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ACLS - Initial

The Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) provider course is designed to train healthcare professionals in managing patients with acute cardiac illnesses using the most current methods available. Information will be reviewed and practice time will be made available to enhance proficiency in the following modalities:

  • Adjuncts for management of airway control and ventilation
  • Dysrhythmia recognition and cardiac monitoring
  • Synchronized cardioversion and defibrillation
  • Pharmacology for cardiac care
  • Management of acute MI and stroke
  • Management of bradycardic and tachycardic patients

Course Completion Requirements To receive a course completion card, the student must • attend and participate in the entire course, • demonstrate proficiency in CPR skills, pass required skills tests, and • pass required written tests.

For questions regarding this course contact james.gretz@jeffersonhospital.org or call 215-955-0039.

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

ACLS - Renewal

The Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) recertification course is for healthcare professionals who already hold a current ACLS certification and need re-certification. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a certification card valid for two years.  If your ACLS card has expired, you may sign up for this course; however, you must successfully complete both written and practical skills testing without remediation in order to receive a course completion card.

Course Completion Requirements To receive a course completion card, the student must • attend and participate in the entire course, • demonstrate proficiency in CPR skills, pass required skills tests, and • pass required written tests.

For questions regarding this course contact james.gretz@jeffersonhospital.org or call 215-955-0039.

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

ACLS for Experienced Providers

Are you an ACLS Veteran?  If so, this course might be for you.

The ACLS EP Course is for seasoned healthcare providers who are proficient in performing BLS and ACLS skills, reading and interpreting ECGs, and understanding ACLS pharmacology and who regularly lead or participate in emergency assessment and treatment of prearrest, arrest or postarrest patients. This audience includes physicians, paramedics and emergency department or critical care nurses. An ACLS-EP course completion card superseeds the basic ACLS Provider card and will fufil TJUH renewal requirements.

The goal of the ACLS EP Course is to improve outcomes in complex cardiovascular, respiratory and other (eg, metabolic, toxicologic) emergencies by expanding on core ACLS guidelines and encouraging critical thinking and decision-making strategies. Through instruction and active participation in case-based scenarios, learners enhance their skills in the differential diagnosis and treatment of prearrest, arrest and postarrest patients.

Prerequisites:

ACLS EP Course participants are expected to:

  • Be proficient in performing BLS and ACLS Skills
  • Be able to read an interpret ECGs
  • Have an understanding of ACLS pharmacology
  • Regularly lead or participate in emergency assessment and treatment of prearrest, arrest or postarrest patients
  • Use key elements of critical thinking in processing information and data in development of the differential diagnosis and decision making for intervention and care.

Course Completion Requirements:

For successful course completion, learners must actively participate in all case-based scenarios and must meet all current ACLS course completion requirements, including:

  • Pass the ACLS Provider exam with a score of 84% or higher*
  • Pass the 1-rescuer CPR and AED skills test
  • Pass the bag-mask ventilation skills test
  • Pass the megacode skills test

*Online Keycode for the ACLS test will be provided upon registration.  You must sucessfully complete the test prior to class.

The book for this class is not currently available in the Scott Library or the University Bookstore.  All students must have a current textbook for reference during the course.  The book may be purchased below or from an authorized AHA distributor. (90-1075       ACLS EP Manual and Resource Text)

For questions regarding this course contact james.gretz@jeffersonhospital.org or call 215-955-0039.

Frequently Asked Questions

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

 

BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR)

Basic Life Support (BLS)
In this classroom-based course, healthcare professionals learn to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR to victims of all ages, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.

This course is for both Initial and Renewals.

For questions regarding this course contact debra.richardson@jeffersonhospital.org or call 215-955-7579.

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

EMT Certification 16-week AM or PM Program

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training course is designed to prepare participants to provide basic emergency medical care to sick and injured patients. EMTs perform skills such as patient assessment, bandaging, oxygen administration, splinting and spinal immobilization. EMTs provide medical care an a variety of settings, including hospitals, emergency ambulance services, non-emergency transport services and other public safety settings such as police, fire departments and security agencies.

Pre-Requisites

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be able to write and read English and successfully complete a timed reading comprehension exam.
  • Have a criminal background check completed for the Pennsylvania Department of Health by the Pennsylvania State Police. Criminal History Check Link  must be obtained and submitted to JEFFSTAT when taking your placement test.
  • PA Child Abuse Clearance must be obtained and submitted to JEFFSTAT by your first day of class.
Tuition
$1700 - excluding application fee ($150 due at time of online registration), books, supplies and uniforms. Note: Application fee is non-transferable and non-refundable.  We do not currently accept or participate in any finacial aid or tuition assistance programs. 
 
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rev. 1/2014

EMT Certification 16-week Hybrid Course

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training course is designed to prepare participants to provide basic emergency medical care to sick and injured patients. EMTs perform skills such as patient assessment, bandaging, oxygen administration, splinting and spinal immobilization. EMTs provide medical care an a variety of settings, including hospitals, emergency ambulance services, non-emergency transport services and other public safety settings such as police, fire departments and security agencies.

This online course meets weekly on Saturdays for mandatory practical skills instruction.  

Pre-Requisites

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be able to write and read English and successfully complete a timed reading comprehension exam.
  • Have a criminal background check completed for the Pennsylvania Department of Health by the Pennsylvania State Police upon taking entrance exam. Criminal History Check Link  must be obtained and submitted to JEFFSTAT when taking your placement test.
  • PA Child Abuse Clearance must be obtained and submitted to JEFFSTAT by your first day of class.
  • Must have had previous experience using BlackBoard LMS or previous medical experience.
Tuition
$1700 - excluding application fee ($150 due at time of online registration), books, supplies and uniforms. Note: Application fee is non-transferable & non-refundable.  We do not currently accept or participate in any finacial aid or tuition assistance programs.
 
 
For further information, please contact Kimberly.Brandt@Jeffersonhospital.org
 
rev. 1/2014

EMT Pre-Test

HeartCODE BLS Part 1

HeartCode® BLS Part 1 is a Web-based, self-paced instructional program that uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings. In this environment, students apply their knowledge to real-time decision making and skills development. Debriefings and coaching are provided immediately after each simulation to facilitate learning. After completing the cognitive portion of the course, students practice and test their skills with an AHA Instructor or on a voice-assisted manikin (VAM) system. Upon successful completion of the cognitive and skills tests, students receive a course completion card.

Following completion of Part 1; students must attend the HeartCODE ACLS Parts 2 & 3 skills session.  Registration for the skills session is not included in the course fee.  Students must complete the skills session within 60 days of completion of Part 1.

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

HeartCODE ACLS Part 1

HeartCode® ACLS Part 1 is a Web-based, self-paced instructional program that uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings. In this environment, students apply their knowledge to real-time decision making and skills development. Debriefings and coaching are provided immediately after each simulation to facilitate learning. After completing the cognitive portion of the course, students practice and test their skills with an AHA Instructor or on a voice-assisted manikin (VAM) system. Upon successful completion of the cognitive and skills tests, students receive a course completion card.This program presents 10 interactive, adult, in-hospital cases to teach the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support treatment algorithms.

Unprepared or inexperienced students may require additional time to complete HeartCode ACLS Part 1. To be successful in any ACLS course, students should be able to identify ECG rhythms and should know pharmacology specific to cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiopulmonary emergencies before beginning the course. It is strongly recommended that students review the ACLS course materials contained within the program and complete the Precourse Self-Assessment prior to attempting the patient cases.

Following completion of Part 1; students must attend the HeartCODE ACLS Parts 2 & 3 skills session.  Registration for the skills session is not included in the course fee.  Students must complete the skills session within 60 days of completion of Part 1.

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

HeartCODE ACLS Parts 2 & 3 - Skills verification

HeartCODE ACLS Parts 2 & 3 are Voice Assisted Manikin led after completion of Part 1. Skills sessions are conducted in the SIM Lab at the training center.  

Instructors will be available to assist as needed to complete the skills verification.

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

PALS - Initial

The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training course is designed to prepare participants to perform advanced life support procedures on pediatric patients. Participants will receive training in the specific skills and concepts revolving around pediatric patients such as airway management and ventilation, vascular access, pediatric fluid therapy and pharmacology, cardiac disturbances and resuscitation.

Course Completion Requirements To receive a course completion card, the student must • attend and participate in the entire course, • demonstrate proficiency in CPR skills, pass required skills tests, and • pass required written tests.

For questions regarding this course contact james.gretz@jeffersonhospital.org or call 215-955-0039.

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

PALS - Renewal

The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) recertification course is for healthcare professionals who already hold a current PALS certification and need re-certification. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a certification card valid for two years.  If your PALS card has expired, you may sign up for this course; however, you must successfully complete both written and practical skills testing without remediation in order to receive a course completion card.

Course Completion Requirements To receive a course completion card, the student must • attend and participate in the entire course, • demonstrate proficiency in CPR skills, pass required skills tests, and • pass required written tests.

For questions regarding this course contact james.gretz@jeffersonhospital.org or call 215-955-0039.

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

Paramedic Program

** Note: Registration will open in July **

The Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic training program is offered as a full-time program designed to prepare participants to provide advanced life support skills to patients in a pre-hospital environment.

Participants will receive training in patient assessment, history and physical examination, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), PreHospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS), medical emergency and trauma management, intravenous therapy, advanced pharmacology, advanced airway management, cardiology, obstetrical and gynecological emergencies and hazardous materials (Haz-Mat) management. (Total didactic hours appx. 526 hrs.)

Participants will complete appx. 400 hours of clinical experience at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Level 1 Trauma Center) and its affiliated hospitals, as well as a 240- to 400-hour field internship with Philadelphia Fire Rescue and surrounding providers. Additional clinical hours may be added or required based on individual needs.

Didactic classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 AM to 4 PM

Clinical rotations are self scheduled on alternate days based on site and personal availability.

**Course Tuition: $11,400.00**

**Course Registration Fee: $600.00 (Deposit Non-Refundable)** 

 Pre-Requisites

  • You must maintain current certification as an EMT–Basic in Pennsylvania (reciprocity available) 
  • You must maintain current CPR for Healthcare Provider certification 
  • You must be age 18 or older 
  • You must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent 
  • College level Anatomy & Physiology I & II (required by PA prior to certification examination) 
  • College level English and Math (required by PA prior to certification examination) 
  • You must pass an EMT–Basic pretest, complete a HOBET Exam with passing score indicating math and reading comprehension at high-school level or above 
  • HOBET may be waived with 12 or more successful college credits 
  • You must pass a criminal background check (participants may not have been convicted of a felony) 
  • You must obtain a Child Abuse Clearance from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 
  • You must have current health insurance 

Please download and complete the following forms and e-mail to the Paramedic Program Director.

Personal Information Form

Health Physical Form

PA Child Abuse Clearance Form

PA State Police Criminal History Form

Paramedic Refresher

This is a 54 Hour (6 week course) covering the paramedic refresher program based on the new education standards.  Successful completion of the program will provide 50 CEU's issued by the PA Dept of Health and satifies the requirement for transition from the EMT-P curriculum to the Narional Registry Paramedic. 

Participants must attend all six sessions to receive credit.  Certificates of completion will be provided at the end of the program.