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National Park, AR · Health Sciences · Emergency Medical Services

Advanced Paramedicine I

  • Spring 2021
  • Section
  • 8 Credits
  • 01/11/2021 to 05/15/2021
  • Modified 01/19/2021

Class Information

  • Class Days:  Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Class Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Class Location: Frederick M. Dierks Building Room 254
  • Class Format: Face-to-face instruction, Online, Blended
    • Online via D2L, MyLab Brady, FISDAP, Zoom Meeting

Course Description

This course provides an in-depth study of medical conditions frequently encountered in the prehospital setting and is required for paramedic certification. Topics include appropriate interventions/treatments for disorders/diseases/injuries affecting the following systems: respiratory, cardiac, neurological, abdominal/gastrointestinal, endocrine, genitourinary, musculoskeletal, and immunological as well as toxicology, infectious diseases, diseases of the eyes, ears, nose and throat and psychiatric. Topics also include an overview of thoracic, abdominal, genitourinary, orthopedic, neurological, and multi-system trauma, soft tissue trauma of the head, neck, and face as well as environmental emergencies. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize, assess and manage the care of frequently encountered medical conditions based upon initial patient assessment.

ACTS Equivalent:  None

Prerequisites:  EMSP 1515 Fundamentals of Paramedicine, EMSP 1512 Pharmacology I, EMSP 1511 ECG Interpretation, EMSP 1522 Practicum I, EMSP 2402 Anatomy & Physiology

Corequisites:  EMSP1521 Pharmacology II, EMSP 1523 Practicum II

Next Course in Sequence:  EMSP 1532.5, Advanced Paramedicine II


General Education Purpose and Objectives


National Park College (NPC) is committed to its mission statement, "Learning is our focus, student success is our goal."  NPC is dedicated to helping all students develop as communicators, critical thinkers, and professionals who behave ethically and recognize the diversity of the world around them. The General Education Objectives are designed to be an integral component of all courses at NPC.

General Education Objectives (GEO)

It is the expectation that upon successful completion of a certificate or degree program at National Park College, the student will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively using oral, written, and electronic methods.
  2. Use critical and analytical thinking skills.
  3. Demonstrate discipline-specific knowledge, skills, and competencies.
  4. Exemplify professional demeanor, ethical behavior, and respect for diversity.

Emergency Medical Services Program Purpose and Objectives


National Park College EMS Education Program is approved by the Arkansas Department of Health to provide EMS education. National Park College’s Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP).

Upon completion of the requirements outlined in this catalog, graduates are qualified to sit for the National Registry Paramedic Exams. Special admission requirements apply to this program. Students must submit a Health Sciences application form and meet with the Program Director, 501-760-4158.

Program Level Objectives (PLO):

Students who successfully complete the program of study in Medical Laboratory Technology will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate the didactic and clinical information relative to the role as an entry-level emergency medical services provider. (GEO 2, 3)
  2. Demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfil the role of entry-level emergency medical services provider. (GEO 3, 4)
  3. Demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for the entry-level emergency medical services provider. (GEO 1, 4)

Course Level Objectives (CLO)

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the pathophysiology and symptomatology of frequently encountered medical conditions. (PLO 1, 2)
  2. Summarize the prehospital treatment for frequently encountered medical conditions covered in the course. (PLO 1, 2)
  3. Use the principles of growth and development to recognize the differing effects of medical conditions among age groups. (PLO 1, 3)

Required and Recommended Materials

Five Volume Set – The Brady System including MyLab Brady with Pearson Etext Access Card






Basic Arrhythmias with 12-Lead EKG Interpretation

Walraven, Gail. Basic Arrhythmias: With 12-Lead EKGs. Pearson, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-0-13-438099-5

FISDAP – The Whole Shebang Package. Includes: Scheduler, Skills Tracker, Comprehensive Exams, Unit Exams. ISBN13:9781284204438

Optional text: Jones & Bartlett: ALS EMS Field Guide

Course Activities

To accommodate different learning styles, we will employ a variety of teaching methods in this course. Instructional methods may include video and/or formal lecture, discussion, peer review/feedback, individual research, online assignments and/or examinations, self-assessments, skill competencies, and simulation.

The online portion of the Paramedic class utilizes the campus LMS (D2L) access, Zoom Meetings, FISDAP, as well as the digital MyLab Brady eBook. The eBook uses a digital-only Access Code that unlocks an interactive eBook, student practice activities and assessments, test prep, interactive lectures, Virtual Ride-Along Simulations, learning analytic reporting tools, various study aids.

On-campus instruction will be conducted in accordance to NPC Policy. Students will follow NPC COVID-19 Pandemic Guidelines as stated in previous NPC communication to students and found in the student signed liability waiver. In the event of campus closure, NPC may implement a COVID-19 Limited Access Plan. Each student will be scheduled by the EMS Program Director to attend specified dates/times on campus to perform EMT skills practice and/or skill competency evaluations.

The FISDAP Paramedic Readiness Exam access will provide testing options to prepare you for the NREMT Cognitive Licensure Exam. The FISDAP Examination(s) will be conducted at the end of the course.

The clinical/field internship will provide students with first-hand experience, if we are permitted to this course function. In the clinical/field internship portion, students will follow a site assigned preceptor to assist in practical education/evaluation and application of knowledge.

Grading Policy

At the end of the course, the overall numerical grade will be converted from a numerical scale to the following letter grade scale as indicated in the Grading Scale.


As student assignments are completed, they will be categorized according to policy and posted to D2L in individual columns. Individual assignments are graded utilizing the scores in the table below. The final overall course grade is calculated by the total points in each category divided by the total points possible.


Individual Assignment & Final Grade Scale                         

















Overall Grade Weighted Scale

Online Chapter Tests & Written Tests


100 each

Practice Assessments & Homework


10 each

Class Participation & Certifications


200 total

Paramedic Portfolio


200 total


Online Chapter Tests & Written Tests category groups all chapter exams and certification course exams taken throughout the EMT Program.


The Practice Assessments & Homework category groups all assignments labeled as practice assessments or homework by the instructors. An example of practice assessment items include, but are not limited to, MyLab Brady Practice Assessments and/or individual assignments assigned to be completed outside of classroom hours. MyLab Brady Homework Assignment is another name for this category.


The Class Participation & Certifications category groups all assignments labeled as participation by the instructors. Examples of participation items include, but are not limited to, written patient care reports, psychomotor skills laboratory, attendance in skills lab, weekly D2L check-in/attendance, clinical/field attendance, clinical/field evaluations, as well as additional certification courses.


The Paramedic Portfolio category groups any and all paperwork and/or documentation required by the instructors to be kept by the student in the student portfolio. Examples include, but are not limited to, copies of all certificates. Also included are copies of the CPR card, Arkansas Department of Health Section of EMS applications and required supporting paperwork, Arkansas Mandated Reporter certificate, HIPAA certificate, and Patient Care Report paperwork, among others.


You are responsible for completing all assignments by their due dates. EMTs and Paramedics are expected to work quickly and efficiently in a timely manner. Any assignment not attempted by the due date will be recorded as a zero. Any assignment partially completed when it closes will earn the grade recorded upon closing.

Course Policies

Uniform and Dress Code:  See NPC 2020-2021 Paramedic Student Handbook.

You are expected to present a professional, businesslike image when performing clinical hours. Failure to do so will result in your removal from all clinical areas until the issue is corrected and may result in loss of privileges for continuation of clinical experiences.

The Program Director, Clinical Coordinator, instructors, preceptors, and management at all clinical and field facilities are authorized to ask students who are inappropriately dressed to adjust their appearance/attire if it is observed to be incorrect. If adjustments cannot be corrected immediately, the student will be told to leave and asked to schedule clinical hours on another day. There are no exceptions to the uniform, dress, & hygiene rules for any reason or reasons whatsoever.

Injury or Incident Policy: See NPC 2020-2021 Paramedic Student Handbook.

FISDAP Final Examination Policy: See NPC 2020-2021 Paramedic Student Handbook. The National Park College Emergency Medical Sciences Program utilizes the FISDAP Paramedic Readiness Exam as a test prep for the National Registry Licensure Exam.

Time and Effort Commitment: The key to success in this class is persistent effort. You should carefully consider your time obligations before committing to this course. The general suggestion for all College courses of 2 hours work per week outside class for every hour credited definitely applies to this course. (You should expect 6 hours of homework a week for a 3 hour course) plus the 3 hours you would normally be attending class for a total of 9 hours. NOTE:  Since this is a voluntary course that carries no credit value, the time needed will vary from learner to learner. I would anticipate no more than 4 hours per week. Additional time should be spent on the practice of skill competencies to reach the mastery level required to perform as an EMT. Additional clinical or field shifts may be available upon request. The NPC EMS Program staff will need to schedule additional shifts.

Inclement Weather / LMS Downtime: When NPC is out of class due to weather, or in the case of an unplanned LMS downtime, any assignments that are due during that time will be reopened for one day after the college re-opens. LMS down time that is announced by the NPC Online office will need to be observed by the learner and assignment submission modified by the learner if it interferes with a final due date/time for any assignment.

Communication Policy: We are here to help you understand the material. We will closely monitor all online communications. Our aim is to have a learning community where we can all share knowledge, ideas, and experiences – and thus learn from one another. We may give you information periodically through email, LMS Announcements, LMS discussions, or in-class announcements. For your own benefit, please learn how to use these resources and monitor them closely to keep informed. You will be held responsible for all of the information we provide.

LMS E-mail: Use the email built into the LMS for private discussion between the two of us. We will use this instead of NPC webmail when needed or requested by you. This keeps all communication within the course and provides me with notification when you have posted something and vice-versa. You may also use the LMS instant messaging feature anytime you are online and have a question and see that I am online too.

Technology Statement:  Students are expected to use the computer or instructional technology in the EMT program and the health care settings in which you do clinical.  Students must have basic computer skill as course information will be accessed via the NPC Learning Management System (LMS). Access to a computer and the internet is essential for completing assignments. It is imperative that students utilize their NPC e-mail and LMS address for communicating with the instructors and the division office. Students are responsible for ensuring NPC email box and LMS course messaging are kept cleaned out so they can continue receiving information. Computers are available for students’ use in the Computer Resource Center (CRC), NPC library, and student study area located on the 2nd floor of the Frederick Dierks Building.  Students are responsible for verifying availability of days and times for these areas.

Expectations for Written Assignments: All written assignments should be completed using APA format or the format that the instructor sets for the assignment. This is a class of professionals so the assumption is you can spell and use proper grammar and punctuation. Formatting, grammar, punctuation and spelling are a component of all assessments in this course.

Classroom Attendance: Follow policy in accordance with the campus attendance policy.

We require students to reply to the attendance discussion thread once for each day of class within the weekly module discussion. Students will be required to physically attend each skills lab and will record attendance in the same manner as stated above.

Late and Make-up Work: Requires approval by instructors. Assignments will be completed by the date set by the instructor.

Extra Credit: Given at the instructors discretion.

NPC Policies

Board Policy 6.600 -- NPC Attendance Policy

Instructions to Students regarding attendance:

  1. Students are responsible to know and comply with syllabus attendance and coursework guidelines in each of their courses.
  2. Students are expected to meet all attendance requirements and engage in coursework as outlined in the course syllabus. Failure to maintain satisfactory course participation is the equivalent of excessive absenteeism and may result in the student being dropped. To maintain good-standing in online courses, students are expected to submit assigned coursework in a timely manner per instructor requirements.
  3. Students participating in athletics or a college-sponsored extracurricular activity are required to communicate scheduled absences ahead of time and to make arrangements with their instructors regarding missed coursework, including exams. The instructor determines how academic work associated with a college-sponsored absence(s) can be completed by the student.
  4. Failure to meet a course’s attendance policy does not mean a student will be automatically withdrawn from a course. Students seeking to withdraw from a course should do so either online through the student’s account or in person by visiting Student Affairs.
  5. Students who do not withdraw from a course by the published Academic College Calendar withdraw date will receive an earned grade.
  6. A faculty member may administratively withdraw a student from a course, including online courses, any time during the semester up to the published Academic College Calendar withdraw date if attendance does not meet syllabus guidelines.
  7. Students will not be administratively withdrawn by faculty after the published Academic College Calendar withdraw date except in life-changing circumstances or as a result of military orders.
  8. The withdrawal of a student from all courses may require the student to repay all or a portion of the financial aid received as calculated by the Financial Aid Office in accordance with government grant guidelines.
  9. Only in extraordinary circumstances may a student earn a grade of IP (In Progress) to defer course completion. Please see the Incomplete Grades policy in the Student Handbook located at

The full attendance policy is available by clicking on this link to the Board Policy

Academic Honesty Policy

National Park College considers honesty and integrity as essential qualities of any learning institution. The faculty and staff strive to live up to these qualities in all aspects of their lives and encourage their students to do the same. Integrity and moral values will carry over in to their professional lives and careers. NPC’s goal is to successfully prepare all students for their futures and equip them to handle whatever challenges they may face; therefore, NPC considers academic dishonesty as unacceptable.

Any NPC students who display dishonesty in their behavior while attending classes at NPC will be subject to disciplinary action to help the student first and foremost, but to also protect the rights, dignity, and property of others while maintaining an environment that fosters success and learning.

Violations of the Academic Honesty Policy will not be tolerated on the campus. Violations may range from receiving an “F” on the assignment in question up to permanent removal from the College.

  1. Technology manipulation
  2. Collusion
  3. Deception
  4. Misrepresentation and Lying
  5. Cheating
  6. Plagiarism
  7. Fabrication and Falsification
  8. Stealing, Defacing, and Destruction of Property

Please take time to read the entire policy, which can be found by clicking on this link to the Academic Honesty Policy.

LMS Policy

Brightspace by Desire to Learn (D2L) is the official learning management system (LMS) for the College. All students are expected to complete the LMS Student Training prior to the first day of class during their first semester here. Below you will find various policies relating to the LMS.

Privacy Policy:  Links to the privacy policies for all external tools used in the course are provided in the LMS. You can find the various privacy policies by clicking in the Begin Here module in each of your courses.

Accessibility Statement:  Links to the accessibility statements for all technologies required in the course are provided in LMS. You can find the various accessibility statements by clicking in the Begin Here module in each of your courses.

Netiquette Policy:  The netiquette policy for this course is located in your course in the LMS. You can find the Netiquette policies by clicking on the Netiquette Link by clicking in the Begin Here module in each of your courses.

Flexibility Clause:  The aforementioned requirements, assignments, policies, evaluation procedures, etc., are subject to change. Learners’ experiences and needs, as well as emerging knowledge, will be considered in modifying this course syllabus.

ADA Statement

National Park College (NPC) believes in providing equal access and opportunity to qualified persons with disabilities in compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990; and the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008. It is our goal to ensure equal and comprehensive access to College programs, services, and campus facilities. It is the policy of NPC that no individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, and advantages or accommodations at the College. National Park College’s ADA statement may be accessed by clicking on this link to ADA statement.

The Disability Services office is located in Room 225 of the Student Commons Building. You are also welcome to call us at (501) 760-4227 or e-mail [email protected] for more information. Students with disabilities should visit our website using this link to disability services for more information.

Student Resources

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center provides tutoring and other resources to help students succeed. Visit our webpage at this link to the Academic Success Center.

Computer Services Department

The Computer Services Department provides computing resources for students including password resets. Visit our webpage at this link to the Computer Services Department.

NPC Library

The NPC Library provides a wide variety of services to students. Visit the NPC Library website.

LMS Support

Support for the LMS is available through NPC Online by email to [email protected], phone at 501-760-4292, or visit Charlotte Phelps Room 204.

Testing Center

The Testing Center provides test support for students and faculty. To learn more about the testing center visit our webpage at Testing Center.

Class Schedule

The schedule for this course will be made available in the LMS.  The instructor reserves the right to modify the schedule as the semester progresses.

Course Evaluations

Students will be asked to evaluate their instructor and course near the end of the semester. These student evaluations are very important to the improvement in the quality of instruction and course materials. All results are anonymous and shared with the faculty only after the semester is over and grades have been posted.

Legal Disclaimer

The schedule, policies, and assignments in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances or by mutual agreement between the instructor and the students. The instructor will always inform the students of any changes in a timely manner.

In the event of a community crisis the college reserves the right to change the mode of instruction for any or all classes.