Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
American Heart Association CPR courses for various audiences
Emergency Medical Responder (formerly First Responder)
This program provides training in emergency medical care designed for initial responders to an accident or medical emergency prior to ambulance arrival. Topics include airway care, CPR, AED, oxygen administration, control of bleeding and prevention of shock, and treatment of trauma and medical emergencies. This course also includes a final practical evaluation of skills and a final written exam of knowledge. Students who successfully complete this course are eligible to take PA Department of Health certification exams for Emergency Medical Responder.
PA DOH Functional Position Description for EMR lists capability requirements
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
This program is primarily designed for Ambulance/EMS personnel, but is appropriate for anyone who may be required to respond to emergencies and has access to emergency care equipment. This course combines lecture, skill demonstration and skill practice and has attendance and academic performance requirements to stay in the program. In addition to the class sessions students must complete NIMS 100 and 700 through a free online independent study module. Students must also complete a short clinical rotation at an approved site, which will require a current physical exam, up to date immunizations, and criminal clearances. Specific sites may have additional requirements such as drug tests. Participants who successfully complete this program are eligible to take PA Department of Health certification exams for EMT.
PA DOH Functional Position Description for EMT lists capability requirements for certification.
Prerequisite: Participants must be at least 16 years of age.
PA DOH Functional Position Description for ALS lists the requirements for certification.
Prerequisites: Current PA EMT Certification, 18 years of age, and High School diploma or GED. Health exam, immunizations, criminal clearances, uniforms, and travel to clinical settings are required to complete the clinical component of the course. Some sites may have additional requirements such as drug screenings.
EMS Training and Refresher Courses