EMT 224 Applied Prehospital Research

Campus Location:
Effective Date:
EMT 214


Course Credits and Hours:
2.00 credits
2.00 lecture hours/week
0.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to synthesize, analyze, and consider solutions to a prehospital healthcare issue or problem. Topics include the creation of a research statement, the evaluation of published research, and the completion of a literature review. The course culminates with a faculty guided research experience to produce a scholarly written presentation or proposal.

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:


Schedule Type:
Hybrid Course


Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Describe the research process. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; PGC 6, 8)
  2. Explain the role of research in quality management and clinical practice. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; PGC 6, 8)
  3. Construct an article suitable for publication or a research proposal under faculty guidance. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; PGC 6, 8)

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Describe the research process.
    1. Formulate a research question.
    2. Use the research question to formulate a hypothesis.
    3. Identify the steps of the research process in a peer-reviewed article.
    4. Discuss ethical concerns and research design strengths and weaknesses in emergency medical services (EMS) research, including the role of an institutional review board (IRB).
    5. Describe how to evaluate data to test the null hypothesis.
  2. Explain the role of research in quality management and clinical practice.
    1. Describe how research can be used to validate a change in protocol or practice.
    2. Discuss how research is used in evidence-based medicine.
  3. Construct an article suitable for publication or a research proposal under faculty guidance.
    1. Conduct a literature review on an approved topic.
    2. Develop a research question and hypothesis.
    3. Use the literature review to develop a research proposal for a given topic or an article suitable for publication.
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

90 100 = A
80 89 = B
70 79 = C
0 69 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):
  1. Perform all psychomotor, paramedic skills in the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards consistent with acceptable practice for an entry-level paramedic.
  2. Conduct complete, accurate and timely patient assessments, to include history and physical exam and communicate findings.
  3. Interpret assessment findings in order to accurately identify a differential diagnosis and integrate pathophysiologic principles and legal responsibilities to formulate a treatment plan.
  4. Effectively perform the role of Team Leader to include: timely decision making, effective resource utilization, implementing appropriate plan of action for a given situation, adapting the plan to changing conditions and communicate.
  5. Assess a scene or situation in order to identify threats to operating safely.
  6. Apply communication and ethical decision-making skills required for an entry-level paramedic.
  7. Exhibit professional, affective behavior.
  8. Function effectively as an entry-level paramedic in the prehospital working environment in the roles of Team Leader and Team Member.
Disabilities Support Statement:

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.

Minimum Technology Requirements:
Minimum technology requirements for online, hybrid, video conferencing and web conferencing courses.