Emergency Medicine and Critical Care

Young man practices emergency medicine and critical care techniques with life size medical dummy in ambulance training

Advance your emergency care training and  learn to administer emergency medical care, from hospital to prehospital and nontraditional settings.

Courses at PCC’s Institute for Health Professionals will help you gain new skills, meet a re-licensing requirement, gain continuing education units (CEUs), update your critical care knowledge, and master current patient assessment and management practices.

Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Classes

Critical Care Paramedic

Get prepared for the International Board of Specialty Certification – Critical Care Paramedic Exam at Portland Community College Institute for Health Professionals.

Expand your education and skills training as an EMS provider to deliver advanced and prolonged care to critically ill or injured patients in an out-of-hospital environment.


  • 10 weeks of Live On-line Lecture (4 hours every Tuesday and Thursday), followed by an optional customized clinical practicum in Portland, Oregon.


  • $1,900, plus the textbook (Jones and Bartlett: Critical Care Transport Book, second edition), and travel, lodging and food while in Portland, Oregon for your optional clinical practicum.

Who should enroll?

  • Paramedics with 3 year or more of full time EMS experience

Emergency Nursing Pediatric Care (ENPC)

Develop knowledge and skills needed to provide emergency pediatric care.

During this 16 hour ENPC course, you will learn:

  • Core-level pediatric knowledge and psychomotor skills needed to care for pediatric patients in an emergency setting
  • Systematic assessment model
  • Associated anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology
  • Appropriate interventions
  • Triage categorization and injury prevention strategies

15.33 CEUs have been approved by the ENA.

Required text: ENPC Manual, 4th Edition available ONLY at PCC Campus Sylvania bookstore, 971-722-4910.

Note: Current RN licensure required for verification. Student must have current email address.

Essentials of Hyperbaric Medicine Course

This is an introductory course in Hyperbaric Medicine for a wide audience of health care providers who respond and treat patients with a Hyperbaric Chamber and need to obtain certification.

The 5-day course covers the indications for hyperbaric oxygen therapy, MOA, gas laws, operation of hyperbaric equipment, chamber safety, adverse events, and transcutaneous oxygen monitoring.

Training is provided in partnership with Baromedical Partners, LLC.

Mobile Integrated Health Certificate (Community Paramedicine)

Be part of the next generation delivery strategy that provides at-home integrated acute care, chronic care, prevention services and alternate destination transport.


  • A selection of online and in-person classes that are offered over the course of one year. The online classes may include a required on-site skills lab(s) and/or a customized clinical practicum.
  • Once the core classes are completed, you will qualify to receive a Certificate of Completion in Mobile Integrated Healthcare. If you are certified at the State or National Registry as a Paramedic, completion of the MIH Certificate will prepare you for the International Board of Specialty Certification – Community Paramedic Exam.


  • Varies – Cost depends on classes selected, travel, lodging and food while in Portland, Oregon for your on-site training and optional clinical practicum. (There may be an option to complete the clinical practicum in your home town. Please contact the program coordinator for more information.)

Who should enroll?

  • EMTs or Paramedics with 2 year or more of full time EMS experience.

Remote and Industrial Advanced Medic

Become an advanced clinical practitioner in paramedicine at remote mining sites, offshore installations and other isolated industry settings.


  • 10 weeks of VILT* learning
  • Option to complete a clinical practicum. Please contact the program coordinator for more information.


  • TBD, plus textbooks

Who should enroll?

  • Paramedics with 3 years or more of full time EMS experience and an interest in austere medicine, registered nurses, or military medics.

To complete the RIAMP program and receive a Certificate of Completion in Remote and Industrial EMS, you must complete the didactic portions of the MIHT, CCP and Remote and Industrial Advanced Medic Courses along with an onsite lab, and a customized clinical practicum/externship of at least 100 hours.

* Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) refers to training that is delivered in a virtual or simulated environment, or when instructor and learner are in separate locations. Virtual instruction environments are designed to simulate the traditional classroom or learning experience. At PCC, our VILT will be conducted synchronously, so the instructor and student are in the online learning environment at the same time.

Tactical Emergency Medicine Course

Enhance your tactical team with medical training for dangerous operations.

Portland Community College’s 40 hour Tactical Emergency Medicine Course is presented as partnership between the Southwest Washington Regional TEMS team, Legacy Trauma Services, Dove Lewis Animal Hospital and Portland Community College.

In addition to the NAEMT TCCC-MP Certification, the course includes:

  • Role of the Tactical Medic
  • Tactical / SWAT Operations
  • Mission Planning / Debriefing
  • Patient movement and evacuation
  • Tactical gear and equipment
  • Active shooter and the medics role
  • K-9 Medicine
  • Forensic and evidence
  • Team physical and mental health
  • Flight physiology

Course Prerequisites:

  • All students must have an active certification as an EMT, Paramedic, PA, RN, MD/DO or Military equivalent.

Required Materials:

  • PHTLS Military Textbook (ISBN-13:9781284041750)  http://www.jblearning.com/catalog/9781284041750/
  • Full tactical gear (if issued) and medical packs.
    • You will use your own medical packs during this course so please be prepared to use your supplies.
    • We will have some supplies on hand to supplement/replenish your disposable stock.

The NAEMT’s Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) course introduces evidence-based, life-saving techniques and strategies for providing the best trauma care on the battlefield. NAEMT conducts TCCC courses under the auspices of its PHTLS program, the recognized world leader in prehospital trauma education.

NAEMT TCCC course use the PHTLS Military textbook and are fully compliant with the Department of Defense’s Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC) guidelines. It is the only TCCC course endorsed by the American College of Surgeons.

The TCCC-MP (TCCC for Medical Personnel) course is designed for combat EMS/military personnel, including medics, corpsmen, and pararescue personnel deploying in support of combat operations.

NAEMT’s TCCC course is accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) and recognized by the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT).

Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC)

Are you an RN in the ER or ICU? Gain core skills to care for trauma patients with our hands-on training.

TNCC, widely recognized as the premier course for hospitals and trauma centers worldwide, empowers nurses with the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and hands-on training to provide expert care for trauma patients. ENA developed The Trauma Nursing Core Course to establish a standardized body of trauma nursing knowledge and to improve the care of all trauma patients.

You will learn:

  • Core knowledge and skills to care for trauma patients
  • Airway management
  • Initial assessment
  • Helmet removal
  • Multiple trauma interventions
  • Spinal immobilization
  • Splinting.

14.42 CEUs have been approved by ENA.

Required text: Trauma Nursing Core Course Provider Manual, 7th Edition, available ONLY at PCC Campus Sylvania bookstore, 971-722-4910

Note: Current RN licensure required for verification.

Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Course Schedule


Register Now

Find the CRN of your course from the class schedule. Then, register:

  • Online: If this is your first time taking a class at PCC, create an account. If you are a returning student, log on to MyPCC and click “Register for classes,” found in your Term-to-Term Checklist, under “Register”.
  • Phone: Call 971-722-8888, option 2.

Need help? Get detailed information on how to register and how to pay.


Contact Beth MacNicoll for questions regarding Emergency Medicine and Critical Care courses.