Instructor Classes

The Shumaker Public Safety Center is a Pennsylvania Department of Health Accredited Certification Training Institute. Learn about instructor classes available at HACC.

What classes are available?

Pennsylvania Department of Health EMS Instructor Certification Course - $450.00 

Course Description: The EMS instructor program provides currently certified EMS Professionals with the instructional/educational methodology fundamentals to become entry level educators in EMS certification programs. Students are responsible for required textbooks and course materials.

This class covers:

  • Components of the learning process

  • Methods of teaching (teaching theory and teaching skills)

  • Prepartaion

  • Use of a variety of media and materials

  • Purpose and methods of evaluation


  • Proof of age – at least 18 years old
  • Current CPR certification or CPR Instructor certification
  • Current certification as an EMT or higher-level EMS provider
  • At least one year of experience in providing EMS as an EMT or higher-level EMS provider

Required textbooks and course materials:

  • Foundations of Education: an EMS Approach. 3ed. National Association of EMS Educators (Author). Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
    • Print ISBN: 9781284145168, 1284145166 or
    • eText ISBN: 9781284200904, 1284200906
  • Students are required to have a computer with an internet connection and the ability to log into the HACC D2L learning platform. In addition, they must have microphone and camera/video capabilities to participate in class, as well as to produce recordings of their teaching assignments.

How do I apply for this program?

Applications are available online https://www.cognitoforms.com/HACC2/EMSInstructorCourseApplication. Applicants will be notified via Email of their acceptance into the program and how to register upon review of application and reference check.

* Successful completion of this course qualifies you to begin the required monitoring time for Pennsylvania Department of Health EMS instructor certification. HACC is unable to provide monitored teaching opportunities for nonHACC employees* Affiliation with an education institute is recommended.

When is class? 




Spring 2021 Class - Feb 3 - April 21, 2021

Wednesdays, 6 - 8 p.m.

Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14 & 21, 2021

Online / D2L

6 - 8 p.m.





American Heart Association Instructor - $350.00

The AHA Instructor Essentials Course is designed to prepare instructor candidates to teach AHA instructor-led and blended-learning course formats. The course educates participants on how to adequately use teaching materials, ensure that students meet learning objectives, offer student coaching skills, provide an objective skills performance evaluation, and follow AHA instructor and course policies. The course covers core content and discipline-specific content required to teach AHA courses. This course is a combination of self-directed online modules and a 4.5 hour in-classroom session.

To become an AHA Instructor, you must:

  1. Be accepted by an AHA Training Center before enrolling in an Instructor Essentials Course and have a completed Instructor Candidate Application on file with the accepting Training Center.
  2. Have current provider status and be proficient in all the skills of that discipline. *NOTE: While AHA BLS instructors also teach AHA Heartsaver courses, instructor candidates are not required to have a Heartsaver Course completion card in addition to a BLS provider card.
  3. Successfully complete the Instructor Essentials Course (both the online and classroom portions). Students must print the certificate of completion from the online portion for entry into the classroom portion.
  4. Successfully be monitored teaching their first course within six months of completing the discipline-specific classroom instructor course (Training Center Coordinators can require additional monitoring, if needed).

American Heart Association Instructor Application (pdf)

To be eligible for registration, please submit your application with your current provider card emstrng@hacc.edu or mail it to: HACC, EMS Education Unit, N101, One HACC Dr, Harrisburg, PA 17110.


How do I get more information and register?

Call the EMS Education Unit at 717-780-2510 or email the EMS Education Unit at emstrng@hacc.edu.