Update Regarding COVID-19

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Dear Students,

 We are in an extraordinary situation with the international spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The Los Rios Community College District, of which the UC Davis Fire EMT Program is part, has suspended all face-to-face classes effective March 18, 2020 until further notice. The decision has been made in support of the concept of “social distancing,” which is a public health concept to reduce the probability of contact between individuals who are or may be carrying a highly contagious disease.  As instructed, we are transitioning to a remote learning mode for Spring quarter. You will be provided with a course syllabus and additional instructions prior to the start of the course regarding attendance, preparing for online learning, directions on navigating your online course, weekly communication expectations and grading. You will still have access to some college services via phone, email, and web.  Academic instruction for both EMT 110 and EMT 111 classes is planned as follows:

Lectures:

The didactic lecture portion of class will be administered remotely online.  Our course instructors are working diligently to create a complete online learning experience and adjust practices and policies to accommodate this transition.  This is going to be accomplished via an online Canvas course, virtual ZOOM online meetings, and discussion boards. Other technologies and learning strategies may also be included as the class progresses.

Skills Labs:

The skills portion of class will be completed online as much as possible; however, there are several skills that can only be effectively taught and evaluated in person.  Knowing that several of you taking this course will be heading home and may not be residing near the UC Davis campus this Spring quarter, the plan is to hold a weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) skills sessions after June 1, or once the restrictions from the Los Rios District are lifted. Participants will need to attend all three days of the skills practice and testing to complete EMT 110.  This plan may change as the situation surrounding COVID-19 develops.  If the plan changes, we will make sure to have flexible options available to accommodate travel needs.

Text Book:

Jones & Bartlett Learning has provided us access to their online learning content which includes an enhanced digital ebook with interactive chapters, an audio version of the book, and some additional online content.  This will be provided to you for free. A digital access code will be sent to everyone prior to the first day of class.

 *Please note, a physical copy of the book will not be necessary for the class.  If you have already purchased the textbook and would prefer to only have the digital copy, I would recommend returning the textbook as this digital copy will be provided to you.

Testing:

At this time all EMT 110 test and quizzes will be administered online through Canvas.  All FisDap testing will be delayed until EMT 111.  You will not need to purchase a FisDap account for EMT 110; however, a FisDap account will be required during EMT 111.  Students will be required to successfully pass the FisDap ERE (final exam) to receive a course completion certificate.

EMT 111:

After successful completion of EMT 110 & EMT 111, a student will receive a course completion certificate and be eligible to take the National Registry EMT (NREMT) exam. 

 *Please note, there is potential that the required clinical and field ride along shifts may be delayed due to the ability to place students. If this occurs, your course completion maybe delayed.  If this happens, we will be flexible and work to accommodate all students’ needs within limits.  At this time Fisdap testing may need to be completed in person during EMT 111.  Testing may be scheduled over a weekend to accommodate potential travel needs.

Communication:

  • For course questions please communicate with your instructors by email at emtinstructors@ucdavis.eduOffice hours will be held virtually via ZOOM at scheduled times listed in the syllabus. Instructors will also be available via discussion boards.
  • For registration questions please contact Beth Schroeder at ekschroeder@ucdavis.edu.

This is an extraordinary time, and your patience is appreciated in helping us deal with this health emergency. Meeting remotely rather than face-to-face is intended to reduce the spread of the virus, which will save lives. Please note that our instructors are committed to helping you learn the course content during this emergency so that you can accomplish your academic goals.