Minot Community Ambulance

Education Courses

  • HS CPR/AED
  • HS First Aid
  • HS Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • ACLS
  • PALS
  • Basic Rhythm
  • 12 Lead EKG
  • EMT Summer Session (Closed)
  • EMT Fall Session
  • Paramedic (Register with Dakota College)
  • NCCR Classes
  • ND EMS Instructor Coordinator Course (Register with NDEMSA)
  • AHA BLS Instructor(Closed)

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Heartsaver-CPR-AED.pngHeartsaver CPR/AED (Adult)

Heartsaver CPR/AED is a classroom, video based, instructor lead course that teaches adult, child, infant CPR, and AED use, as well as choking skills. This course teaches skills with AHA's research-proven Practice-While-Watching techniques, which allow instructors to observe the students, provide feedback and guide the students' learning of skills.

This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in CPR/AED to meet job, regulatory or other requirements.

Course completion card is valid for 2 years.

  • Special classes may be set up for larger groups.
  • Cost of this class is $50.00
 
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Heartsaver-First-Aid.pngHeartsaver First Aid 

Heartsaver First Aid is a classroom video based, instructor led course that teaches students critical skills to respond to and manage an emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. Students learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock, and other First Aid emergencies.

This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in First Aid to meet job, regulatory or other requirements.

  • Special classes may be set up for larger groups.
  • Cost of this class is $50.00.
 
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Heartsaver First Aid CPRPediatric Heartsaver CPR /AED/First Aid  (this class is intended for people that deal with children as a profession such as daycare workers.

This class is the Heartsaver CPR/AED and the Heartsaver First Aid class together. See above class descriptions for class details.  This class is aleast 4.5 hours in length and does not dismiss any earlier.

Course completion card is valid for 2 years.

  • Special classes may be set up for larger groups.
  • Cost of this class is $75.00
  • THIS IS A FIVE HOUR CLASS!!
 
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BLS-for-Healthcare-Providers.pngBLS for Healthcare Providers

The Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers Classroom Course is designed to promote a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely, and effective manner.

AHA BLS for Healthcare Provider Course Completion Card is valid for 2 years.

  • Special classes may be set up for larger groups.
  • Cost of this class is initial $55.00
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ACLS.pngAdvanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

ACLS is an advanced, instructor-led classroom course that highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac-arrest care. It also covers airway management and related pharmacology. In this course, skills are taught in large, group sessions and small, group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.

ACLS is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units.

Upon successful course completion, including demonstration of skills competency in all learning stations and a written test, students receive an ACLS course completion card, valid for two years.

 

Students must obtain a book prior to the class.  it is important that the student is profecient in rhythm recognition and has had a change to review the course matierial prior to attending the class.  Students are also required to bring with them prooof of a passing score of at least 80% on the ACLS pretest for both the initial class and the recertification class.

Classes are held at Trinity Health Riverside 1900 8th Ave SE Minot ND.

  • Special classes may be set up on or off site for larger groups.
  • Cost of the class is $220 Initial, $165 Recertification
  • Class time is 9am - 5pm for both the Initial and Recertification Class
 
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pals_course.jpgPediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

This classroom, video-based, instructor-led course uses a series of simulated pediatric emergencies to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics. The goal of the PALS Course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes.

The PALS Course is for healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children. These include personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, paramedics and others who need a PALS course completion card for job or other requirements.

Upon successful completion students will receive a PALS Provider course Completion Card, valid for two years.

Students must obtain a book prior to the class.  it is important that the student is profecient in rhythm recognition and has had a change to review the course matierial prior to attending the class.  Students are also required to bring with them prooof of a passing score of at least 80% on the ACLS pretest for both the initial class and the recertification class.

  • Special classes may be set up on or off site for larger groups.
  • Cost of the class is $220 Initial, $165 Recertification
  • Class time is 9am to 5pm for both Initial and recertification classes
 
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pearsCourse.jpgPediatric Emergency Assessment Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS)

This class will help healthcare providers develop the knowledge and skills needed for emergency evaluation and treatment of seriously ill infants and children.

PEARS will teach providers how to recognize respiratory distress, shock and cardiac arrest, and provide appropriate lifesaving interventions within the initial minutes of response until the child is transferred to an advanced life support provider. The goal of PEARS is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured infants and children, resulting in improved outcomes.

PEARS is for healthcare providers such as emergency medical technicians (EMTs), medical and surgical nurses, school nurses and any other healthcare provider who infrequently sees critically ill infants and children.

Students who successfully complete this course will receive an AHA PEARS Provider course completion card, valid for two years.

  • Special classes may be set up on or off site for larger groups.

Basic-Arrhythmias.pngBasic Arrhythmias Course

This course will teach the students the rules and explain how to interpret arrhythmias, and is highly recommended for first time ACLS and PALS students.

This course is not an AHA course, and uses the current edition of “Basic Arrhythmias”- Gail Walraven

This class does not have a completion card, but may be used for continuing education unit’s (ceu’s) in the EMS field. No nursing or physician ceu’s will be issued.

  • Cost of the class is $130.00, book cost $100
  • Class time is 9am - 5pm
 
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emrCourse.jpgEmergency Medical Responder (EMR)

The EMR class, formerly called the First Responder is designed specifically for the person who is often first to arrive on the scene. Many police officers, firefighters, industrial workers, and other public service providers are trained as Emergency Medical Responders. This course emphasizes scene safety and how to provide immediate care for life-threatening injuries and illnesses as well as how to assist ambulance personnel when they arrive. In ND the EMR can also be utilized as a second person in the patient care compartment of the ambulance.

The class is taught using the National Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Education Standards.

Students who pass the course will be a ND Certified EMR, National Registry Certification may be obtained by individuals if they so desire at an additional cost.

  • This course is only offered if requested and class size is adequate.
  • Course cost is dependent on class size and the cost of books at the time the course is requested.
  • Our course is approximately 70 hours in length.
  • Students who are affiliated with a ND licensed ambulance service may receive monies if they complete the program. Students should review the policy with their service.

EMT.pngEmergency Medical Technician (EMT)

In most areas, an EMT is considered the minimum level of certification for ambulance personnel. The training emphasizes assessment and the care and transportation of the ill or injured patient. The EMT can also perform certain medical procedures and administer medications in accordance with protocols and guidelines established by the medical director.

The course is being taught using the National EMS Education Standards, the course contains more science knowledge than previous courses and expects you, the EMT to practice at a level of knowledge, skills, and clinical thinking.

Students who pass the course will be eligible to obtain National Registry Certification, this testing cost will be in addition to the course costs.

  • Our course (in-house) is offered two times per year:
    • Fall Course is offered one evening per week and approximately four Saturday classes. The class runs from mid August thru early March.
    • Summer Course is offered two evenings per week and one or two Saturday classes. The class runs from mid May thru early October.
  • Cost of the in-house course and book fee is $950. NREMT testing at the completion of the course is not included in the course fees. 
  • We do offer off site courses, with adequate class size numbers
  • Students who are affiliated with a ND licensed ambulance service may receive monies if they complete the program. Students should review the policy with their service
  • AHA BLS CPR is prerequisite for this class (You may register for this on this website)
  • Next class to start will be in May 2018
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Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMTAdvanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)

An AEMT, or advanced EMT, is a basic EMT who has received specific additional training in specific subjects, allowing some level of advanced life support. Some of the additional skills an AEMT may be able to perform are starting IV (intravenous) lines, inserting advanced airways, and administering medications. This was formerly called the EMT-Intermediate (EMT-I).

Students who pass the course will be eligible to obtain National Registry Certification; this testing cost will be in addition to the course costs.

  • The course will be offered if we receive enough interest on as needed basis.
  • Cost has yet to be determined
  • Hours and class times have yet to be determined

Paramedic.pngParamedic

Paramedics are trained to perform advanced life support care, such as inserting endotracheal (ET) tubes and starting IV lines. They also administer medications, interpret electrocardiograms, monitor cardiac rhythms, and perform cardiac defibrillation. Paramedics perform their job under the supervision of a physician medical director. Paramedic today can work in a wide variety of places both in and out-of-hospital settings.

The course is being taught using the National EMS Education Standards: Paramedic Instructional Guidelines.

Our paramedic program is affiliated with Dakota College at Bottineau, Bottineau ND www.dakotacollege.edu. Students who enroll in our program must first enroll and be accepted into Dakota College. Our program is currently in the process of seeking accreditation by CAAHEP. The student may obtain a Paramedic Technology certificate or with additional credits may obtain an Associate of Applied Science degree in Paramedic Technology.

The paramedic program is a classroom, lab and clinical based program. The classroom/ lab portion of the class is held on Monday and Thursday evenings and one weekend of most months. Clinical shifts run throughout the program and are scheduled according to the student’s schedule. The program start with the summer semester (June) and finishes at the end of the summer semester the next year (4 semesters). National testing will follow after all program requirements have been met. The classroom portion of the program may be viewed off site using the IVAN system at approved sites for students that may have a distance to Minot, however lab classes must be attended at the Minot classroom.

Students must possess essential skills and abilities necessary to complete the program curriculum successfully, either with or without reasonable accommodations for any disabilities the individual may have. The purpose of the program is to graduate students who will become entry-level competent paramedics. As a limited enrollment program, applicants who, due to a disability, will not be able to complete the physical or cognitive portions of the NREMT examinations may not be admitted to the program. The Technical Standards of the program are as follows:

  • Record historical and on-going information;
  • Detect, understand, and interpret physical findings;
  • Communicate, verbally and in writing, physical findings, develop and record diagnoses as well as treatment plans;
  • Manipulate equipment and instruments commonly used by paramedics and paramedics-in-training;
  • Recognize, understand, and interpret instructional materials required during medical encounters as part of the general physical examination;
  • Review and interpret notes prepared by other members of the health care team;
  • Perform calculations necessary to deliver appropriate care to the patient;
  • Be exposed to various hazardous situations to include: cold/heat extremes, traffic, high speed vehicle operation, bio-hazardous wastes, and violent patient behaviors;
  • Lift equipment and patients in excess of 50 pounds during the course of clinicals and/or lab situations;
  • Communicate effectively with patients, families and other healthcare personnel; and
  • Perform all of the above skills within a timeframe that is appropriate for a clinical setting.

The Dakota College at Bottineau Paramedic Program is prepared to provide reasonable accommodations to students who are accepted by the program and who have physical and learning disabilities (e.g.: mobility impairments; chronic illnesses, dyslexia and other learning disabilities). The program will review the information in order to determine whether a reasonable accommodation can be made. The program reserves the right to reject any requests for accommodation that, in its judgment would involve the use of an intermediary that would in effect require a student to rely on someone else’s power of selection and observation, fundamentally alter the nature of the program’s educational program, lower academic standards, cause an undue hardship on the program or endanger the safety of patients or others.

Admission Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age;
  • High School diploma or equivalent;
  • Clear criminal background;
  • Valid driver's license;
  • Current National Registry or accepted EMT/B certification;
  • Successful completion of all admission processes;
  • Ability to meet technical standards of our program.

Admission Procedures

  • Apply to Dakota College at Bottineau - www.dakotacollege.com for admisssion.
  • Apply to the Dakota College at Bottineau to the Paramedic Program
  • Submit the following:
    • Current copy of EMT, EMT-B, EMT-I, or AEMT card and/or state license(s).
    • AHA BLS CPR card.
    • Copy of valid driver's license
    • Proof of immunizations – which includes: MMR, Hep B, varicella, Tetanus (within 10 years), and a 2 step Tb test (within 1 year)
    • Titers may be used in place of vaccinations if no records exist.
    • Submit and pay the fee for a Back ground check thru Dakota College.

Program costs

Please visit with representatives from Dakota College at Bottineau to discuss the cost of the program. Luann Soland serves as the Paramedic Programs student advisor, she may be reached at larry.brooks@dakotacollege.edu. Students may qualify for student financial assistance and should apply early for the FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

NCCR Recert Class

ND EMS Provider:

I am sure many of you are wondering what the Recertification requirements are now that North Dakota and the National Registry have teamed up and made ND a Pilot Project state for the Continued Competency Pilot Recertification Process. This process will be much different than the old Recertification process and will eliminate the traditional Refresher Classes. The information can be found on the ND Department of Health EMS andTrauma’s web site www.ndhealth.gov/EMS under Recertification Pilot Project. The process is now broken down into three categories.

*NATIONAL Continued Competency Requirements (NCCR)-These hours will be determined by the National Registry based on wide spread in-put from EMS researchers, EMS physicians and EMS stakeholders. The NCCR hours will comprise 50% of the hours needed for each level ofEMS provider to recertify. These topics will change approximatelyevery 5 years. Community Ambulance will be offering classes so that EMS providers can obtain all the NCCR hours needed to recertify.

*LOCAL Continued Competency Requirements (LCCR)-These hourswill be determined by local authorities (or State EMS Office). For the 2014 recertification year these hours can be any topic the EMS provider chooses. LCCR hours will represent 25% of the necessary requirements needed to recertify.

*INDIVIDUAL Continued Competency Requirements (ICCR)-For the Individual’s first ICCR, they may select any EMS related education. For following recertification’s NREMTs will identify what these requirements are based upon the outcomes of a self-assessment exam on the NREMT website as part of the submission process. The assessment guide will help providers assess their knowledge and remediate any identified deficiencies. ICCR hours will represent 25% of the necessary requirements needed to recertify.

The following lists the required number of hours of education at each level of National EMS Certification / ND state licensure.

EMR
National (NCCR) - 8
Local (LCCR) - 4
Individual (ICCR) - 4
Total - 16

EMT

National (NCCR) - 20
Local (LCCR) - 10
Individual (ICCR) - 10
Total - 40

AEMT
National (NCCR) - 25
Local (LCCR) - 12.5
Individual (ICCR) - 12.5
Total - 50

Paramedic
National (NCCR) - 30
Local (LCCR) - 15
Individual (ICCR) - 15
Total 60

For the recertification process for 2014 ND EMS providers can either change to the new recertification process by obtaining NCCR, LCCR and ICCR hours or do the “old” way of refreshing by completing a 24 hour refresher and 48 hours of continuing education for an EMT or complete a 48 hour refresher and obtain 24 hours of continuing education for a paramedic.

Community Ambulance will only be hosting the new process for recertification for the 2014 recertification period. Unfortunately with the limited amount of time prior to the March dead line we will only be offering the NCCR classes once and EMS Providers must either make arrangements to attend the dates that we have chosen, find alternative classes or take the cognitive “computer based” test again to recertify. For those EMS Providers that need recertification in 2015 you will have options to attend the days needed to certify and will not have to do them all at once as long as they are completed in a two year period between your recertification periods.

Please visit the schedule of the three NCCR Days that we have scheduled. EMR’s need to attend Day 1, EMT’s need to attend Day 1 and 2, and Paramedics will need to attend all three days to obtain all of the NCCR hours needed to recertify. If the EMS provider can obtain NCCR hours at conferences, squad meetings or other trainings they do not have to attend the structured NCCR days BUT all topics must be met in order to recertify. The cost to attend the NCCR days is $125.00/day no matter what level of EMS provider you are. However please specify on your registration the level of provider.

All hours must also be submitted on line to the NREMT once you start using the Continued Competency Pilot Recertification Process. Prior to taking class make sure your Ambulance Service is registered with the National Registry and your squad leader or training officer has accepted you as a member of the service. This is all done on the National Registry web site www.nremt.org.

I am sure there will be many questions as we move forward with this new pilot project and it will be a learning experience for all involved, please don’t hesitate to call our office and speak to myself or one of the instructors if you have questions as we get thru this pilot project.

Community Ambulance Service

EMR/EMT & Paramedic NCCR Recertification

 


Emergency Medical Responders (EMR) should attend NCCR Day 1 to receive hours to be used towards NCCR Recertification.


Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) should attend NCCR Day 1 and Day 2 to receive hours to be used towards NCCR Recertification.


Paramedics should attend Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 to receive hours to be used towards NCCR Recertification.


For those needing to be recertified by March 31, 2014 these are the only times these three classes will be offered prior to the deadline.  For those that are attending class but not needing to recertify until 2015 these NCCR Days will be offered two times per year and do not need to be attended in order.  Should you have questions please call a member of our education team.


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Space will be limited and will be on a first come first serve basis, there will be no refunds on tuition.





NCCR Day 1 (January 13, 2018)


0800-1000

Cardiovascular Module 1  EMR/EMT/Paramedic

  • Stroke

  • VAD

  • Post Resuscitation Care


1000-1200

Trauma Module 1  EMR/EMT/Paramedic

  • CNS Injury

  • Tourniquets/Bleeding Control/Shock

  • Field Triage


LUNCH


1300-1500

Medical Module 2  EMR/EMT/Paramedic

  • Psychiatric Emergencies

  • Communicable Diseases


1500-1700

Airway Module 3  EMR/EMT

  • Assisted Ventilation

  • Oxygenation


1700-1900

Medical Module 5  EMR/EMT

  • Endocrine Emergencies

  • Immunologic Emergencies







NCCR Day 2  (February 10, 2018)

0800-1000

Medical Module 3   EMT/Paramedic

  • OB

  • Special Health Care Needs


1000-1200

Cardiovascular Module 3   EMT

  • Chest Pain

  • Peds Cardiac Rate Disturbance

Cardiovascular Module 4  Paramedic

  • Cardiac Arrest

 

LUNCH

1300-1500

Cardiovascular Module 5   EMT/Paramedic

  • Pediatric Cardiac Arrest

 

Airway Module 2   EMT/Paramedic

  • Minute Ventilation

  • Effect on Cardiac Return


1700-1900

Operations Module 1   EMT/Paramedic

  • At Risk Populations

  • Peds Transport

  • Affective Characteristics

  • Role of Research







NCCR Day 3 (February 16, 2018)


0800-1000   Paramedic

Airway Module 2

  • Capnography

  • Airway Management (adult/peds)


1000-1200   Paramedic

Trauma Module 2

  • ETCO2 Monitoring

  • Fluid Resuscitation


LUNCH


1300-1500   Paramedic

Medical Module 3

  • Medication Delivery

  • Pain Management


1500-1700   Paramedic

Operations Module 2

  • Crew Resource Management


1700-1900   Paramedic  

Operations Module 3

  • Culture of Safety

  • At-Risk-Populations

Ambulance-Squad-Training.jpgAmbulance Squad Training

Community Ambulance Service Education staff is available to assist ambulance squads with in-house training. Please contact the Education Department if you are in the need of training for your squad. Topics include module training, medical scenarios, trauma scenarios or other topics at your request.

 

PHTLS.pngPre Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)

Our PHTLS course improves the quality of trauma care in your area and can decrease mortality. This program is based on a pre hospital trauma care philosophy, stressing the treatment of the multi-system trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs. This may require an approach to the trauma patient that varies from traditional treatment modalities.

PHTLS promotes critical thinking as the foundation for providing quality care. It is based on the belief that, given a good fund of knowledge and key principles, EMS practitioners are capable of making reasoned decisions regarding patient care. The PHTLS course is continuously updated and revised to keep up with the advances in the field, ATLS guidelines and feedback from PHTLS participants.

Special classes may be set up on or off site for larger groups.

 

Enhanced-Skills.png
Enhanced Skills

  • Limited Advanced Airway
  • Nebulized Medication
  • IV Maintenance