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Continuing Education Classes & Training Available for CEUs

Continuing Education Units can help you meet your goals.

Nor-Cal EMS Webcasts

Nor-Cal EMS is continuing to work on developing programs for continuing education units. We now have many webcasts available for your convenience. Each webcast is presented in video format, provides for testing after the presentation with the immediate scoring of the test, followed by the issuance of a beautiful Continuing Education Certificate of Completion for the course. Click on the title to go directly to the webcast and complete description. The webcasts are authorized for continuing education units for EMS personnel throughout the state of California.

Nor-Cal EMS Medical Advisory Committee Run Reviews

2016 NSPC Webcasts

2015 Spring NSPC Webcasts

2014 Fall NSPC Webcasts

2014 Spring NSPC Webcasts

FREE Disaster Preparedness Webcasts Available for CEs (Developed with HPP Funding)

Training Webcasts Available for CEs

Click HERE for a listing of the webcasts and short descriptions.

If you missed any of our Northstate Prehospital Conferences, stay tuned. We will be presenting many of the one hour sessions here.

Continuing Education Providers

If you are unsure a provider is approved for continuing education units, click HERE to view our memorandum that may help you to verify a provider.

2017 Northstate Prehospital Conference Material

The 13th Annual Northstate Prehospital Conference covered heart grabbing topics. It was a very emotional event. The first speaker presented information that cannot be posted here. We also are not allowed to post any information from our keynote speaker Randolph Mantooth. Information is provided below for the other topics presented at the conference.

  • Strangulation: Medical Science and the Long Term Consequences presented by Investigator Mike Wallace and Sandra Relyea, CHA, PA-C, Shasta Community Health Center - a printout of his PowerPoint presentation may be downloaded HERE. 3 important carry-along pamphlets are provided:
  • Pediatric Field Delivery presented by Dr. Eric Rudnick, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, Medical Director for Nor-Cal EMS. A printout of his PowerPoint presentation may be downloaded HERE.
  • The Painful Truth About Spinal Immobilization presented by Dr. Eric Rudnick, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, Medical Director for Nor-Cal EMS, and Mark Belden, EMT-P. A printout of their PowerPoint presentation may be downloaded HERE.
  • First Responder Safety - Handling Gas and Electrical Hazards was presented by Jeff Lee and Mike Weaver, Sr. Public Safety Specialists, Gas Emergency Preparedness. A printout of their PowerPoint presentation may be downloaded HERE.
  • Prehospital Ultrasound - Useful Procedure or Just Another Toy was presented by Marcus Dorsey-Hirt, RN, CFRN, Chief Flight Nurse, Care Flight. A printout of their PowerPoint presentation may be downloaded HERE.

2014 Northstate Prehospital Conference Material

The 10th Annual Northstate Prehospital Conference covered many current topics related to Northern California's summer activities as a reminder of the types of potential events to be prepared.

  • Heat Illness as presented by Mike Jasumback, M.D., Medical Director for PHI Air Medical, covers the risk factors for heat illness and then delves into the major heat illness types heat exhaustion (from water depletion and salt depletion) and heat stroke (both classic and exertional) followed by the minor heat illness types heat cramps, heat syncope, miliaria rubra, and heat tetany. This is an important topic as 4000 deaths per year are attributable to heat illness and it is the 2nd or 3rd most common cause of death in young athletes. A printout of his PowerPoint presentation may be downloaded HERE.
  • Swift Water Rescue presented by Brent Dubois, Paramedic at Mountain Life Flight, presents the swift water rescue including the cold zone, warm zone, hydrology, helical flow, and various rescue techniques. Brent Dubois educates from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) document 1670 Standard on Operations and Training for Search and Rescue Incidents.
  • Drowning was presented by Michael Fraters, M.D. Enloe Medical Center. Dr. Michael Fraters covers terminology and other "ologies" of drowning as well as differential, prehospital, emergency room, pitfalls, and case studies. This is another super important topic as 150,000 to 500,000 deaths occur due to drowning and is the 3rd most common cause of accidental death overall in the U.S. Drowning incidents are even 500-600 times higher than the number of deaths. A printout of his PowerPoint presentation is available HERE.
  • CHEMPACK Presentation brought to you by Lou Lallo, PharmD, MBA, CDPH Emergency Preparedness Office. Lou provides an overview of the CHEMPACK project covering:
    • Types of nerve agents;
    • Treatment of O-P poisoning;
    • Incident response;
    • Site responsibilities;
    • Status of CHEMPACK project in California;
    • Response considerations.
  • You may download a copy of his PowerPoint presentation is available HERE.
  • Envenomation, Bites and Stings Part I, and Case Studies, Part II by Eric Rudnick, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, Medical Director for Nor-Cal EMS. A printout of his PowerPoint presentation may be downloaded HERE.

2013 Northstate Prehospital Conference Material

The 9th Annual Northstate Prehospital Conference provided 7 current EMS topics wrapped around a single fictitious accident scenario that could happen in the Northstate. The conference topic was "The Anatomy of an Accident" covering all aspects of EMS from dispatch to hospital.

  • LEO Response as presented by Andy VanVeen
    The objective of this presentation is to provide an overview of motor vehicle accidents from the law enforcement perspective with a focus on the following three areas:
    • Responding to the accident
    • Scene safety and management
    • Impaired driver and accident investigation
  • Arrive Alive as presented by Chief Ron Marley
    This presentation provides a good look at real hazards during the time of attempting to arrive on scene as quickly as possible and what some of our thought processes ought to be. It portrays the primary emergency response incorporating safety and accident scene considerations. It takes a look at human limitations (super hero syndrome), the steps of high quality scene management, scene safety, and the "why" and "how" of making mistakes and fatal errors during response to, and at scene of, emergencies
  • When Chaos Erupts as presented by Captain Bill Masten
    The management and coordination of a scene can be chaotic. From the challenge to arrive and operate safely, to the coordination and management of resources it can seem overwhelming. Basic principles of scene management, Incident Command, and the utilization of new technology are discussed. Integration of resources, not commonly thought of, will be explored. Valuable website addresses for scene safety, training, documentation and rehab are provided. Smart phone and tablet applications are also be highlighted.
  • Tracking for Non LEO's as presented by Sergeant Cameron Mooney
    "I/C ...priority traffic... I have a missing injured accident victim". This topic includes tactical tracking for the public safety responder, what to do when someone goes missing and how to shorten the time they are lost. From this presentation you will learn what makes the basic foundation of a good tracker and how to recognize sign, and conduct basic sign-cutting.
  • California Association of Air Medical Services Landing Zone Set-up and Safety Guidelines as presented by Pete Davis
    The presentation shows how to find an appropriate LZ location, how to complete and determine the appropriateness of a landing zone, and provides understanding of HEMS operations.
  • Air Medical Transport of the Trauma Patient as presented by Martha Mitchell
    This presentation provides a general knowledge of air medical transportation with emphasis on trauma patients. It provides the steps to prepare a patient for air medical transport and considers how treatment affects patient transport and outcomes.
  • Demystifying the Emergency Department as presented by Dr. Eric Rudnick
    The emergency department as seen by the doctor is presented. This presentation is very enlightening. The whirlwind aspect of the emergency department with multiple patients is looked at in light of another trauma patient on the way from the scene of the accident.

2012 Northstate Prehospital Conference Material

Every year the Northstate Prehospital Conference provides education on covering current EMS topics and as well as a great opportunity for earning 7 continuing education units. This year, material from topics are available below to review and refresh your memory.

2011 Northstate Prehospital Conference Material

Dr. Eric Rudnick's presentation "Physical Exam for Paramedics and Pearls - What They Didn't Teach You in School" is available for download as a PDF

Nor-Cal Training Materials

Nor-Cal EMS has the following training materials available for your use as is or with modifications:


Active Shooter / Code Silver - Healthcare Focused Training Video

Flu Shot This brief video (approximately 9 minutes) is intended to give you a general overview of how to respond to situations involving a person with a weapon, or with hostages, or an active shooter.

NREMT Transition Courses

Online Transition Courses Approved!

The State of California EMS Authority (EMSA) announced the approval of three (3) ONLINE NREMT Transition Courses on July 17, 2015:

These transition courses are a requirement for continued registration with the National Registry of EMT's (NREMT) as part of NREMT's commitment to fully implement their transition to the current National EMS Scope of Practice Model, National Education Standards, and Instructional Guidelines, which is also the goal of the EMS Authority.

In 2009, the national standards and instruction guidelines for EMS providers were updated by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Agency. These changes were made to ensure that the EMS providers are being trained and knowledgeable in current medical practices, thus ensuring continued quality care for the general public.

The updates also created a gap between the prior standards and what is being taught today, which is addressed through approved transition courses. The suggested curriculum for the transition courses relies heavily on the work produced by the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) in their gap analysis of the differences between the prior National Standard Curricula and the new National Education Standards. In coordination with a variety of stakeholders, the EMS Authority created a guideline to ensure this gap in education was addressed. All approved transition courses are in compliance with these guidelines.

Local transition courses are also still available and are approved by the Local EMS Agencies. A list of programs that provide these courses and more detailed information can be found on the EMT page of EMSA's website: http://www.emsa.ca.gov/EMT.

Completion of a transition course is not necessary to maintain California EMT certification or paramedic licensure.

If you have questions, please contact Betsy Slavensky at (916)431-3717 or betsy.slavensky@emsa.ca.gov.

CE - Continuing Education
CEUs - Continuing Education Units