National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)

All Hazards Disaster Response | EMS Safety | First on the Scene (FOTS) | Geriatric Education for EMS (GEMS) Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) | Psychological Trauma in EMS patients (PTEP)


All Hazards Disaster Response Course

Course Synopsis:

The All Hazards Disaster Response (AHDR) course teaches students how to respond to the many types of disaster scenarios they may encounter, including natural disasters and infrastructure failings, fires and radiological events, pandemics, active shooter incidents, and other mass casualty events. AHDR educates participants on how to analyze potential threats in their area, assess available resources, and create a response plan that will save lives.

Total course duration: 8 hrs

Intended Audience: AHDR is appropriate for all levels of EMS practitioners.

This course is offered in the classroom and provides 8 hours of CAPCE credit and NREMT recognition.



First on the Scene (FOTS)

Course Synopsis:

First on the Scene (FOTS), developed by NAEMT and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), provides instructors with a toolkit to teach the general public basic emergency response to life-threatening emergencies until EMS arrives on the scene. Through lesson presentations and hands-on skill stations, participants will learn how to access help in the event of a life-threatening emergency and what to do until EMS arrives.

Intended Audience: Anyone with little or no medical training who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting.



Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)

Course Synopsis:

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.

Wilderness First Aid Course Includes

Information-filled slide presentation covering wilderness and remote first aid from a basic understanding of emergency response in an outdoor setting to specific techniques and considerations for a wide range of injuries and illnesses.

Total course duration: 16 hrs

Intended Audience: PHTLS is appropriate for EMTs, paramedics, nurses, physician assistants, physicians, and other prehospital providers.

PHTLS is accredited by CAPCE and recognized by NREMT.

EMS Safety Course

Course Synopsis:

NAEMT’s EMS Safety course teaches students how to protect themselves and their patients while on the job. It promotes a culture of safety and helps reduce the number of on-the-job fatalities and injuries. EMS Safety is the only national, comprehensive safety course for EMS practitioners. Its interactive format features real-life case studies and compelling discussions on current safety issues, and provides participants with a forum to share their own experiences. Critical thinking stations help build participants’ risk assessment and decision-making skills.

Total course duration: 8 hrs

Intended Audience: EMS Safety is offered as an 8-hour classroom course and is appropriate for all levels of EMS practitioners, other medical professionals providing prehospital patient care, and EMS supervisors and administrators.

EMS Safety is accredited by CAPCE and recognized by NREMT.


Geriatric Education for EMS (GEMS)

Course Synopsis:

GEMS provides EMS practitioners at all levels with the skills and knowledge to address the unique medical, social, environmental and communications challenges of older adults. Developed by NAEMT, in partnership with the American Geriatrics Society, GEMS empowers EMS practitioners to help improve medical outcomes and quality of life for geriatric patients.

GEMS features case-based lectures, live action video, hands-on skill stations, simulation and small group scenarios to fully engage students in the learning experience. Two GEMS courses are offered – a core and advanced course.  They may be offered separately or sequentially.

Intended Audience:

Both courses are appropriate for EMTs, paramedics, emergency medical responders, nurses, physician assistants and physicians.

GEMS is accredited by CAPCE and recognized by NREMT.


Psychological Trauma in EMS Patients (PTEP)

Course Synopsis:

NAEMT’s Psychological Trauma in EMS Patients (PTEP) course gives EMS practitioners the resources they need to help alleviate patients’ hidden wounds – intense fear, stress and pain – during a medical emergency.

PTEP educates EMS practitioners about the biological underpinnings of psychological trauma, the short and long-term impact on the brain and body, and warning signs that a patient is experiencing extreme psychological distress. EMS practitioners are also taught strategies and techniques to alleviate patients’ distress and help patients cope with what they’re experiencing to ward off lingering effects.


Total course duration: 16 hrs

Intended Audience: PTEP is designed for EMS practitioners and other prehospital providers

PHTLS is accredited by CAPCE and recognized by NREMT.

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