2011-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Descriptions

Emergency Care Provider & Paramedic
City College and Health & Human Peformance

      

ECP 100 First Aid and CPR
[formerly HHP 210 First Aid and CPR]
2 cr. (F, Sp)  Considers the emergency care to be given victims of accident or sudden illness.  Develops safety consciousness and prevention as well as stresses individual responsibility, rights and wrongs in times of disaster.  Standard First Aid and CPR certification awarded upon successful completion of the course.

ECP 103 Basic Lifeguard Training
[formerly HHP 142 Lifeguard Training: Basic]
2 cr. (Sp)  The student who successfully completes this course receives certificates in the following American Red Cross courses:  CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Lifeguarding.

ECP 111 Water Safety Instructor
[formerly HHP 143 Water Safety Instructor]
3 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.  This course is designed to train instructor candidates to teach a wide variety of swimming and water safety courses.

ECP 112 Lifeguarding Instructor/Head Lifeguard/Waterfront Modules
[formerly HHP 144 Lifeguarding Instructor/Head Lifeguard/Waterfront Modules]
2 cr. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (Sp)  After successfully completing this course the student is qualified to teach several courses within the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training program.  Additionally, the successful student is qualified for Head Lifeguarding and may qualify for other modules or courses with additional work within the course.

ECP 122 Wilderness First Responder
[formerly HHP 230 Wilderness First Responder]
3 cr.  Covers First Responder applications in wilderness settings.  Addressed are issues of short- and long-term patient care, backcountry rescue techniques, and survival skills.  Training will include emergency care for environmental illnesses and injuries, using special equipment and techniques particular to non-urban rescuers, and managing transport as well as other high-level emergency care skills.  Participants who successfully complete the course and exam will receive Wilderness First Responder certification.  (Due to course content and instructor and physical requirements, the class may not be held on MSU Billings main campus.)

ECP 200 Transition to Paramedic Care
[formerly PARA 101 Transition to Paramedicine]
1 cr.  (1 lec/wk) (Sp)
Provides an opportunity to start learning the cognitive, psychomotor, and behavioral differences between an EMT and paramedic.  Topics covered include roles and responsibilities of the paramedic, EMS systems, licensure/recertification requirements, medical legal, patient evaluation, radio communication, documentation, and current issues that impact the EMS profession.

ECP 201 Paramedic Fundamentals
[formerly PARA 130 Paramedic Fundamentals]
3 cr.  (3 lec/wk) (F)
Prepares the paramedic student in the basic knowledge and skills needed in the pre-hospital environment.  Topics covered include roles and responsibilities of the paramedic, medical legal considerations, communications, rescue and disaster operations, initial patient assessment and management, airway management and ventilation, pathophysiology of shock, and emergency pharmacology.

ECP 202 Paramedic Fundamentals Lab
[formerly PARA 131 Paramedic Fundamentals Skills Lab]
1 cr.  (2 lab/wk) (F)
Practices and gains the manipulative skills necessary to effectively manage the tasks in ECP 201.

ECP 206 EMS Case Studies
[formerly PARA 120 EMS Case Studies]
4 cr.  (4 lec/wk) (F)
Provides an opportunity to study and manage trauma and respiratory emergencies from a case study perspective.  Trauma topics covered include shock, head, spinal, thoracic, abdominal, burns, and environmental.  Respiratory topics covered include asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, pulmonary edema, and embolism.

ECP 207 Cardiology
[formerly PARA 240 Cardiology]
4 cr.  (4 lec/wk) (F)
Provides an in-depth study in the pathophysiology and management of cardiovascular disease and related emergencies.  Topics include anatomy and physiology of the heart and circulatory system, basics of electrophysiology, assessment of the cardiac patient, pathophysiology of atherosclerosis, specific conditions resulting from atherosclerotic heart disease, peripheral vascular emergencies, pharmacologic intervention, dysrhythmia recognition, and specific management of cardiac emergencies.

ECP 208 Cardiology Lab and ACLS
[formerly PARA 241 Cardiology Lab & (ACLS)]
1 cr.  (2 lab/wk)  Corequisite:  ECP 207. (Sp)
The student practices and gains manipulative skills to satisfactorily manage the task in ECP 207.  Upon completion, the student receives provider certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

ECP 216 Hospital Clinical I
[formerly PARA 135 Hospital Internship I]
5 cr.  (15 clinical/wk)  Prerequisites:  ECP 201, ECP 202, ECP 230, ECP 232 and ECP 233. (F)
Provides the opportunity to apply, in a clinical setting, the didactic knowledge and skills developed in the classroom and lab.  Serves as the first stage in assisting the student to become an employable EMS provider.  Clinical skills addressed include patient assessment and evaluation, vital signs management, development of airway management skills, autopsy observation, development of communication skills, introduction to various skills necessary for patient care, and development of safety practices.

ECP 220 Special Considerations
[formerly PARA 244 Special Considerations]
1 cr.  (1 lec/wk) (Sp)
Provides an opportunity to study and manage behavioral emergencies.  Students are taught to recognize symptoms of abnormal behavior and responses.  Students learn techniques to manage the suicide patient.

ECP 221 OB/Neonate/Pediatrics
[formerly PARA 245 OB/Neonate/Pediatrics]
2 cr.  (2 lec/wk) (Sp)
Provides the student with the opportunity to participate in normal and abnormal obstetrical problems.  Anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system, assessment of the gynecologic patient, deliveries (normal, abnormal and complicated), routine care of the neonate, care of the distressed infant, neonatal emergencies, and neonatal transport are addressed.

ECP 222 OB/Neonate/Pediatrics Lab and NRP and PALS
[formerly PARA 246 OB/Neonate/Pediatrics Lab & (NRP) & (PALS)]
1 cr.  (2 lab/wk)  Corequisite:  ECP 221. (Sp)
Practices and gains the manipulative skills necessary to effectively manage the tasks in ECP 221.  Upon completion, the student receives provider certification in Neonatal Resuscitate Program (NRP) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).

ECP 230 Trauma
[formerly PARA 132 Trauma]
2 cr.  (2 lec/wk) (F)
Provides an intense course in the pathophysiology and the management of trauma to include assessment of the trauma patient, management of head injuries, chest injuries, abdominal injuries, spinal injuries, orthopedic injuries, management of the multi-trauma patient, management of special airway problems, and current trends in trauma management.

ECP 232 Pulmonary
[formerly PARA 133 Pulmonary]
2 cr.  (2 lec/wk) (F)
Provides an in-depth study of the anatomy of the respiratory system, its relationship to the other systems of the body, the pathophysiology of diseases of the respiratory system, and treatment modalities of pulmonary disease.  Topics included are anatomy of the respiratory system, measurements of pulmonary function, respiration and gas exchange, assessment of the respiratory system, pathophysiology and management of respiratory disorders, and principles and management of acute respiratory insufficiency.

ECP 233 Trauma/Pulmonary Lab and PHTLS
[formerly PARA 134 Trauma/Pulmonary Lab & (PHTLS)]
1 cr.  (2 lab/wk) (F)
Practices and gains the manipulative skills necessary to effectively manage the tasks in ECP 230 and ECP 232.  Upon completion, the student receives provider certification in Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support.

ECP 242 Medical
[formerly PARA 242 Medical]
2 cr.  (2 lec/wk) (Sp)
Provides an intense course in the pathophysiology and management of medical emergencies to include endocrine, nervous system, the acute abdomen, anaphylaxis, toxicology and substance abuse, infectious diseases, environmental, geriatric and pediatric emergencies.

ECP 243 Medical Lab
[formerly PARA 243 Medical Lab]
1 cr.  (2 lab/wk)  Corequisite:  ECP 242. (Sp)
Practices and gains the manipulative skills necessary to effectively manage the tasks in ECP 242.

ECP 246 Hospital Clinical II
[formerly PARA 247 Hospital Internship II]
6 cr.  (18 clinical/wk)  Prerequisites:  ECP 201, ECP 202, ECP 230, ECP 232, ECP 233, ECP 207, ECP 208, ECP 242, ECP 243, ECP 220, ECP 221, ECP 222. (Sp)
A continuation of the clinical skills initiated in ECP 216.  Provides the opportunity to apply in the clinical setting, the didactic knowledge and skills developed in the classroom and lab.  Serves as a final stage in assisting the student to become an employable EMS provider.  Clinical skills addressed include electrocardiology, assessment and management of acute and chronic disease, pediatric advanced life support skills, obstetrical and neonatal care, and behavioral intervention techniques.

ECP 250 NREMT Exam Preparation
[formerly PARA 252 National Registry Exam Preparation]
3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Corequisite:  ECP 251. (Su)
Prepares the paramedic student for the national registry paramedic exam.  It is a review of the core curriculum taught throughout 2nd and 3rd semester of the paramedic program.

ECP 251 NREMT Exam Preparation Lab
[formerly PARA 253 National Registry Exam Preparation Lab]
1 cr.  (2 lab/wk)  Corequisite:  ECP 250. (Su)
Prepares the paramedic student for the national registry paramedic exam.  It is a review of the psychomotor skills taught throughout 2nd and 3rd semester of the paramedic program.

ECP 291 Special Topics
[formerly PARA 291 Special Topics]
V1-3 cr.
Provides an opportunity for students to investigate intensively in an area of Paramedicine.

ECP 294 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly PARA 294 Seminar/Workshop]
V1-6 cr.
Provides students an opportunity for experiential study on topics pertinent to the field of Paramedicine.

ECP 295 Field Internship
[formerly PARA 254 Field Internship]
8 cr.  (24 clinical/wk)  Prerequisites:  ECP 201, ECP 202, ECP 230, ECP 232, ECP 233, ECP 216, ECP 207, ECP 208, ECP 242, ECP 243, ECP 220, ECP 221, ECP 222, ECP 246. (Su)
Provides the opportunity to apply in the clinical setting, the didactic knowledge and skills developed in the classroom and lab.  It serves as the final stage in assisting the student to become an employable EMS provider.  Cognitive, psychomotor, and affective evaluation skills addressed include patient assessment, history gathering, treatment prioritizing, diagnostic impression, protocol knowledge, radio communication, written documentation, airway management, fluid/drug management, cardiac management, trauma/medical management, attitude, professionalism, assertiveness, team leader qualities.

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