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HLHSCI-046 - Emergency Medical Responder - Erik Pinnell

Course:Emergency Medical Responder
Professor:Erik Pinnell
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


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Welcome to College of the Canyons, Emergency Medical Responder Course (HLHSCI-046). 

My name is Erik Pinnell and I will be your instructor for the term.

I have over 28 years of experience in the Emergency Medical Services and other related fields, including law enforcement and as a safety and disaster coordinator for local hospitals. I spent 13 years in the field in one of the busiest 911 systems in the country. I also have been an EMT instructor for over 16 years, with nearly 13 of those years here at College of the Canyons.

This course prepares students to become Emergency Medical Responders (EMR) who manage medical and/or trauma emergencies during the first few minutes prior to advanced care arriving on scene. In other words, this course will help introduce and prepare you to successfully pass the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course, offered in the spring, summer and fall semesters. 

Class includes distance learning (on-line lecture) on Tuesday's, Wednesday's and Thursday's as well as  hands-on (face-to-face) skills on campus, the last 4 days of class. The course requires at least 20 hours a week of studying. You must have 100% dedication in order to successfully pass the course.

Course Description

This course is not your average class that most of you are used to. The course can be difficult, covering the basic aspects of pre-hospital emergency care, including medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, safety, airway adjuncts, oxygen administration, CPR, medical and trauma patient assessments, vital signs, numerous medical and traumatic conditions, bleeding control, splinting, emergency medications and more.

Possible Career Opportunities (after becoming a certified EMT):

  • Ambulance attendants
  • Other Health Science opportunities with additional education/ training:
    - Emergency Department EMT
    - Firefighter
    - Paramedic
    - Nursing
    - Physician Assistant
    - Military Medic
    - Law Enforcement Officer

What to Expect in this Course

Again, you can expect a work load of studying at least 10 hours a week and be present during all Zoom meetings, as well as all skills labs on campus. Per regulations, you cannot miss more than 6 hours during the entire course. There will also be exams using Canvas, a mandatory on-line FEMA course, a final written exam and skills exam. 

Technology required includes a reliable internet connection, laptop or desktop computer, a webcam and microphone. You must be present (on camera) during all scheduled Zoom meetings.

Types of Assessments

Assessments expected in this course will include exams or quizzes, class discussions and special assignments, including a mandated Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) online course and hands-on skills practice.

Other Relevant Course Information

Please check your College of the Canyons e-mail daily for announcements, updates and other information from your instructor and/or administrators.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 12/01/2021 Sub#: 772