Training & Education

Uwchlan Ambulance offers a variety of different training opportunities for everyone from the layperson to the most experienced healthcare providers. We are an approved American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI), Pennsylvania Department of Health Continuing Education Site, and an EMS Training Institute. We also offer a variety of American Heart Association (AHA) courses.

We are able to host any of the more than 300 approved Pennsylvania Department of Health Continuing Education Courses for EMS providers. We hold continuing education classes on the fourth Thursday of every month, free of charge to any first responder (police, fire, EMS) with any level of certification (first aid – pre-hospital physician).

In addition, we are an EMS Training Institute. We offer EMR, EMT, and AEMT courses each year. Successful completion of these semester long courses allows the student to be eligible to test to become state / nationally certified to the level of the course they completed.

Thanks to the support of the West Pharmaceutical Services, we are able to offer FREE first aid and basic CPR / AED classes that are open to the community and held at our station.

Did You Know?

Uwchlan Ambulance Corps is a private, non-profit organization. So although we have the word “Uwchlan” on the side of our vehicles, we are not owned or operated by any township. And we do not receive funding from recurring taxes.

Our existence depends on charging for services, offering subscriptions, township contributions and generous donations from citizens like you!

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State Certification Courses

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

This course teaches basic skills used by the beginning EMS provider to deliver patient care in the pre-hospital setting. The course will cover basic personal safety, basic anatomy, patient assessment, bleeding control, spinal immobilization, oxygen administration, the use of the automated external defibrillator (AED), and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Patient vital sign assessment will also be covered. This class also includes a professional level CPR certification.

The course is a combination of classroom lecture and practical skills. The course will meet Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30—9:30 PM and some Saturdays from 9 am—5pm, for a total of approximately 60 hours.

Upon successful course completion, the student will be eligible to take the state / national EMR exams.

Participants must be 16 years of age or older on the first day of class and must be physically able to perform the job functions of an EMR. In order to test for National Registry Level EMR Certification, participants must be 18 years old.

Start Date: Please check back for new start dates

Cost: $450*

*50% deposit due at the time of registration, use coupon code emr50deposit, to pay the deposit online.

*The balance is due on or before the first day of class, use coupon code emrbalance, to pay the balance online.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Our Emergency Medical Technician (“EMT”) program is designed to train the lay person in emergency medical care in the pre-hospital environment.  EMT students receive education and hands-on training in:

  • Airway management, respiration, and artificial ventilation
  • Medical and trauma patient assessments
  • Medical emergencies
  • Traumatic Injuries
  • EMS Operations
  • and much much more!

This class will meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings, and every other Saturday.  Uwchlan Ambulance Corps prides itself on offering a “traditional” style course, which provides each student with lecture-based instruction as well as weekly hands-on practical skills training.  This style of instruction is always praised by our students, as it allows them to maximize competency while increasing their confidence in emergency situations.  All students are required to complete clinical time at our station or at one of our affiliated clinical partners.  Successful completion of the course qualifies the student to sit for the examination of National Registry Emergency Medical Technician.  Students also have the opportunity to achieve certification in Basic Life Support CPR and Emergency Vehicle Operator.

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EMS Instructor Methodology

Instructor Methodology is a course designed for students in the emergency field who wish to instruct others.  This course focuses on:

  • Instructor roles and responsibilities
  • Legal issues
  • The adult learner
  • Creating an effective learning environment
  • Evaluation
  • How to use a variety of media
  • And more!

By taking this course, the learner will develop skills to provide quality instruction to EMS providers in Pennsylvania!

In order to take this course, you must:

  • Provide proof that you are at least 18 years of age
  • Possess a current CPR card or be a current CPR Instructor
  • Possess EMT or higher level EMS provider certification
  • Have at least one year experience as an EMT or higher level provider
  • Supply a letter of recommendation from a PA DOH Accredited Training Institute Director/Administrator

Next Course Offering:

  • Friday January 11, 2019, 6-10 pm
  • Saturday January 12, 2019, 9-5 pm
  • Sunday January 13, 2019, 9-5 pm
  • Tuesday January 15, 2019, 6-10 pm
  • Thursday January 17, 2019, 6-10 pm

Participants must attend all sessions.

Cost:  $225

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Continuing Education

Uwchlan Ambulance Corps offers FREE continuing education every fourth Thursday of the month, beginning at 6 pm. Come out and learn about the newest topics in EMS and related industries.

Classes are open to first responders (police, fire, EMS) of all levels of certification. Dinner is provided, but advanced registration is required.

Upcoming Dates and Topics:

  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 6 PM – ALS / BLS Skills Competency *
  • Thursday, February 28, 2019, 6 pm – Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect for Mandated Reporters
  • Thursday, March 28, 2019, 6 pm – Safety in Pediatric Care

*Note date change due to presenter availability*

For all classes:  Dinner at 6 pm, presentation immediately following.

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Free Community Classes for Individuals

Community Basic First Aid

Students learn personal safety, bleeding control, splinting, basic treatment of medical emergencies, and basic information gathering. Students are also taught how to work with incoming EMS providers and how basic first aid fits into the chain of survival. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will receive an ASHI Basic First Aid certification card, valid for 2 years. This course is offered at no charge to our community!  Also check the “Combo Course” dates which are classes for both Basic First Aid and CPR/AED taught together.

Upcoming Course Offerings:

  • Thursday, June 6th, 2019
  • Thursday, December 5th, 2019

*ALL CLASSES BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 6 PM, AND LAST ABOUT 4 HOURS*

Special thanks to West Pharmaceutical Services for sponsoring the Free Community Classes!

Space is limited so register today!

PLEASE NOTE:

  • This is NOT a Healthcare Provider level course. For Healthcare Provider level courses, click here, or here.
  • The intent of these courses is to teach individuals in our community the basics of CPR and AED usage. If you have a group of 4 or more from your organization, please contact our training department.
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Community CPR/AED

Uwchlan Ambulance Corps believes that it is essential for everyone to know how to do CPR and operate an AED, this is why UAC offers FREE CPR / AED classes to individuals in the community.  During the class, students will learn to recognize a cardiac emergency or stroke emergency and provide the proper care.  The course follows the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) CPR / AED curriculum and is designed for individuals who do not work in the healthcare field but have a desire to learn CPR.  This course is ideal for school bus drivers, child care workers, teachers, parents, babysitters, and anyone else who wants to learn!  Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a certification card good for 2 years!  Please note, this is NOT a Healthcare Provider level course.  Space is limited, so please call and register today! Also check the “Combo Course” dates which are classes for both Basic First Aid and CPR/AED taught together.  Please mark your calendar, and let us know if you can not make the class so we can let wait-listed people know there is an opening!

Special thanks to West Pharmaceutical Services for sponsoring the Free Community Classes!! 

Upcoming Course Offerings:

  • Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 *Class full, please call to be added to the waiting list*
  • Thursday, April 4th, 2019
  • Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
  • Thursday, July 18th, 2019
  • Thursday, August 1st, 2019
  • Thursday, October 3rd, 2019
  • Thursday, November 7th, 2019

*ALL CLASSES BEGIN AT 6 PM*

*CLASS IS ABOUT 4 HOURS*

PLEASE NOTE:

  • This is NOT a Healthcare Provider level course. For Healthcare Provider level courses, click here, or here.
  • The intent of these courses is to teach individuals in our community the basics of CPR and AED usage. If you have a group of 4 or more from your organization, please contact our training department.
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Community Combo Course: Basic First Aid and CPR/AED

Students learn personal safety, bleeding control, splinting, basic treatment of medical emergencies, and basic information gathering. Students are also taught how to work with incoming EMS providers and how basic first aid fits into the chain of survival. During the CPR/AED-portion, students will learn to recognize a cardiac emergency or stroke emergency and provide the proper care.

The course is designed for individuals who do not work in the healthcare field but have a desire to learn.  Upon successful completion of this course, the student will receive an ASHI Basic First Aid and CPR/AED certification card, valid for 2 years. This course is offered at no charge to our community!  Also check the Community Basic First Aid and Community CPR/AED dates for classes if a combination course is not needed.

Upcoming Course Offerings:

  • Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
  • Saturday, September 28th, 2019

*ALL CLASSES BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 8 AM, AND LAST ABOUT 6 HOURS*

Special thanks to West Pharmaceutical Services for sponsoring the Free Community Classes!

Space is limited so register today!

PLEASE NOTE:

  • This is NOT a Healthcare Provider level course.
  • If you have a group of 4 or more from your organization, please contact our training department.
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Workplace and Healthcare Provider Courses

Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC)

Driving an emergency vehicle is a position of responsibility. During the Emergency Vehicle Operator Course, participants will become familiar with the safety requirements and skills necessary to drive an emergency vehicle.

Participants will also have ample time to the practice these skills
This course is prerequisite for driving an emergency vehicle and for obtaining the EMSVO credential.
EMS continuing education credits are awarded for successful completion or the course.
Pre-Requisites

At least 18 years of age on the first day of class
Valid drivers license
Dates

Friday, May 31, 2019 from 6pm-10pm and Sunday June 2, 2019 9-5pm  (students must attend both sessions)

 

*Please note Sunday’s session will take place off-site

Tuition: $115

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Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that uses a series of simulated pediatric emergencies to reinforce the important concepts of a system 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 a job or other requirement.

Upcoming Dates

  • Friday February 15, 2019, 9 am
  • Friday, April 19, 2019, 9 am
  • Friday, July 13, 2019, 9 am
  • Friday, September 20, 2019, 9 am
  • Friday, November 22, 2019, 9 am

Location: Uwchlan Ambulance Corps

Cost: $189

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Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

What

ACLS is an advanced, instructor-led classroom course that will cover:

Key changes in ACLS, reflecting the 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC.
BLS skills, including effective chest compressions, use of a BVM and AED.
Recognition and early management of respiratory and cardiac arrest.
Recognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardia.
Airway management
Related pharmacology
Management of ACS and stroke
Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team.
Effective Resuscitation Team Dynamics
Who

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.

When:

  • Friday, January 18, 2019
  • Friday, March 14, 2019
  • Friday, April 5, 2019
  • Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Friday, June 22, 2019
  • Friday, August 16, 2019

*All classes run from 9am—5pm*

Where

Uwchlan Ambulance Corps

Cost

$189

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ASHI BLS for the Healthcare Provider (formerly CPR Pro)

Students learn how to recognize a life-threatening emergency, how to provide basic life support and what to do in case of an airway obstruction or choking. ASHI’s BLS for the Healthcare Provider is on the Pennsylvania State Approved CPR list and is accepted by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).

This course is designed for individuals in the healthcare or professional rescuer field that are required to have professional-level basic life support training.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 9 am

Location: Uwchlan Ambulance Corps

Cost: $55

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AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers

The Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers Classroom Course follows the American Heart Association (AHA) curriculum and is designed to provide 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.

This course is for healthcare professionals who need to know how to perform CPR, as well as other lifesaving skills, in a wide variety of in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings.

Upon successful course completion, participants will receive 2 year certification through the AHA.

Upcoming Course Offerings:

  • Friday, March 8, 2019 – 9 am
  • Friday, April 12, 2019 – 9 am
  • Friday, May 3, 2019 – 9 am

Where

Uwchlan Ambulance Corps—Training Room

Cost

$80

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International Trauma Life Support (ITLS)

ITLS Provider Course includes classroom instruction, hands-on skill training, and testing for the Basic through Advanced level providers. Innovative skills stations let you practice the abilities appropriate for your level of certification including:

Patient assessment and management
Basic and Advanced airway management
Spinal motion restriction, rapid extrication, short backboard, helmet management, log roll, and long backboard / scoop stretcher utilization
Extremity immobilization and traction splint application
Needle chest decompression and fluid resuscitation
With its comprehensive approach to core knowledge and skills, ITLS is an appropriate course for all levels of EMS personnel from Emergency Medical Responders to Physicians.

ITLS has introduced an updated Pediatric Trauma Life Support component.  This module is now included in this course at no additional cost!  Don’t miss out on this important aspect of trauma care!

Dates:

  • April 11 (6p-10p), 18 (6p-10p), 20 (9a-5p) and 23 (6p-10p), 2019

Cost: $315

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Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services (GEMS)

The Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services (GEMS) program trains emergency and mobile healthcare practitioners to deliver state-of-the-art care to geriatric patients. While still maintaining a scenario-based approach with emphasis on the GEMS diamond, the lectures include topics that highlight geriatric specific content such as fall prevention, epidemiology, polypharmacy, and more! Ultimately this course will enhance the competence, confidence and compassion of EMS practitioners in responding to geriatric patients.

Dates:

  • Stay tuned for details of next class

Cost: $185

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ASHI Instructor Development Course

If you would like to become a CPR & First Aid Instructor, this is the class for you! Designed for health care providers, current instructors of other disciplines, and professional educators, this course will give the successful student a strong foundation to teach the various skills required to pass the ASHI certification courses.
Pre-Requisites: Valid ASHI provider certifications in the areas the participant wishes to instruct.
Course Dates: *STUDENTS MUST ATTEND ALL COURSE DATES AND BE MONITORED AT A SEPARATE DATE / TIME*

  • Saturday February 2, 2019 9:30a-4:30p
  • Sunday February 3, 2019 9:30a-4:30p

Tuition: $165

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CPR/AED for the Workplace (not recommended for Healthcare Providers)

ASHI Infant and Child CPR / AED is designed specifically for laypeople. The program is an excellent choice for both the community and workplace setting.

This course is perfect for individuals who do not work in the healthcare field but are occupationally required to, or desire to have CPR knowledge and skills. This course is ideal for those who work and/or live with children, such as, school bus drivers, child care workers, teachers, parents, babysitters, and grandparents.

Dates: This class is scheduled upon request.

Cost: $35

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Basic First Aid

Students learn personal safety, bleeding control, splinting, basic treatment of medical emergencies, and basic information gathering. Students are also taught how to work with incoming EMS providers and how basic first aid fits into the chain of survival. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will receive an ASHI Basic First Aid certification card, valid for 2 years.

Dates: Scheduled upon request.

Cost: $45

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Bloodborne Pathogens

This class is designed for those who have reasonable anticipation that they will come in contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials as a result of performing designated duties.

Students will learn what bloodborne pathogens are and how to practice safety to reduce the risk of exposure to these pathogens.  This course takes about 1 hour and students have the opportunity to receive a 1 year certification.

Dates: Scheduled upon request

Cost: $35