Course Descriptions

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Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)

BLS for Healthcare Providers

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC)

Firefighter 1

Firefighter 2

Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services (GEMS)

HAZMAT Awareness and Operations

Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED

International Trauma Life Support (ITLS)

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

Pediatric Education for Prehospital Providers (PEPP)

Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)


Advanced Cardiac Life Support

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support is an advanced, instructor-led classroom course that highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac-arrest care. It also covers airway management and related pharmacology. In this course, skills are taught in large, group sessions and small, group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.

Course Content
  • Airway management
  • Basic life support skills, including effective chest compressions, use of a bag-mask device and use of an (AED)
  • Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team
  • Effective Resuscitation Team Dynamics
  • Key changes in advanced cardiovascular life support, reflecting the  2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care 
  • Management of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and stroke
  • Recognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardia
  • Recognition and early management of respiratory and cardiac arrest
  • Related pharmacology
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ADVANCED MEDICAL LIFE SUPPORT

NAEMT’s Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) course is the first EMS education program that fully addresses how to best assess and manage the most common medical crises in patients, offering a “think outside the box” methodology.  It is for all levels of practitioners with a strong commitment to patient care, including emergency medical technicians, paramedics, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse anesthetists and physicians.

The course emphasizes the use of scene size-up, history, interactive group discussion on potential treatment strategies, and physical exam to systematically rule out and consider possibilities and probabilities in treating patients’ medical crises. The course offers an initial assessment-based approach that progresses to a diagnostic-based approach to quickly develop the best treatment plan. AMLS is a sixteen-hour, two-day program that consists of interactive lectures, teaching and evaluation stations. The interactive/case based lectures include the following topics: altered mental status and neurologic disorders; respiratory dysfunction; shock; chest discomfort; endocrine, metabolic and environmental disorders; abdominal discomfort; infectious disease and toxicologic emergencies; and hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction. Teaching stations follow the associated lectures each day. AMLS is endorsed by the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP). It is accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) and is recognized by the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT). Students who successfully complete the AMLS course will receive a certificate of completion that is valid for four years.

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BLS FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS

The BLS for Healthcare Providers – Classroom Course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.

Course Content
  • 1-Rescuer CPR and AED for adult, child and infant
  • 2-Rescuer CPR and AED for adult, child and infant
  • Bag-mask techniques for adult, child and infant
  • CPR with an advanced airway*
  • Critical concepts of high-quality CPR
  • Differences between adult, child and infant rescue techniques
  • Key changes in basic life support, reflecting the new science from the  2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care 
  • Relief of choking for adult, child and infant
  • Rescue breathing for adult, child and infant
  • • The American Heart Association Chain of Survival

* This is an introduction to the compression/ventilation rate and ratio for a patient who has an advanced airway in place. For more information on advanced airways, please refer to the Airway Management Course.

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EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN

The Emergency Medical Technician  (EMT) certification program is designed to train an individual to function independently in a medical emergency.  This course provides the basic knowledge and skills needed to deliver Basic Life Support (BLS) care and is required to progress to more advanced levels of prehospital patient care.

The course requires a minimum of 144 hours of classroom and skills instruction and 10 hours of Clinical/Field rotations for a total of 154 hours of training.  Virginia certification requires successful completion of a standardized cognitive and psychomotor skills examination.  This course is designed to train individuals to serve as a vital link in the chain of the health care team.  This includes all skills necessary to provide emergency medical care as an attendant-in-charge with a basic life support ambulance service or other specialized rescue service.

Upon successfully completion of the training program, the student will be capable of performing the following functions:

  1. Recognize the nature and seriousness of the patient’s condition or extent of injury to assess requirements for emergency care.
  2. Administer appropriate emergency care to stabilize the patient’s condition.
  3. Lift, move, position and otherwise handle the patient in a way as to minimize discomfort and further injury.

The EMT training program is based upon the Virginia EMS Education Standards derived the USDOT  National EMS Education Standards.

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EMERGENCY VEHICLE OPERATOR COURSE

This 16-hour course is designed to enhance safe vehicle operation by stressing theory and principles of defensive driving in both emergency and non-emergency situations.  Virginia Motor Vehicle laws pertinent to the operation of emergency vehicles is included in the course. This class is not designed to teach the student to drive, but rather to explain how emergency driving differs from non-emergency driving. Although some driving experience will be gained through the practical exercises it is strongly recommended that the student have adequate driving experience in the vehicle.

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FIREFIGHTER 1

An entry level course for new firefighters, course consists of a combination of classroom study, scenarios and modular practical experiences that will prepare the firefighter to carry out most fire ground functions under the direct supervision of an officer or experienced firefighter. The scenarios are designed to train the student in realistic fire ground operations.

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FIREFIGHTER 2

A course designed for the Firefighter who is prepared to assume more of a leadership role in a department. Course consists primarily of classes designed to give the student more knowledge of fire ground situations so that he or she can make basic evaluations of safety problems and assume leadership roles in carrying out interior attack and search operations. Hazardous Materials Operations is required to prepare the students to participate in defensive leak and spill control operations.

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GERIATRIC EDUCATION FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

The American Geriatrics Society and the National Council of State Emergency Medical Services Training Coordinators are pleased to bring you Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services (GEMS), a new national continuing education curriculum. The exciting new program is the first of its kind – designed specifically for First Responders, EMTs, Paramedics, and any other emergency care provider.

The proportion of the aged in society today is greater than ever before, and growing faster than any other segment of our population. Current indications are that approximately 34% of calls for emergency medical services, or 3.4 million emergency responses involve patients over the age of 60. GEMS represents the most credible and complete source of prehospital medical information for the older population.

The GEMS course is designed to address all of the special needs of the older population, including the geriatric objectives as identified in the EMT-Basic, Intermediate, and Paramedic National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) National Standard Curricula.

The GEMS course is innovative, comprehensive, and highly visual with:

  • Case-Based Lectures
    • The GEMS lectures cover the most important points that need to be emphasized. This is done through the use of case studies, which start students thinking about how they would treat a similar case in the field.
  • Live Action Video
    • Containing real-life footage from the field, these clips illustrate  hands-on skills covered in the GEMS course.
  • Hands-on Skill Stations
    • The GEMS Skill Stations are an important part of helping students practice the hands-on aspects of what they earn by reading the text, listening to the lectures, and watching the GEMS video.
  • Small Group Scenarios
    • The scenarios help students apply information from all aspects of the GEMS course.
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HAZMAT Awareness and Operations

A course designed for hazardous materials first responders. Includes both classroom and practical training. Classroom builds upon Hazardous Material First Responder Awareness discussion and goes into properties of hazardous materials, containers, transportation hazards and protective equipment. The practical covers various defensive practice scenarios.

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HEARTSAVER FIRST AID CPR AED

Heartsaver  First Aid CPR AED is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. Students learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies.  This course also teaches adult CPR and AED use.

Course Content
  • Key changes reflecting the new science from the  2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care 
  • Adult, Child and Infant CPR and AED use
  • Environmental emergencies
  • First aid basics
  • Injury emergencies
  • Key changes reflecting the new science from the  2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care 
  • Medical emergencies
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INTERNATIONAL TRAUMA LIFE SUPPORT

These comprehensive courses are designed for providers who are first to evaluate and stabilize the trauma patient. The courses provide complete training in the skills needed for rapid assessment, resuscitation, stabilization and transportation of trauma patients.

The ITLS Basic course provides the core of knowledge and skills appropriate for all levels of EMS personnel, including EMT-Bs, first responders and other technicians.

The ITLS Advanced course builds on this knowledge, emphasizing evaluation steps and sequencing as well as techniques for resuscitating and packaging patients. ITLS Advanced is appropriate for advanced EMTs, paramedics, trauma nurses, physicians and other advanced EMS personnel. Hands-on stations include:

  • Patient assessment and management
  • Basic and advanced airway management
  • Needle chest decompression and fluid resuscitation
  • Spinal motion restriction — rapid extrication, short back board, helmet managment, log roll, and long back board/ scoop stretcher utilization
  • Extremity immobilization and traction splint application
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PEDIATRIC ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT

This classroom, video-based, Instructor-led course uses a series of simulated pediatric emergencies to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics. The goal of the Pediatric Advanced Life Support Course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes.

Course Content
  • 1- and 2-rescuer child CPR and AED use
  • 1- and 2-rescuer infant CPR
  • Cardiac, respiratory and shock case discussions and simulations
  • Key changes in pediatric advanced life support, reflecting the new science from the  2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
  • Management of respiratory emergencies
  • Resuscitation team concept
  • Rhythm disturbances and electrical therapy
  • Systematic Approach to Pediatric Assessment
  • Vascular access
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PEDIATRIC EDUCATION FOR PREHOSPITAL PROVIDERS

Course Overview

PEPP represents a complete source of prehospital medical information for the emergency care of infants and children. Developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, PEPP is an exciting curriculum designed to teach prehospital professionals how to better assess and manage ill or injured children. PEPP is a comprehensive, innovative, and highly visual course featuring case-based lectures, live-action video, hands-on skills stations, and small group scenarios. The Basic Life Support (BLS) course is geared toward the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and the Advanced Life Support (ALS) course is geared toward the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) and Paramedic.

Course Format

The PEPP Course is available as a traditional onsite course or hybrid course for both BLS and ALS:

BLS
  • The traditional onsite course is a 9.25-hour course, conducted entirely in the classroom.
  • The hybrid course is a combination of online learning (8.0 hours of education), followed by hands-on practice in the classroom. Instead of attending a daylong traditional onsite course, students learn a portion of the course through self-directed online modules. After completing all of the online modules, students then attend a short onsite course for completion of hands-on practice, as well as instructor interaction and the final examination.
ALS
  • The traditional onsite course is a 16.75-hour course, conducted entirely in the classroom.
  • The hybrid course is a combination of online learning (14.0 hours of education), followed by hands-on practice in the classroom. Instead of attending a 2-day traditional onsite course, students learn a portion of the course through self-directed online modules. After completing all of the online modules, students then attend a 1-day onsite course for completion of hands-on practice, as well as instructor interaction and the final examination.

Course Completion Requirements To successfully complete the PEPP Course, students must:

  • Participate in the complete course
  • Complete the pretest (Onsite students only)
  • Complete the precourse modules (Hybrid students only)
  • Pass the final examination
Students who successfully complete a course taught by a PEPP Course Coordinator are eligible to receive a PEPP Course Completion Certificate. The Course Completion Certificate is valid for 2 years.
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PREHOSPITAL TRAUMA LIFE SUPPORT

NAEMT’s Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) is recognized around the world as the leading continuing education program for prehospital emergency trauma care. The mission of PHTLS is  to promote excellence in trauma patient management by all providers involved in the delivery of prehospital care through global education.   PHTLS is developed by NAEMT in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma. The Committee provides the medical direction and content oversight for the PHTLS program. PHTLS courses improve the quality of trauma care in your area and decrease mortality. The program is based on a prehospital trauma care philosophy, stressing the treatment of the multi-system trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs. This may require an approach to the trauma patient that varies from traditional treatment modalities. PHTLS promotes critical thinking as the foundation for providing quality care. It is based on the belief that, given a good fund of knowledge and key principles, EMS practitioners are capable of making reasoned decisions regarding patient care. The PHTLS course is continuously updated and revised to keep up with the advances in the field, ATLS Guidelines and feedback from PHTLS participants.

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