating circumstance will be subject to review of the PMD.
    6. Quizzes, examinations, answer sheets, and any other material related to the written testing process shall not be removed from the classroom premises, nor reproduced in any way. Violation of this policy shall result in immedi-ate dismissal from the EMT-P course.
    7. Quizzes and examinations shall be reviewed as scheduled, and shall not be released to the student thereafter.
    8. Cheating on any test, altering, or attempting to alter, an already graded test is a serious breach of ethics, subject to discipline up to, and including, dismissal from the EMT-P-P Course.
  6. Major Examinations
    The midterm and final exams shall be taken on the date and time scheduled. No “make-up” examinations will be given.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Student performance will be determined on the basis of quizzes, clinical performance, written and practical examinations. Procedure used will be as follows:

  1. Written evaluation of student's performance in clinical areas will be made by the supervising RN or MD.
  2. Pass/Fail method will be used in evaluating practical skills.
  3. Course averages will be computed on a quarterly basis. The major exams (Midterm and Final) will mark the end of the 2nd and 4th Quarters, respectively.
  4. An average of 75% must be maintained in order to remain in good standing.
  5. An average of 68 to 74% at the completion of any Quarter will cause the student to be placed on Probation.
  6. A student with an average of less than 68% at the completion of any quarter will be terminated from the Course. Authority to terminate rests with the Project Medical Director (PMD).

XI.   Other Course Information

  1. Professional Behavior
    As a health care professional, the student will be expected to conduct him/herself in a professional manner. This particularly applies to conduct in the public and clinical areas of the hospital. When in doubt about what constitutes professional behavior, the student should act discreetly, and in such manner as will reflect honor on him/herself and the profession.
    1. Patients, families of patients, and co-workers should be addressed by title, in a respectful manner, in the clinical setting.
    2. All discussions and conversations should be conducted in a quiet tone.
    3. Questions or discussions with a co-worker regarding a patient’s condition should be conducted away from the patient area, out of all patients’ and bystanders’ hearing.
    4. Patients should not be discussed in the public areas of the hospital, e.g., cafeteria, elevators, hallways.
    5. Patient confidentiality must be strictly maintained.
  2. Attendance
    1. Attendance at all evening lectures and all daytime lab sessions is mandato-ry. Unexcused, or frequent excused absence is viewed as a serious issue and may result in termination from the program.
    2. Should the student be unable to attend a lab session on the assigned day, either of the other two sessions available that week may be attended. This is to be arranged with the EMS Coordinator.
    3. Attendance at evening lecture is recorded from signatures in the “sign-in” book; students are to sign their own names only.
    4. Notification of absence from any class is expected and must be made to the EMS Coordinator.
    5. It is required that the attendance records of every EMT-P Course be for-warded to the Illinois Department of Public Health for review. The State Licensure Exam may be refused to a student with excessive absences.
  3. Precautions
    1. Evening lecture: Informal attire
    2. Lab and clinical sessions: Department/Company uniform
  4. Precautions
    1. Principles of Body Substance Isolation (BSI) will be reviewed in order to provide reasonable protection (to the student and the patients for whom he/she cares) from acquiring an infectious or communicable disease. These principles shall be adhered to in both the classroom and clinical setting in accordance with OSHA requirements.
    2. All students will follow “Universal Precautions” when an exposure to blood, body fluids or communicable disease is likely.
    3. Any “significant exposure” to blood/body fluids must be reported imme-diately, according to established policy.
    4. Failure to adhere to these policies is cause for dismissal from the Course.
  5. Student Health
    1. The EMT-P student shall be in good general health.
    2. Any student who has a chronic condition (e.g., diabetes, hypertension, sei-zure disorder), must make a confidential disclosure of same to the EMS coordinator. The intent of this policy is to safeguard the individual should he/she become ill while on the hospital campus.
    3. Students will not be permitted in clinical areas with active communicable diseases, for example, colds or flu.
    4. Immunizations must be up-to-date.
    5. Immunization against hepatitis B is strongly recommended.
    6. Student should have personal medical insurance.

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.