MOD-1 is the first module in the EMT-B curriculum. It contains 7 sub-modules called lessons which are important to the new EMT student. Here are the lessons.

Lesson 1-1 Introduction to Emergency Medical Care

Familiarizes the EMT Basic candidate with the introductory aspects of emergency medical care. Topics covered include the Emergency Medical Services system, roles and responsibilities of the EMT Basic, quality improvement, and medical direction.

One of the more esoteric topics for Mod 1 is communications systems. For example you are expected to know the difference between a simplex radio and a repeating radio. In over 25 years of EMS experience I have never had to know the difference, only which button to push but it's part of the curriculum so you need to know it.

Lesson 1-2 Well-Being of the EMT Basic

Covers the emotional aspects of emergency care, stress management, introduction to Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD), scene safety, body substance isolation (BSI), personal protection equipment (PPE), and safety precautions that can be taken prior to performing the role of an EMT Basic.

Lesson 1-3 Medical/Legal and Ethical Issues

Explores the scope of practice, ethical responsibilities, advance directives, consent, refusals, abandonment, negligence, duty to act, confidentiality, and special situations such as organ donors and crime scenes. Medical/legal and ethical issues are vital elements of the EMT Basic's daily life.

Many test cover the difference between implied and actual consent. This is a big issue these days.

Lesson 1-4 The Human Body

Enhances the EMT Basic's knowledge of the human body. A brief overview of body systems, anatomy, physiology and topographic anatomy will be given in this session.

Lesson 1-5 Baseline Vital Signs and SAMPLE History

Teaches assessing and recording of a patient's vital signs and a SAMPLE history.

Lesson 1-6 Lifting and Moving Patients

Provides students with knowledge of body mechanics, lifting and carrying techniques, principles of moving patients, and an overview of equipment. Practical skills of lifting and moving will also be developed during this lesson.

Lesson 1-7 Evaluation: Preparatory Module

Conduct a written and skills evaluation to determine the student's level of achievement of the cognitive, psychomotor and affective objectives from this module of instruction.

The evaluation usually consists of a written test, a practical test for vitals and a practical test for lifting and moving. It has been my experience that there is not enough time for students to become proficient enough at vitals practice to have a fair test in Mod-1. I usually defer vitals testing to a later module although this is against the rules.

Mod 1 is supposed to cover 13 hours of both lecture and practical lessons.

There are usually two practical stations for mod 1 but there could be more. I normally test a lifting and moving station and a vitals station. My testing criteria are:

Lifting and Moving

Safely move a patient from a "bed" to an ambulance stretcher then load the patient into an ambulance. Next remove the ambulance stretcher and safely transport the patient to a "Hospital" bed.


I use a training manikin which can have programmed vitals. There is no subjective assessment with such a device. The students must obtain a pulse +/- 10 from the programmed value (or a real patient), obtain a respiratory rate +/- 4 from the actual value and a blood pressure +/- 10 for both the systolic and diastolic values.

To get a feel of what a mod 1 written quiz looks like, Click this link to download a Free mod-1 quiz.

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