Overview

The rapidly growing health care sector demands the requirement of all health care providers, which includes qualified and skilled paramedics. Most of the Paramedic workforce currently in the UAE are those educated from outside the UAE. This being one of the BSEMC program in the country will make the candidates competent to meet the requirement of paramedics in the country and to equip them to qualify for the various credentialing examinations around the globe.

The Emergency Medical Care Program at Khawarizmi International College (KIC) is an established Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Care (BSEMC) program in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  The program intends to prepare students to work in the clinical field as Paramedics/ Emergency Medical Technologists, providing support and assistance to patients who are in any emergency medical situations like medical emergencies or trauma emergencies.

The BSEMC program allows the students to develop an in-depth knowledge that involves emergency medical response, emergency preparedness and management, disaster planning and response, illness and injury prevention, research and leadership. In addition to performing their routine scope of practice, the BSEMC program of KIC aims to prepare the students, to build their skills from basic to advance management and leadership roles within the profession, to become the pioneers of emergency medical system.

The BSEMC program offers field experience as an integrated component of the curriculum. There are clinical practice courses in the program as part of clinical exposure in addition to internship period conducted in affiliated hospitals in the UAE. Field experience activity is an important element of clinical training to develop and gain the required emergency care skills, reinforce knowledge of theories and learning principles through real clinical case scenarios, and clinical and professionalism exposure to the health care settings.

Learning Outcomes.

The program learning outcomes are designed to be consistent with the Bachelor level 7 as defined in the UAE's Qualification Framework. Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

Knowledge

PLO-1:

  • Describe the anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, topographic anatomy, and other body systems.
  • Memorize correct medical abbreviations, symbols, terminologies when communicating with health care professionals regarding patient conditions.
  • Exhibit professional, ethical, and compassionate behaviour when interacting with diverse groups of patients and their families, health care professionals, and community members.

PLO-2:

  • Outline the essential information relative to the role of an emergency medical care professional, and procedures and equipment.
  • Recognize the introductory aspects of an emergency medical care and services system, roles and responsibilities of the EMC specialist, quality improvement, and medical direction.
  • Understand the fundamental principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics for drugs relevant to emergency medical care.

PLO-3:

  • Define proficient medical knowledge in providing pre-hospital and emergency medical care.
  • Recognize basic knowledge about blunt trauma, penetrating trauma, shock and haemorrhage, gaining and extrication, burn, musculo-skeletal trauma, and soft tissue trauma.
  • Outline the steps in performing diagnostic, therapeutic and ancillary EMC procedures.

PLO-4:

  • Identify the parts and function of diagnostic, therapeutic and other adjunct EMC equipment.
  • Describe body mechanics, immobilization, lifting, splinting and carrying techniques, principles of moving patients, and an overview of EMC equipment
  • Describe necessary knowledge to diagnose and deal with emergency medical cases including cardiology, respiratory, anaphylaxis, urological, gynaecology, obstetrics, and toxicological, altered mental status, its differentials and environmental emergences.
  • Describe the various basic and advanced cardiopulmonary and trauma assessment modalities and procedures.

Skills

PLO-5:

  • Properly select the required EMC equipment to carry out basic and advanced procedures in EMC care plan.
  • Identify current and potential hazards and safe practice for EMC providers, patients, and bystanders within scene environment.

PLO-6:

  • Effectively recognize normal and abnormal findings in patient assessment to identify mechanism of injury or nature of illness, laboratory data, diagnostic imaging, audio-visual interfaces (monitors), graphic forms and prints.
  • Evaluate patient’s general impression, determining responsiveness, assessment of the airway, breathing and circulation and how to determine priorities of patient care.

PLO-7:

  • Apply tactical management, critical thinking and ethical decision making skills to lead and operate an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Unit.
  • Show necessary skills to judge about the priority of interventions needed to improve the patient’ outcome within the EMC field of practice.
  • Differentiating causation of medical emergencies, formulating a treatment plan, packaging for trauma and medical patients and administering treatment based on findings.

PLO-8:

  • Demonstrate effective use of Automated Defibrillators with all clinical cases for all age groups.
  • Perform cardiac arrest management and airway management of the adult, pediatric and neonatal patients.
  • Manipulate different types of artificial airways, suction equipment, oxygen equipment and delivery systems, and resuscitation devices
  • Demonstrate basic and advanced laboratory and clinical practical techniques

PLO-9:

  • Use laboratory and information-based technology to generate data and hypotheses
  • Accurately interpret results of radiographic, laboratory data, blood gases, invasive and non-invasive monitoring, and ventilator mechanics.
  • Explain the components of a communication system, radio communications, and communication with medical direction, verbal communication, interpersonal communication, and quality improvement.
  • Perform basic therapeutic and advanced respiratory care procedures competently.
  • Examine the patient physical systemically and professionally
  • Operate cardiopulmonary monitoring for adequate monitor within the boundaries of health.

Competency

PLO-10:

  • Demonstrate skill proficiency in pre-hospital assessments and treatments using advanced medical techniques and equipment available within the EMC’s scope of practice.
  • Demonstrate an ability to adapt to changing patient condition and scenes utilizing available resources working in the most challenging of environments.

PLO-11:

  • Able to interpret local or national protocol for disease prevention, ambulance operation, and practice scene safety as it relates to the rescue, other rescuers, and the patient.
  • Effectively able to construct patient care report both oral and written explaining patient condition, treatment rendered and clearly understood by other medical professionals.
  • Properly obtain pertinent information from medical personnel, patients and/or relatives, medical records and various hospital forms.

PLO-12:

  • Demonstrate skills in patient extrication, packaging and safe movement.
  • Demonstrate lifting, moving patients and carrying techniques for critical patients.

PLO-13:

  • Establish the ability to interact with patients in a compassionate and professional manner.
  • Proficiently use information technology to obtain information and conduct research purposes

PLO-14:

  • Work effectively as a contributing team member respectful of cultural diversity and individual differences.
  • Establish safe working practices for self and others relative to equipment and machinery, handling of product, disposal of materials and relevant legislation.

Applied Learning

  • As a KIC graduate, the students are expected to excel in the clinical areas by accumulating hands-on experience throughout the 5 years program.
  • By completing the BSEMC program and 16 credit hours of internship in association with our clinical partners like Cleveland clinic, New Medical Center, Danat Al Emarat, and VPS group, the student will have develop all the essential skills, required for a Clinical Specialist in Emergency Care.

Career Opportunities

The Five-year program offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Medical Care. Graduates are qualified to practice as a competent Paramedic/ Emergency Care Specialist in all of the following areas:

  • Road Ambulances
  • Air Ambulances
  • Emergency Departments
  • Academics- The students can pursue higher education in Master of Science, Doctorate studies and Post-doctoral fellowships. They are highly in demand as Faculties in various Universities, across the globe.
  • Research/ Scientists
  • Clinical application specialists, in various medical equipment companies

Admissions: Required Documents

Study Systems Admissions Requirements
Advanced Stream (Scientific stream) - MOE · Obtained a minimum of 70% average in advance/science stream
General Stream – MOE · Minimum 70% average in general Track
 · To take two remedial courses (0-credits and do not count toward the CGPA):
 1. Biology
 2. Chemistry
American curriculum · Minimum 70% average in American Track
 · Grade-12 Equivalency from MoE
 · To take two remedial courses (0-credits and do not count toward the CGPA):
 1. Biology
 2. Chemistry
British curriculum · Obtained equivalency from MoE
 · At least two passes in science courses in AS or A level.
 · If the student does not have two passes in science courses in AS or A level, to take two remedial courses (0-credits and do not count toward the CGPA):
 1. Biology
 2. Chemistry
Other curricula Pakistan, Indian, Bangladesh ….. Etc. ) inside the UAE · Obtained grade 12 equivalency from MoE
 · Must have studied chemistry and biology in grade 12.
 · If the student has missed one or both of the required courses, to take the missing remedial courses (0-credits and do not count toward the CGPA):
 1. Biology
 2. Chemistry
outside UAE · Obtained grade 12 equivalency from MoE
 · Must have studied chemistry and biology in grade 12.
 · If the student has missed one or both of the required courses, to take the missing remedial courses (0-credits and do not count toward the CGPA):
 1. Biology
 2. Chemistry
  • EmSAT : 1100
  • TOEFL ITP (Amideast) : 500
  • IELTS : 5

Other Requirments

  • 1 Personal photo
  • Copy of Valid Passport
  • Copy of Valid Visa (Non-Local)
  • Copy of Valid Emirates ID card
  • Health Fitness Certificate

Program Structure & Study Plan

Number of required courses to graduate are as follows:

Course Category Credits
General Education (GE) 36 credits (12 Courses)
Basic Sciences (BS) 9 credits (3 Courses)
Core Supporting Major (CSM) 30 Credits (10 courses) *
Emergency Medical Care Major (EMCM) 100 credits (19 courses) *
Total Credits 175 credits (44)

Year 1: Semester 1

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite CR. HRs Type
GEE 101 English 101 IELTS 5.0 3 General Education
ADR121 Medical Terminology 3 Core Supporting Major
GES 100 Introduction to Science 3 General Education
GEG 101 General Study Skills 3 General Education
MAT 101 College Mathematics 3 General Education
GEC 101 Computer Literacy 3 General Education
Total credit Hours 18

Year 1: Semester 2

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite CR. HRs Type
GEE 102 English 102 GEE 101 3 General Education
HBS 100 Physics for Health Sciences 3 Basic Sciences
HBS 110 Chemistry for Health Sciences 3 Basic Sciences
HBS 112 Biology for Health Sciences 3 Basic Sciences
ADML122 Anatomy ADR121 3 Core Supporting Major
ADML121 Physiology ADML122 3 Core Supporting Major
Total credit Hours 18
Total Credit Hours for Year 1 36

Year 2: Semester 3

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite CR. HRs Type
HBM 201 Introduction to Microbiology 3 Core Supporting Major
HBM 204 General Pharmacology 3 Core Supporting Major
HEM 200 Introduction to Par medicine ADML121 5 Major
HEM 201 Patient Assessment ADML121 5 Major
GEC 201 Multimedia Presentation GEC 101 3 General Education
Total Credit Hours 19

Year 2: Semester 4

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite CR. HRs Type
GEEW 201 English for Academic Writing GEE 102 3 General Education
HBM 300 Pathophysiology ADML121 3 Core Supporting Major
HEM 202 Airway and Respiratory Emergencies HEM 200

HEM 201

5 Major
HEM 203 Trauma I HEM 200

HEM 201

5 Major
Total Credit Hours 16
Total Credit Hours for Year 2 35
Total Credits Hours for Year1 & Year2 71

Year 3:  Semester 5

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite CR. HRs Type
HEM 300 Trauma II HEM 203 5 Major
HEM 301 Cardiovascular I HEM 202 3 Major
HEM 302 Medical Emergencies HEM 202 5 Major
HEM 303 Paramedic Clinical Practice I Level I-IV Major courses 3 Major
Total Credit Hours 16

Year 3: Semester 6

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite CR. HRs Type
BML473 Biostatistics   3 Core Supporting Major
HBM 202 Psychology for Healthcare Professionals   3 Core Supporting Major
HEM 304 Obstetrics and Paediatric Emergencies HEM 302 5 Major
HEM 305 EMC Operations I HEM 300 5 Major
GEU 202 UAE Society   3
Total Credit Hours 19
Total Credit Hours for Year 3 35
Total Credits Hours for Year1, Year2 & Year3 106

Year 4: Semester 7

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite CR. HRs Type
GER 202 Critical Thinking GEE 101 3 General Education
GEI 102 Islamic Culture 3 General Education
BHM 481 Research Methodology BML473 3 Core Supporting Major
HEM 400 Special Patient Populations HEM 304 5 Major
HEM 401 Cardiovascular II HEM 301 4 Major
Total Credit Hours 18

Year 4:  Semester 8

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite CR. HRs Type
GEIE 201 Fundamentals of Innovation and Entrepreneurship   3 General Education
HEM 402 EMC Operations II HEM 305 5 Major
HEM 403 Trauma III HEM 300 5 Major
HEM 404 Paramedic Clinical Practice II Level 1-7 major courses 3 Major
Total Credit Hours 16
Total Credit Hours for Year 4 34
Total Credits Hours for Year1, Year2, Year3 & Year4 140

Year 5:  Semester 9

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite CR. HRs Type
AHM 243 Healthcare Delivery System   3 Core Supporting Major
HEM 500 Graduation Project HBM 302 3 Major
HEM 501 Specialized Emergency Care HEM 403 5 Major
HEM 405 Paramedic Clinical Practice III Level 1-8 major courses 6 Major
Total Credit Hours 17

Year 5:  Semester 10

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite CR. HRs Type
HEM 503 Paramedic Clinical Practice IV Level 1-9 courses 18 Major
Total Credit Hours 18
Total Credit Hours for Year 5 35
Total Credits Hours for Year1, Year2, Year3, Year4 & Year5 175

Introduction to Paramedicine

This course is to introduce the student to the psychological and physical demands of emergency medical provider. It introduces information in preparation for the student’s progress throughout the entire paramedic program. Beginning with a basic introduction to the profession and roles and responsibilities, the foundation of knowledge for the emergency medical care systems. Legal and ethical issues related to the patients and duty of EMS, workforce safety and wellness will be covered.

Patient Assessment

This course introduces student to the patient assessment undertaken by paramedic. The course provides necessary knowledge and skills for patient assessment and re-assessment including scene size-up, primary, and secondary assessment as overview for a trauma and medical patient.

Airway & Respiratory Emergencies

This course is designed to provide the students with the essential knowledge to evaluate and deal with airway and respiratory emergency medical cases including pathophysiological interpretation and assessment. These are emergencies of the upper and lower airway that compromise the respiratory system

Trauma I

This course introduces the Paramedic Student to Trauma and Trauma Systems. It prepares students to Perform Comprehensive Patient Assessment with various Injury Patterns, recognizing various mechanisms of injuries like Blunt Trauma, Penetrating Trauma, and managing Bleeding with External and Internal Haemorrhage, Soft Tissue injuries & Burns, orthopedic injuries and Environmental Injuries.

Cardiovascular I

This course focuses on the cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, conducting system of the heart, electrocardiography, as well as interpretation and the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, interpretation of 3 and 12 lead EKGs (including injury and ischemia patterns, normal and abnormal findings, and the 12 lead as a diagnostic tool) will be covered. Principles of ACS diagnosis/management will be laboratory focus of this course.

Medical Emergencies

This course covers medical evaluation and treatment of medical emergencies including pathophysiological interpretation and assessment of pulmonary, neurology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, urology and nephrology, toxicology and substance abuse, Haematology and behavioural disorders. It covers the initial aspect of patient assessment and medical skills related to all above topics.

Trauma II

This course is designed to provide more focus on practical trauma instruction. It covers blunt trauma, penetrating trasuma, haemorrhage and shock, soft tissue trauma, burn conditions, musculoskeletal trauma and gaining access and extrication. It also covers the initial aspect of student’s traumatic skills related to the above topics.

Obstetrics and Pediatric Emergencies

This course is covers medical evaluation and treatment of gynecological, obstetrics, and pediatric patients. Initial patient assessment and medical skills related to all above topics.

 EMC Operations І

This course prepares the paramedic student to take part in the management of emergency incidents in pre-hospital environment such as vehicle accidents, other major incidents related to injury triangle (driver, road, vehicle) It covers materials related to ambulance operations, medical incident management, vehicle extrication and special rescue awareness & operations, hazardous materials incidents, disasters, crime scene awareness, rural ems, and responding to terrorist acts. Major topics covered.

Special Patient Populations

This course covers advanced patient assessment techniques in special patient populations. Topics include initial assessment, medical trauma history, field impression, complete physical exam process, on-going assessment, and documentation skills. It also includes scenarios and problem-based assessment management.

EMC Operations ІІ

This course prepares the paramedic student to theoretical and practical foundations that are necessary for pre-planning and management of mass gathering events with a special focus on, sports and other mass gathering events. This will also cover management of incidents involving multiple casualties with multiple agencies like police, fire, hazmat, and NDRF. Topics include foundations of disaster planning, incident command system, weapons of mass destruction, response issues, and hazardous materials incidents.

Cardiovascular II

This course focuses on advanced cardiology, identification of life threatening and non-life-threatening cardiac emergencies. It includes how to analyze standard 3-lead (revision) and 12-lead Electrocardiogram (EKG) information and determine a plan of action. Management of cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiovascular emergencies using the American Heart Association standards will be covered.

Trauma III

This course introduces the paramedic student to advanced level of trauma and trauma systems to perform comprehensive patient assessment with various injury patterns, recognizing and managing face and neck injuries, head and spine injuries, chest injuries, abdominal and genito-urinary trauma and managing and resuscitating patient with critical care injuries.

Paramedic Clinical Practice І

This course prepares student for paramedic clinical practice that consist of specific number of distributed rotations on the ambulances to perform hands on skills at a basic and intermediate level such as patient assessment, physical examination, vital signs, and others in the triage section, and performing intermediate skills like intravenous insertion and medication administration.

Paramedic Clinical Practice ІI

This course prepares the student for paramedic clinical practice that consist of specific number of distributed rotations inside the hospital settings in ERS, ICU, SICU, RICU, PICU, NICU, CCU to perform hands on skills at a basic level such as patient assessment, physical examination, vital signs, and others in the triage section, and performing advanced skills like intravenous insertion, medication administration and advance management of cardiopulmonary emergencies and special consideration situations including paediatrics’ and geriatrics, and procedures taught thus far in the program.

Specialized Emergency Care

This course introduces the student to the concepts of involvement in specialized scenarios and situations such as military field medicine including environmental emergencies, aviation medicine, and diving medicine. This course will cover paediatric advanced life support (PALS). It also covers the initial aspect of patient assessment and medical skills related to all above topics.

Paramedic Clinical Practice ІІI

This course prepares students for paramedic clinical practice that consist of ambulance rotations out of hospital settings in pre-hospital care settings to perform hands on skills at a basic level such as patient lifting and moving, patient assessment, physical examination, vital signs, and performing advanced skills like intravenous insertion, medication administration and advance management of cardiopulmonary emergencies and special considerations situation including paediatrics’ and geriatrics, procedures taught thus far in the program.

Graduation Project

This course provides students with the opportunity to apply research skills and carry out a research project related to the major program under the supervision of a faculty member. Students will be required to conduct literature review and perform data collection, statistical analysis, writing up of the research paper. Students participating in research must complete CITI program (https://about.citiprogram.org/en/homepage/) for research ethics and compliance training prior to submitting research proposals.

Paramedic Clinical Practice ІV

This course prepares student to advanced paramedic clinical practice that consist clinical/field rotation of 16 weeks period. It is an essential component of the EMCM program, which will serve as a summative or ‘capstone’ evaluation of their achievement of the objectives and goals of the program. This paramedic clinical/field internship rotations are intended to offer internship paramedics both a positive learning opportunity and real-life experiences, in assessing, treating and managing real patients while being guided by experienced and competent emergency health care professionals. The purpose of this rotation is to allow advanced paramedic to act as the ‘in charge’ medic. They are expected to be able to ‘run’ the call at the same level of competence as an entry-level paramedic. In addition to the appropriate interaction, assessment and management of all patients, the student should focus on the overall integration of everything they have learned as well as ‘scene management’. During this advanced clinical practice rotation, paramedic students should participate in all basic and advanced EMS procedures related to patient assessment and management, ACLS interventions, use of mechanical ventilators, perform neuro-vitals and use advanced monitoring devices. Students must be exposed to patients of different ages and with various pathologies. Ideally, they should be responding and receiving satisfactory ratings.

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