Continuing Education

The Shumaker Public Safety Center provides continuing education courses. Learn about continuing education.

The PA Department of Health accepts the following continuing education credits: CPC - Clinical Patient Care (formerly known as Core), EMSVO - Emergency Vehicle Operations and Other - Non-clinical 

The National Registry accepts state and CAPCE approved education. These include, but are not limited to, community colleges or universities, vocational schools, local EMS agencies, or online education providers. EMS conferences, symposiums, and workshops are also accepted.

To see if your PA DOH Con-Ed credits will apply to National Registry, please check www.nremt.org

For more information on approved online providers, go to www.capce.org

State Office information: https://www.nremt.org/rwd/public/states/state-ems-agencies


How do I get more information and register?

You can register online at the links below or call 717-780-2414. For third party billing, please use the EMS Unit Permission to Bill Form (.pdf). 


What classes are available?

ACLS for EMTs, PA DOH CE Credits: 8 CPC

This program is designed to enhance the knowledge base of an EMT particularly when caring for an adult patient experiencing a cardiac emergency.  Students will be able to demonstrate competency in airway assessment and management, and develop an understanding of the resuscitation team approach alongside advanced EMTs and paramedics.



This course is designed to review, update and educate current and future AEMT's on the most current IALS protocols.  This course assures education, learning and compliance with the updated National Scope of Practice, updated PA IALS protocols and updated PA Scope of Practice.


Emergency Vehicle Driver Training (VFIS), PA DOH CE Credits: 16 Other 

The course was developed to enable emergency response vehicle drivers to comply with the PA statute and to reduce emergency vehicle accidents. Course topics include: defensive driving, emergency response, vehicle maintenance, vehicle laws, and driver training obstacle course. Prerequisite: Minimum age of 18


HazMat Awareness - Online, PA DOH CE Credits: 2 CPC/1.5 Other (By Endorsement) 

The goal of this fully online Hazardous Materials Awareness course is to prepare students who, in the course of their normal duties, could encounter an emergency involving hazardous materials/weapons of mass destruction (WMD). They are expected to recognize the presence of a hazardous material/ WMD, call for trained personnel to assist, secure and protect the area. This course serves as initial training as required under 29 CFR 1919.120 and the educational requirements of NFPA 472 standard to the Awareness Level.


Homemade Explosives: Response & Awareness, PA DOH CE Credits: 6 Other 

The HME course provides first responders with information on general explosive characteristics and hazards, homemade explosive precursor materials, homemade explosive manufacturing indicators, and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) components. This information better prepares first responders to recognize hazards associated with homemade explosives during response operations.


International Trauma Life Support, PA DOH CE Credits: 16 CPC

This course gives the student the knowledge and hands-on skills to take better care of trauma patients, stresses rapid assessment, appropriate intervention and identification of immediate life threats.


Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, PA DOH CE Credits: 16 CPC 

This 16-hour, NAEMT course, covers topics designed to decrease preventable death in tactical situations. Topics include hemorrhage control; surgical airway control and needle decompression; strategies for treating wounded responders in threatening environments; caring for pediatric patients; and techniques for dragging and carrying victims to safety.

The core of the program focuses on three distinct phases of care that have been well-proven by TECC-trained personnel. TECC focuses on the medicine during these phases of care and provides guidelines for managing trauma in civilian tactical or hazardous environments.


Tactical Medical Practitioner (.pdf) 

This 82 – hour, blended course is designed for EMS and medical professionals of all levels of training, The Tactical Medical Practitioner course (TMP) is designed to fill the gap in training, which has become more evident given the recent domestic events. This course will not teach you to be an operator, but it will teach you how to function as a medic on a tactical team. Request an application to complete the registration process. 


Rescue Medical Practitioner (pdf)

This 84-hour, blended course is designed for current certified EMTs and higher.  The Rescue Medical Practitioner course is designed for medical professionals who may find themselves caring for a patient or team member during a rescue incident.  There has long been a divide between performing a technical rescue and providing advanced medical care.  This course will help bridge the gap between providing advanced medical care and functioning at an Operations level during a technical rescue incident.  Request an application to complete the registration process.