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EMT Refresher / Transition Course

Emergency Training Academy, a leading EMS training center in in West Chester, PA, offers an EMT Refresher/Transition course approved by PA BEMS. This is an online course which meets the NREMT requirements for recertification. The course can also be used as a 24 hour EMT refresher program and for 24 hours of continuting education.

Course Description: This course was initially designed in 2012 to transition current EMT-Basics into the newly adopted EMS Education Standards for an Emergency Medical Technician by bridging the gap between the current EMT-Basic and the recently adopted EMS Educational Standards level provider of EMT. This course was developed and is being taught by the President of ETA and author of the EMT Transition Manual. In addition to being an author, Ms. Barwell is a prehospital RN and an EMT-Instructor Trainer for the PA Department of Health, Bureau of EMS. She is also an instructional designer specializing in online and distance learning. Since most people have already been transitioned to the new EMS Education Standards for EMTs, this course has transitioned into a 24-hour refresher course or 24 hours of continuing education.


Course Format: This course is an online course. Once you enroll in the course, you will be provided an access code to the course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbook separately (a link will be provided). Students are required to complete a quiz for each section as well as a 50 question multiple choice final exam.

Course Options: A minimum of 16 hours of transition continuing education is necessary to meet the minimum state transition requirements. If you require 24 hours of continuing education for either NREMT EMT-Refresher training or to meet the mimumum 24 hour state con-ed requirement, you can enroll in the 24 hour transition course. The 24 hour course includes additional content in patient assessment, airway management, trauma, and infants/pediatrics to meet the NREMT content requirements. We also offer a 36 hour course for those individuals in need of additional continuing education credits.

Course Cost:16-hour course = $225  OR   24-hour course = $300 (both courses include online access/materials only. You are responsible to purchase your own textbook.

Certification: Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a certificate of completion from Emergency Training Academy stating successful completion of a 16 or 24 hour EMT Transition Course. This certificate is accepted by both the PA Bureau of EMS and NREMT. PA BEMS has awarded con-ed credits equal to the enrolled hours (16, 24, or 36) which can be used for recertification.

Course Content: This course will provide a basic overview of the history of the EMS Agenda for the future and EMS Education Standards as well as the new levels of EMS providers. The focus of the course is on the new patient assessment process, more in-depth anatomy and physiology, and pathophysiology of various medical conditions of illness for all body systems. Specifically, the EMT Transition Course will cover the following:

  • New information relative to Well-Being of the EMT, Medical/Legal and Ethical considerations
  • Life-Span Development
  • Therapeutic Communication
  • New information relative to Patient Assessment
  • More in-depth information on Airway Management, Ventilation and Oxygenation
  • Assessment and emergency care for specific Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Neurologic, Emergencies, Gastrointestinal, Genitourinary, Diabetic, Hematologic, Psychiatric, and Gynecologic Emergencies
  • Special populations including geriatrics, neonates, pregnant women, and patients with special needs
  • Information is also provided on toxicology, infectious diseases, multi-system trauma, medical terminology, weapons of mass destruction, and the various types and causes of shock

This is an open enrollment course. Enroll any time by clicking on the link below. You will be contacted with course access information within 24 hours of receiving your registration and payment.

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