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The Resuscitation Sciences Training Center (RSTC) is an authorized American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center providing American Heart Association courses including Basic Life SupportAdvanced Cardiovascular Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. The RSTC also supports other courses including the Neonatal Resuscitation Program.

These courses are open to Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine providers as well as to individuals from outside our organization.

The RSTC is also a leader in providing community CPR programs including Hands-Only CPRCPR in Schools, and support for Public Access Defibrillation programs.

Stay tuned as more courses are being planned! 

How do I Pay for a Course? 

Payment is by cash or check to Penn State Health. Payment shall be mailed to the RSTC before class or at the start of class.  

New Course Format! This course will be delivered in a 2 hour live session located at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.  The remaining parts of this class will be broadcast via ZOOM in a synchronous environment. Participation in both the live session and ZOOM sessions are required.  

The goal of ACLS EP is to improve outcomes in complex cardiovascular, respiratory and other (e.g, 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 post arrest patients.

ACLS EP has been updated to reflect science from:

  • 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC
  • 2013 American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF)/AHA Guidelines for the Management of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction
  • 2012 ACCF/AHA Focused Update of the Guideline for the Management of Patients With Unstable Angina/Non–STEMI

American Heart Association. 

 Prerequisites/What To Bring To Class

  • You will be required to demonstrate BLS and ACLS skills as the first event in the morning; should you not demonstrate proficiency, you will not be issued a course completion card, but may audit the course.
  • MD/DO - ER/ICU - Senior Residents; Attendings or
  • PA - ER/ICU or
  • CRNP - ER/ICU or
  • EMTP/NREMTP or
  • RN - ICU/ER or
  • RT - ICU/ER
  • Review the information in the resource text. Copies are available to rent from George T Harrell Library if you are a Penn State Health employee. Copies can be purchased from Channing-Bete, WorldPoint ECC, or Laerdal-Medical. You must bring a resource text with you. 
  • After you register for an Instructor Led session, you must email RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu to request access to the eLearning. Should you be approved for this course, you'll receive access to an eLearning via email. You must print the certificate of completion and bring it with you to the Instructor Led session. You must have scored at least 84% on this eLearning or else you will not be admitted to the Instructor Led session. Should you open and activate the eLearning, and fail to complete the eLearning, you will be charged for the course. 

Who Should Take This Course Healthcare professionals who direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or cardiovascular emergencies (i.e., personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units) such as physicians, nurses, and paramedics, as well as others who need an ACLS course completion card for job or other requirements.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Policy ACLS EP can be used to satisfy ACLS requirements.Those required to have ACLS are governed by 206NAM, 146-MGM, and PC-06 HAM. 

What Should I Wear? Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You will be practicing skills that require work on your hands and knees, and the course requires bending, standing, and lifting. If you have any physical condition that might prevent you from engaging in these activities, please tell an instructor. The instructor may be able to adjust the equipment if you have back, knee, or hip problems.

What about my card? You will receive an e-mail within 72 hours after your course to claim your eCard if you successfully completed the course.  ​

I Need to Cancel If you can not attend, you must withdraw from this course as soon as possible. You may be charged for your cancellation. You can cancel your reservation by withdrawing in Compass.

I Have Another Question If you have any questions about the course, please call the RSTC at 717-531-1834 or email at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu. 

HeartCode ACLS is the AHA’s blended learning delivery method for the AHA’s ACLS Course. Blended learning is a combination of eLearning, in which a student completes part of the course in a self-directed manner, followed by a hands-on session. HeartCode ACLS is a self-directed, comprehensive eLearning program using eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings. To enter the course, students must complete a precourse self-assessment. Students will then be presented with a team dynamics lesson and 10 In-hospital patient cases, including a BLS case and 2 megacode cases. The cases may be repeated as many times as necessary to pass. Upon successful completion of all the patient cases, students will take a multiple choice exam and must pass with a minimum score of 84%. American Heart Association.

Prerequisites/ What To Bring To Class

  • ACLS Provider, as this course is not appropriate for initial ACLS certification.
  • After you register for a skills testing, you must email RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu to request access to the eLearning (employees only, all others go to AHA online and purchase the course yourself). Should you be approved for this course, you'll receive access to an eLearning via email. You must print the certificate of completion and bring it with you to the skills testingShould you open and activate the eLearning, and fail to complete the eLearning, you will be charged for the course. 
  • Review the information in the resource text, available in the eLearning.

Who Should Take This Course Healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies (i.e., personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units) such as physicians, nurses, and paramedics, as well as others who need an ACLS course completion card for job or other requirements. HeartCode ACLS is for healthcare professionals and others seeking an alternative delivery method for completing ACLS training.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Policy Those required to have ACLS are governed by 206NAM, 146-MGM, and PC-06 HAM. 

What Should I Wear? Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You will be practicing skills that require work on your hands and knees, and the course requires bending, standing, and lifting. If you have any physical condition that might prevent you from engaging in these activities, please tell an instructor. The instructor may be able to adjust the equipment if you have back, knee, or hip problems.​

What about my card? You will receive an e-mail within 72 hours after your course to claim your eCard if you successfully completed the course.  ​

I Need to Cancel If you can not attend, you must withdraw from this course as soon as possible. You may be charged for your cancellation. You can cancel your reservation by withdrawing in Compass.

I Have Another Question If you have any questions about the course, please call the RSTC at 717-531-1834 or email at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu. 

Continuing Education Credits Available

Need BLS too? Email us at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu and request HeartCode BLS during your HeartCode ACLS Skills Testing. Allow 72 hours notice for the course to be assigned to you. You must print the BLS certificate of completion and bring it with you to the skills testing. Should you open and activate the BLS eLearning, and fail to complete the eLearning, you will be charged for the course. 

ACLS is an advanced, Instructor-led classroom course highlighting 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. American Heart Association.  

Prerequisites/What To Bring to Class

  • Review the information in the resource text. Copies are available to rent from George T Harrell Library if you are a Penn State Health employee. Copies can be purchased from Channing-Bete, WorldPoint ECC, or Laerdal-Medical. You must bring a resource text with you. 
  • You must also complete the eLearning prior to the Instructor Led session. Go to www.heart.org/eccstudent. The access code is acls15. You must print the certificate of completion and bring it with you to the Instructor Led session. You must have scored at least 70% on this eLearning or else you will not be admitted to the Instructor Led session

Who Should Take This Course: Healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies (i.e., personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units) such as physicians, nurses, and paramedics, as well as others who need an ACLS course completion card for job or other requirements.

What This Course Does Not Cover: ACLS Course does not teach ECG rhythm recognition or pharmacology. If you do not learn and understand the ECG and pharmacology information in the Precourse Self-Assessment, it is unlikely that you can successfully complete the ACLS Course.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Policy Those required to have ACLS are governed by 206NAM, 146-MGM, and PC-06 HAM. 

What Should I Wear? Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You will be practicing skills that require work on your hands and knees, and the course requires bending, standing, and lifting. If you have any physical condition that might prevent you from engaging in these activities, please tell an instructor. The instructor may be able to adjust the equipment if you have back, knee, or hip problems.

What about my card? You will receive an e-mail within 72 hours after your course to claim your eCard if you successfully completed the course.  ​

I Need to Cancel If you can not attend, you must withdraw from this course as soon as possible. You may be charged for your cancellation. You can cancel your reservation by withdrawing in Compass.

I Have Another Question If you have any questions about the course, please call the RSTC at 717-531-1834 or email at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu. 

Need BLS too? Email us at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu and request HeartCode BLS during your HeartCode ACLS Skills Testing. Allow 72 hours notice for the course to be assigned to you. You must print the BLS certificate of completion and bring it with you to the skills testing. Should you open and activate the BLS eLearning, and fail to complete the eLearning, you will be charged for the course. 

ACLS is an advanced, Instructor-led classroom course highlighting 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. American Heart Association. 

Prerequisites/What Do I bring to Class? 

  • Review the information in the resource text. Copies are available to rent from George T Harrell Library if you are a Penn State Health employee. Copies can be purchased from Channing-Bete, WorldPoint ECC, or Laerdal-Medical. You must bring a resource text with you. 
  • ACLS Provider. You will be asked to present this card at the beginning of class. If you do not present your Provider Card, or your Provider Card is expired, you can not remediate the day of this course. 
  • You must also complete the eLearning prior to the Instructor Led session. Go to www.heart.org/eccstudent. The access code is acls15. You must print the certificate of completion and bring it with you to the Instructor Led session. You must score at least 70% on this eLearning or else you will not be admitted to the Instructor Led session. 

Who Should Take This Course: Healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies (i.e., personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units) such as physicians, nurses, and paramedics, as well as others who need an ACLS course completion card for job or other requirements.

What This Course Does Not Cover: ACLS Course does not teach ECG rhythm recognition or pharmacology. If you do not learn and understand the ECG and pharmacology information in the Precourse Self-Assessment, it is unlikely that you can successfully complete the ACLS Course.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Policy: Those required to have ACLS are governed by 206NAM, 146-MGM, and PC-06 HAM.

What about my card? Starting 10/01/2017, our Training Center only provides eCards. You will receive an e-mail within 72 hours after your course to claim your eCard if you successfully completed the course. ​​

What Should I Wear? Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You will be practicing skills that require work on your hands and knees, and the course requires bending, standing, and lifting. If you have any physical condition that might prevent you from engaging in these activities, please tell an instructor. The instructor may be able to adjust the equipment if you have back, knee, or hip problems.

What about my card? You will receive an e-mail within 72 hours after your course to claim your eCard if you successfully completed the course.  ​ 

I Need to Cancel
 If you can not attend, you must withdraw from this course as soon as possible. You may be charged for your cancellation. You can cancel your reservation by withdrawing in Compass.

I Have Another Question If you have any questions about the course, please call the RSTC at 717-531-1834 or email at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu. 

Need BLS too? Email us at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu and request HeartCode BLS during your HeartCode ACLS Skills Testing. Allow 72 hours notice for the course to be assigned to you. You must print the BLS certificate of completion and bring it with you to the skills testing. Should you open and activate the BLS eLearning, and fail to complete the eLearning, you will be charged for the course. 

HeartCode BLS uses a variety of eLearning assets such as dramatizations, eSimulations, animations, self-directed learning, and interactive activities to teach students BLS knowledge and skills. After completing the online portion, students attend a structured BLS Hands-On Session with an AHA Instructor. This session focuses on meaningful skills practice, debriefing, team scenarios, discussions of local protocols, and skills testing. HeartCode BLS is for healthcare professionals seeking an alternative method for completing an initial or renewal BLS Course. American Heart Association.  

Prerequisites/What Do I Bring to Class

  • Review the information in the resource text, available in the eLearning.  
  • After you register for a skills testing, you must email RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu to request access to the eLearning. Should you be approved for this course, you'll receive access to an eLearning via email. You must print the certificate of completion and bring it with you to the skills testing. Should you open and activate the eLearning, and fail to complete the eLearning, you will be charged for the course. Review the information in the resource text, available in the eLearning.  
  • Review the information in the resource text, available in the eLearning.

Who Should Take This Course Healthcare providers caring for patients both in prehospital, and in-facility environments.

  • Prehospital: First responders including EMTs, paramedics, fire fighters, and police officers 
  • In-facility: Providers who work in a hospital, clinic,or other healthcare facility (i.e., dentist office, skilled nursing, and assisted living facilities). HeartCode BLS is for those seeking an alternative delivery method for completing the cognitive portion of BLS training.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Policy Those required to have BLS are governed by 206NAM.

What Should I Wear? Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You will be practicing skills that require work on your hands and knees, and the course requires bending, standing, and lifting. If you have any physical condition that might prevent you from engaging in these activities, please tell an instructor. The instructor may be able to adjust the equipment if you have back, knee, or hip problems.

What about my card? You will receive an e-mail within 72 hours after your course to claim your eCard if you successfully completed the course.  ​ 

I Need to Cancel If you can not attend, you must withdraw from this course as soon as possible. You may be charged for your cancellation. You can cancel your reservation by withdrawing in Compass.

I Have Another Question
 If you have any questions about the course, please call the RSTC at 717-531-1834 or email at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.  

Continuing Education Credits Available

AHA’s BLS Course provides the foundation for saving lives from cardiac arrest. It teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both prehospital and in-facility environments, with a focus on high-quality CPR and team dynamics.In the Instructor-led course, students participate in simulated clinical scenarios and learning stations. Students work with an AHA BLS Instructor to complete BLS skills practice and skills testing. Students also complete a written exam. American Heart Association 

Prerequisites/What Do I Bring to Class 

  • Review the information in the resource text. Copies are available to rent from George T Harrell Library if you are a Penn State Health employee. Copies can be purchased from Channing-Bete, WorldPoint ECC, or Laerdal-Medical. You must bring a resource text with you. 

Who Should Take This Course Healthcare providers caring for patients both in prehospital, and in-facility environments.

  • Prehospital: First responders including EMTs, paramedics, fire fighters, and police officers.
  • In-facility: Providers who work in a hospital, clinic,or other healthcare facility (i.e., dentist office, skilled nursing, and assisted living facilities)

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Policy: Those required to have BLS are governed by 206NAM.

What Should I Wear? Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You will be practicing skills that require work on your hands and knees, and the course requires bending, standing, and lifting. If you have any physical condition that might prevent you from engaging in these activities, please tell an instructor. The instructor may be able to adjust the equipment if you have back, knee, or hip problems.

What about my card? You will receive an e-mail within 72 hours after your course to claim your eCard if you successfully completed the course.  ​​​

I Need to Cancel If you can not attend, you must withdraw from this course as soon as possible. You may be charged for your cancellation. You can cancel your reservation by withdrawing in Compass.

I Have Another Question If you have any questions about the course, please call the RSTC at 717-531-1834 or email at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.  

The Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) program uses realistic eSimulation patient cases and mobile eSimulation stations that are positioned  throughout the hospital.

Healthcare providers can refresh vital CPR skills in just minutes, retaining life-saving CPR skills and maintaining their course completion cards indefinitely.

Skills-sessions modules provide audio-visual coaching on critical components of high-quality CPR.

Data is archived in a Learning Management System (LMS) used to track and document individual student performance.

American Heart Association

Participating Departments:

If your department is listed below, your unit is participating in RQI:  

  • 3rd Floor South Addition
  • 5th Floor Acute Care
  • Children's Hospital Peri-Anesthesia 
  • Emergency Department 
  • Heart and Vascular Institute 
  • HVI Non-Invasive Cardiology 
  • Nursing Education and Professional Development 
  • Operating Room 
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit 
  • Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit 
  • Pediatric Oncology 
  • Pediatric Acute Care
  • Peri-Anesthesia 
  • Respiratory Therapy 
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit 
  • Surgical Intermediate Care Unit 

If your unit is not listed, you are not eligible to participate in RQI.  Please sign up for a HeartCode BLS course. 

AHA's Family & Friends® CPR Course a video-based, classroom course intended for anyone who wants to learn CPR and prefers to learn in an Instructor-led or facilitated group environment. This course is for people who do not need a course completion card for a job or other requirements. Family & Friends CPR is ideal for community groups, parents, grandparents, caregivers, schools and students, and others interested in learning how to save a life.American Heart Association. 

Prerequisites/What Do I Bring to Class 

  •  Resource text is included in the cost of this course and will be provided to you upon your arrival at the class.  

Who Should Take This Course The Family & Friends CPR Course is intended for anyone who wants to learn CPR and prefer to learn in an Instructor-led or  facilitated group environment. This course is for people who do not need a course completion card for a job or other requirements.This course is ideal for community groups, parents, grandparents, caregivers, schools and students, and others interested in learning how to save a life.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Policy N/A. 

What Should I Wear? Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You will be practicing skills that require work on your hands and knees, and the course requires bending, standing, and lifting. If you have any physical condition that might prevent you from engaging in these activities, please tell an instructor. The instructor may be able to adjust the equipment if you have back, knee, or hip problems.

What about my card? This course does not produce a completion card.  

I Need to Cancel If you can not attend, you must withdraw from this course as soon as possible. You may be charged for your cancellation. You can cancel your reservation by withdrawing in Compass.

I Have Another Question If you have any questions about the course, please call the RSTC at 717-531-1834 or email at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu. 

First 4 Minutes Drills are team training exercises designed so that health care providers have an opportunity to practice and self-debrief effective team communication. 

This course does not satisfy your BLS or HeartSaver requirements.  

This course must be led by a trained facilitator. 

Prerequisites

  • None

Who Should Take This Course 

This course is designed for healthcare providers caring for patients both in prehospital, and in-facility environments.

  • Prehospital: First responders including EMTs, paramedics, fire fighters, and police officers 
  • In-facility: Providers who work in a hospital, clinic,or other healthcare facility (i.e., dentist office, skilled nursing, and assisted living facilities)

Per Penn State Health Hershey policies, this course must be completed by: 

  • N/A

Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting (such as at home, at work or in a park). It consists of two easy steps:

  1. Call 9-1-1 (or send someone to do that).
  2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest.

When you call 911, you need to stay on the phone until the 911 dispatcher (operator) tells you to hang up. The dispatcher will ask you about the emergency. They will also ask for details like your location. It is important to be specific, especially if you’re calling from a mobile phone as that is not associated with a fixed location or address. Remember that answering the dispatcher’s questions will not delay the arrival of help.

This classroom course teaches employees how to protect themselves and others from being exposed to blood or blood-containing materials. This course is designed to meet OSHA requirements for bloodborne pathogens training when paired with site-specific instruction.

Heartsaver Bloodborne Pathogens was designed specifically for workers with a reasonable chance of coming into contact with bloodborne pathogens such as:

  • Childcare workers
  • Security guards
  • Maintenance workers
  • School personnel
  • Hotel housekeepers
  • Health and fitness club staff, and
  • Tattoo artists

American Heart Association

Prerequisites/What Do I Bring to Class

  • Review the information in the resource text. Copies are available to rent from George T Harrell Library if you are a Penn State Health employee. Copies can be purchased from Channing-Bete, WorldPoint ECC, or Laerdal-Medical. You must bring a resource text with you. 

Who Should Take This Course Anyone with a reasonable chance of coming into contact with bloodborne pathogens such as correctional officers, childcare workers, security guards, maintenance workers, school personnel, hotel housekeepers, health and fitness club staff, tattoo artists.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Policy N/A. 

What Should I Wear? Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You will be practicing skills that require work on your hands and knees, and the course requires bending, standing, and lifting. If you have any physical condition that might prevent you from engaging in these activities, please tell an instructor. The instructor may be able to adjust the equipment if you have back, knee, or hip problems.

What About My Card? You will receive an e-mail within 72 hours after your course to claim your eCard if you successfully completed the course.  ​

I Need to Cancel 
If you can not attend, you must withdraw from this course as soon as possible. You may be charged for your cancellation.You can cancel your reservation by withdrawing in Compass.

I Have Another Question
 If you have any questions about the course, please call the RSTC at 717-531-1834 or email at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.  ​

Heartsaver CPR AED Online is the eLearning portion of the Heartsaver CPR AED blended learning course and is designed to teach students the cognitive information needed for CPR and AED training. Upon completion of the online portion, students must complete hands-on skills session with an AHA BLS or Heartsaver Instructor.

You must complete the eLearning prior to this course. You will not be allowed entrance into the Hands-On Session.  Access to the eLearning will be granted upon registration for this course. 

American Heart Association. 

Prerequisites 

  • None

Who Should Take This Course

Heartsaver courses are designed for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for job,
regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an
emergency in any setting.

Per Penn State Health Hershey policies, this course must be completed by: 

  • PCA
  • PCS
  • Patient Transport
  • Aides 
  • MOA

AHA's Heartsaver CPR AED Course is a classroom, Instructor-led course designed to prepare students to provide CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) use in a safe, timely, and effective manner. Upon successful completion of the course, including a CPR and AED skills test, students receive a Heartsaver CPR AED course completion card, valid for two years. American Heart Association. 

Prerequisites/What to Bring to Class 

  • A Heartsaver CPR AED Student Workbook is required for this course. Your registration covered the purchase of this manual. If you are a Penn State Employee, you will be given a manual to use at class. 

Who Should Take This Course Heartsaver courses are intended for anyone with little or no medical training who need a course completion card for their job,  regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting.Community members are encouraged to take this course to learn basic life saving skills.  

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Policy: Those required to have HeartSaver are governed by 206NAM, 146-MGM, and PC-06 HAM. 

What Should I Wear? Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You will be practicing skills that require work on your hands and knees, and the course requires bending, standing, and lifting. If you have any physical condition that might prevent you from engaging in these activities, please tell an instructor. The instructor may be able to adjust the equipment if you have back, knee, or hip problems.

What about my card? You will receive an e-mail within 72 hours after your course to claim your eCard if you successfully completed the course.  ​

I Need to Cancel If you can not attend, you must withdraw from this course as soon as possible. You may be charged for your cancellation. You can cancel your reservation by withdrawing in Compass.

I Have Another Question If you have any questions about the course, please call the RSTC at 717-531-1834 or email at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.  

Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Online is the eLearning portion of the Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED blended learning course and is designed to teach students the cognitive information needed for First Aid, CPR, and AED training. Upon completion of the online portion, students must complete hands-on skills session with an AHA BLS or Heartsaver Instructor.

Prerequisites/What to Bring to Class 

  • After you register for a skills testing session, you must email RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu to request access to the eLearning. Should you be approved for this course, you'll receive access to an eLearning via email. You must print the certificate of completion and bring it with you to the skills testing session. Should you open and activate the eLearning, and fail to complete the eLearning, you will be charged for the course. 

Who Should Take This Course Anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for job, regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Policy: Those required to have HeartSaver are governed by 206NAM, 146-MGM, and PC-06 HAM. 

What Should I Wear? Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You will be practicing skills that require work on your hands and knees, and the course requires bending, standing, and lifting. If you have any physical condition that might prevent you from engaging in these activities, please tell an instructor. The instructor may be able to adjust the equipment if you have back, knee, or hip problems. 

What about my card? You will receive an e-mail within 72 hours after your course to claim your eCard if you successfully completed the course.  ​

I Need to Cancel If you can not attend, you must withdraw from this course as soon as possible. You may be charged for your cancellation. You can cancel your reservation by withdrawing in Compass. 

I Have Another Question If you have any questions about the course, please call the RSTC at 717-531-1834 or email at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu. 

AHA's Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Course is a classroom, Instructor-led course designed to prepare students to provide CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) use in a safe, timely, and effective manner. Upon successful completion of the course, including a CPR and AED skills test, students receive a Heartsaver CPR AED course completion card, valid for two years. American Heart Association. 

Prerequisites/What to Bring to Class 

  • A Heartsaver CPR AED Student Workbook is required for this course. Your registration covered the purchase of this manual. If you are a Penn State Employee, you will be given a manual to use at class. 

Who Should Take This Course Heartsaver courses are intended for anyone with little or no medical training who need a course completion card for their job,  regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting.Community members are encouraged to take this course to learn basic life saving skills.  

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Policy: Those required to have HeartSaver are governed by 206NAM, 146-MGM, and PC-06 HAM. 

What Should I Wear? Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You will be practicing skills that require work on your hands and knees, and the course requires bending, standing, and lifting. If you have any physical condition that might prevent you from engaging in these activities, please tell an instructor. The instructor may be able to adjust the equipment if you have back, knee, or hip problems.

What about my card?
 You will receive an e-mail within 72 hours after your course to claim your eCard if you successfully completed the course.  ​

I Need to Cancel
 If you can not attend, you must withdraw from this course as soon as possible. You may be charged for your cancellation. You can cancel your reservation by withdrawing in Compass.

I Have Another Question
 If you have any questions about the course, please call the RSTC at 717-531-1834 or email at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.  

Heartsaver First Aid Online is the eLearning portion of the Heartsaver First Aid blended learning course and is designed to teach students the cognitive information needed for First Aid,  training. Upon completion of the online portion, students must complete hands-on skills session with an AHA BLS or Heartsaver Instructor.

Prerequisites/What to Bring to Class

  • After you register for a skills testing session, you must email RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu to request access to the eLearning. Should you be approved for this course, you'll receive access to an eLearning via email. You must print the certificate of completion and bring it with you to the skills testing session. Should you open and activate the eLearning, and fail to complete the eLearning, you will be charged for the course. 

Who Should Take This Course Anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for job, regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Policy: Those required to have HeartSaver are governed by 206NAM, 146-MGM, and PC-06 HAM.

What Should I Wear? Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You will be practicing skills that require work on your hands and knees, and the course requires bending, standing, and lifting. If you have any physical condition that might prevent you from engaging in these activities, please tell an instructor. The instructor may be able to adjust the equipment if you have back, knee, or hip problems. 

What about my card? You will receive an e-mail within 72 hours after your course to claim your eCard if you successfully completed the course.  ​

I Need to Cancel If you can not attend, you must withdraw from this course as soon as possible. You may be charged for your cancellation. You can cancel your reservation by withdrawing in Compass. 

I Have Another Question If you have any questions about the course, please call the RSTC at 717-531-1834 or email at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu. 

AHA's Heartsaver First Aid Course is a classroom, Instructor-led course designed to prepare students to provide first aid in a safe, timely, and effective manner. Upon successful completion of the course, including a First Aid skills test, students receive a Heartsaver First Aid course completion card, valid for two years. American Heart Association. 

Prerequisites/What to Bring to Class

  • A Heartsaver FIrst Aid CPR AED Student Workbook is required for this course. Your registration covered the purchase of this manual. If you are a Penn State Employee, you will be given a manual to use at class. 

Who Should Take This Course Anyone with little or no medical training who need a course completion card for their job,  regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting.Community members are encouraged to take this course to learn basic life saving skills.  

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Policy Those required to have HeartSaver are governed by 206NAM, 146-MGM, and PC-06 HAM. 

What Should I Wear? Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You will be practicing skills that require work on your hands and knees, and the course requires bending, standing, and lifting. If you have any physical condition that might prevent you from engaging in these activities, please tell an instructor. The instructor may be able to adjust the equipment if you have back, knee, or hip problems.

What about my card? 
You will receive an e-mail within 72 hours after your course to claim your eCard if you successfully completed the course.  ​

I Need to Cancel If you can not attend, you must withdraw from this course as soon as possible. You may be charged for your cancellation. You can cancel your reservation by withdrawing in Compass.

I Have Another Question If you have any questions about the course, please call the RSTC at 717-531-1834 or email at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.  

Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Online is the eLearning portion of the Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED blended learning course and is designed to teach students the cognitive information needed for First Aid, CPR, and AED training. Upon completion of the online portion, students must complete hands-on skills session with an AHA BLS or Heartsaver Instructor.

Prerequisites/What to Bring to Class

  • After you register for a skills testing session, you must email RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu to request access to the eLearning. Should you be approved for this course, you'll receive access to an eLearning via email. You must print the certificate of completion and bring it with you to the skills testing session. Should you open and activate the eLearning, and fail to complete the eLearning, you will be charged for the course. 

Who Should Take This Course Anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for job, regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Policy: Those required to have HeartSaver are governed by 206NAM, 146-MGM, and PC-06 HAM. 

What Should I Wear? Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You will be practicing skills that require work on your hands and knees, and the course requires bending, standing, and lifting. If you have any physical condition that might prevent you from engaging in these activities, please tell an instructor. The instructor may be able to adjust the equipment if you have back, knee, or hip problems. 

What about my card? You will receive an e-mail within 72 hours after your course to claim your eCard if you successfully completed the course.  ​

I Need to Cancel If you can not attend, you must withdraw from this course as soon as possible. You may be charged for your cancellation. You can cancel your reservation by withdrawing in Compass. 

I Have Another Question If you have any questions about the course, please call the RSTC at 717-531-1834 or email at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu. 

AHA's Heartsaver First Aid Course is a classroom, Instructor-led course designed to prepare students to provide first aid in a safe, timely, and effective manner. Upon successful completion of the course, including a First Aid skills test, students receive a Heartsaver First Aid course completion card, valid for two years. American Heart Association. 

Prerequisites/What to Bring to Class

  • A Heartsaver FIrst Aid CPR AED Student Workbook is required for this course. Your registration covered the purchase of this manual. If you are a Penn State Employee, you will be given a manual to use at class. 

Who Should Take This Course Anyone with little or no medical training who need a course completion card for their job,  regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting.Community members are encouraged to take this course to learn basic life saving skills.  

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Policy Those required to have HeartSaver are governed by 206NAM, 146-MGM, and PC-06 HAM. 

What Should I Wear? Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You will be practicing skills that require work on your hands and knees, and the course requires bending, standing, and lifting. If you have any physical condition that might prevent you from engaging in these activities, please tell an instructor. The instructor may be able to adjust the equipment if you have back, knee, or hip problems.

What about my card?
 You will receive an e-mail within 72 hours after your course to claim your eCard if you successfully completed the course.  ​

I Need to Cancel If you can not attend, you must withdraw from this course as soon as possible. You may be charged for your cancellation. You can cancel your reservation by withdrawing in Compass.

I Have Another Question If you have any questions about the course, please call the RSTC at 717-531-1834 or email at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.  

The Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Instructor Essentials Course is taught in a blended learning format. AHA ACLS Instructor candidates must complete the online portion, followed by the hands-on session conducted by ACLS Training Center Faculty. 

American Heart Association. 

Prerequisites

  • 18 years old
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider 
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Provider
  • Licensed/credentialed in a healthcare occupation where ACLS skills are within that license/credential scope of practice
  • Register on the American Heart Association Instructor Network, and request to be aligned with Penn State Health at https://ahainstructornetwork.americanheart.org/ 
  • Complete an Instructor Candidate Application (found on the Instructor Network under "PAM" then "Instructor Candidate Application")

Who Should Take This Course

Per Penn State Health Hershey policies, this course must be completed by: N/A.

The Advanced Cardiac Life Support Experienced Provider (ACLS EP) Instructor Essentials Course is taught in a blended learning format. AHA ACLS EP Instructor candidates must complete the online portion, followed by the hands-on session conducted by ACLS EP Training Center Faculty. 

American Heart Association

Prerequisites

  • 18 years old
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider 
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Experienced Provider (ACLS EP)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Instructor 
  • Licensed/credentialed in a healthcare occupation where ACLS skills are within that license/credential scope of practice
  • Register on the American Heart Association Instructor Network, and request to be aligned with Penn State Health at https://ahainstructornetwork.americanheart.org/ 
  • Complete an Instructor Candidate Application (found on the Instructor Network under "PAM" then "Instructor Candidate Application")

Who Should Take This Course

Per Penn State Health Hershey policies, this course must be completed by: N/A.

The Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor Essentials Course is taught in a blended learning format. AHA BLS Instructor candidates must complete the online portion, followed by the hands-on session conducted by BLS Training Center Faculty.

American Heart Association. 

Prerequisites

  • 16 years old
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider 
  • Register on the American Heart Association Instructor Network, and request to be aligned with Penn State Health at https://ahainstructornetwork.americanheart.org/ 
  • Complete an Instructor Candidate Application (found on the Instructor Network under "PAM" then "Instructor Candidate Application")

Who Should Take This Course

Per Penn State Health Hershey policies, this course must be completed by: N/A.

The Heartsaver Instructor Essentials Course is taught in a blended learning format. AHA Heartsaver Instructor candidates must complete the online portion, followed by the hands-on session conducted by BLS Training Center Faculty.

American Heart Association. 

Prerequisites

  • You are at least 16 years old
  • You have a Heartsaver Provider certification 
  • Register on the American Heart Association Instructor Network, and request to be aligned with Penn State Health at https://ahainstructornetwork.americanheart.org/ 
  • Complete an Instructor Candidate Application (found on the Instructor Network under "PAM" then "Instructor Candidate Application")

Per Penn State Health Hershey policies, this course must be completed by: N/A

The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Instructor Essentials Course is taught in a blended learning format. AHA PALS Instructor candidates must complete the online portion, followed by the hands-on session conducted by PALS Training Center Faculty.

American Heart Association. 

Prerequisites

  • 18 years old
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider 
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Provider
  • Licensed/credentialed in a healthcare occupation where PALS skills are within that license/credential scope of practice
  • Register on the American Heart Association Instructor Network, and request to be aligned with Penn State Health at https://ahainstructornetwork.americanheart.org/ 
  • Complete an Instructor Candidate Application (found on the Instructor Network under "PAM" then "Instructor Candidate Application")

Who Should Take This Course

Per Penn State Health Hershey policies, this course must be completed by: N/A

HeartCode® PALS is an online comprehensive eLearning 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.

After you register for the skills testing, you must email RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu to request access to the Elearning (employees only, all others go to AHA Online and purchase the course).  

To enter the course, students must complete the PALS Precourse Self-Assessment. Students are then presented with 12 In-hospital patient cases and a team dynamics lesson. Cases may be repeated as many times as necessary to pass. Upon successful completion of all the patient cases, students must pass the multiple-choice exam with a minimum score of 84%.

Students who successfully complete the online portion of the course receive a certificate granting them access to a PALS Hands-on Session with an AHA PALS Instructor. Students must successfully complete both the online portion and the hands-on session to receive a PALS Provider course completion card (print or eCard).

American Heart Association. 

Prerequisites

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider 

Who Should Take This Course 

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 and are seeking an alternative (nonclassroom) method for receiving a Course Completion Card.

Per Penn State Health Hershey policies, this course must be completed by: RNs who work in: 

  • Cath Lab
  • ED 
  • EP Lab
  • LifeLion
  • PACU
  • Pediatric Acute Care 
  • Pediatric Endoscopy
  • Pediatric Heme/Onc
  • PICU
  • PIMCU

Continuing Education Credits Available

  • physicians -- American Heart Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • physician assistants -- AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 7.25 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.
  • nurse practitioners -- American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME (must be claimed within 6 months of participation).
  • nurses -- The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 6.50 contact hours (must be claimed within 6 months of participation).
  • pharmacists -- ACPE Credit: 8.00 Contact Hours. Universal Program Number: 0256-0000-17-914-H01-P (must be claimed within 30 days of participation).
  • emergency medical services -- This continuing education activity is approved by American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), for 5.75 Advanced CEHs, activity number 17-AMHA-F3-0346 (must be claimed within 6 months of participation).

This classroom, Instructor-led course uses a series of videos and 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.

American Heart Association. 

Prerequisites

  • Basic Life Support

Who Should Take This Course 

PALS 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.

Per Penn State Health Hershey policies, this course must be completed by: RNs who work in: 

  • Cath Lab
  • ED 
  • EP Lab
  • LifeLion
  • PACU
  • Pediatric Acute Care 
  • Pediatric Endoscopy
  • Pediatric Heme/Onc
  • PICU
  • PIMCU

This classroom, Instructor-led course uses a series of videos and 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.

American Heart Association. 

Prerequisites

  • Basic Life Support Provider 
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider 

Who Should Take This Course 

PALS 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.

Per Penn State Health Hershey policies, this course must be completed by: RNs who work in: 

  • Cath Lab
  • ED 
  • EP Lab
  • LifeLion
  • PACU
  • Pediatric Acute Care 
  • Pediatric Endoscopy
  • Pediatric Heme/Onc
  • PICU
  • PIMCU

This classroom, Instructor-led course teaches healthcare providers the foundational skills needed to assess, recognize, and participate in the initial management of respiratory and/or cardiovascular emergencies and cardiopulmonary arrest in pediatric patients.

American Heart Association. 

Prerequisites 

  • None

Who Should Take This Course

This course teaches providers who infrequently deal with pediatrics how to use a systematic approach to quickly assess, recognize the cause, and stabilize a pediatric patient in an emergency situation. PEARS prepares providers to provide appropriate lifesaving interventions within the initial minutes of response until a child can be transferred to an advanced life support provider.

Per Penn State Health Hershey policies, this course must be completed by: N/A

Stop the Bleed regsitration.  In progress.

RSTC Program Manager/AHA Training Center Coordinator - Franklin Banfer 

Penn State Health - Hershey Training Site

ACLS Coordinator -  Emily Scicchitano

ACLS EP Coordinator - Franklin Banfer 

BLS Coordinator - Margie Gantz

PALS Coordinator - Emily Scicchitano

PEARS Coordinator - Emily Scicchitano

RQI Coordinators - Franklin Banfer/Emily Scicchitano

NRP Coordinator - Julie Becker

Administrative Support - Wendy Giulivo/Ann Marie Schupper

Penn State Health - St. Joseph Training Site

ACLS Coordinator - Erika Walton 

BLS Coordinator - Erika Walton 

PALS Coordinator - Cathryn Flay 

Administrative Support - Karen Koiro