Class Schedule

St. Charles County Ambulance District is a recognized leader in EMS Education in the metropolitan St. Louis and St. Charles County region.  The Training center conducts entry-level EMT and Paramedic programs, EMS continuing education, and American Heart Association training, and much, much more. 

As an authorized American Heart Association training center, SCCAD offers community and professional CPR training, as well as advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) certification. AHA Instructor training is also available.

Other programs of note include Prehospital Trauma Life Support, Advanced Medical Life Support, & Escaping Violent Encounters (Defensive Tactics for EMS, Fire, & other Healthcare Providers).

Our Training Center staff take great pride in providing you with training that raises the bar on emergency medical education!

Committed to Excellence 

This Heartsaver CPR Instructor Course is designed to prepare individuals to become instructors for "Heartsaver CPR" classes (not Healthcare Provider level classes)

Course Prerequisites: 

  • Be accepted into an AHA Training Center prior to coming to class. Authorization must be granted by the TC's Coordinator on a case-by-case basis. To align with SCCAD, you must meet very specific criteria (see below)**
  • A current AHA CPR Provider card
  • Registered with the AHA Instructor Network.
  • Complete Heartsaver Instructor Essentials Online course. Bring completion certificate to class.
  • If you received your PROVIDER card before February 15, 2016, you must also complete the "Heartsaver 2015 Instructor Update," which you can access from the AHA Instructor Network homepage, after you have registered (these updates are free of charge). Print a copy of the completion certificate and bring it to class.
  • If you have a "Heartsaver" CPR provider card you will be issued a Heartsaver instructor card upon successful completion of all course requirements. At that time, you will only be authorized to teach Heartsaver courses.

 

Instructor candidates are responsible for acquiring their own instructor manuals. THE MANUALS MUST BE BROUGHT TO THE CLASSROOM SESSION IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE AN AHA CPR INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION CARD. 

The required books for a Heartsaver instructor are:

Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Instructor Manual 2015 - Item #: 15-1023    ISBN: 978-1-61669-430-2

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Instructor Manual 2015 -  Item #: 15-1039   ISBN: 978-1-61669-432-6

Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Student Workbook 2015 - Item #: 15-1018   ISBN: 978-1-61669-424-1

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Student Workbook 2015 - Item #: 15-1038   ISBN: 978-1-61669-425-8

 

Instructor manuals are available through a variety of sources. These are authorized AHA distributors: 

Channing Bete Company

Phone: 800-611-6083

aha.channing-bete.com

Laerdal Medical Corporation

Phone: 888-562-4242

laerdal.com

WorldPoint ECC, Inc.

Phone: 888-322-8350

eWorldPoint.com

Successful Completion: 

After completion of the classroom instruction the candidate must be monitored while teaching a CPR provider or renewal class before an instructor card will be issued. This monitoring must occur within 6 months of taking the instructor class.

Course recognition is 2 years from the date of the classroom portion of the course. The instructor card supersedes the provider card.  

 

**Please note:  If you do not plan to teach primarily within St. Charles County (i.e., approx. 90% of your classes), you will need to align as an instructor with another AHA training center prior to attending the class. When you come to class, please bring your Training Center's address and the name of their TC Coordinator.

This Heartsaver CPR Instructor Renewal Course is designed to recertify existing Heartsaver Instructors who have met the requirements to continue teaching all "Heartsaver CPR and First Aid" classes (not BLS classes).

 

Course Prerequisites: 

  • Be accepted into an AHA Training Center**
  • A current AHA Heartsaver Instructor card*
  • Verification of teaching at least 4 classes during the previous certification period. No Exceptions!
  • Registered with the AHA Instructor Network (see instructions here)  
    • You must bring your Instructor ID # to class. If you have forgotten your number, call 1-800-242-8721. Do not create a new instructor account!
  • If you received your last PROVIDER or INSTRUCTOR card before February 15, 2016, you must complete the "Heartsaver 2015 Instructor Update," which you can access from the AHA Instructor Network homepage at www.ahainstructornetwork.com.  These updates are free of charge. Print a copy of the completion certificate and bring it to class.

Instructor candidates are responsible for acquiring their own instructor manuals. It is also recommended that you purchase the latest version of the provider manuals. THE INSTRUCTOR MANUALS MUST BE BROUGHT TO CLASS IN ORDER FOR YOU TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR RE-CERTIFICATION. 

The required books for a Heartsaver instructor are:

Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Instructor Manual 2015 - Item #: 15-1023    ISBN: 978-1-61669-430-2

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Instructor Manual 2015 -  Item #: 15-1039   ISBN: 978-1-61669-432-6

Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Student Workbook 2015 - Item #: 15-1018   ISBN: 978-1-61669-424-1

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Student Workbook 2015 - Item #: 15-1038   ISBN: 978-1-61669-425-8

 

Instructor manuals are available through a variety of sources. These are authorized AHA distributors: 

Channing Bete Company

Phone: 800-611-6083

aha.channing-bete.com

Laerdal Medical Corporation

Phone: 888-562-4242

laerdal.com

WorldPoint ECC, Inc.

Phone: 888-322-8350

eWorldPoint.com

 

 

Successful Completion: 

  • Attend the instructor renewal course
  • Demonstrate provider skills
  • Pass the instructor written examination
  • Successfully evaluate another student
  • Provide the Coordinator with a copy of your 2015 Instructor Update certificate (as required per the AHA).

Course recognition is 2 years from the date of the classroom course. The instructor card supersedes the provider card.

 

 

**Please note:  If you do not plan to teach primarily within St. Charles County (i.e., approx. 90% of your classes), you will need to be aligned as an instructor with another AHA training center prior to attending the class. When you come to class, please bring your Training Center's address and the name of their TC Coordinator.

The BLS Provider Course (formerly called "BLS for Healthcare Providers") is designed for healthcare professionals and others seeking CPR training & certification.

 

Such professionals include, but are not limited to, nurses, physicians, EMS providers, students in a healthcare-related field of study, & allied health workers (e.g., physical therapists, occupational therapist, athletic trainers, etc.).

 

The program teaches:

 

*  Critical concepts of high-quality CPR

*  The AHA Chain of Survival

*  1-Rescuer CPR/AED for Adult/Child/Infant

*  2-Rescuer CPR/AED for Adult/Child/Infant

*  Ventilation techniques using a bag-mask, barrier device, and advanced airways.

*  Choking intervention

 

To successfully complete the course & receive BLS Provider certification, the student must pass achieve a minimum score of 84% on the written examination and demonstrate skills competency by performing:

  • 1 and 2-Rescuer Adult (includes the use of a pocket mask, AED, and bag-mask device)
  • 1 and 2-Rescuer Infant (includes the use of a pocket mask, AED, and bag-mask device)

 

The student is responsible for acquiring the newest edition of the textbook & bringing it to class. Please note that failure to bring this book to class will cause the student to be ineligible to take the course, & he/she will be required to reschedule to a later date. 

 

Textbooks are available through a variety of sources (see below).

The required textbook is BLS Provider  Product Code:  15-1010    ISBN: 978-1-61669-407-4

Ebooks are also available through the vendors listed below, or at  http://eBooks.heart.org. The eBook is Product Code :  15-3102   ISBN:  978-1-61669-410-4.

 

The authorized AHA distributors are: 

Channing Bete Company

Phone: 800-611-6083

aha.channing-bete.com

Laerdal Medical Corporation

Phone: 888-562-4242

laerdal.com

WorldPoint ECC, Inc.

Phone: 888-322-8350

eWorldPoint.com

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Following the completion of your course, it may take up to 20 business days before you receive your certification card. Please take this into consideration when registering for the class, and plan accordingly.

 

The BLS Provider course recognition period is two years and meets one component of re-licensure as recognized by the State of Missouri.

This BLS Instructor Course is designed to prepare individuals to become instructors for "BLS" as well as all "Heartsaver" CPR and First Aid classes.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Be accepted into an AHA Training Center.**
  • A current AHA BLS Provider card*
  • Registered with the AHA Instructor Network.
  • If you received your last PROVIDER card before February 15, 2016, you must also complete the "BLS 2015 Instructor Update," as well as the "Heartsaver 2015 Instructor Update," which you can access from the AHA Instructor Network homepage at www.ahainstructornetwork.com.  These updates are free of charge. Print a copy of the completion certificates and bring them to class.
  • Completion Certificate for the online course, BLS Instructor Essentials.

 

Instructor candidates are responsible for acquiring their own instructor manuals. THE MANUALS MUST BE BROUGHT TO THE CLASSROOM SESSION IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE AN AHA CPR INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION CARD.

The required books for a BLS instructor are:

  • BLS Instructor Candidate Workbook – free resource available in the Resources section of
    the BLS Instructor Essentials Online course.
  • BLS Instructor Manual 2015 - Item #: 15-1009   ISBN: 978-1-1-61669-406-7
  • BLS Instructor Essentials Online course completion certificate – AHA product #15-1420; available through AHA ECC Distributors

 We also recommend that you purchase the up-to-date BLS Provider Manual 2015 - Item #: 15-1010   ISBN: 978-1-61669-407-4

 

Instructor manuals are available through a variety of sources. These are authorized AHA distributors: 

Channing Bete Company

Phone: 800-611-6083

aha.channing-bete.com

Laerdal Medical Corporation

Phone: 888-562-4242

laerdal.com

WorldPoint ECC, Inc.

Phone: 888-322-8350

eWorldPoint.com

Successful Completion: 

After completion of the classroom instruction the candidate must be monitored while teaching a CPR provider or renewal class before an instructor card will be issued. This monitoring must occur within 6 months of taking the instructor class.

Course recognition is 2 years from the date of the classroom portion of the course. The instructor card supersedes the provider card.

**Please note:  If you do not plan to teach primarily within St. Charles County (i.e., approx. 90% of your classes), you will need to align as an instructor with another AHA training center prior to attending the class. When you come to class, please bring your Training Center's address and the name of their TC Coordinator.

 

This BLS CPR Instructor Renewal Course is designed to recertify existing BLS Instructors who have met the requirements to continue teaching all "BLS and Heartsaver CPR and First Aid" classes.

Course Prerequisites: 

  • Be accepted into an AHA Training Center**
  • A current AHA BLS Instructor card*
  • Verification of teaching at least 4 classes during the previous certification period. No Exceptions!
  • Registered with the AHA Instructor Network (see instructions here)  
    • You must bring your Instructor ID # to class. If you have forgotten your number, call 1-00-242-8721. Do not create a new instructor account!
  • If you received your last PROVIDER or INSTRUCTOR card before February 15, 2016, you must also complete the "BLS" and "Heartsaver" 2015 Instructor Updates," both of which you can access from the AHA Instructor Network homepage at www.ahainstructornetwork.com.  These updates are free of charge. Print a copy of the completion certificates and bring them to class.
  • Complete the 2017 BLS Instructor Essentials online course. Bring completion certificate to class.

Instructor candidates are responsible for acquiring their own instructor manuals (must be the latest edition, having the new guidelines). It is also recommended that you purchase the latest version of the provider manuals. THE INSTRUCTOR MANUALS MUST BE BROUGHT TO CLASS IN ORDER FOR YOU TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR RE-CERTIFICATION. 

The required books for a BLS instructor are:

  • BLS Instructor Candidate Workbook – free resource available in the Resources section of
    the BLS Instructor Essentials Online course.
  • BLS Instructor Manual 2015 - Item #: 15-1009   ISBN: 978-1-1-61669-406-7
  • BLS Instructor Essentials Online course certificate – AHA product #15-1420; available through AHA ECC Distributors (online required if you want to be able to monitor new instructor candidates)

We also recommend that you purchase the up-to-date BLS Provider Manual 2015 - Item #: 15-1010   ISBN: 978-1-61669-407-4

 

Instructor manuals are available through a variety of sources. These are authorized AHA distributors: 

Channing Bete Company

Phone: 800-611-6083

aha.channing-bete.com

Laerdal Medical Corporation

Phone: 888-562-4242

laerdal.com

WorldPoint ECC, Inc.

Phone: 888-322-8350

eWorldPoint.com

 

 

Successful Completion: 

  • Attend the instructor renewal course
  • Demonstrate provider skills
  • Pass the instructor written examination
  • Pass the BLS Provider written examination
  • Successfully evaluate another student
  • Provide the Coordinator with a copy of your 2015 Instructor Update certificate (as required per the AHA).

Course recognition is 2 years from the date of the classroom course. The instructor card supersedes the provider card.

 

**Please note:  If you do not plan to teach primarily within St. Charles County (i.e., approx. 90% of your classes), you will need to align as an instructor with another AHA training center prior to attending the class. Alignment is considered on a case-by-case basis. When you come to class, please bring your Training Center's address and the name of their TC Coordinator.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is designed for healthcare 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.

This classroom, video-based, Instructor-led course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS for Healthcare Providers skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. This advanced course highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac arrest care. ACLS also covers airway management and related pharmacology.

 

 

Course Completion Testing:

You are required to pass a closed book written examination with a minimum score of 84%. You are also required to successfully complete one Megacode skills test as the team leader. You may use the cards that come with your provider manual and/or the 2015 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers as reference guides during the megacode station.

 

Provider Manual: You are responsible for acquiring your own textbook and bringing it to class.

The required textbook or eBook (your choice) is
ACLS Provider Manual 2015 - Item #: 15-1005 ISBN: 978-1-61669-400-5
ACLS Provider Manual 2015 eBook - Item #: 15-3100

 

Authorized AHA distributors:

Channing Bete Company

Phone: 800-611-6083

aha.channing-bete.com

 

Laerdal Medical Corporation

Phone: 888-562-4242

laerdal.com

 

WorldPoint ECC, Inc.

Phone: 888-322-8350

eWorldPoint.com

 

Precourse Requirements:

Copies of your unexpired ACLS and BLS Provider cards.

The Precourse Self-Assessment is MANDATORY.

To prepare for the course, the self-assessment modules must be completed on the AHA Student Website. The web address and access code are in your ACLS provider manual. You MUST complete the assessments with a score of 70% or higher before coming to class, and you must BRING COPIES OF YOUR COMPLETION CERTIFICATES and present them to your instructor at the beginning of the class!

• Watch the ACLS 2015 Science Overview Video and review the CPR and AED Skills Video on the AHA Student Website. You will be tested on 1-rescuer adult CPR and AED skills at the beginning of the ACLS Provider Course.

• Review and understand the information in your ACLS Provider Manual. Pay particular attention to the 10 cases in Part 5.

Failure to complete all mandatory precourse assignments will result in immediate expulsion from the class, without exception**

 

What This Course Does Not Teach:

You will not be taught how to perform CPR, use an AED, interpret ECGs, or pharmacology dynamics. If you do not learn and understand this information from the ACLS textbook or AHA Student Website, it is recommended to study supplementary resources on the AHA Student Website prior to attending.

Physical Limitations: If you have any physical limitations which may impair your ability to perform any of the skills (e.g., continuous and effective chest compressions), please inform your the course coordinator, Debbie Petty as soon as possible at dpetty@sccad.com. She will work to accommodate your needs as much as possible within AHA requirements.

 

AHA Completion Cards and Course Certificates:

SCCAD will process AHA provider cards and course completion certificates within 20 days of the completion of this course.

The ACLS provider course recognition period is two years and meets one component of re-licensure as recognized by the State of Missouri.

 

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Debbie Petty at dpetty@sccad.com .

We look forward to seeing you and hope that you find this course a valuable learning experience!

St. Charles County Ambulance District Training Staff

 

** The completion of the Pre-course Self-Assessment modules is required by AHA guidelines, and is therefore mandatory prior to attending class. In order for SCCAD to be compliant with AHA requirementss, no exceptions will be made.

The Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor Course is designed to prepare individuals to become instructors in ACLS. By the end of the ACLS instructor course the instructor candidate will be able to teach, conduct skills and scenario testing, and remediate using the ACLS videos and the lesson maps in the instructor manual. 

Course Prerequisites:

  • Be accepted into an AHA Training Center
  • A current AHA ACLS Provider card
  • AHA Instructor Network. 

    • If you will be a new AHA instructor, please register with the AHA Instructor Network. Click here for instructions.
    • If you are already an AHA instructor in another discipline, or if you have been one in the past, you must provide us with your Instructor Network ID number. If you need assistance in accessing the Instructor Network, call 1-800-242-8721. Do not create a new account.
  • If you received your PROVIDER card before February 15, 2016, you must also bring a copy of your "ACLS 2015 Instructor Update" certificate. This online program is no-cost and is accessible through the AHA Instructor Network homepage, after you have registered on the Network's site.

Please note:  If you do not plan to teach primarily within St. Charles County you must align as an instructor with another AHA training center. On the day of the class you will need to complete a transfer form to align with another site or bring the TC's address and the TC Coordinator's name

 

Instructor candidates are responsible for acquiring their own instructor manual. THE MANUAL MUST BE BROUGHT TO THE CLASSROOM SESSION IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE AN AHA ACLS INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION CARD. 

The required instructor manual for ACLS instructor is:

ACLS Instructor Manual 2015 - Item #: 15-1003    ISBN: 978-1-61669-398-5

Instructor manuals are available through a variety of sources. These are authorized AHA distributors: 

Channing Bete Company

Phone: 800-611-6083

aha.channing-bete.com

Laerdal Medical Corporation

Phone: 888-562-4242

laerdal.com

WorldPoint ECC, Inc.

Phone: 888-322-8350

eWorldPoint.com

Successful Completion:

After completion of the classroom instruction the candidate must be monitored while teaching an ACLS provider or renewal class before an instructor card will be issued. 

Course recognition is 2 years from the date of the classroom portion of the course. The instructor card supersedes the provider card. 

 

Course Prerequisites:

 

  • A current AHA ACLS Instructor card
  • Verification of a minimum of 4 classes taught within the current 2 year instructor certification period
  • AHA Instructor ID number.
  • If you received your last Instructor card before February 15, 2016, you must also bring a copy of your "ACLS 2015 Instructor Update" certificate. This online program is no-cost and is accessible through the AHA Instructor Network homepage, after you have registered on the Network's site.

Please note:  If you do not plan to teach primarily within St. Charles County you must align as an instructor with another AHA training center. On the day of the class you will need to complete a transfer form to align with another site or bring the TC's address and the TC Coordinator's name

 

Successful Completion:

 

 

  • Attend the instructor renewal course
  • Demonstrate provider skills
  • Pass the provider written examination
  • Successfully evaluate another student running a Megacode
  • Complete instructor updates as per the AHA

 

Course recognition is 2 years from the date of the classroom course. The instructor card supersedes the provider card.

 

Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) Renewal class is an 8-hour course designed to update pre-hospital care personnel on theories and techniques related to the management of a trauma patient.  The course is designed for experienced pre-hospital or emergency care personnel.  The course is provided through the National Associationof EMTs in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.

Prerequisite:

  • Current PHTLS or ITLS Provider status 

Students are responsible for acquiring their own textbook.   

The required textbook is Prehospital Trauma Life Support 8th ed - ISBN 9781284041736  

Textbooks are available through a variety of sources. This is an authorized PHTLS distributor:   

Jones & Bartlett Learning  

Phone: 800-832-0034 

Customer service: ext. 8197 

Website:  jblearning.com  

Upon successful completion of this program, attendees will receive a PHTLS card valid for four years, a certificate of completion and 8 hours of continuing education units.  Participants must bring completed pre-test to class.

The Neonatal Resuscitation Program is an educational program that introduces the concepts and basic skills of neonatal resuscitation.

Students are responsible for acquiring their own textbook. The required textbook is Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation 7th Edition- ISBN 9781610020244. 

Textbooks are available through a variety of sources. These are authorized AHA distributors: 

Channing Bete Company

Phone: 800-611-6083

aha.channing-bete.com

Laerdal Medical Corporation

Phone: 888-562-4242

laerdal.com

WorldPoint ECC, Inc.

Phone: 888-322-8350

eWorldPoint.com

One part of the class is an interactive classroom session (PART 2) and the other part is an online exam (PART 1). You must successfully complete both parts to receive a NRP completion eCard.

The online examination replaces the classroom written test, and students will need to study the NRP Textbook, Complete the online examination PART 1 NO LATER THAN 14 days after attending the classroom session. Up to 11 hours of Continuing Education Credit will be offered through NRP for the examination. 

There is a $35.00 charge to complete the on-line examination after attending the classroom session. (We will email this information upon registration confirmation).  

 

 THE TEXTBOOK IS REQUIRED FOR THIS COURSE! Students are responsible for purchasing their own book for this course. PLEASE BRING THE BOOK TO CLASS.  The book required is:  EMS Safety 2nd Edition ISBN 9781284041118. 

Suggested Distributor: Jones & Bartlett Learning  http://www.jblearning.com/

NAEMT's EMS Safety course aims to promote a culture of EMS safety and help reduce the number and intensity of injuries incurred by EMS practitioners in carrying out their work. The course increases the practitioners' awareness and understanding of EMS safety standards and practices and develops their ability to effectively implement them. EMS Safety is the first national and most comprehensive education program of its kind that teaches techniques on how to best achieve safety on the job.

The curriculum covers crew resource management, emergency vehicle safety, responsibilities in scene operations, patient handling, patient, practitioner and bystander safety, and personal health. It offers an overview of current issues surrounding safety in EMS, presents and discusses case studies, builds risk assessment and decision-making skills and provides an opportunity for participants to relate their own experiences with EMS safety issues.

EMS Safety is for all EMS practitioners, other medical professionals providing pre-hospital care, EMS supervisors and administrators concerned with safety.

(Above was sourced from:  www.naemt.org)

Students who take EMS Safety will learn to:

  •  Identify key elements in safe operation of an ambulance
  •  Describe techniques for moving and securing patients
  •  Recognize situations where the EMS practitioner may be at risk of violence, and how such situations may be avoided
  • Appreciate the importance of maintaining good personal health, and the impact of EMS service on practitioners’ personal health
  • Address safety elements in a variety of operational situations

NAEMT continuing education courses are accredited by the CECBEMS, and also are recognized for recertification requirements by NREMT.