EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (EMS)
ABOUT THE PROGRAM OF STUDY
Health Science Clinical Study is a course that guides students to make connections from the classroom to the healthcare industry through clinical experiences/activities. This course is designed to provide for further development and application of knowledge and skills common to a wide variety of healthcare professions. The students in this course will build on all the information and skills presented in the previously required course foundation standards. The students will relay these skills into real-life experiences. The student, teachers, and work-based learning coordinators will work together to create opportunities for the students to get the best experience available in the district's geographic region. Students in this course must be BLS Healthcare Providers CPR certified and HIPAA trained before participating in any healthcare experience outside of the classroom. OSHA Safety Training – Healthcare certification is highly recommended. General Requirements: Students are required to be grade 12, be a completer in any health science cluster pathway before enrolling or have met all the pre-requisites of this clinical course. Pre-requisites: Successful completion of Health Science 1, 2 & 3* (with an overall score in each course of 75% or higher or with the approval of the health science clinical teacher) or a 3-course completer in any Health Science pathway. (*For Clinical Study admission purposes - HS 3 may be substituted with the following courses: PLTW Human Body Systems, Science-based Anatomy, and Physiology, AP Biology, or Medical Terminology including AHS 102 & 104.) **Please note: Only HS3, Medical Terminology, PLTW HBS, AHS 102 or AHS 104 will count towards being a completer in the Health Science Cluster.
Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Rebecca Deas
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (EMS): 1
Emergency Medical Services (EMS 1) is the first in a sequence of courses. Emergency Medical Services 1 is designed to teach students how to recognize and respond to various emergencies. Students will review basic anatomy and physiology as it relates to injury management and treatment. Students will review basic information needed for all phases of a healthcare professional. Information that students are exposed to will include legal and ethical implications, communications, safety, infection control and professionalism. In this course, students will learn what skills are necessary to recognize and care for emergencies in adults, children, and infants until professional medical help arrives. Students will obtain FA/CPR/AED certification. Students will be required to perform light physical activity.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (EMS): 2
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) 2 is the second course in a sequence of courses. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) 2 is a continuation of EMS 1. The course includes content and skills that first responders need, to provide appropriate initial care, regardless of the type of emergency. EMS 2 stresses the steps to follow in an emergency until more advanced medical personnel arrive. The skills and content taught at this level become more specific and rigorous. Students in this course will be certified in FA/CPR/AED if not certified before course attendance. Recertification may take place as needed. *Successful completion of this course may result in First Responder certification available through various national certifying bodies.
General Requirements: This course is recommended for students in grades 10-12. Students must have been successful in EMS 1 to proceed to EMS 2. A recommendation of 75% or higher for the minimum grade.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (EMS): 3
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT- EMS 3 serves as an entry level course in professional health careers. EMT is a solid foundation for further study in prehospital care (intermediate and paramedic) nursing, physical and occupational therapy, and premedical studies. EMT/EMS 3 provides the student with the knowledge and skills for the emergency medical field, responsibilities, first aid measures, and use of emergency equipment. The course may be offered as a dual-enrollment course with the local technical college or may be offered on a high school campus with a DHEC (Department of Health and Environmental Control) approved EMT instructor. After the student’s 18th birthday and successful completion of both the practicum and the theoretical National Registry examination for EMT, the student will be nationally registered, and state certified in South Carolina. National registry card expires in two years and state certification expires every four years.
General Requirements: This course can be offered for seniors in high school who are at least 17 years old. Students may test prior to their 18th birthday, and receive a provisional certification, but must be at least 18 years of age and a high school graduate to convert their provisional certificate to an official NREMT certification. Further information regarding EMT- requirements can be found at the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians: www.nremt.org; South Carolina EMS Educators Association, http://www.scemsea.com/; and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, https://www.scdhec.gov/health-regulation/ems-training-protocols-requirements/emtskills.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of Emergency Medical Services 2 course with a grade of B or better and Anatomy and Physiology (or recommendation of EMS coordinator or instructor) Student must also meet admission requirements of the participating local technical college, if student is dual enrolled. Credit: CP -2 units = (240 hours)
Students will be provided the opportunity and the knowledge to be prepared for the following industry recognized certifications: CPR (2nd level), First Aid (1st level), OSHA 10 (2nd level), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
WORK-BASED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Students have completed WBL experiences with McLeod Health and Florence County. These experiences give the students an opportunity to "test drive" a career. This empowers the student with the knowledge that they love the career or that it may not be for them, allowing them to change course to a career that best fit them. Either way the student will save time and money. If they love it the student will already have experience, contacts, references for the industry allowing them to start earning money sooner and likely at a higher than entry level. If they don't love it the student will not waist any more time pursuing a career that is not a good fit for them.
EMS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Career and Technical Education Advisory Committees are made up of volunteers who agree to serve as advisors to one or more career and technical programs. Members include representatives from business, labor, community agencies, faculty, students and other members. The primary purpose of advisory committees is to provide direction and guidance for the specific career and technical area within the school to strengthen and enhance the success of CTE programs. By working closely with the business and labor communities, we continue to provide high quality workforce training and education to our students so they will succeed in today's job market.
The committees support and strengthen the partnership between business, labor, the community, and education. The committees make recommendations that will strengthen and help to expand the curriculum to improve the quality of program(s). Members provide valuable input in areas such as curriculum development, industry relevant certifications, student recruitment and placement, staff development, equipment and software recommendations.