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The Certificate in Emergency Medical Services Administration

The Certificate in Emergency Medical Services Administration consists of a cluster of required courses which include generalist knowledge regarding health services administration and the health care delivery system and specialized courses in emergency medical services organizations and the EMS system. The certificate can provide a specialty for health services administration majors or specialized knowledge and skills to those already working in EMS. The certificate will expand career opportunities with public and private ambulance services and EMS coordinating and regulatory agencies.

A student enrolled in the Emergency Medical Services Administration Certificate program must be accepted for University admission and must complete required course work as outlined below. It is not necessary to complete the requirements for a bachelor's degree in order to receive the Certificate in Emergency Medical Services Administration. However, the courses completed for the certificate may be applied to the BS in Health Science: Health Services Administration. An overall grade point average of 2.5 is required for the certificate.

Course Requirements for the Certificate: 24 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this certificate.

6 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
A study of financial reports, their construction and use. Procedures are introduced to the extent necessary to illustrate basic concepts. Designed to meet the needs of prospective accounting majors, students of business administration, and students seeking a general education. 3 hours discussion. (000077)
Provides knowledge and skills to administer health organizations and programs. Concepts of planning, organizational behavior, and management applicable to the administration of health organizations and programs are addressed. Major approaches to management, motivation, leadership, decision making, supervision, and budgeting are presented. 3 hours seminar. (001582)
Provides an overview of the U.S. healthcare delivery system from historical, organizational, financial, and administrative perspectives. Analyzes current health issues, such as cost, access, and quality of care. 3 hours seminar. (001583)
Prerequisites: HCSV 431 or equivalent or faculty permission.
This course will examine the emergency medical services (EMS) system as a vital component of the health care delivery system. Course work will focus on administration and planning of EMS systems. 3 hours seminar. (004458)
Prerequisites: HCSV 330 or equivalent or faculty permission.
This course will apply management principles including marketing, financing, personnel issues, and quality management to organizations within the emergency medical services system (e.g., ambulance services, trauma centers). 3 hours seminar. (004459)
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HCSV 490, senior standing, minimum 2.0 GPA in the major at CSU, Chico, faculty permission.
Field practicum designed to integrate theory and practice in a community setting. Supervised by an agency representative and faculty member. Minimum internship requirement for Health Science majors is 5.0 units. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (004467)

Students must take at least 3 units of internship.

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course surveys human resource management practices needed for effective performance by every manager and employee. The focus of the course is on processes used to effectively recruit, select, develop, evaluate, reward, and ensure the safety of employees in order to attract and retain the best possible workforce in any organization. This course provides students with an understanding of workforce diversity, investigates ethical issues, and explores the international context of HRM. 3 hours lecture. (005690)
Prerequisites: POLS 460A or concurrent enrollment.
A survey of the processes of recruiting and managing personnel in the public service. The philosophy of public personnel administration, organization for personnel administration, history and evolution of the career system, comparative modern structures, and general processes of personnel. Both traditional and behavioral literature. 3 hours lecture. (007593)

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is also offered as ECON 352.
An examination of the health care industry and its role in fulfilling national health needs. Topics include national health insurance, health financing, and resource allocation. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (002667)
Prerequisites: HCSV 431.
This course is also offered as POLS 405.
An analysis of the political forces, both private and public, which have an impact upon the health industry in the United States. Focusing on problems related to the delivery of health care, the course will cover such issues as availability, accessibility, appropriateness, acceptance, accounting, and alternatives. 3 hours seminar. (001587)

This certificate is offered as a multicampus program. Many of these courses can be taken on any of the participating campuses. See the EMS Administration program coordinator for specific information.

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