Secondary Field of Study in EMS

**Pending curriculum changes there is a current hold on EHS minor declarations.

The secondary field of study is intended to provide knowledge within the field of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) including the unique challenges of EMS management, systems and operation. EMS offers clinical and research courses that can be part of a secondary field of study for current GW students.


The Secondary Field of study in Emergency Medical Services requires successful completion of at least 15 or 16 credit hours in two areas. Students must complete the required coursework with a 2.5 GPA or better.

Foundation Courses (10 credit hours)

  • EHS 1040: Emergency Medical Technician—Basic
  • EHS 1041: EMT—Basic Lab (1 credit)
  • EHS 2174: Foundations of Emergency Health Services Systems
  • EHS 2175: Community Risk Management and Safety in EHS

For students who already have EMT-Basic Certification, an elective can be used to replace EHS 1040 and EHS 1041 requirement; the student needs a minimum of 4 additional elective credits to account for the waiver of EHS 1040 and 1041. Please contact the program office for more information.

Electives (at least 5 credit hours; chosen with academic advisor)

EHS 1002: CPR & First Aid

This course is designed to introduce the basic concepts of the emergency medical services system and how to react during an emergency.  The audience for the class includes anyone who may find themselves needing to take care of a sick or injured person prior to the arrival of more advanced trained personnel.  Upon successful completion of the course, the student is eligible to take the test for American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) certification in “CPR for the Professional Rescuer.”

EHS 2107: Theory and Practice of Research in a Clinical Setting

Students are taught the fundamentals of basic medical research and assist with the enrollment of patients in clinical studies at the GW Emergency Dept.

EHS 2108: Emergency Medicine Clinical Scribe

Students are taught the basics of medical documentation and how to become an interface between the physician, patient, and the electronic health record. Students have clinical experience (non hands on) in the GW Emergency Dept. and those successfully completing the course can seek employment as an ED scribe.

EHS 2110: Emergency Department Critical Care Assessment and Procedures

This course provides the cognitive and procedural basis that will allow students to be employed as an Emergency Department Technician. Students work clinically in the GW Emergency Dept. EMT-Basic certification a prerequisite.

EHS 2162: Introduction to the Principles of Tactical Medicine

This course builds upon the basic EMT course and provides students with unique opportunities to practice providing care in austere environments such as collapsed structures (simulated), and tactical situations.

EHS 2211: Introduction to Telemedicine

An introduction to the ethical, legal, and technical aspects of telemedicine, including, but not limited to, emerging technologies, planning and operational considerations. Students will complete a number of practical exercises requiring direct application and utilization of internet, video, audio, and other emerging technologies.

EHS 4110: Operations Management in EHS Systems

This course applies principles of general management that contribute to the effectiveness of day to day operations within an Emergency Health Services organization.

EHS 4112: Special Operations and Disaster Management in EHS

Introduction to EHS special operations. Develop and apply a general understanding of what constitutes special operations and resources needed to mitigate incidents, both small and large, in the 21st century. The student will be able to evaluate local special operations incidents, major multi-agency operations, scheduled and unscheduled mass casualty events, terrorism and natural disasters.

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