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PDP ER 100 Standard First Aid

Sprg ‘16

This course teaches basic treatment and care for a variety of injuries and sudden illnesses. Topics include bandaging, splinting, and wound care. Those who successfully perform practical skills become certified in First Aid through ECSI for two years. Class fee includes required textbook.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 S 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Sawan FRC 122
B1 S 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Orsatti FRC 122

PDP ER 110 Pediatric First Aid

This 5 hour course teaches basic assessment and treatment for a variety of injuries and sudden illness that occur to children and infants. Topics include but are not limited to sudden illnesses, splinting, and wound care. Those who pass a written exam become certified in Pediatric First Aid for two years. Class fee includes required texts.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

PDP ER 111 Pediatric First Aid for Caregivers and Teachers (PedFACTS)

This course developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics prepares teachers and caregivers to recognize and respond to a variety of injuries and sudden illnesses that can occur to children. Topics include bandaging, splinting and wound care. Those who pass a written and practical exam become certified in PedFACTS for two years. Class fee includes the required texts.  [ 0.5 cr. ]

PDP ER 150 Basic CPR

Sprg ‘16

This course trains students in the lifesaving skills used in respiratory and cardiac emergencies. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) for adults, children, and infants is taught through lectures, readings, and videos, then reinforced through practice on manikins. Those who successfully perform practical skills become certified in Basic CPR through ECSI for two years. Class fee includes required textbook.  [ 0.5 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 U 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Sawan FRC 122
B1 U 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Orsatti FRC 122

PDP ER 170 Sport Safety Training

An American Red Cross course for coaches and athletes. Students learn to identify and minimize hazardous conditions and to recognize and treat emergencies until medical help arrives. Adult and Child CPR and first aid skills are taught through lectures and video, and practice sessions are especially designed for coaches and athletes. Students who pass course requirements earn one-year certification in Adult and Child CPR and three-year certification in Sport Safety Training. Class fee includes required text.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

PDP ER 171 Sports 1st aid

This course will prepare coaches, trainers, athletes and bystanders to handle common injuries and illnesses they are likely to encounter. Students will learn to recognize, treat, and prevent sports related illnesses and injuries. Upon completion of this course students will be certified in Sports First Aid through ECSI for two years. Class fee includes required textbook.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

PDP ER 180 Pet CPR and First Aid

Sprg ‘16

This course trains individuals in the skills necessary to recognize and provide basic care in pet emergencies. CPR and first aid skills for dogs and cats are emphasized through lectures, readings, and video, and then reinforced through hands-on practice on manikins. Topics include but are not limited to choking, medical emergencies, and care for injuries. Upon completion of this course students will be certified in Pet First Aid/CPR through ECSI for two years. Class fee includes required textbook.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 S 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Orsatti FRC 122

PDP ER 181 Dog CPR and First Aid

This course trains individuals in the skills necessary to recognize and provide basic care for dogs during times of an emergency. CPR and First Aid skills for dogs are emphasized through lectures, readings, and video, and then reinforced through hands-on practice on manikins. Topics include choking, medical emergencies, and care for injuries. Class fee includes required text.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

PDP ER 182 Cat CPR and First Aid

This course trains individuals in the skills necessary to recognize and provide basic care for cats during times of emergency. CPR and First Aid skills for cats are emphasized through lectures, readings and video and then reinforced through hands-on practice on manikins. Topics include choking, medical emergencies and care for injuries. Class fee includes required text.  [ 0.5 cr. ]

PDP ER 200 Intermediate First Aid

Prereq: Basic First Aid. This First Aid course is designed to increase the rescuer's skills and confidence in the event of a medical emergency. It covers more advanced material on body systems, patient assessment, wound care, injuries, and medical emergencies. Upon completion of all practical skills and written exam, students will be certified in Intermediate First Aid for 3 years. Class fee includes required text.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

PDP ER 210 Wilderness First Aid

Sprg ‘16

This is an intermediate first aid course designed for anyone who spends time where medical care is an hour or more away. Students learn how to recognize and treat illnesses and injuries encountered in remote locations. Those who pass a written and practical exam become certified in Wilderness First Aid through ECSI for two years. Class fee includes required textbook.   [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 W 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Sawan FRC 122

PDP ER 250 Healthcare Provider CPR

Sprg ‘16

In this course students learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for adults, children, and infants using a resuscitation mask, bag-valve mask, and automatic external defibrillator as well as more advanced techniques for special rescue situations. Those who pass a written and practical exam become certified in Healthcare Provider CPR through ECSI for two years. Class fee includes required textbook.  [ 0.5 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 S 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Sawan FRC 122

PDP ER 300 Advanced First Aid

Prereq: Intermediate First Aid. This course increases the rescuer's knowledge of first aid and emergency care. Topics include face, chest, and abdominal trauma, advanced medical emergencies, childbirth, and pediatric and geriatric emergencies. Upon successful completion of all practical skills and written exam, students will be certified in Advanced First Aid for 3 years. Class fee includes required text.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

PDP ER 301 First Responder

Sprg ‘16

This course description is currently under construction.  [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 T 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Sawan FRC 122

PDP ER 350 CPR and First Aid Instructor

Sprg ‘16

Prereq.: Healthcare Provider CPR and First Aid Certification. This class certifies individuals to teach Adult, Child, and Infant CPR with AED, Healthcare Provider CPR as well as Basic First Aid for the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI). Class fee includes required textbooks and materials.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 U 10:00 am – 7:00 pm Sawan FRC 222

PDP ER 351 CPR for the Professional Rescuer Instructor

Prereq: CPR for the Professional Rescuer with AED Certification. This class certifies individuals to teach CPR for the Professional Rescuer with AED and BLS for the Healthcare Provider for the Emergency Care and Safety Institute, National Safety Council, American Red Cross or American Heart Association. Class fee includes required texts.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

PDP ER 400 Emergency Medical Technician

Sprg ‘16

A course that prepares students to take the written and practical EMT exams issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the National Registry of EMTs. Students learn the essentials of pre-hospital emergency care. The course includes lecture, lab and ambulance and hospital observation time. There are no prerequisites but 100% attendance is mandatory. Those who pass written and practical exams will be eligible to test for their EMT certification. This class meets on select Saturdays and Sundays. Class fee includes required textbooks, materials, lab and certification fees and CPR training.   [ Var cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 MW 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Sawan FRC 122
A1 S 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Sawan FRC 122
A1 U 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Sawan FRC 122
B1 TR 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Orsatti FRC 122
B1 S 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Orsatti FRC 122
B1 U 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Orsatti FRC 122

PDP ER 401 Online Emergency Medical Technician

Sprg ‘16

This course consists of lectures given online by an instructor teaching in real time. Labs are held on select days, in person at Boston University. Ambulance and hospital observations are arranged with local companies and hospitals. Students must have a computer with working webcam, speakers and microphone and reliable access to internet. This course prepares students to take the written and practical EMT exams issued by the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health and the National Registry of EMTs. Class fee includes required textbooks, materials, lab and certification fees and CPR training.   [ Var cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
B1 TR 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Orsatti FRC 221
B1 SU 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Orsatti FRC 221

PDP ER 402 Wilderness EMT (WEMT)

Prereq: Emergency Medical Technician. This course is designed specifically to provide the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations. Topics include wilderness protocols, trauma management for extended periods, equipment improvisation, environmental medicine, toxins, backcountry medicine and wilderness rescue. Participants must hold a valid EMT certifcation to receive the WEMT certification. Other medical professionals will receive a Wilderness EMT course certificate. Class fee includes required text.  [ 1 cr. ]

PDP ER 405 EMT-B Refresher

Prereq: Emergency Medical Technician. The EMT Refresher is a continuing education training course required for EMT recertification. All topics of pre-hospital emergency medicine are discussed and reviewed as well as changes in state protocol. Knowledge and skills are tested at the conclusion of the course.   [ 1 cr. ]

PDP ER 406 National Core Competency Program

Sprg ‘16

This program meets the National Core Competency Requirements for recertification at the National Registry EMT, EMT-Basic, and MA EMT-Basic level. This course also meets the requirements for the National Registry EMT-Basic to EMT transition course. It is a 20-hour course. The course covers topics including, but not limited to: airway management, respiratory emergencies, cardiovascular emergencies, trauma assessment and skills, medical assessment and skills, and EMS operations.  [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 F 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Orsatti FRC 122
A1 SU 9:30 am – 6:00 pm Orsatti FRC 122
B1 F 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Orsatti FRC 221
B1 SU 9:30 am – 6:00 pm Orsatti FRC 221

PDP ER 410 International Trauma Life Support (ITLS)

Prereq: First Responder or Emergency Medical Technician Certification. International Trauma Life Support for the EMT-B and First Responder is a hands-on continuing education training course offering basic EMS personnel complete training in the skills necessary for rapid assesment, resuscitation, stabilization, and transportation of trauma patients. The course is designed for providers performing initial evaluation and stabilization of the trauma patients. Class fee includes required text.  [ 0.5 cr. ]

PDP ER 415 Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)

Prereq: First Responder or Emergency Medical Technician. Prehospital Trauma Life Supprot (PHTLS)is a unique continuing education program created in recognition of the real need in EMS education for additional training in the handling of trauma patients. This indispensable program is designed to enhance and increase knowledge and skill in delivering critical care in the prehospital environment. The course focuses on trauma patients in the prehospital environment-how to identify, manage, and transport them with the highest level of care and give them the greatest chance of survival. Class fee includes required text.  [ 0.5 cr. ]

PDP ER 420 Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP)

Prereq: First Responder or Emergency Medical Technician. Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP), developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, provides the core knowledge and skills to prepare prehospital professionals for comprehensive assessment and management of cirtically ill and injured infants and children. The course emphasizes accurate assessment using the Pediatric Assessement Triangle, family and child communications, error reduction in assessment and treatment and pediatric-specific transport decisions. Class fee includes required text.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

PDP ER 422 Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS)

Prereq: First Responder or Emergency Medical Technician. This course is designed to equip the provider to identify a pediatric victim at risk of severe cardiopulmonary distress, intervene early to stabilize the child and contact the next level of care early. PEARS is a video-based, instructor-led pediatric course designed to prepare healthcare providers and first responders who infrequently see ciritically ill children to initiate and manage the first few minutes of a pediatric arrest or prevent the arrest of a pediatric victim. This class is intended for healthcare providers and first responders who are not required to have Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) credentials but who might encounter pediatric patients in the course of their work, such as physicians, nurses, prehospital providers, in-hospital providers outside of critical-care areas, outpatient clinical staff and school-based providers. Class fee includes required text.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

PDP ER 430 Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services (GEMS)

Prereq: First Responder or Emergency Medical Technician. Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services is a continuing education training course developed by the American Geriatric Society and the National Council of State EMS Training Coordinators. GEMS is an exciting curriculum designed specifically to help EMS providers address all of the special needs of the older population. GEMS represents the most credible and complete source of prehospital medical information for older adults. Class fee includes required text.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

PDP ER 440 Airway Management

Prereq: Emergency Medical Technician. This American Heart Association is designed to give students the opportunity to learn, practice and demonstrate many airway skills used in resuscitation. Healthcare providers whose occupation or volunteer activities require management skills, in addition to professionals in the field of resuscitation and airway management such as scientists, educators, researchers and manufacturers of medical devices will find the course beneficial. The learning model for this course includes video-guided instruction, skills practice and testing in bag-mask ventilation and airway adjuncts, laryngeal mask airway, esophageal-tracheal combitube, endotracheal tube, and impedance threshold devices. Class fee includes required text.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

PDP ER 445 ECG & Pharmacology

Prereq: Emergency Medical Technician. This American Heart Association is designed to enhance ECG recognition skills and drug treatment knowledge. It's an ideal class for healthcare providers who are preparing to take ACLS, but can also be used by anyone needing to learn ECG recognition skills and/or pharmacology. This comprehensive course presents information on basic electrophysiology, normal ECG measurements, basic arrhythmias, basic ACLS drugs, usage and routes of administration during cardiovasclar emergencies, and how to integrate basic drug pharmacology into ACLS algorithms. Class fee includes required text.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

PDP ER 448 Echocardiography

As we venture into the future, medical technology continues to expand. Wireless transmission of focused echocardiography from ambulances and medic flights to emergency physicians will improve the quality of patient care and will enable ER physicians to diagnose patients earlier during critical movements. Focused echocardiography is a powerful tool which will transform emergency medicine. Echo is advantageous for EMS in air transport, ambulance transport, ICU and CCU transport, rural or wilderness medical emergencies, mass casualty incidents and sports medicine. Focused echocardiography provides quality preventative care in action and can help increase the likelihood of saving lives particualarly in cardiac and critical trauma emergencies. Focused echocardiography is a cutting-edge tool that provides reliable, fast and accurate diagnosis. "Seconds in life matter-focused echocardiography allows EMS and other healthcare providers to assess cardiac emergencies during the first minutes of the Golden Hour"  [ 0.5 cr. ]

PDP ER 450 Advanced Cardiac Life support (ACLS)

Prereq: Emergency Medical Technician or equivalent and ER 450 Airway Management and ER 445 ECG and Pharmacology. This course is designed for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the resuscitation of a patient whether in or out of hospital. ACLS emphasizes the importance of basic life support CPR to patient survival, the integration of effective basic life support with advanced cardiovascular life support interventions and the importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation. Realistic simulations reinforce the following key concepts: proficiency in basic life support care, recognizing and initiating early management of peri-arrest conditions, managing cardiac arrest, identifying and treating ischemic chest pain and acute coronary syndromes, recognizing other life-threatening clinical situations (such as stroke)and providing initial care, ACLS algorithms, and effective resuscitation team dynamics. Students who pass course requirements earn a two year certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Class fee includes required text and materials.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

PDP ER 460 Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS)

Prereq: Advanced Cardiac Life Support. This course is designed for pediatricians, house staff, emergency physicians, family physicians, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists and other healthcare providers who are responsible for the well-being of infants and children. PALS provides the information needed to recognize infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest. This class reviews information and strategies needed to prevent cardiopulmonary arrest in infants and children and the cognitive and psychomotor skills needed to resuscitate and stabilize infants and children in respiratory failure, shock or cardiopulmonary arrest. Students who pass course requirements earn a two year certification in Pediatric Life Support. Class fee includes required text and materials.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

PDP ER 480 Coaching the Emergency Vehicle Operator (CEVO)

Prereq: Emergency Medical Technician or First Responder. This emergency vehicle operations course teaches ambulance operators to drive safely under severe time constraints. Course content includes cushion of safety, vehicle handling and design characteristics, handling blind spots, intersections and vehicle inspection. Students who pass course requirements earn a certificate in Coaching the Emergency Vehicle Operator. Class fee includes required text and materials.  [ 0.5 cr. ]

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