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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
2020-2021

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.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

$35,740

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.

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:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • 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 AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • 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
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
Mathematics Any approved General Education course in the Mathematics area MA 3
EMT101 Basic Life Support/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Care Providers OR Current validation in Basic Life Support (BLS) Health Care Provider/Professional Rescuer OR Permission of Program Director RC 0.5
Restricted Elective (EMT104 and EMT104AB strongly recommended if not already National Registry Certified) 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 Awareness and Operations RC 3
FSC108 Fundamentals of Fire Prevention RC 3
Oral Communications Any approved General Education course in the Oral Communication area COM 3
Restricted Electives If exempt from Critical Reading requirement by assessment, choose course(s) from Restricted Electives Area below RE
Social & Behavioral Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Social & Behavioral Sciences area SB 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL RC 3
FSC113 Introduction to Fire Suppression RC 3
FSC117 Fire Apparatus RC 3
FSC119 Introduction Fire Service Ethics RC 3
Humanities & Fine Arts Any approved General Education course in the Humanities & Fine Arts area HU 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS147 or
DPR147 or
FSC147 or
AJS148 or
DPR148 or
FSC148
Emergency Preparedness or Emergency Preparedness or Fundamentals of Emergency Management or Fundamentals of Emergency Management or Fundamentals of Emergency Management RC 3
FSC208 Firefighter Safety and Building Construction RC 3
FSC215 Customer Service in the Public Sector RC 3
Natural Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area NS 4
Restricted Electives RE

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.

Choose courses from Restricted Electives Area below to complete 11-13.5 credits. 
For Term I (EMT104 (9) and EMT104AB (0.5) strongly recommended if not already National Registry Certified) 9.5-10

 

 
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 RE 0–20

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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.

This degree is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

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.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Response and Operations (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=125790).