Emergency Education Center: Training to respond to emergency situations

The Emergency Education Center (EEC) provides training in the areas of emergency and medical care. From CPR courses to advanced life support courses to pre-hospital education and EMS liaisons, the Emergency Education Center supports health professional education and training needs throughout the region.

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Who we are

The Emergency Education Center (EEC) provides training in the areas of emergency and medical care. From CPR courses to advanced life support courses to pre-hospital education and EMS liaisons, the Emergency Education Center supports health professional education and training needs throughout the region.

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The paramedic program of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

  • To contact CAAHEP
    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
    25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
    Clearwater, FL 33763
    Website

  • To contact CoAEMSP
    Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
    8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
    Rowlett, TX 75088
    214-703-8445
    Fax: 214-703-8992
    Website

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Paramedic training courses

The UW Health Paramedic Program provides learners with a comprehensive introduction to paramedic care. The program covers patient assessment, personal safety and well-being, emergency pharmacology, medication administration, anatomy and physiology, various medical emergencies and care for trauma patients. Through didactic and clinical experiences, students will develop their advanced level care and management of the sick and injured.

Graduates of the program will possess the skills of an entry-level paramedic and will be eligible for a career in emergency medical services, interfacility transport, hospitals or clinics. Prerequisites for consideration of entry to the program are current CPR certification and Wisconsin EMT or AEMT licensure.

  • Next scheduled course: Sept. 6, 2022

  • Course format: Hybrid course — Combination of online and in-person learning. In-person classes will be every Tuesday and Thursday. Online, asynchronous learning will require a computer, reliable internet connection and a browser compatible with CANVAS.

  • Location
    UW Emergency Education Center
    610 N. Whitney Way
    Madison, WI 53705

  • Cost: $5,000

  • Application deadline: May 15, 2022

Two letters of recommendation are required with this application. One letter should be from your service director or medical director.

Paramedic Course Application

The UW Health Critical Care Transport course is a 112-hour class designed to offer experienced clinicians the opportunity to prepare for a career in critical care transport. The course covers a various critical care/emergency medicine topics and will result in certification such as CFRN and FP-C.

The following topics are included in this course:

  • Basic and advanced airway management

  • Pulmonology and ventilator management

  • Cardiovascular A and P with advanced therapies (IABP/VAD)

  • Hemodynamic monitoring

  • Critical Care pharmacology

  • Neurologic emergencies and monitoring techniques

  • Advanced trauma assessment

  • Radiology (X-Ray and CT)

  • Lab interpretation

  • Infectious disease and sepsis management

  • Pediatric and neonatal transport considerations

  • Air medic operations, flight physiology and safety

Minimum requirements

  • Must be 21 years or older by the date of enrollment

  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED

  • Currently practicing as a paramedic, registered nurse, or respiratory therapist

  • Must have at least two years of experience in a high-call volume as an advanced life support provider

Current certification required

  • BLS-Healthcare Provider

  • ACLS Provider

  • PALS Provider

Location

UW Emergency Education Center
610 N. Whitney Way
Madison, WI 53705

Note: UW Health Critical Care Courses are held every other year.

Other course offerings

The UW Health Difficult Airway Course is a 16-hour course that will challenge students to participate in elevated patient care scenarios in a no-risk environment.

Scenarios will include, but are not limited, to elevated ICP, pulmonary edema, cardiogenic shock, status asthmaticus, foreign body obstruction, direct airway trauma, multiple trauma with associated shock and more. Completion of this course will award students a certification from the Difficult Airway Association, along with 16 hours of advanced CAPCE credit or 16 contact hours from the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA).

This course is designed to teach a full range of airway management techniques including:

  • Prediction of the difficult airway

  • Video laryngoscopy and other advanced imaging devices

  • Medication-assisted intubation

  • Pediatric intubation

  • Endotracheal tube introducers

  • Cricothyrotomy

  • Extraglottic devices

Next scheduled courses

  • July 25-26, 2022

  • Nov. 14-15, 2022

Location

UW Emergency Education Center
610 N. Whitney Way
Madison, WI 53705

Cost: $200

Registration

American Heart Association courses

This course will be taught in accordance with the 2020 American Heart Association Guidelines. This course is intended for participants who provide health care to patients in many in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings.

This course is appropriate for physicians, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, physician assistants, residents, fellows, medical and nursing students in training, aides, medical or nursing assistants, other allied health personnel and police officers.

Cost: $65

Registration

Valid BLS certification is required to take this course.

This course will be taught in accordance with American Heart Association guidelines. This ACLS Provider course uses case-based teaching for respiratory emergencies, cardiac arrest, pre-arrest emergencies and strokes. As an ACLS Provider, you will be better able to meet the challenges of cardiovascular/cardiopulmonary emergencies.

Please note: Intended students must have a good understanding of EKGs prior to taking this course. Current certification in Healthcare Provider CPR is required. CPR must be obtained through AHA.

Cost: $190

Registration

Valid ACLS and BLS certifications are required to take this course.

This course will be taught in accordance with new 2020 American Heart Association guidelines. This course is intended for participants who provide health care to patients in many in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings.

This course is appropriate for physicians, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, physician assistants, residents, fellows, medical and nursing students in training, aides, medical or nursing assistants, other allied health personnel and police officers.

Cost: $225

Registration

Valid BLS certification is required to take this course.

This course will be taught in accordance with American Heart Association guidelines. The goal of the Pediatric Advanced Life Support Course is to provide health professionals with information needed to recognize infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest, information and strategies needed to prevent cardiopulmonary arrest in infants and children and the cognitive and psychomotor skills needed to resuscitate and stabilize infants and children in respiratory failure, shock or cardiopulmonary arrest.

Cost: $190

Registration

Valid PALS and BLS certifications are required to take this course.

This course will be taught in accordance with new 2020 American Heart Association guidelines. This course is intended for participants who provide health care to patients in many in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings.

This course is appropriate for physicians, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, physician assistants, residents, fellows, medical and nursing students in training, aides, medical or nursing assistants, other allied health personnel and police officers.

Cost: $225

Registration

Location

Emergency Education Center location

  • 610 N. Whitney Way
    • 610 N. Whitney Way, Suite 413 / Madison, WI
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    • This administrative location includes the Emergency Education Center.

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FAQ

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If you have questions about classes or certification, check out our FAQ.

How to enroll in American Heart Association classes (CPR/BLS, ACLS, PALS) in ULearn.

Instructions

Most courses for UW staff are included for your continued education and certification. For outside customers, the course fees are as follows:

  • CPR: $65

  • ACLS Recognition: $190

  • ACLS Renewal: $160

  • ACLS-EP: $160

  • PALS Recognition: $190

  • PALS Renewal: $160

  • TNCC: $240

  • ENPC: $240

  • Critical Care Transport Course: Call for details

  • Paramedic Program: Call for details

If you have not taken a course with the EEC in the past you will need to bring your certification card for that course. If you are enrolled in an ACLS or PALS class, bring your current BLS certification. If you are attending a ACLS or PALS update class, please bring current ACLS and PALS certification.

You can sign up for classes six months in advance. The EEC uploads a new calendar month at the end of every month (example: July's calendar is uploaded at the end of January, August's calendar is uploaded at the end of February, etc.). You will only be permitted to sign up for one class date/time per course.

No. There are no waitlists for any of the courses at the EEC. If a student withdraws from a class, their spot will show back up on our registration site.

If your current certification is expired, you will be required to sign up for a two-day recognition course for ACLS and PALS. All BLS classes fill the requirements of an initial course; no previous certification is required.

It is your responsibility to cancel the class in advance. If the class is not canceled, it will be counted as a "No Call, No Show" on your record. If you cannot make it the day of the class, please call (608) 263-7259.

To withdraw from a class, follow the instructions below:

  • Log in to your ULearn home page

  • Click on “My Learning” in the middle of the page

  • Click on the down facing arrow to the right of the class you wish to withdraw from

  • Select “Drop”

  • If you are sure you want to remove this class, click “YES”

Note: To completely withdraw from a class, this must be done for both the Web-Based Training and the Skills and Test Out portions of each course from which you wish to withdraw.

If you wish to withdraw from a class and need a refund, please call the EEC at (608) 263-7259.

All AHA course completion cards are valid for two years through the end of the month in which the course completion card was issued (Example: Card was issued 3/7/2015, the card expires 3/31/2017).

ENA course certification cards are valid for four years through the end of the month in which the course completion card was issued.

Please call the EEC at (608) 263-7259 and we can look up your records if you took the course here. If you took the course at an outside facility, please contact that facility.

The EEC and UW Health accept American Heart Association cards. Questions about cards from other organizations should be referred to the EEC, to be reviewed on a case by case basis. Please be aware of online certifications that are not AHA. They look similar, but are not accepted. The EEC and UW Health only accept American Heart Association cards for ACLS and PALS.

For UW employees, each UW unit should have a library of books that employees can check out on a rental basis.

If you prefer to purchase your own, please call or stop by the EEC and we can provide one for you. You also can purchase books online through the registration website and the book will be sent to the address you provided.

Book prices are as follows:

  • CPR: $15

  • ACLS: $45

  • ACLS-EP: $87.50

  • EEC Handbook: $30

  • PALS: $55

  • TNCC: $78

  • ENPC: $78

After successful completion of the course you will be emailed an eCard. It is your responsibility to keep this card with you and provide a copy to your manager. If you misplace your e-card, the AHA website suggests the following:

How to view your claimed eCard

  1. Visit the eCards Search page. On the “Student” tab, enter your First Name, Last Name, and Email (ensure this is the email address that was used to sign up for the course) OR enter your eCard Code at the bottom of the page. Click “Search.”

  2. Answer your security question.

  3. If all the information entered is correct, you will be brought to a page that shows “My eCards.” If your eCard cannot be found, contact your Training Center to verify your information.

  4. To download an eCard, select the size you would like (Full or Wallet) where it says, “View eCard.

  5. To email an eCard, select “Email Cards,” enter the email address, and click “Email.”