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CPR and Additional EMS Courses

Find a quick summary of upcoming course dates, full course descriptions and registration instructions.

Upcoming Course Dates

Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)

  • For Prehospital Providers only
  • November 17 & 21

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

  • For Prehospital Providers only
  • October 11 - 13

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

  • For Prehospital Providers only
  • TBA

Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)

  • For Prehospital Providers only
  • September 20 - 22

CPR for Healthcare Providers Initial Class

  • TBA

Course Descriptions

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

The by-stander is a vital component in the Chain of Survival for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. The Avera McKennan School of EMS offers wide variety of CPR classes designed to meet the student’s needs. CPR classes for the healthcare provider are scheduled periodically throughout the year.

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  • Registrations will not be accepted without payment.
  • Mail registration to:

Avera McKennan School of EMS
1325 S Cliff Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57117

First Aid Course

What should I do if someone is having a seizure? How do I know if my child has a concussion? What if my coworker is having chest pain? These are common questions that are asked during first aid classes. Being armed with some first aid knowledge can make any one more comfortable when faced with an emergency. First aid classes are scheduled individually, and are tailored to meet the needs of the particular group. Classes can vary in length, depending on the wishes of the organization.

Please call 605-322-2086 to register.

International Trauma Life Support (ITLS)/Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)

During the course of a year, almost 1 in every 4 Americans is injured and 1 in 20 become disabled to some degree. Trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 40. Because a majority of seriously injured patients arrive at small emergency departments, care provided in the pre-hospital environment is crucial. This course is available for EMS providers who require the skills of recognizing the mechanism of injury, assessment, performing critical interventions, and properly transporting the trauma patient. The primary purpose is to provide the student with the fundamental knowledge and experience necessary to identify conditions that require immediate transport, learn or review lifesaving techniques, and review the equipment necessary to care for the trauma patient. This is a two-day (16-hour) course.

Pre-requisite: Paramedic Certification, LPN or RN

Pediatric Education for Pre-hospital Professionals (PEPP)

This course helps the pre-hospital professional learn and assimilate the fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for assessing and treating ill and injured children. This course also is especially tailored to the needs of the pre-hospital personnel who often have to make quick decisions about care and destination of children in the field. Any health professional that is responsible for the emergent care of children may find this course beneficial. This is a two-day (16-hour) ALS course.

Pre-requisite:  Paramedic Certification, RN

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

This course is designed to review, organize, prioritize, and improve the skills and didactic information needed to handle a cardiac arrest, events that may lead to a cardiac arrest, and events following cardiac arrest. The core concepts are presented in a series of lectures, case studies, and practical application of the material learned in a two-day (16-hour) course. Course completion certificate is awarded to the student who can recognize and demonstrate the critical actions in the first ten minutes of a cardiac episode.


  • CPR for the Healthcare Provider Certification
  • Paramedic Certification, RN or Physician
  • Background in Basic Dysrhythmia Recognition
  • Background in Basic Pharmacology

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with information needed for recognizing the infant or child at risk of cardiopulmonary arrest. Strategies and information for preventing cardiopulmonary arrest in infants and children are presented. The student will also develop the cognitive and psychomotor skills necessary for resuscitation and stabilization of the infant or child in respiratory failure, shock, or cardiopulmonary arrest. This is accomplished by the use of lecture, practical application of skills and knowledge, and case presentations. This two-day (16-hour) course is intended for healthcare providers (paramedics, nurses, or physicians) with responsibilities for the well being of infants and children.


  • CPR for the Healthcare Provider Certification
  • Paramedic Certification, RN or Physician
  • Background in Basic Dysthythmia Recognition

Contact the School of EMS

Have a question or need more information? Call us at 605-322-2086, contact us online or find location and mailing details.

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Save the Date!

2017 EMS Refresher Conference

January 26 - 28, 2017, 0800-1700

PHTLS, ACLS, PALS, and CPR Refresher course dates TBA.

Registration will open in December.

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