Technical Standards for Emergency Medical Science (EMS)

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand nonacademic standards, skills, and performance requirements expected of a student in order to complete this particular curriculum.

If an accommodation is necessary to participate in the program, it is imperative to identify a reasonable accommodations to those students who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Reasonableness is determined by Accessibility Resources and the program on a case-by-case basis utilizing the program technical standards. The accommodation needs to be in place prior to the start of the program, or it may delay your ability to start the program. It is the student’s responsibility to contact Accessibility Resources and request accommodations.

Skills Description Specific Examples
Motor Skills EMS is a profession that will require you to combine your education with manual dexterity to care for your patients. In the course of patient care you will be tasked with various skills such as placing the patient on oxygen, starting IVs, giving medications, lifting and moving patients. These skills do not come natural and will be improved with practice and repetition.
Vision EMS is a job based that places a premium on vision. Being able to see clearly to identify road signs and addresses is key to first finding your patient. After finding your patient, you will need to be able to look at them and pick up on clues that are visible such as cuts, wounds, bruises, etc.
Hearing Hearing plays a big role in EMS. In addition to listening to your patient during your assessment you will also be listening for lung sounds, bowel sounds and heart sounds. This will play a critical role in your patient care.
Technological EMS is a field that is ever advancing in technologies. You must be able to adapt to ever changing technology and embrace new technologies that are introduced. Patient care reports are done on computer and a large number of services use Computer Aided Dispatch as well. You will be tasked to be proficient using a computer and various patient monitoring equipment.
Communication Communication is a key skill that all EMS practitioners must have. To be able to effectively care for your patient, you must possess good communication skills. You will be communicating with dispatchers, patients and their families, other first responders, doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers using radios and face to face communication.
Critical Thinking/ Problem Solving Critical thinking and problem solving skills are the cornerstone for the current EMS provider.

Having good critical thinking skills is a necessity to take care of your patient.

You must have the ability to assess your patient and take any and all information gathered during your assessment and piece it together like a puzzle. This will help you formulate your plan of care for your patient and will dictate how you provide care to your patient.
Interpersonal Skills Interpersonal skills are necessary in EMS because the job involves dealing with the public. EMS is a customer service based job, with your patients being your customer. Some examples of good interpersonal skills are: active listening, teamwork, responsibility, leadership, motivation, flexibility and patience.
Environmental Tolerance EMS is a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week job. It is a job that never closes for bad weather or natural disasters. You will be required to work in almost any environment imaginable. You will be working when it’s cold, hot, rainy, snowing, storms and any other weather condition. You will also be working in various situations that can be dangerous for various reasons (traffic, large crowds, violence, etc…). Being able to adapt and work in all of these and various other situations and environments is a requirement of the job.
Other EMS is an ever changing field that is currently evolving at a rapid pace.

In addition to that, the daily demands of EMS can change drastically from one day to the next as we never know what we will be dispatched to next. The ability to assess and respond to situation “on the fly” is an absolute necessity and something that will help you flourish in this profession.

This document is intended to serve as a guide regarding the physical, emotional, intellectual and psychosocial expectations placed on a student. This document cannot include every conceivable action, task, ability or behavior that may be expected of a student. Meeting these technical standards does not guarantee employment in this field upon graduation. Ability to meet

the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for any licensure, certification exam, or successful completion of the degree program.