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Grenada, Ridgeland

The Emergency Medical Sciences program at Holmes Community College prepares students for a variety of roles in the field of emergency medicine. The field offers graduates several commonly-used work schedules with a wide range in base salary.

Students who complete the one-semester EMS Basic course at Ridgeland, Grenada, or Kosciusko and receive licensure are prepared for direct patient care and serve as the support personnel as well as operate the ambulance. They also work in emergency departments, fire departments, and physicians offices. Current licensure as an EMT Basic often provides points toward selection for entry into other allied health programs.

Nationally-registered Emergency Medical Technicians may be eligible to participate in the Paramedic program at Ridgeland or Grenada. A new paramedic program begins annually on each campus and meets three nights per week for three semesters. Successful completion of the course leads to a certificate or an AAS degree. Paramedics provide direct patient care covering a broad range of injuries and illness. Although most paramedics work on ambulances, other career options, such as an off-shore paramedic, combat or swat medic, safety officer, or flight paramedic exist.

Experienced paramedics may be eligible to enter the Critical Care Paramedic program, a program designed and first implemented by the EMS staff at Holmes. The required courses are offered in a two-semester format on the Ridgeland Campus. Successful completion of the coursework leads to an AAS degree. Critical Care Paramedics are prepared for a career in critical care transport.

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Emergency Medical Sciences

The instructors work with you on a personal level. If you are struggling, the instructors will work with you as much as necessary for you to understand the topic.

Mark Greenwood, Brandon
Emergency Medical Sciences

I attended Holmes Community College for the EMT program and loved how helpful the staff was. It was a no-brainer to continue my education with the staff of Holmes for the paramedic program.

Jessica Fortin, Brandon

Course Descriptions

EMS 1118 - Emergency Medical Technician-Basic
This course includes responsibilities of the EMT during each phase of an ambulance run, patient assessment, emergency medical conditions, appropriate emergency care, and appropriate procedures for transporting patient. Five hours lecture. Six hours laboratory. Three hours clinical. Eight hours credit.

EMS 1122 - Introduction to EMS Systems
This course introduces the student to the Emergency Medical Services EMS systems, roles, and responsibilities of the paramedic, wellbeing of the paramedic, illness and injury prevention, medical/legal is- sues, ethical issues, therapeutic communications, and life-span development. One hour lecture. Two hours laboratory. Two hours credit.

EMS 1314 - Airway: Management, Respiration, and Oxygenation (Pre/ Corequisites: EMS 1122 & BIO 2524)
This course will provide the student with the essential knowledge to attain an airway and manage the respiratory system using advanced techniques. One hour lecture. Six hours laboratory. Four hours credit.

EMS 1414 - Patient Assessment (Pre/Corequisite: EMS 1122 & BIO 2524)
This course will teach comprehensive history taking and physical exam techniques. One hour lecture. Six hours laboratory. Four hours credit.

EMS 1422 - EMS Special Patient Populations (Prerequisites: EMS 1122, 1314, 1414, 1513, 1614, & BIO 2524)
This course will provide a comprehensive overview of providing care for the patient with special needs. One lecture hour. Two hours laboratory. Two hours credit.

EMS 1513 - EMS Practicum I (Pre/Corequisites: EMS 1122, 1314, and 1415)
This course will provide clinical training on the skills and knowledge obtained in the classroom. This will be a supervised activity carried out in the clinical and field setting at approved sites. Nine hours clinical. Three hours credit.

EMS 1525 - EMS Practicum II (Prerequisite: EMS 1513)
This course will provide clinical and field training on the skills and knowledge obtained in the classroom. This will be a supervised activity carried out in the clinical and field setting at approved sites. Nine hours clinical. Six hours field clinical. Five hours credit.

EMS 1614 - Pharmacology (Pre/Co-requisites: EMS 1122 & BIO 2524)
This course will teach comprehensive pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. Two hours lecture. Four hours laboratory. Four hours credit.

EMS 1825 - Cardiology (Prerequisites: EMS 1122, 1314, 1414, 1513, 1614, & BIO 2524)
This class will teach a comprehensive approach to the care of patients with acute and complex cardiovascular compromise. Two hours lecture. Six hours laboratory. Five hours credit.

EMS 2414 - Maternal/Child Emergencies (Prerequisite: EMS 1122,1314, 1414, 1513, 1614, & BIO 2524)
This course will provide a detailed understanding of the anatomic structures, physiology, and pathophysiology encountered when providing care in gynecological and obstetrical emergencies as well as pediatric emergencies. Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Four hours credit.

EMS 2565 - EMS Practicum III (Prerequisites: EMS 1525)
This course will provide advanced clinical and field experiences in the skills and knowledge obtained in the classroom with an emphasis on leadership skills. These will be supervised activities carried out in the clinical and out-of-hospital field setting at approved sites with an approved preceptor. Nine hours clinical. Six hours field clinical. Five hours credit.

EMS 2618 - Critical Care Paramedic I
This course provides a complex view of medical care, procedures, and practices common to critical care transport.  The student will gain a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of critical care transport including Medical Legal, Safety, Regulations, Airway, Cardiovascular, Neurological, GI/GU, Shock, and Pharmacology.  Eight hours lecture.  Eight hours credit.

EMS 2622 - Critical Care Paramedic Lab
This course utilizes the didactic knowledge learned in Critical Care Paramedic I and teaches the student the skills specific to Critical Care Transport including Advanced Pharmacological and Management, Hemodynamic Monitoring, Arterial Line Insertion, and Hemodynamic Monitor.  Four hours laboratory.  Two hours credit.

EMS 2632 - Critical Care Paramedic Practicum* (Pre-or Co-requisite: EMS 2618 (Critical Care Paramedic I and EMS 2622 Critical Care Paramedic Lab)
This Critical Care Practicum is designed as clinical-based education with an emphasis on competency-based performance.  The student will complete clinical rotation in a variety of critical and emergency care units.  Students will be required to complete a minimum of 90 hours of clinical rotations.  However, students will be required to continue in the clinical setting until successfully performing the prescribed number of skills relative to critical care prior to completion of the course.  Six hours clinical.  Two hours credit. 

*Clinical components should be completed at a medical center with a full line of services included but not limited to Emergency Medicine, Surgery, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Orthopedics, Critical Care Medicine, and Pediatrics.  Not all services must be available at a single facility.  Depending on the student's clinical background, clinical rotations may be fitted to meet the educational and competency needs of the individual.

EMS 2714 - Trauma (Prerequisites: EMS 1122, 1314, 1414, 1513, 1614, & BIO 2524)
This course will provide advanced instruction in the integration of pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement a treatment plan for a suspected trauma patient. Two hours lecture. Four hours laboratory. Four hours credit.

EMS 2855 - Medical (Prerequisites: EMS 1122, 1314, 1414, 1513, 1614, & BIO 2524)
This course will provide a detailed understanding of the anatomic structures, physiology, and pathophysiology encountered when providing care in medical emergencies involving pulmonary, allergy and anaphylaxis, gastroenterology, renal urology, and hematology. Two hours lecture. Six hours laboratory. Five hours credit.

EMS 2912 - EMS Operations (Prerequisites: EMS 1122, 1314, 1414, 1513, 1614, & BIO 2524)
This course teaches the leadership skills necessary to manage complex situations including patient care, management of the hazardous and crime scene, supervision, mentoring, and leading other personnel. One hour lecture. Two hours laboratory. Two hours credit.

EMS 2923 - Professional Development Seminar (Prerequisite: A student must be a nationally registered paramedic, as well as a Mississippi certified paramedic; pass a 100-question exam covering the entire paramedic curriculum with 75% accuracy; demonstrate competency in airway, cardiology, IV therapy, and trauma assessment skills; and be currently enrolled in the Associate of Applied Science Program.)

EMS 2924 - Professional Development Seminar (Prerequisite: A student must be a nationally- registered paramedic, as well as a Mississippi-certified paramedic and be currently enrolled in the Associate of Applied Science Program.)
This course teaches the leadership skills necessary to manage complex situations including patient care, supervision, mentoring, and leading other personnel. One hour lecture. Six hours laboratory. Four hours credit.