Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

The Public Safety Institute provides exceptional continuing education courses for Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Our experienced instructors expose participants to current trends in the and provides information necessary to improve students' knowledge base and skill sets.

EMS Continuing Education Classes are taken at MCC-Blue River through the Public Safety Institute

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Course offerings

All Hazard Disaster Response

All Hazards Disaster Response (AHDR) teaches EMS practitioners how to respond to the many types of disaster scenarios they may encounter, including natural disasters and infrastructure failings, fires and radiological events, pandemics, active shooter incidents, and other mass casualty events. AHDR educates participants on how to analyze potential threats in their area, assess available resources, and create a medical response plan that saves lives.

This course covers:

  • Communicating effectively during disasters
  • Mutual aid and interoperability
  • Managing resources such as supplies, medications and equipment
  • Triage and transportation strategies and challenges
  • Patient tracking and evacuation

8-hour classroom course for EMS practitioners at all levels (First Responder, EMT, and Paramedic). Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a certificate of completion, a wallet card recognizing them as an AHDR provider for 4 years, and 8 hours of CAPCE credit.

Geriatric Education for EMS (GEMS)

Geriatric Education for EMS (GEMS) provides EMS practitioners at all levels with the skills and knowledge to address the unique medical, social, environmental and communications challenges of older adults. GEMS emphasizes use of the GEMS Diamond to help practitioners recall the importance of performing geriatric specific assessments. Developed by NAEMT in partnership with the American Geriatrics Society, GEMS empowers EMS practitioners to help improve medical outcomes and quality of life for older patients.

This course covers:

  • Changes with age
  • Assessment of older adults
  • Pharmacology and medication toxicity
  • Psycho-social emergencies
  • Elder abuse
  • End-of-life care issues
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies
  • Trauma
  • Neurological emergencies and altered mental status

Geriatric Education for EMS (GEMS) Advanced Provider

8-hour classroom course for EMTs, paramedics, emergency responders, nurses, physician assistants and physicians, that expands upon the curriculum presented in the core course, with more in-depth content and complex scenarios. Students who successfully complete this course receive a certificate of completion, a wallet card recognizing them as a GEMS Advanced provider for 4 years, and 8 hours of CAPCE credit.