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ACCC to Offer Paramedic Certification Training This Fall

July 8, 2009

The Health Professions Institute at Atlantic Cape Community College will offer a Paramedic Certification Program this fall for emergency responders interested in advancing their training. The program for currently certified emergency medical technicians includes clinical, classroom and field training, provided in conjunction with clinical partner AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. The program prepares participants for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians paramedic certification exam and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services paramedic certification exam.

This two-year program offers training in Advanced Life Support (ALS), including intravenous therapy, medication administration, advanced airway management and cardiac rhythm interpretation and defibrillation. Students who successfully complete the program also will obtain certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Pediatric Emergencies for the Prehospital Provider (PEPP), and Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS).

Lecture and lab modules will take place at the Health Professions Institute at ACCC's Worthington Atlantic City Campus,1535 Bacharach Blvd. Clinical expertise will come from various hospital settings and students will also gain field experience on paramedic units.

"The need for paramedics is increasing," said Agnes Galiano, training manager of ARMC Emergency Medical Services. "Career opportunities are expanding for paramedics, too. We're proud to partner with ACCC, other hospitals and care facilities throughout the region offering this valuable training to emergency medical technicians."

Program applicants must have current EMT-Basic and CPR certifications, a high school diploma or GED, and successfully complete a program entry exam.

For more information, or to register, call Trudy Mills at (609) 343-4814.