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Courses

Community Training Center

BLS Provider Course
BLS Renewal Course
Heartcode BLS Blended Learning
BLS Instructor Course
ACLS Provider Course
ACLS Renewal Course
Heartcode ACLS Blended Learning
ACLS Instructor Course
PALS Provider Course
PALS Renewal Course
Heartcode PALS Blended Learning
PALS Instructor Course
PEARS Course
Heartsaver CPR/AED
Heartsaver First Aid
Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED
Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR/AED
CPR for Family and Friends

The CTC also offers the following non-AHA courses:

ENPC - Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course
TNCC - Trauma Nursing Core Course
PHTLS - Prehospital Trauma Life Support
NRP - Neonatal Resuscitation
Basic EKG Interpretation
EKG/Pharmacology Course 
T.A.C.T. Certification Course 

BLS for the Health Care Provider

This course provides the critical concepts of high-quality CPR. Teaches the AHA Chain of Survival and 1- and 2-rescuer CPR/AED for Adult/Child/Infant. Shows the differences between Adult, Child and Infant rescue techniques. Teaches bag-mask techniques for Adult, Child and Infant, Rescue breathing for Adult, Child and Infant, Relief of choking for Adult, Child, and Infant and Intro to CPR with an Advanced Airway

Target Participants: Health care providers such as physicians, nurses, paramedics, EMTs, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, physician assistants, residents, fellows, or medical or nursing students, aides, and other allied health personnel.

Course Length: 4 hours

BLS Renewal Course

This video-based, Instructor-led course features accelerated content that is designed specifically for providers with a current BLS Provider course completion card and allows for time efficiency while teaching both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills in both facility and prehospital settings. This course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations, and provide early use of an AED. It includes adult, child, and infant rescue techniques.

Target Participants: The AHA’s BLs course is designed for healthcare providers caring for patients both in prehospital, and in-facility environments. Participants should have a current BLS course completion card.

Course Length: 3 hours

Heartcode BLS

This online course teaches the critical concepts of high-quality CPR, the AHA Chain of Survival. As well as 1- and 2-rescuer CPR/AED for Adult/Child/Infant, differences between Adult, Child and Infant rescue techniques,bag-mask techniques for Adult, Child and Infant. Provides instruction for rescue breathing for Adult, Child, and Infant, Relief of choking for Adult, Child, and Infant and Intro to CPR with an Advanced Airway. Part one of this course can be located at www.onlineaha.org

Course Length: 2 hours

BLS Instructor Course

This course provides instructor candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach Basic Life Support (BLS) courses for health care providers and lay rescuers. BLS Instructors may teach the BLS for Health Care Providers and Heartsaver-level courses including Heartsaver CPR, Heartsaver AED, Heartsaver CPR in Schools, and CPR for Family and Friends.

Target Participants: Health Care Providers who have completed the BLS for Health Care Providers course and wish to teach the Basic Life Support courses. The instructor candidate must have a current BLS for the Health care Provider card and complete the Core Instructor Course.

Course Length: 8 hours

ACLS Provider Course

This course teaches 1-rescuer CPR and AED use, science overview, team dynamics, BLS and ACLS surveys, immediate postcardiac arrest care, as well as airway management/ respiratory arrest. Periarrest Rhythms (Tachycardia, Bradycardia), Arrest Rhythms (VF, PVT, PEA, Asystole), Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS), Stroke, and Megacode treatment are also covered.

Course Prerequisites:
Current BLS for the Health Care Provider Card
Completion of a Basic EKG course or a background and understanding of EKG interpretation

Target Participants: This course is for health care professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, and paramedics, as well as others who need an ACLS course completion card for job or other requirements.

Course Length: 16 hours

ACLS Renewal Course

This one day renewal course teaches students to apply the expanded systematic approach (ACLS EP Survey) to patient assessment, evaluation and management, cardiovascular emergencies, cerebrovascular emergencies, respiratory and metabolic emergencies, post—cardiac arrest care as well as clinical pharmacology and toxicology emergencies, high quality CPR, effective communication within a resuscitation team and recognition of the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance. This AHA’s most advanced resuscitation course and it expands on core ACLS guidelines and encourages critical thinking and decision-making strategies.

Target Participants: Health care providers who have successfully completed an ACLS Provider Course and have a current ACLS card as well as seasoned health care providers who are proficient in performing BLS and ACLS skills, reading and interpreting ECGs, and understanding ACLS pharmacology and who regularly lead or participate in emergency assessment and treatment of prearrest, arrest or postarrest patients. This audience includes physicians, paramedics and emergency department or critical care nurses. Also, the Course Director may allow other professionals who are deeply involved in the field of resuscitation, including scientists, educators, and researchers, to take the ACLS EP Course.

Course Length: 8 hours

Heartcode ACLS

The Heartcode ACLS is a self-directed, comprehensive eLearning program that uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual health care settings. To enter the course, students must complete a precourse self-assessment. Students will then be presented with a team dynamics lesson and 10 In-hospital patient cases, including a BLS case and 2 megacode cases.

Upon successful completion of all the patient cases, students must pass the written exam with a score of 84%. Students then are able to attend the hands-on session required for full course completion.

Course Length: 5 hours

ACLS Instructor Course

The ACLS Instructor course develops a student’s proficiency in teaching an ACLS provider course. The instructor’s proficiency includes the ability to setup an ACLS provider course and to teach and evaluate an ACLS Provider course student’s knowledge and skill proficiency in 10 core cases: respiratory arrest, witnessed VF treated with an AED, VF/pulse VT, asystole, PEA, acute coronary syndromes, bradycardia, unstable tachycardia, stable tachycardia, and acute stroke.

Target Participants: Licensed health care providers who wish to teach personnel staffing emergency, intensive care, or critical care departments; and emergency medical providers such as physicians, nurses, emergency technicians, paramedics, and respiratory therapists; and other professionals who may respond to a cardiovascular emergency. Also, instructor candidates must have a current ACLS Provider Card and complete the Core Instructor Course.

Course Length:  8 hours

PALS Provider Course

This course teaches 1-rescuer child CPR and AED and 2-rescuer infant CPR, management of respiratory emergencies, rhythm disturbances and electrical therapy, and vascular access. A resuscitation team concept is taught as well as cardiac, respiratory and shock case discussions and simulations.
Course Prerequisites:

  • Current BLS for the Health Care Provider Card
  • Completion of a Basic EKG course or a background and understanding of EKG interpretation 

Target Participants: Pediatricians, house staff, emergency physicians, family physicians, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and other health care providers who are responsible for responding to emergencies in infants and children. PALS is for health care providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children. These include personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units, such as physicians, nurses, paramedics, and others who need a PALS course completion card for job or other requirements.

Course Length: 14 hours

PALS Renewal Course

The PALS Renewal Course is a one-day review of the PALS Provider Course and the skills and knowledge needed to evaluated and manage the pediatric patient.

Target Participants: Health care professionals who have successfully completed a PALS Provider Course and have a current PALS card.

Course Length: 8 hours

Heartcode PALS

HeartCode® PALS is an online comprehensive eLearning program that uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual health care settings. In this environment, students apply their knowledge to real-time decision-making and skills development. To enter the course, students must complete the PALS Precourse Self-Assessment. Students are then presented with 12 In-hospital patient cases and a team dynamics lesson. Cases may be repeated as many times as necessary to pass. Upon successful completion of all the patient cases, students must pass the multiple-choice exam with a minimum score of 84%.

Students who successfully complete the online portion of the course receive a certificate granting them access to a PALS Hands-on Session with an AHA PALS Instructor or with a voice-assisted manikin (VAM). Students must successfully complete both the online portion and the hands-on session to receive a PALS Provider course completion card.

Course Length: 5 hours

PALS Instructor Course

The PALS Instructor Course develops a student’s proficiency in teaching a PALS provider course. The PALS instructor’s proficiency includes the ability to teach and evaluate a student’s cognitive and psychomotor skills needed to resuscitate and stabilize infants and children in respiratory failure, shock, or cardiopulmonary arrest.

Target Participants:  Licensed health care professionals who wish to teach pediatricians, house staff, emergency physicians, family physicians, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and other health care providers who are responsible for the well-being of infants and children. Instructor candidates must have a current PALS Provider Card and complete the Core Instructor Course.

Course Length: 8 hours

PEARS Course

This course teaches pediatric assessment, recognition and management of respiratory problems, recognition and management of shock as well as recognition and management of cardiac arrest and resuscitation team concept.

Target Participants: Health care providers who might encounter pediatric patients in their profession but who do not routinely provide care for children with high-acuity illness or injury. This includes medical and surgical nurses, first responders and EMTs and health care providers who care for children outside critical care areas.
Course Prerequisites: Mastery of infant and child BLS skills, including how to perform CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and an understanding of the baisc concepts of the systematic approach.

Course Length: 6.6 hours

Heartsaver CPR/AED

This courses teaches the following skills: Adult CPR AED (with a mask), Adult choking, as well as these optional modules: Child CPR AED, Child Choking, Infant CPR, Infant choking

Target Participants: Those with a duty to respond, such as police, airline personnel, security guards, and employees in the workplace; family members of patients at high risk for sudden cardiac death; and other rescuers who may need to learn CPR.

Course Length:  4 hours

Heartsaver First Aid

The Heartsaver First Aid Course teaches rescuers to effectively recognize and treat adult emergencies in the critical first minutes until EMS personnel arrive. The Heartsaver First Aid with CPR and AED course provides a complete health and safety training solution for first aid, adult CPR, and AED. Optional modules include child CPR and AED, and infant CPR, and environmental emergencies.

Target Participants: Those with a duty to respond to emergencies in the workplace or community, as well as those who want to learn first aid, CPR, and AED skills.

Course Length: 4 hours

Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED

Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrives. Skills covered in this course include first aid; choking relief in adults, children, and infants; and what to do for sudden cardiac arrest in adults, children, and infants.

This course teaches skills with the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback, and guide the students’ learning of skills.

Course Length: 6 hours

Heartsaver Pedicatric First Aid CPR / AED

This course teaches the Four Steps of Pediatric First Aid (Prevent, Be Safe, Phone 911, Act) as well as illnesses and injuries, child and infant safety checklist, how children act and tips for Interacting with them, and optional topics  CPR and AED for Children, How to Help a Choking Child, CPR for Infants, How to Help a Choking Infant, and/or CPR and AED for Adults.

Target Participants: This course is for those involved in child care who have a duty to respond to a first aid emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements. This audience includes child care workers, teachers, foster care workers, camp counselors, youth organizations and coaches for children’s sports organizations. This course is also ideal for parents, grandparents, babysitters and guardians.

Course Length: 7 hours

CPR for Family & Friends

CPR for Family and Friends is a CPR awareness program that teaches skills in CPR and relief of choking in the responsive victim. The course presents information about the AHA adult Chain of Survival and signs of heart attack, stroke, and choking in adults; information on the AHA pediatric Chain of Survival, signs of choking in infants and children, prevention of the most common fatal pediatric injuries, and reduction in the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.

Target Participants: School children and family members of patients at risk for sudden cardiac death, and those who want to learn rescue skills for loved ones.

Course Length:  4 hours

ENPC - Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course

ENPC is a 16-hour course designed to provide core-level pediatric knowledge and psychomotor skills needed to care for pediatric patients in the emergency setting. The course presents a systematic assessment model, integrates the associated anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, and identifies appropriate interventions. Triage categorization and prevention strategies are included in the course content. ENPC is taught using a variety of formats, including lectures and videotapes, and includes skill stations that encourage participants to integrate their psychomotor abilities into a patient situation in a risk-free setting.

ENA's Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course provides participants the opportunity to strengthen and develop their pediatric emergency nursing skills while expanding their personal growth by collaborating with nurses from a variety of practice settings. ENPC brings together participants from various emergency department settings as well as nurses working in other specialties of nursing.

TNCC - Trauma Nursing Core Courses

ENA developed and implemented the TNCC for national and international dissemination as a means of identifying a standardized body of trauma nursing knowledge. The TNCC (Provider) is a 16 or 20-hour course designed to provide the learner with cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills. Nurses with limited emergency nursing clinical experience, who work in a hospital with limited access to trauma patients, or who need greater time at the psychomotor skill stations are encouraged to attend courses scheduled for the 20-hour format. The TNCC (Instructor) course is an 8-hour course designed to prepare nurses to become TNCC (Provider) Instructors. The nurse must have successfully completed the provider course prior to attending the Instructor course. The Instructor course emphasizes appropriate teaching strategies as well as correct evaluation methods.

Target Participants: The TNCC may be officially attended by registered nurses (RN's). Other health care providers may attend the course as observers. In order to maximize success in the TNCC (Provider), it is recommended that the participant have at least six months of clinical nursing experience in an emergency care setting. It is assumed that the course participant possesses generic nursing knowledge, has an understanding of emergency care terminology, and has familiarity with standard emergency equipment.

PHTLS - Prehospital Trauma Life Support

The mission of PHTLS is to promote excellence in trauma patient management by all providers involved in the delivery of prehospital care. 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 and decrease mortality. The program is based on a philosophy stressing the treatment of the multi-system trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs. 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 decision regarding patient care.

Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP)

This is a course in the stabilization and initial resuscitation of newborns, designed for health care professional whose roles include attendance at routine and high risk deliveries in a hospital, clinic or other settings. It is a self-study course, with online testing, and attendance at a supervised simulation, skills evaluation, and debriefing.

Target Participants:  Includes nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, practitioners, physician assistants and midwives.

Basic EKG Interpretation

This 20-hour course is designed to assist the health care provider in recognizing basic EKG dysrhythmias. There are no prerequisites for the course as the course includes basic anatomy and physiology as well as underlying pathophysiology as it relates to EKG rhythm recognition. Cardiac rhythms include: Sinus Rhythms, Atrial Rhythms, Junctional Rhythms, Ventricular Rhythms, AV Blocks, and Paced Rhythms. Successful participants will be given a Basic EKG Recognition Certificate.

Target Participants: Designed for nurses, EMTs, paramedics, student nurses, EKG Monitor Technicians, and other allied health personnel wishing to master the skill of Basic EKG recognition.

EKG/Pharmacology Course

The AHA’s ECG & Pharmacology Course has been updated to reflect the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC. This classroom-based, Facilitator-led course is designed to improve electrocardiogram (ECG) recognition skills and pharmacology knowledge for treating cardiovascular emergencies.

This course is for health care professionals who participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, paramedics, and others who require this specialized knowledge for their job.

Course Length: 6 hours

T.A.C.T. Certification Course

The goal of the T.A.C.T. program is to provide a safe, restraint free environment that educates staff in alternative measures to aggressive behavior. The training model is built on preventive environment and least restrictive alternatives. Staff training now requires more rigorous criteria than ever before and must include their ability to demonstrate awareness and competencies related to crisis management at every level. Those employing the use of seclusion and restraint must receive this level of training during orientation and annually. At a minimum, employees must receive: 1) techniques to identify staff and patient behaviors, events, and environmental factors that may trigger aggression, re-traumatize, or lead to the use of restraint or seclusion, 2) use of verbal intervention skills, 3) choosing least restrictive intervention based on individualized assessment, 4) safe application of restraint and seclusion, including recognition of and response to signs of physical and psychological distress, 5) clinical identifications that restraint or seclusion is no longer necessary, 6) monitoring physical and psychological well-being of patient in seclusions or restraints and 7) first aid and current CPR certification.

T.A.C.T. Recertification Course (MUSC Employees Only)

Participants must hold a current T.A.C.T. card.