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HP 203 – Responding to Emergencies:

Comprehensive First Aid/CPR/AED v3

 University of Mississippi
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Michael A. Dupper

Instructor information: Dr. Mike Dupper
Assistant Professor
Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management

Contact Information:

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The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826

Course Description

The HP 203 course is designed to provide the citizen responder with the knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency to help sustain life and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until advanced medical help arrives.

Textbook Information:


American Red Cross:
Responding to Emergencies: Comprehensive First Aid/CPR/AED.

Krames Staywell Strategic Partnerships Division, ISBN: 978-1-58480-554-0

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1.      Term: select “Independent Study”
2.      Department: select “HP”
3.      Course: select “203”
4.      Section: select “I Study”

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Whether you order from an online vendor or through the Ole Miss Bookstore, you must make sure that you are ordering the exact book that is required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):


Explain how the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system works and the citizen responder's role in the EMS system, including how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.


Recognize the signals of breathing emergencies, including choking, and demonstrate how to provide first aid for choking.


Identify the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease and describe how to minimize them.


Recognize the signals of unconscious choking, and demonstrate how to provide care.


Recognize the signals of a possible heart attack, and describe how to care for someone who is experiencing persistent chest pain.


Recognize the signals of cardiac arrest, and demonstrate how to provide CPR until emergency medical care arrives.


Recognize life-threatening bleeding, and demonstrate how to control it.


Recognize the signals of shock, and describe how to minimize its effects.


Recognize the signals of various soft tissue and musculoskeletal injuries and demonstrate how to care for them.


Recognize the signals of sudden illness, including poisoning, bites and stings, and heat and cold emergencies, and describe how to care for them.


Describe when and how to move a victim in an emergency situation.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 20 lessons, midterm, and final exam.

Lessons & Exams



Reading Assignment

Lesson One

If Not You…Who?, Responding to an Emergency

1, 2

pp. 1-26

Lesson Two

Before Giving Care


pp. 27-42

Lesson Three

The Human Body


pp. 43-66

Lesson Four

Checking the Person


pp. 67-90

Lesson Five

Cardiac Emergencies


pp. 91-124

Lesson Six

Breathing Emergencies


pp. 125-154

Lesson Seven

Bleeding and Shock


pp. 155-174

Lesson Eight

Soft Tissue Injuries


pp. 175-202

Lesson Nine

Musculoskeletal Injuries


pp. 203-218

Lesson Ten

Injuries to the Extremities


pp. 219-242

Mid Course Exam

Chapters 1-12

100 Multiple Choice Questions

To be scheduled and completed to finalize credit

Lesson Eleven

Injuries to the Head, Neck, and Spine


pp. 243-260

Lesson Twelve

Injuries to the Chest, Abdomen, and Pelvis


pp. 261-272

Lesson Thirteen

Sudden Illnesses


pp. 273-294

Lesson Fourteen

Poisoning, Bites and Stings

16, 17

pp. 295-332

Lesson Fifteen

Substance Abuse and Misuse


pp. 333-350

Lesson Sixteen

Heat-Related Illnesses and Cold-Related Emergencies


pp. 351-368

Lesson Seventeen

Water-Related Emergencies


pp. 369-382

Lesson Eighteen

Pediatric, Older Adult, and Special Situations



Lesson Nineteen

Emergency Childbirth


pp. 405-418

Lesson Twenty

Disaster, Remote, and Wilderness Emergencies


pp. 419-442

Final Exam

Chapters 13-23

100 Multiple Choice Questions

To be scheduled and completed to finalize credit



400 Points Total

360 – 400 = A
320 – 359 = B
280 – 319 = C
240 – 279 = D
Less than 240 points = F

Grading Information
Categories of Evaluation: Students must complete all lessons, midterm, and final to earn a grade. Each student's final course-grade shall be comprised of:

Lesson Assignments: 10 points each (20 @ 10 points = 200 points)

Midterm Exam: 100 points (100 multiple choice questions, Chapters 1-12)

Final Exam: 100 points (100 multiple choice questions, Chapters 13- 23)

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