Specialty Clinical Education

St. Anthony Nursing Education Department in conjunction with Edcor offers ACLS - Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider & Instructor, as well as BLS - Basic Life Support Provider & Instructor, PALS - Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider, TNCC - Trauma Nursing Core Course and ENPC - Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course. Click here for more information.


The Basic Life Support program contains instruction in the maintenance of ABC's (airway, breathing, and circulation) without auxiliary equipment. Primary importance is placed on establishing and maintaining an adequate open airway, restoring breathing to reverse respiratory arrest (stopped breathing) and restoring circulation to keep blood circulating and carrying oxygen to the heart, lungs, brain, and body. This one-day course will teach you basic ABC's. It also includes CPR, an artificial method of circulating blood and oxygen through a body in an attempt to keep the brain alive. CPR does work. When initiated within four minutes, the survival rate is 43 percent. When initiated within four to eight minutes, the survival rate is ten percent. 

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 

ACLS is a 16 hour class designed for physicians, dentists, EMT-Intermediates, Paramedics, R.N.'s, and certified respiratory therapists. Topics include airway management, dysrhythmia recognition, defibrillation. cardioversion, cardiovascular pharmacology, intravenous techniques, sudden cardiac death, myocardial infarction, acid base balance, monitoring techniques and Mega Code. Upon successful completion of this course, national certification is awarded. 

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

This course will benefit pediatricians, emergency physicians, family physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists as well as paramedical personnel. The etiologies of respiratory failure, shock, cardiopulmonary arrest and dysrhythmias in children differ from those in adults. In 1988, the American Heart Association implemented the pediatric advanced life support (PALS) program. The PALS program teaches a systematic, organized approach for the evaluation and management of acutely ill or injured children. Early identification and treatment of respiratory failure and shock in children improve survival, from a dismal 10 percent to an encouraging 85 percent. This is a two-day/16 hour course for advanced life support providers only.

International Trauma Life Support (ITLS)

For more information about ITLS Courses visit the ITLS website at www.itrauma.org . International Trauma Life Support for all levels of responders is a 16 hour hands-on training course offering basic EMS personnel complete training in the skills necessary for rapid assessment, resuscitation, stabilization and transportation of trauma patients. The course is designed for providers providing initial evaluation and stabilization of the trauma patient. International Trauma Life Support for Paramedics and Advanced EMS Providers follows the same format as the EMT-Basic, but it is more comprehensive training created for the advanced EMT, paramedic and trauma nurse. The class teaches the "ABC's" while incorporating advanced airway maneuvers, cricothyrotomy, chest decompression, and IV therapy. Both classes utilizes lecture and hands on teaching. Practical skills stations and scenario stations are utilized to allow students the opportunity to perfect the skills needed to assess, treat and package trauma patients.