Emergency Medical Response
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PDP ER 101: CPR and Basic First Aid
Students will learn how to perform the lifesaving skills used in respiratory and cardiac emergencies as well as basic treatments for a variety of injuries and illnesses. Topics include bandaging, splinting, wound care, and CPR/AED use for infants, children and adults. Topics will be covered in lecture and reinforced through practical skills. Those who pass will be certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED for two years. Class fee includes required textbook.
PDP ER 180: Pet CPR and First Aid
This course is designed to train individuals in the skills necessary to recognize and provide basic medical care in pet emergencies. CPR and First Aid skills for dogs and cats are emphasized through lectures, readings, and videos, 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 for a period of two years. Class fee includes required textbook.
PDP ER 250: Healthcare Provider CPR
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 for a period of two years. Class fee includes required textbook.
PDP ER 350: CPR and First Aid Instructor
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. Class fee includes required textbooks and materials.
PDP ER 400: Emergency Medical Technician
This course is designed to prepare students to take the written and practical EMT exams issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of Emergency Medical Services 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 the class 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, and lab and certification fee for CPR training.
PDP ER 401: Online Emergency Medical Technician
This course consists of lectures given online by an instructor teaching in real time. Labs are held on select weekend 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 Department of Public Health Office of Emergency Medical Services and the National Registry of EMTs. Class fee includes required textbooks, materials, and lab and certification fee for CPR training.
PDP ER 406: National Core Competency Program
Undergraduate Prerequisites: PDP ER 400.
This program meets the National Core Competency Requirements for recertification at the National Registry EMT and MA EMT-Basic level. 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.
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 early activation of the next level of care. PEARS is a video-based, instructor-led pediatric course designed to prepare healthcare providers and first responders who infrequently see critically ill children to initiate and manage the first few minutes of a pediatric cardiac arrest or prevent the cardiac arrest of a pediatric patient. 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.
PDP ER 445: ECG & Pharmacology
Prereq: Emergency Medical Technician. This class is designed to enhance ECG recognition skills and basic pharmacological 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 cardiovascular emergencies, and how to integrate basic drug pharmacology into ACLS algorithms. Class fee includes required text.
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 the hospital environment. 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 from the American Heart Association. Class fee includes required text and materials.
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 Advanced Life Support from the American Heart Association. Class fee includes required text and materials.