Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

CPD: Recertification

CCAC PSI offers a wide range of Continuing Education classes for anyone involved in public safety and for the members of the general public who have an interest in learning more about EMS, fire, rescue, Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) and a number of other topics.

Many of the programs are eligible for PA DOH Continuing Education credit for Prehospital providers.

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
    This ACLS course highlights the standards and guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiac care as outlined by the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the American College of Cardiology.
    General Prerequisites: 1) Current Paramedic, PHRN or Physician 2) Current CPR card.
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
    At the conclusion of this program, you should be able to: identify information and strategies for preventing cardiac arrest in infants and children; recognize the infant at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest; utilize the necessary knowledge and skills to resuscitate and stabilize the infant or child victim of cardiopulmonary arrest.
    Prerequisites: 1) Current Paramedic, RN or Physician 2) A current AHA Basic Cardiac Life Support Professional Rescuer.
  • Trauma Life Support
    There are a variety of Trauma Life Support Courses available for both Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) providers. These courses focus on the prehospital management of trauma patients at either level. Course content includes trauma patient assessment, stabilization of the trauma patient, rapid extrication techniques and for ALS providers several advanced trauma skills. The course includes lecture and practical skill sessions. The advanced skills that the student is introduced to include both needle thoracentesis and cricotracheotomy.
    Prerequisites: 1) Current Paramedic, RN or Physician.
  • Recertification Programs
    CCAC PSI offers a variety of refresher/recertification programs including ACLS, PALS and TLS. These programs are generally shorter, however all of the required topics are covered.


PSI@ccac.edu