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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 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 

 

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 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:

  • Accepted for alignment with an AHA Training Center**
  • Possess a current AHA ACLS Provider card
  • Registered with the 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.

** 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 and provider manuals. THESE BOOKS MUST BE BROUGHT TO THE CLASSROOM SESSION IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE AN AHA ACLS INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION CARD. 

 

The required books for ACLS instructor are:

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

ACLS Provider Manual 2015 - Item #: 15-1005     ISBN: 978-1-61669-400-5   (or eBook - Item #: 15-3100)   

Books are available through these 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

Course Monitoring:

Within 6 months following the successful completion of the Instructor course, the instructor candidate must be monitored teaching by Training Center Faculty (The TC may require additional monitoring, if needed). 

 

Instructor Cards:

Instructor status is valid for 2 years following the date of this class. The instructor card supersedes the provider card. 

SCCAD will process AHA instructor cards within 20 working days after the completion of all course requirements.

 

The ACLS Instructor Renewal Course is designed for existing ACLS instructors eligible for instructor status renewal. 

Course Prerequisites:

  • Aligned with an AHA Training Center**
  • A current AHA ACLS Instructor card
  • Registered with the AHA Instructor Network.
  • Records demonstrating you have taught at least 4 classes during the current 2 year instructor certification period.

** 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:

 

  • Complete all prerequisites
  • Attend the instructor renewal class
  • Demonstrate provider skills with expert proficiency
  • Pass the provider written examination
  • Pass the instructor written examination
  • Competently evaluate another student running a Megacode
  • Complete any instructor updates as per the AHA (if applicable)

 

Instructor status is valid for 2 years following the date of this class. The instructor card supersedes the provider card. 

SCCAD will process AHA instructor cards within 20 working days after the completion of all course requirements.

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 (please see restrictions below**).
  • A current AHA BLS Provider card*
  • Registered with the AHA Instructor Network.
  • Completion Certificate for the online course, BLS Instructor Essentials.

Instructor candidates are responsible for acquiring their own instructor and provider manuals (must be the latest edition, having the new guidelines). 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:

 

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 Corp

Phone: 888-562-4242

laerdal.com

WorldPoint ECC, Inc.

Phone: 888-322-8350

WorldPoint.com

Course Monitoring: 

Within 6 months following the successful completion of the Instructor course, the instructor candidate must be monitored teaching by Training Center Faculty (The TC may require additional monitoring, if needed).

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. Click here for a list of TCs in Missouri and Illinois. When you come to class, please have your Training Center's address and the name of their TC Coordinator, and bring the completed instructor candidate application form found HERE.

updated 4/5/2018

This Heartsaver CPR Instructor Course is designed to prepare individuals to become instructors for "Heartsaver CPR" classes (not BLS for Healthcare Provider 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. Complete this FORM & bring it to class. 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 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 materials are available through these are authorized AHA distributors: 

Channing Bete Company

Phone: 800-611-6083

aha.channing-bete.com

Laerdal Medical Corp

Phone: 888-562-4242

laerdal.com

WorldPoint ECC, Inc.

Phone: 888-322-8350

eWorldPoint.com

Course Monitoring: 

Within 6 months following the successful completion of the Instructor course, the instructor candidate must be monitored teaching by Training Center Faculty (The TC may require additional monitoring, if needed).

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. Click here for a list of TCs in Missouri and Illinois. When you come to class, please have your Training Center's address and the name of their TC Coordinator, and bring the completed instructor candidate application form found HERE.

 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.

New Location!

Our training center is now located at 4141 Mexico Road, St Peters, MO, behind SCCAD headquarters, just east of the intersection of Mexico and Jungermann (next to US Bank).  Please park at the front of the building only in MARKED parking spots or at our Old location on Old Mill Parkway in the designated "student" parking areas.

 

REGISTRATION & REFUNDS

Registrations are taken on a first come, first served basis, and are not confirmed until registration and payment is completed online. Space is limited, so we strongly recommend registering as early as possible.

Classes may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. A complete refund will be issued if this occurs.

If you need to cancel a registration, you must do so at least 48 hours in advance to receive a refund (minus a $10.00 processing fee). Cancellations received less than 48 hours prior to the program date are not refundable. If possible and sufficient class space is available, registration may be transferred to another date.

Promotional codes, for online registration, are assigned and are intended for use by pre-designated users only. Registrants found to have used unauthorized promotional codes will be required to pay full course fees or have registration cancelled.

ACCREDITATION

St. Charles County Ambulance District is approved as an EMS training entity through the Missouri Department of Health, Bureau of EMS. Certificates and CEUs will be awarded upon completion of applicable courses.