Certification Courses

The certification courses are very important for each student to acquire not only for certification or residency purposes, but we want to be confident that each of our students knows how to appropriately react during medical emergencies. To ensure the safety of our students and physicians during their clinical rotations it is mandatory for each student to be BLS, ACLS and PALS certified within the first 12 weeks of starting clinical rotations with us.

We have specific dates available each month where the students can attend any of these sessions. All 3 of these courses can be completed over a span of 2 classes (two days for approximately 8 hours each day). Students will be provided with videos, books, charts, mannequins, air bag masks, AED devices and any other equipment required for training.

Basic Life Support (BLS)

BLS is a basic technique used to help patients with sudden onset of illness before they are taken to a hospitalized setting. It is the basic life support a person can provide without medical equipment that can help safe a life. BLS does not include the use of drugs or invasive skills. It is mainly used to help resuscitate and keep the patient stable in an emergency situation until help arrives. During this course students will learn the basics regarding how to provide adequate chest compressions, rescue breathes, Heimlich maneuver, and how to use an AED on both and adult and pediatric patient.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

ACLS is used to resuscitate patients undergoing sudden cardiac arrest, stroke and life threatening emergencies. Only skilled and trained professionals and students who are certified are able to provide ACLS to a patient in need. During the ACLS course students will be taught specific algorithms to follow regarding each different setting and emergency situation that can occur. They will review the basic BLS protocol of chest compressions and rescue breathes. In addition, they will be taught how to interpret ECG’s, identifying shockable/nonshockable rhythms, and in which setting to use a defibrillator, pacemaker or cardiac synchronization. They will also be taught the appropriate medications that should be administered during tachycardia, bradycardia or pulseless electrical activity. The students will be required to run practice emergency code to ensure they have grasped knowledge of the course and are qualified to receive the certification. A written test is also administered at the end of the class on which the student must receive a passing grade to receive their certificate.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

PALS is a specifically designed technique to be used on pediatric patients during a time of emergency. Since children are much more fragile than adults it is important that students understand the techniques in this course to provide adequate rescue procedure in the time of an emergency. The students will learn how to respond with appropriate therapy for a pediatric patient. The PALS course requires a hospitalized setting, as drugs, electrical therapy and intraosseous infusions may be necessary. The students will learn specific algorithms, respiratory emergency techniques and required dosages for each drug. Students are required to run practice codes and must demonstrate thorough knowledge of how to treat a pediatric patient versus an adult patient. A written test is administered and the student must receive a passing score to receive certification.

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