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The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Emergency Response and Operations program provides students with a curriculum specific to the student's individual needs in addition to the knowledge and skills needed in today's changing public safety workplace. The program develops education, skills, and techniques for planning, responding, and mitigating various emergency situations within the student's specific discipline with emphasis on effective response and operations. The curriculum combines coursework in public safety emergency services with a general education component. Additional Certificates of Completion (CCL) are available.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Emergency Response and Operations (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3112
Total Credits Required
60-83.5
Catalog Year
2019-2020

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Track I: FIRE OPERATIONS.
  2. Demonstrate the administration of CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on adults and children using methods that meet current BLS standards.
  3. Explain and demonstrate common techniques of emergency medical care, including assessment and stabilization of the patient.
  4. Identify, describe, and explain fire department operations, including equipment, personnel, and administrative policies.
  5. Identify and describe the types, functions, and maintenance of firefighting apparatus, and demonstrate the appropriate and safe use of each.
  6. Describe the theory of fire behavior, including types of fires, and explain how building construction affects firefighting operations.
  7. Demonstrate the use of proper tools, standard operating procedures, and firefighter skills in a variety of firefighting situations and firefighter tasks.
  8. Specify the planning and preparation process for emergency incidents; identify the components and application of Incident Command Systems (ICS) and unified command procedures during the response to and mitigation of emergency incidents.
  9. Identify and explain emergency planning and implementation strategies for response and prevention.
  10. Describe and explain the role of first responders in emergency response plans, resource development, and incident management systems under terrorism conditions.
  11. Describe and demonstrate the physical requirements for performing basic firefighting tasks.
  12. Track II: PARAMEDICINE.
  13. Demonstrate the administration of CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on adults and children using methods that meet current BLS standards.
  14. Explain and demonstrate common techniques of emergency medical care, including assessment and stabilization of the patient.
  15. Identify and treat emergencies related to basic electrocardiograph (ECG) arrhythmias according to the American Heart Association standards and guidelines and local protocol.
  16. Perform the procedures unique to pediatric and neonatal transport.
  17. Describe the actions, indications, contraindications, precautions, side effects and dosages of the drugs included in the current Arizona Department of Health Services approved Paramedic drug box.
  18. Apply the procedures of identifying and treating shock, including IV fluid therapy and use of medical anti-shock trouser (MAST) suit.
  19. Identify and treat behavioral emergencies.
  20. Identify and treat medical emergencies including diabetic, environmental, toxicological, obstetric and genitourinary emergencies.
  21. Administer parenteral medications.
  22. Identify and treat respiratory emergencies.
  23. Identify and treat cardiovascular emergencies including (ECG) electrocardiographic interpretation.
  24. Classify the types of medical emergencies and identify appropriate treatment protocols.
  25. Perform a Primary and Secondary Survey including medical history.
  26. Apply the procedures of identifying and treating shock, including IV fluid therapy for patients in emergency situations.
  27. Identify diagnostic characteristics of soft tissue injuries and appropriate treatment processes.
  28. Describe and demonstrate the planning and preparation process for emergency incidents using Incident Command Systems (ICS).
  29. Define the role and responsibilities of emergency response and operations for the Emergency Paramedic.
  30. Identify and treat central nervous system emergencies.
  31. Identify and explain emergency planning concepts and implementation strategies for response and prevention.
  32. Describe the role of first responders in emergency response plans, resource development, and incident management systems by identifying all relevant steps for first responders.
  33. Define commonly used medical terminology in the health care setting.
  34. Demonstrate effective communications skills with hospital personnel and with team members, patients and others at the scene of an emergency.
  35. Track III: EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.
  36. Demonstrate the administration of CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on adults and children using methods that meet current BLS standards.
  37. Define and describe the role of first responders in emergency response plans, resource development, incident management systems, patient assessment, and communication with the media during emergency terrorism situations.
  38. Define and describe disaster recovery operations including planning considerations, special populations issues, and recovery responsibilities.
  39. Explain emergency planning concepts and implementation strategies for response and prevention.
  40. Identify the critical components of an integrated emergency medical system, and the processes used for assessing threat.
  41. Identify and differentiate between various hazard mitigation strategies, including coordinated community responses and resources.
  42. Compare and contrast methods for managing emergency incidents including command, control, and coordination of response.
  43. Track IV: FIRE SCIENCE.
  44. Demonstrate the administration of CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on adults and children using methods that meet current BLS standards.
  45. Describe the chemical processes utilized in dealing with hazardous materials incidence.
  46. Recognize and identify the chemical and physical properties of hazardous materials.
  47. Describe the problems concerning fire prevention techniques, procedures, regulations, code enforcement, and occupancy survey.
  48. Describe the characteristics and behavior of fire and extinguishing agents.
  49. Describe fire suppression organization, basic firefighting tactics, and public relations as affected by fire suppression.
  50. Describe the methods of attacking, controlling, and extinguishing various types of fires.
  51. Describe the principles of care, maintenance, and operation of fire apparatus and pumper trucks.
  52. Define and evaluate the fire department's ethical and moral responsibility in serving the public.
  53. Describe ethical situations and conflicts in values that may arise in fire service, and suggest possible resolutions and methods for coping.
  54. Explain emergency planning concepts and implementation strategies for response and prevention.
  55. Describe and explain the critical components of an integrated emergency medical system, and the processes used for assessing threat.
  56. Describe personal and practical skills needed to enhance customer service in the public sector.

Admission Criteria

Students pursuing Track I Fire Operations OR
Track II Paramedicine may be required to complete a program entrance exam as appropriate
OR Permission of Program Director.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
EMT101 Basic Life Support/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Care Providers Current validation in Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Provider/Professional Rescuer (0) OR Permission of Program Director RC 0.5
EMT104 or
(FSC104 and
EMT104AB)
Emergency Medical Technology or (Emergency Medical Technology and Applied Practical Studies for Emergency Medical Technology) OR Arizona State EMT Certification or equivalent OR Arizona State Paramedic Certification or equivalent OR Permission of Program Director RC 9–9.5
First Year Composition Any approved general education courses from the First-Year Composition area. FYC 3
Mathematics Any approved General Education course in the Mathematics area MA 3
Restricted Elective Equivalent credits in courses selected from Restricted Electives should be taken during Term 1 if student has previously received national EMT registry certification. RE

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRE101 or
CRE111
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Critical Reading for Business and Industry Or equivalent as indicated by assessment CR 3
FSC105 Hazardous Materials/First Responder RC 3
Oral Communication Any approved General Education course in the Oral Communication area COM230 recommended course COM 3
Restricted Elective RE
Social & Behavioral Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Social & Behavioral Sciences area AJS/FSC/SWU 258 recommended course SB 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
First Year Composition Any approved general education courses from the First-Year Composition area. FYC 3
FSC130 Fitness for Firefighters/CPAT RC 1
Humanities & Fine Arts Any approved General Education course in the Humanities and Fine Arts area HU 3
Natural Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area NS 4
Restricted Elective RE

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FSC102 Fire Department Operations FSC130 is only valid for one year and must be current to enroll in FSC102. RC 11
FSC134 Fitness and Conditioning for Firefighters RC 3

Program Electives

Students must choose the appropriate number of credits to meet the (60 credits) program total for program completion.  Selected courses will not apply in both Required Courses and Restricted Electives areas.

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS+++++ or
DPR+++++ or
EMT+++++ or
FSC+++++ or
LET+++++
Any AJS prefixed courses or Any DPR prefixed courses or Any EMT prefixed courses or Any FSC prefixed courses or Any LET prefixed courses RE 0–21

Note

Admission Criteria:  Students pursuing Track I (Fire Operations) or Track 2 (Paramedicine) may be required to complete a program entrance exam as appropriate or permission of Program Director.

EMT104 requires students to complete additional hours in a competency-based clinical, vehicular, and/or scenario based experience. Depending on the college, this may be completed through EMT104AB or program director-approved rotation.

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Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

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