This course is a combined lecture/lab course which has been developed by the United States NationalHighway Traffic Safety Administration. The course follows the January 2009 National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards for the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR). This course emphasizes patient assessment and patient care procedures at the Emergency Medical Responder level. Patient assessment is introduced early and is reinforced with each new skill learned. Instruction is related to entry-level patient assessment in areas of basic life support, cardiac arrest, trauma, and medical emergencies. Skills practice sessions are scheduled throughout the program to provide an opportunity for students to apply the new skills they learn and to reinforce previous skills. Upon successful completion of the course students are eligible for National Registry of EMTs testing at the Emergency Medical Responder level. Student must be 17 years of age at time of enrollment, be able to speak, write, and read English and possess a valid driver's license. Current BCLS recognition at the Healthcare Provider (American Heart Association) or Professional Rescuer (American Red Cross) level is required prior to certification testing.