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CCEMTP — Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport Program

CCEMTPlogoThe Center for Emergency Medicine is the only facility licensed in southwestern Pennsylvania to offer CCEMTP!

Current Course Offerings:

Sunday November 1st-16th, 2020

Monday March 15-30th, 2021

(click date to register)

The CCEMT-P course is designed to prepare paramedics and nurses to function as members of a critical care transport team. The program bridges the gap between pre-hospital and in hospital care; resulting in a specialized provider who has both the understanding of the aspects of caring for a critically ill patient and has the ability to provide the highest level of care to the critically ill patient during transport.

The class meets for two (2) weeks everyday from 8am to 6pm. There will be one weekend day off between weeks. Most classes take place at or near the Center for Emergency Medicine Office of Education in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, PA.

Preregistration is mandatory for this program and a course fee of $1050.00 is required. Once registered, students will receive more specific class information such as a course schedule and information about overnight accommodations in the Pittsburgh area.

Curriculum Design
The CCEMTP Program is designed to provide the basic educational foundation required for specialists transporting critical care patients.  The CCEMTP Manual is a curriculum divided into broad modules.  Each module has a specific instructional goal, a rationale (establishing a connection with the desired benefits of the program), a list of necessary equipment to demonstrate various critical care techniques, the required readings and the learning objectives. Each lesson contains a focus statement (providing a specific direction about the topic and how it will contribute to the development of the participants), and list of learning objectives. Demonstration equipment includes doppler, balloon pump, ventilator, pressure transducer, blood products and invasive lines. A pig trachea lab is also included. Additional readings, handouts, and a lesson outline are provided through cloud based resources therefore students must be able to access the internet and review these resources during the course. A laptop or tablet is most appropriate fo ruse with the Box resource.
Location: Most classes will be held at or near the Center for Emergency Medicine, 230 McKee Place, Suite 500, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Typical Course Agenda:

Concepts and Components of Critical Care
Air Medical Considerations
Transport Physiology
Lab Data
Basic Radiographic Interpretation
Peripheral and Central Lines
Hemodynamic Monitoring
Blood Administration
Advanced Airway
Mechanical Ventilation
Pharmacology – Neuro System
12-lead EKG Interpretation
Mechanical Cardiac
Pharmacology -Circulatory
Sepsis / MODS
Renal Urological
Neuro / ICP
Burn Care
Trauma Care
Special Populations
High Risk Obstetrics

A printed student manual is provided.

Optional CCEMTP Text:

 Critical Care Transport, AAOS. Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury, MA, c2017.
Any critical care text can be used to prepare the student for the course.

Recommended Prerequisites:
Paramedics: One (1) year as a paramedic, current certifications in CPR, ACLS, ITLS or PHTLS, and PALS or PEPP.
Nurses: One (1) year as a nurse, current certifications in CPR, ACLS, PALS, and ITLS/PHTLS or TNCC.

Pre-registration is mandatory and can be completed by selecting the desired date of the course above. Enrollment for each course is limited; classes are filled in the order in which applications are received. The deadline for registration is one month before the start of class.

Lodging and Travel Info

March 2020 Room Block Info

For your convenience, a list of overnight accommodations and other Pittsburgh information will be sent with your course materials shortly after the registration deadline. Be sure your lodging will permit reasonable travel time to class during morning rush hour. Parking in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh is approximately $22 per day. It is best to stay at a hotel within walking distance.

Tuition and Payment:
The cost of this course is $1050.00
*Pricing subject to change.

Special arrangements by employer may be made upon request.

International Students: Students who require a visa should only travel on a valid visa for the education and training activities offered. Information about visas is available here Study in the States

CEM does not provide visa endorsement for this course.

Requests for refunds must be made in writing at least five working days prior to the course.  The course fee will be returned with a $20 deduction for administrative fees.  No refunds are issued for cancellations made after the aforementioned deadline or for failure to attend the course.  In the event of course cancellation, participants are notified and a full refund granted.

For additional information, please contact:
John Pierce – or (412)647-4648

The Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport Paramedic (CCEMTP) program is owned by the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). The CCEMTP program is offered by the Center for Emergency Medicine under license.

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