Albemarle Health’s 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)
- International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) – a non-AHA course
To register for one of these courses, click on the 2012 Course Schedule link below and fill the registration form. Completed registration forms can be sent to the Training Center .
EMS Education and TC Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.orgTraining 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.
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.
AHA Courses Online
The American Heart Association offers some training courses online. The Training Center offers skills practice and testing as a final component of these courses. For a complete listing of the courses offered online, please visit www.onlineaha.org. If you have completed the initial portion of an online course and are in need of skills practice and testing, please contact the Training Center at (252) 384-4384 or (252) 384-4704.