Our EMS Education Department operates the local American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center. As such, this department conducts a variety of basic and advanced life support classes for local EMS providers, nurses, physicians and other allied health professionals. The following courses are offered on a scheduled and as-needed basis.
- Basic Life Support (CPR) for Healthcare Providers
- Basic Life Support (CPR) for Lay Rescuers
- Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS)
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
- AHA Courses Online
- International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) – a non-AHA course
To register for a BLS (CPR) course, please contact Stephanie Loftis at 252-384-4704.
To register for ACLS or PALS courses, please click on the link below for our 2015 Course Schedule.
EMS Education and TC Coordinator
Training Center Fax – (252) 335-7672
EMS Education Specialist
(252) 384-4384 or (252) 384-4704
Basic Life Support (CPR) for Healthcare Providers
This course teaches CPR skills and relief of choking for victims of all ages. It is designed for healthcare providers: EMS personnel, physician assistants, physicians, dentists, nurses, respiratory therapists, etc. Initial and renewal courses last from 4 to 6 hours.
Basic Life Support (CPR) for Lay Rescuers
A variety of BLS courses are offered for lay rescuers, including first aid principles for adults and children and CPR for adults, children, and infants. A combination of any of these courses can be offered to meet your training needs. Because of this flexibility, anyone interested in taking one of these courses can contact the Training Center at (252) 384-4384 or (252) 384-4704.
Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS)
This course is designed for any healthcare provider who might encounter pediatric patients in their profession but not on a frequent basis. This course, however, is not a substitute for the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course and not intended for those who routinely provide advanced pediatric care. The PEARS course usually takes about 6 hours to complete.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
This course is designed for emergency, intensive care, or critical care healthcare providers such as physicians, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and other professionals who may need to respond to a cardiovascular emergency. Course-takers will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the interpretation of a variety of cardiac dysrhythmias and knowledge of a number of emergency cardiovascular medications through written and practical evaluations. Initial courses usually take about 16 hours to complete, while those renewing a current credential have the option to take an 8 hour renewal course.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
This course is designed for pediatricians, emergency physicians, family physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and other healthcare providers who initiate and direct advanced life support in pediatric emergencies. Course-takers will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the interpretation of a variety of cardiac dysrhythmias and knowledge of pediatric emergency cardiovascular medications through written and practical evaluations. Initial courses usually take about 16 hours to complete, while those renewing a current credential have the option to take an 8 hour renewal course.
AHA Courses Online
The American Heart Association offers many of the courses above in an online format. A full listing of these courses can be found at www.onlineaha.org. Students choosing to complete one of these online courses must also demonstrate their hands-on skills while in the presence of a certified, AHA instructor following completion of the online course. The AHA Training Center provides skills sessions for students who have completed the online portion of the course. For those completing the BLS for Healthcare Providers online course, the Training Center offers monthly sessions where BLS skills are reviewed by certified instructors. Dates for these sessions can be found on the 2015 AHA Training Courses link. For those complete either the ACLS or PALS online course, the Training Center will work to facilitate review of skills and completion of the “megacode” portion of the course on an as needed basis. Those completing the ACLS or PALS online course(s) should contact the training center at 252-384-4384 for more information on completing these advanced courses.
International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) Basic and Advanced Courses
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 Basic Course is designed for EMT Basic and first responders, while the Advanced Course is appropriate for advanced EMTs, paramedics, trauma nurses, physicians and other advanced EMS personnel. The structure for these courses is offered in a hybrid format with a portion of the course being offered online in the weeks leading up to the 8 hour classroom session. Skills practice sessions as well as written and practical evaluations should be expected.
Instructor certification courses are offered for BLS, ACLS, and PALS on an annual basis by request. If you are interested in obtaining an instructor certification, please contact the Training Center by phone at (252) 384-4384 or (252) 384-4704.