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Introduction/About Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is an exciting field where EMS providers can help and care for people who are experiencing medical or trauma emergencies.

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Contact

Enrollment:

Dr. Rasa Lila

Sunpath Coordinator

Office: 575-737-3731

drlila@unm.edu

 

Information:

Josh Wright, BS, NRP, EMS I/C

Director, UNM-Taos EMS Education

Office: 575-737-3718

jwrong@unm.edu

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Career Pathways

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a growing field across the country. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics the demand for licensed EMS providers will increase 24% by 2024. With moderate to high demand in most of Northern New Mexico, many of our graduates have been able to find work right here in Taos County.

Students of the UNM-Taos EMS program are trained how to respond to, treat, and transport patients experiencing medical and traumatic emergencies. Graduates of our EMT and AEMT courses will have completed all the requirements to sit for the National Registry Exam and then to obtain a New Mexico EMT or AEMT license. Graduates will then be qualified to work in a variety of jobs and environments including: ambulances, clinics, hospitals, fire departments, ski patrol, and wilderness rescue.

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Academic Pathways

UNM-Taos now offers an associate of science in EMS which will satisfy the prerequisites for entering a paramedic program. UNM main campus in Albuquerque offers the bachelor degree at the paramedic level in EMS. This degree has many possible focuses from community paramedicine, to premedical, to education and administration. See the details below.

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Courses

What follows is a list and descriptions of our EMS courses. You do not need to be a degree-seeking student to take any of the courses.

EMS 113 Emergency Medical Technician, EMT(-Basic). (8 credit hours)

This EMT(Basic) course meets the National Standards recommendations for the EMT. The course also includes information and training for skills allowed by the New Mexico EMT-Basic Scope of Practice. The course is designed specifically for emergency medical personnel who have access to specialized emergency vehicles and emergency rooms. The course content gives emergency medical personnel the knowledge and skills to recognize and stabilize patients with life-threatening emergencies at the scene and during transport. The course includes 24 hours of clinical experience on an ambulance and in the hospital.

EMS 140 EMT-Basic Lab (2 credit hours)

The EMT lab is integrated within the EMT class. The lab includes hands-on skills training, simulation, and scenarios, among other activities.

EMS 120 Introduction to EMS Systems (3 credit hours)

This course is intended to provide students with fundamental knowledge of Emergency Medical Services, EMS systems, EMS research, and an overview of prehospital emergency medicine. It is also the goal of this course to augment and enhance college and workforce preparedness. Students and the instructors will use a variety of reading, writing, demonstration, lecture, psychomotor interaction, video, and more, to advance learning.

EMS 180 Advanced EMT(-Intermediate) (5 credit hours)

This Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) course meets the National Standards recommendations for the AEMT. The course also includes information and training for skills allowed by the New Mexico EMT-Intermediate Scope of Practice. The course is designed specifically for emergency medical personnel who have access to specialized emergency vehicles and emergency rooms. The course content gives emergency medical personnel the knowledge and skills to recognize and stabilize patients with life-threatening emergencies at the scene and during transport.

EMS 143 AEMT(-Intermediate) Lab (1 credit hour)

The AEMT lab is integrated within the AEMT class. The lab includes hands-on skills training, simulation, and scenarios, among other activities.

EMS 151 AEMT(-Intermediate) Clinical and Field Experience (2 credit hours)

After the coursework is successfully completed, there will be 120 hours of required clinical internship. This will include both ambulance and hospital experience.

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Associate of Science in EMS Degree

Program Learning Goals

The emergency medical services program provides students with quality instruction to facilitate the mastery of the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary to continue their studies with an end to completing a bachelor degree in emergency medical services paramedic program. Upon successful completion of the required courses for the emergency medical services program, students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Recognize medical and traumatic emergencies, intervene, and stabilize patients while in transport to an advanced care facility.
  • Successfully use pre-hospital field techniques, including airway management, patient assessment, and administration of intravenous fluids.
  • Show awareness of social and professional responsibilities and act accordingly.
  • Have a working knowledge of pharmacology, the history of emergency medical services, the development of EMS systems and current trends and issues in EMS.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of computers, online documentation, and electronic communication to the degree required in the field.

Specific Requirements

A minimum of 73 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.33 are required. At least 15 of these 73 credit hours must be UNM catalog credit courses taken in residence. A grade of C or better is required in all courses used to fulfill the requirements of the core curriculum. A minimum of C is also required in each Technical Core course.

General Education core courses (52 credit hours).

Writing and Speaking (12 credit hours)

  • ENGL 101 Composition I: Exposition (3 credit hours)
  • ENGL 102 Composition II: Analysis and Argument (3 credit hours)
  • ENGL 220 Expository Writing (3 credit hours) or ENGL 290 Introduction to Professional Writing (3 credit hours)
  • CJ 130 Public Speaking (3 credit hours)

Mathematics and Statistics (6 credit hours)

  • MATH 121 College Algebra (3 credit hours)
  • STAT 145 Introduction to Statistics (3 credit hours)

Physical and Natural Sciences (16 credit hours)

  • BIOL 123 Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non Majors (3 credit hours) / BIOL 124L Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non Majors Lab (1 credit hour)
  • BIOL 237 Human Anatomy and Physiology I for the Health Sciences (3 credit hours) / BIOL 227L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I (1 credit hour)
    OR BIOL 247L Human Anatomy and Physiology I for the Health Sciences Lab (1 credit hour)
  • BIOL 238 Human Anatomy and Physiology II for the Health Sciences (3 credit hours) / BIOL 228L Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab II (1 credit hour)
    OR BIOL 248L Human Anatomy and Physiology II for the Health Sciences Lab (1 credit hour)
  • CHEM 121 General Chemistry (3 credit hours) / CHEM 123L General Chemistry Lab (1 credit hour)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours)

  • Select two courses from the UNM Core Curriculum in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Humanities (6 credit hours)

  • Select two courses from the UNM Core Curriculum in Humanities.

Fine Arts (3 credit hours)

  • Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Fine Arts.

Foreign Language (3 credit hours)

  • Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Foreign Language.

Emergency Medicine Core Requirements (21 Credit Hours)

  • EMS 113 EMT-Basic (8 credit hours)
  • EMS 140 EMT-Basic Lab (2 credit hours)
  • EMS 120 Introduction to EMS System (3 credit hours)
  • EMS 143 EMT-Intermediate Lab (1 credit hour)
  • EMS 151 EMT-I Clinical and Field Experience (2 credit hours)
  • EMS 180 EMT-Intermediate (5 credit hours).

Total Program Required 73 credit hours