ASHI Emergency Medical Responder – Full Course

Course Specifications:

Course Number:


Course Length:

Full Course Time: Approximately 48 hours – $797.00 / per student
(Includes Book)

Course Description:


The ASHI Emergency Medical Response program is an objective-driven, skills-based program. Upon demonstrated adequate knowledge and skill competence. ASHI supporst a competency-based approach to training (documented, minimally acceptable level of knowledge and skill). 

There is no ASHI requirement that all course hours must be presented in formal, face-to-face lectures. However, if the program is used to meet state or federal requirements, occupational licensing boards, regulatory agencies, and other approvers may require specific practices. 

Instructors must comply with all applicable local, state, provincial, federal laws and administrative rules as they pertain to the approval, delivery, and administration of required training. 

Course Objectives

  1. Describe the roles of EMS in the health care system.
  2. Demonstrate the professional attributes expected of EMR’s.
  3. Perform the roles and responsibilities of an EMR with regard to personal safety and wellness, as well as the safety of others. 
  4. Perform the duties of an EMR with regard for medical, legal and ethical issues, including functioning under medical direction and within the scope of practice. 
  5. Apply principles of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, life-span development, and therapeutic communications to the assessment and management of patients. 
  6. Identify the need for and perform immediately life-saving interventions to manage a patient’s airway, breathing, and circulation. 
  7. Assess and manage patients of all ages with a variety of complaints, medical conditions, and traumatic injuries.
  8. Apply principles of emergency medical services operations, including considerations in ambulance and air medical transportation, multiple casualty incidents, gaining access to and extricating patients, hazardous materials incidents, and responding to situations involving weapons of mass destruction.  

Target Student:

The goal of this program is to provide students a valuable and enjoyable hands-on training experience. 

The fundamental objective is to use a simple, practical approach to help students develop necessary knowledge, skills, and confidence to provide and direct lifesaving interventions as a lead emergency medical responder. 

Skills Practice Requirements:

The following are the skills practice requirements for initial and renewal training:

Required course skill practices (initial and renewal)

1. Airway adjuncts (Oropharyngeal airway) (OPA)
2. Positive Pressure Ventilation (Bag mask device)
3. Suctioning (upper airway)
4. Oxygen Administration by Non-Rebreather Mask
5. Adult Cardiac Arrest Management / Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
6. Blessing control
7. Patient Assessment / Management – Trauma
8. Patient Assessment / Management – Medical

Optional Skills:

1. Auto-injector (self- and peer-rescue in hazardous materials situation, nerve agent antidote kit)
2. Emergency moves
3. Nasopharyngeal Airway (NPA)
4. Cervical collar
5. Splinting
6. Childbirth (assisted normal delivery)
7. Tourniquet (manufactured)
8. Epinephrine auto-injector (anaphylaxis)
9. Metered Dose Inhaler (asthma)
10. Program Description

Course Content:

Lesson 1: Introduction to the EMS System

Lesson 2: Legal and Ethical Principles of Emergency Care

Lesson 3: Wellness and Safety of the Emergency Medical Responder

Lesson 4: Introduction to Medical Terminology, Human Anatomy, and Life Development

Lesson 5: Introduction to Pathophysiology

Lesson 6: Principles of Lifting, Moving and Positioning of Patients

Lesson 7: Principles of Effective Communication

Lesson 8: Principles of Effective Documentation

Lesson 9: Airway Management and Ventilation

Lesson 10: Principles of Oxygen Therapy

Lesson 11: Principles of Resuscitation

Lesson 12: Obtaining a Medical History and Vital Signs

Lesson 13: Principles of Patient Assessment

Lesson 14: Caring for Cardiac Emergencies

Lesson 15: Caring for Respiratory Emergencies

Lesson 16: Caring for Common Medical Emergencies

Lesson 17: Caring for Environmental Emergencies

Lesson 18: Caring for Soft-Tissue Injuries and Bleeding

Lesson 19: Recognition and Care of Shock

Lesson 20: Caring for Muscle and Bone Injuries

Lesson 21: Caring for Head and Spine Injuries

Lesson 22: Caring for Chest and Abdominal Injuries

Lesson 23: Care During Pregnancy and Childbirth

Lesson 24: Caring for Infants and Children

Lesson 25: Special Considerations for the Geriatric Patient

Lesson 26: Introduction to EMS Operations and Hazardous Response

Lesson 27: Introduction to Multiple-Casualty Incidents, the Incident Command System, and Triage