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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

Additionally, RSTC is an authorized National Association of EMTs (NAEMT) Training Center offering Prehospital Trauma Life Support and Advanced Medical Life Support

The RSTC also supports other courses including the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) and Basic Life Support - Obstetrical Emergencies (BLSO). 

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! 

These courses are open to Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine providers as well as to individuals from outside our organization.UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, NO VISITORS ARE ALLOWED ON CAMPUS.  RSTC PROGRAMS ARE FOR EMPLOYEES ONLY.

How do I Pay for a Course? 

Payment is by check only.  Make checks payable to Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for registration fees.  

Course Description 

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. 

Manual 

The ACLS EP Manual is required for this course.  Copies are available in the Harrel Library for employees.  Non-employees can purchase the manual from: 

 Precourse Requirements 

  • After registering for the course, email RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu and ask for the online course assignment.   
  • Complete the online course assignment.  
  • You must print the certificate of completion at the end of the online course assignment. You will need to give this to your instructor when you attend the classroom portion.  
  • You will not be permitted to attend the classroom portion without successfully completing the online course.  
  • Should you start the online portion, but fail to complete, you will be charged for the cost of the course. 

What to Bring to the Course 

  • Copy of your ACLS card
  • Manual
  • Certificate of completion  

Course Description

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%. 

Manuals

  • The manual was provided with the online course

Precourse Requirements  

  • After registering for the course, email RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu and ask for the online course assignment. Note if you are not PSH/PSU COM employee, you'll need to purchase the course separately.    
  • Complete the online course assignment.  
  • You must print the certificate of completion at the end of the online course assignment. You will need to give this to your instructor when you attend the classroom portion.  
  • You will not be permitted to attend the classroom portion without successfully completing the online course.  
  • Should you start the online portion, but fail to complete, you will be charged for the cost of the course.  

What to Bring to the Course 

  • Certificate of completion  

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. 

Manual 

The ACLS Manual is required for this course.  Copies are available in the Harrel Library for employees.  Non-employees can purchase the manual from: 

Precourse Requirements 

  • You must 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 at the end of the online course assignment. You will need to give this to your instructor when you attend the classroom portion.  
  • You will not be permitted to attend the classroom portion without successfully completing the online course.  
  • Should you start the online portion, but fail to complete, you will be charged for the cost of the course. 

What to Bring to the Course 

  • Copy of your ACLS card
  • Manual
  • Certificate of completion  

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. 

Manual 

The ACLS Manual is required for this course.  Copies are available in the Harrel Library for employees.  Non-employees can purchase the manual from: 

Precourse Requirements 

  • You must 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 at the end of the online course assignment. You will need to give this to your instructor when you attend the classroom portion.  
  • You will not be permitted to attend the classroom portion without successfully completing the online course.  
  • Should you start the online portion, but fail to complete, you will be charged for the cost of the course. 

What to Bring to the Course 

  • Copy of your ACLS card
  • Manual
  • Certificate of completion  

Course Description 

Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) is the gold standard of education for emergency medical assessment and treatment. Endorsed by the National Association of EMS Physicians, AMLS emphasizes the use of the AMLS Assessment Pathway, a systematic tool for assessing and managing common medical conditions with urgent accuracy.

Students learn to recognize and manage common medical crises through realistic case-based scenarios that challenge students to apply their knowledge to highly critical patients.  The course emphasizes the use of scene size-up, history, interactive group discussion on potential treatment strategies, and physical exam to systematically rule out and consider possibilities and probabilities in treating patients’ medical crises. 

Topics include:

  • Respiratory disorders
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Shock
  • Altered mental status
  • Neurological disorders
  • Endocrine/Metabolic disorders
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Infectious disease
  • Abdominal disorders
  • Toxicological emergencies
  • Exposure to hazardous materials

Manual 

The AMLS Manual is required for this course. Manuals can be purchased from:

Precourse Requirements  

  • After registering for the course, email RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu and ask for the online course assignment. Note if you are not PSH/PSU COM employee, you'll need to purchase the course separately.    
  • Complete the online course assignment.  
  • You must print the certificate of completion at the end of the online course assignment. You will need to give this to your instructor when you attend the classroom portion.  
  • You will not be permitted to attend the classroom portion without successfully completing the online course.  
  • Should you start the online portion, but fail to complete, you will be charged for the cost of the course.  

What to Bring to the Course 

  • Manual
  • Certificate of completion  

Course Description 

Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) is the gold standard of education for emergency medical assessment and treatment. Endorsed by the National Association of EMS Physicians, AMLS emphasizes the use of the AMLS Assessment Pathway, a systematic tool for assessing and managing common medical conditions with urgent accuracy.

Students learn to recognize and manage common medical crises through realistic case-based scenarios that challenge students to apply their knowledge to highly critical patients.  The course emphasizes the use of scene size-up, history, interactive group discussion on potential treatment strategies, and physical exam to systematically rule out and consider possibilities and probabilities in treating patients’ medical crises. 

Topics include:

  • Respiratory disorders
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Shock
  • Altered mental status
  • Neurological disorders
  • Endocrine/Metabolic disorders
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Infectious disease
  • Abdominal disorders
  • Toxicological emergencies
  • Exposure to hazardous materials

Manual 

The AMLS Manual is required for this course. Manuals can be purchased from:

Precourse Requirements 

  • Review the manual. 

What to Bring to the Course 

  • Manual 

Course Description 

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.

Manuals

  • The manual was provided with the online course

Precourse Requirements  

  • After registering for the course, email RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu and ask for the online course assignment. Note if you are not PSH/PSU COM employee, you'll need to purchase the course separately.    
  • Complete the online course assignment.  
  • You must print the certificate of completion at the end of the online course assignment. You will need to give this to your instructor when you attend the classroom portion.  
  • You will not be permitted to attend the classroom portion without successfully completing the online course.  
  • Should you start the online portion, but fail to complete, you will be charged for the cost of the course.  

What to Bring to the Course 

  • Certificate of completion  

Course Description 

Basic Life Support in Obstetrics (BLSO) is designed to improve the management of normal deliveries, as well as obstetric emergencies by standardizing the skills of first responders, emergency personnel and maternity care providers. 

The BLSO curriculum is designed to train: 

  • Pre-hospital care providers 
  • First responders and emergency personnel 
  • Medical, nursing, and physician assistant students 

Manuals  

  • The manual was provided with the online course.   

Precourse Requirements  

  • After registering for the course, email RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu and ask for the online course assignment.   
  • Complete the online course assignment.  
  • You must print the certificate of completion at the end of the online course assignment. You will need to give this to your instructor when you attend the classroom portion.  
  • You will not be permitted to attend the classroom portion without successfully completing the online course.  
  • Should you start the online portion, but fail to complete, you will be charged for the cost of the course.  

What to Bring to the Course 

  • Certificate of completion  

Course Description

This course, taught by qualified emergency nurses, is designed to provide the core-level pediatric knowledge and psychomotor skills needed to care for pediatric patients in the emergency setting.

Here’s a glimpse into what you’ll learn:

  • The latest pediatric emergency nursing practice recommendations
  • Systematic assessment and application of care
  • The newly released 5th Edition includes added content on dermatologic and environmental emergencies, human trafficking, food allergies and more!

Why is ENA's ENPC the right course for you?

  • Evidence-based content developed by pediatric nursing experts
  • Curriculum designed specifically for nurses
    Course education is updated regularly as trauma care evolves
  • 4-year, internationally recognized verification as an ENPC provider is earned upon successful completion
  • Increase your confidence in emergency pediatric patient care
  • ENPC courses available year-round at locations conveniently located near you

Manuals 

  • A manual is required for this course and was included in your registration fee. 

Precourse Requirements  

  • Participants must be an RN and possess a current unrestricted nursing license to receive verification. 
  • LPNs and paramedics are eligible to attend all portions of the course except for the written and psychomotor evaluations. For this reason, they do not receive verification, but are awarded contact hours

What to Bring to the Course 

  • Copy of your RN license
  • Manual

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. 

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.

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.  

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.  

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.  

NOTE: This course is only open to students and faculty of a K-12 school.  Verification is required. 

AHA's Heartsaver K-12 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.  

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")
  •  After you register for a skills for this class, you must email RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu and request the e-learning.  You will recieve and email from the American Heart Assocation (NOT Penn State) . You MUST print the certificate of completion and bring it with you to your class. Once you open the course we are charged, so if you activate it and do not compelte it YOU will be charged for its cost.
  • ACLS Provider Manual and ACLS Instructor Manual are required for this course.  You must review these manuals prior to the course.  You must refer to these manuals during the course .  Your registration covered the purchase of both manuals.  Please contact RSTC at 717-531-1834 or RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu to arrange a time to pick them up.

Who Should Take This Course

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

Provider and Instructor Manuals 

ACLS Provider Manual and ACLS Instructor Manual are required for this course. You must review these manuals prior to the course. You must refer to these manuals during the course. Your registration covered the purchase of both manuals. Please contact the RSTC at 717-531-1834 or RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu to arrange a time to pick up the manuals.  

Precourse Requirements

  • Review the information in the manual. 
  • Ensure that your BLS and ACLS skills and knowledge are current for the resuscitation scenarios.

What to Bring

  • Manuals
  • AHA’s 2015 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers (optional) can be used as a reference throughout the course 
  • Online Certificate of Completion
  • BLS Provider Card 
  • ACLS Provider Card 
  • ACLS Provider and Instructor Manual

What to 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.

I Need to Cancel 

If you can not attend, you must withdraw from this course as soon as possible. You may be charged in the following scenarios:

  • Withdrawal and cancellation received within 24 hours of the course
  • Failure to show
  • If you received an online course, started the online course, but failed to complete the online course
  • If you received an online course, started the online course, but failed to show for a hands-on session

You can cancel your reservation by calling the RSTC at 717-531-1834 or e-mailing the RSTC at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu. 

I Have Another Question

If you have any questions about the course, please call the Resuscitation Sciences Training Center at 717-531-1834 or email at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

 

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/ 
  • After you resgsiter for this class you must email RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu to request the e-learning.  You will recieve an email from The American Heart Association.  You must print the certifcate of completion and bring it with you to class.  If you activate the course by opening it and do not compelte it YOU will be respobsible for its cost.
  • 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.

Provider and Instructor Manuals 

ACLS for Experienced Providers (ACLS EP) Manual and Resource Text is required. You must review this manual prior to the course. You must refer to this manual during the course. Your registration covered the purchase of this manual. Please contact the RSTC at 717-531-1834 or RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu to arrange a time to pick up the manual.  

Precourse Requirements

  • Review the information in the manual. 

What to Bring 

  • Manual
  • AHA’s 2015 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers (optional) can be used as a reference throughout the course 

What to 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.

I Need to Cancel 

If you can not attend, you must withdraw from this course as soon as possible. You may be charged in the following scenarios:

  • Withdrawal and cancellation received within 24 hours of the course
  • Failure to show
  • If you received an online course, started the online course, but failed to complete the online course
  • If you received an online course, started the online course, but failed to show for a hands-on session

You can cancel your reservation by calling the RSTC at 717-531-1834 or e-mailing the RSTC at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu. 

I Have Another Question

If you have any questions about the course, please call the Resuscitation Sciences Training Center at 717-531-1834 or email at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

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

  • 18 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")
  • Instructor e-learning

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 18 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")
  • After you register for this class you must email RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu and request the e-learning.  You will recieve and email from the American Heart Association .  You must print the certificate of completion and bring it with you to class,  If you actvivate the course by opening it and do not compelte it YOU will be respobsible for the cost of the course.
  • PALS Provider Manual and PALS Instructor Manual are required for this course.  You must review these manuals prior to the course.  You must refer to these manuals during the course. Your registration covered the purchase of both manuals.  Please contact RSTC at 717-531-8134 or email RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu to arrange a time to pick them up.

Who Should Take This Course

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

Provider and Instructor Manuals 

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Provider Manual and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Instructor Manual are required for this course. You must review these manuals prior to the course. You must refer to these manuals during the course. Your registration covered the purchase of both manuals. Please contact the RSTC at 717-531-1834 or RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu to arrange a time to pick up the manuals.  

Precourse Requirements

  • Review the information in the manual. 
  • Ensure that your BLS and PALS skills and knowledge are current for the resuscitation scenarios.

What to Bring

  • AHA’s 2015 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers (optional) can be used as a reference throughout the course 
  • Online Certificate of Completion
  • BLS Provider Card 
  • PALS Provider Card
  • PALS Provider and PALS Instructor Manual

What to 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.

I Need to Cancel 

If you can not attend, you must withdraw from this course as soon as possible. You may be charged in the following scenarios:

  • Withdrawal and cancellation received within 24 hours of the course
  • Failure to show
  • If you received an online course, started the online course, but failed to complete the online course
  • If you received an online course, started the online course, but failed to show for a hands-on session

You can cancel your reservation by calling the RSTC at 717-531-1834 or e-mailing the RSTC at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu. 

I Have Another Question

If you have any questions about the course, please call the Resuscitation Sciences Training Center at 717-531-1834 or email at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

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.

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
  • PALS pre-test

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

What This Course Does Not Cover

PALS 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 PALS Course.

 What to Bring 

  • Manual
  • AHA’s 2015 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers (optional), which you may bring to the course to use as a reference guide during some of the stations in the course.
  • Precourse Self-Assessment
  • BLS Provider Card/and or certificate

What to 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 email within 72 after the successful completion of your course to claim your card

I Need to Cancel 

If you can not attend, you must withdraw from this course as soon as possible. You may be charged in the following scenarios:

  • Withdrawal and cancellation received within 24 hours of the course
  • Failure to show
  • If you received an online course, started the online course, but failed to complete the online course
  • If you received an online course, started the online course, but failed to show for a hands-on session

You can cancel your reservation by withdrawing in COMPASS.

I Have Another Question

If you have any questions about the course, please call the Resuscitation Sciences Training Center at 717-531-1834 or email at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

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

What This Course Does Not Cover

PALS 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 PALS Course.

 What to Bring 

  • Manual
  • AHA’s 2015 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers (optional), which you may bring to the course to use as a reference guide during some of the stations in the course.
  • Precourse Self-Assessment
  • BLS Provider Card/and or certificate 
  • PALS Provider Card.  Note that if you do not present your PALS Provider Card - or that Card is expired - you will not be given the option of remediation should you fail either the written or practical testing. 

What to 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 email within 72 hours after the successful completion of your course to claim your card

I Need to Cancel 

If you can not attend, you must withdraw from this course as soon as possible. You may be charged in the following scenarios:

  • Withdrawal and cancellation received within 24 hours of the course
  • Failure to show
  • If you received an online course, started the online course, but failed to complete the online course
  • If you received an online course, started the online course, but failed to show for a hands-on session

You can cancel your reservation by un-enrolling in COMPASS. You can also e-mail RSTC at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu. 

I Have Another Question

If you have any questions about the course, please call the Resuscitation Sciences Training Center at 717-531-1834 or email at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

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

Course Description

NAEMT's Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) is recognized around the world as the leading continuing education program for prehospital emergency trauma care. The mission of PHTLS is to promote excellence in trauma patient management by all providers involved in the delivery of prehospital care.  PHTLS is developed by NAEMT in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma. The Committee provides the medical direction and content oversight for the PHTLS program.

PHTLS courses improve the quality of trauma care and decrease mortality. The program is based on a philosophy stressing the treatment of the multi-system trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs. 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 course utilizes the internationally recognized PHTLS textbook and covers the following topics:

  • Physiology of life and death
  • Scene assessment
  • Patient assessment
  • Airway
  • Breathing, ventilation and oxygenation
  • Circulation, hemorrhage and shock
  • Patients with disabilities
  • Patient simulations

Manual 

The PHTLS Manual is required for this course. Manuals can be purchased from:

Precourse Requirements  

  • After registering for the course, email RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu and ask for the online course assignment. Note if you are not PSH/PSU COM employee, you'll need to purchase the course separately.    
  • Complete the online course assignment.  
  • You must print the certificate of completion at the end of the online course assignment. You will need to give this to your instructor when you attend the classroom portion.  
  • You will not be permitted to attend the classroom portion without successfully completing the online course.  
  • Should you start the online portion, but fail to complete, you will be charged for the cost of the course.  

What to Bring to the Course 

  • Manual
  • Certificate of completion  

Course Description 

NAEMT's Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) is recognized around the world as the leading continuing education program for prehospital emergency trauma care. The mission of PHTLS is to promote excellence in trauma patient management by all providers involved in the delivery of prehospital care.  PHTLS is developed by NAEMT in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma. The Committee provides the medical direction and content oversight for the PHTLS program.

PHTLS courses improve the quality of trauma care and decrease mortality. The program is based on a philosophy stressing the treatment of the multi-system trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs. 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 course utilizes the internationally recognized PHTLS textbook and covers the following topics:

  • Physiology of life and death
  • Scene assessment
  • Patient assessment
  • Airway
  • Breathing, ventilation and oxygenation
  • Circulation, hemorrhage and shock
  • Patients with disabilities
  • Patient simulations

Manual 

The PHTLS Manual is required for this course. Manuals can be purchased from:

Precourse Requirements 

  • Review the manual. 

What to Bring to the Course 

  • Manual 

The first few minutes of trauma care are critical to achieving better patient outcomes. The ENA’s Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) is widely recognized as the premier course for hospitals and trauma centers worldwide, empowering nurses with the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and hands-on training to provide expert care for trauma patients.

Learn:

  • Rapid identification of life-threatening injuries
  • Comprehensive patient assessment
  • Enhanced intervention for better patient outcomes 

A variety of learning methodologies are incorporated into TNCC, including online, a textbook, interactive lecture, hands-on practice and case-based learning.

ENA's Trauma Nursing Core Course includes: 

  • A two-day intensive course with expert instructors. 
  • Hands-on training using both an individual and team approach. 
  • Online learning. 
  • Evidence based content developed by trauma emergency experts.  

Skill stations include:

  • ​Trauma nursing process teaching stations
  • Airway and ventilation interventions teaching stations
  • Trauma interventions: spinal protection, helmet removal, and splinting physical assessment station. 

Prerequisites/What to Bring to Class N/A

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? An ENA TNCC four-year provider verification card will be issued to those registered nurses who achieve 80% or higher on the multiple-choice exam and 70% or higher on the skill station evaluation.

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. 

Administrative Office 

Program Manager - Franklin Banfer 

Administrative Support - Ann Marie Schupper/Anne Bonawitz

Penn State Health - Milton S. Hershey Medical CenterTraining Site

AHA TCC - Franklin Banfer

AHA Program Coordinator (ACLS, ACLS EP, PALS, PEARS, BLS, HS) - John  Shellenberger

RQI Administrator - Franklin Banfer

NAEMT TCC - Franklin Banfer

ENA (TNCC/ENPC) Coordinator - Justin Heinrich

AAP (NRP) Coordinator - Julie Becker 

AAFP (BLSO) Coordinator - Franklin Banfer

Penn State Health - St. Joseph Training Site

ACLS Coordinator - Erika Walton 

BLS Coordinator - Erika Walton 

PALS Coordinator - Cathryn Flay 

Administrative Support - Karen Koiro