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

Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)

NAEMT education emphasizes critical thinking skills to obtain the best outcomes for patients. We believe that EMS practitioners make the best decisions on behalf of their patients when given a sound foundation of key principles and evidence-based knowledge.

Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) is the gold standard of education for emergency medical assessment and treatment. Endorsed by the National Association of EMS Physicians, AMLS emphasizes the use of the AMLS Assessment Pathway, a systematic tool for assessing and managing common medical conditions with urgent accuracy.

Students learn to recognize and manage common medical crises through realistic case-based scenarios that challenge students to apply their knowledge to highly critical patients. The course emphasizes the use of scene size-up, history, interactive group discussion on potential treatment strategies, and physical exam to systematically rule out and consider possibilities and probabilities in treating patients’ medical crises.

Topics include:

  • Respiratory disorders
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Shock
  • Altered mental status
  • Neurological disorders
  • Endocrine/Metabolic disorders
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Infectious disease
  • Abdominal disorders
  • Toxicological emergencies
  • Exposure to hazardous materials

AMLS is appropriate for EMTs, paramedics, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse anesthetists, and physicians. AMLS is accredited by CAPCE and recognized by NREMT.

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.

  • Format: 10 weeks of Live On-line Lecture (4 hours every Tuesday and Thursday), followed by an optional customized clinical practicum in Portland, Oregon.
  • Cost: $1,900, plus the textbook (Jones and Bartlett: Critical Care Transport Book, second edition), travel, lodging, and food while in Portland, Oregon for your optional clinical practicum.
  • Who should enroll? Paramedics with 3 years 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 is required for verification. Students must have a current email address.

Essentials of Hyperbaric Medicine Course

This is an introductory course in Hyperbaric Medicine for a wide audience of healthcare providers who respond to 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.

  • Format:
    • 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.
  • Cost: 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 hometown. Please contact the program coordinator for more information.)
  • Who should enroll? EMTs or Paramedics with 2 years or more of full-time EMS experience.
Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)

NAEMT’s Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) is recognized around the world as the leading continuing education program for prehospital emergency trauma care. The mission of PHTLS is to promote excellence in trauma patient management by all providers involved in the delivery of prehospital care. PHTLS is developed by NAEMT in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma. The Committee provides the medical direction and content oversight for the PHTLS program.

PHTLS courses improve the quality of trauma care and decrease mortality. The program is based on a philosophy stressing the treatment of the multi-system trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs.

PHTLS promotes critical thinking as the foundation for providing quality care. It is based on the belief that, given a good fund of knowledge and key principles, EMS practitioners are capable of making reasoned decisions regarding patient care. The course utilizes the internationally recognized PHTLS textbook and covers the following topics:

  • Physiology of life and death
  • Scene assessment
  • Patient assessment
  • Airway
  • Breathing, ventilation, and oxygenation
  • Circulation, hemorrhage, and shock
  • Patients with disabilities
  • Patient simulations

PHTLS is the global gold standard in prehospital trauma education and is taught in 64 countries. PHTLS is appropriate for EMTs, paramedics, nurses, physician assistants, physicians, and other prehospital providers. PHTLS is accredited by CAPCE and recognized by NREMT.

Paramedic Refresher

The requirements to be a paramedic are extremely rigorous, so it’s not an undertaking or a career choice to be taken lightly. A paramedic is trained and certified to perform advanced life support (ALS), which includes administering IV fluids, injections, and medications, and performing advanced respiratory procedures, trauma care, and cardiopulmonary emergencies. A paramedic also performs many of the same functions as an EMT, such as treating wounds, performing CPR, delivering babies, and performing patient assessments.

By completing the Paramedic Refresher course, you will satisfy a portion of the CME requirement for Oregon and your complete NREMT 30-hour core content. You will complete the 30 continuing education hours for your Core (NCCR), and two extra hours to use in either the Local (LCCR) or Individual (ICCR) content. Each day is taught in 4-hour blocks, as listed that can be taken individually. Note: you may elect to enroll for the entire course or individual modules to meet your recertification needs. PCC IHP also provides other courses that can be used as CE Hours to round out your hours needed, such as ACLS, PALS, PHTLS, and AMLS courses. For more information about this course please call 971-722-6671.

Payment for your course(s) is due when you register. Register and pay online or by phone at 971-722-8888.

  • Module 1 – Airway/Medical Airway 3.5 hours, Medical .5 hours
  • Module 2 – Trauma Trauma 3 hours/1 Hour Operations/Trauma
  • Module 3 – Cardiology Cardiology 4 hours
  • Module 4 – Operations Operations 4 hours
  • Module 5 – Medical Medical 4 hours
  • Module 6 – Cardiology Cardiology 4 hours
  • Module 7 – Operations/Cardiology/Misc Operations 1.5 hours/Cardiology 0.5 hours/Misc 2 hours
  • Module 8 – Medical Medical 4 hours

Drop/refund policy: You must drop the course at least 48 hours before the class begins to receive a refund.

Paramedics are often the lead member of a rescue team, with the most training and the most decision-making power. This means that the requirements to be a paramedic include strong leadership skills and the ability to perform complex life-saving functions in extremely stressful crisis situations. A paramedic must keep a cool head and maintain authority among their team members in situations where a mistake can mean the difference between life and death.

Who needs the Paramedic Refresher Course?

  • You are a NRP or a State paramedic and you need a refresher course to re-certify your State and/or National Registry Paramedic certification.
  • Or you have failed the National Registry Paramedic exam 3 times and need an accepted refresher course that will allow you to retest.
  • Or you are a State certified paramedic and you need an accepted refresher course to allow you to take the National Registry exam.
Remote and Industrial Advanced Medic

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

  • Format:
  • Cost: 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 a 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 medic’s 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)
  • 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 is required for verification.

Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Course Schedule


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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 in to MyPCC and click “Register for classes,” found in your Term-to-Term Checklist, under “Register”.
  • Phone: Call 971-722-8888, option 2.

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