Online Training

The EMSC Program offers flexible, pediatric-focused training online that is convenient and available 24 hours a day to meet the participant’s lifestyle. In general, the courses are all self-paced and should take approximately 30 to 90 minutes to complete, depending on the course selected. Participants may enter and exit a course at any time, then re-enter to complete the course at their convenience. Many of the courses offer continuing education credit.

A variety of courses are available targeting EMS Professionals, Acute Care Professionals, Residents and Fellows, School Nurses, and Family and Caregivers


Courses for EMS Professionals

  1. EMSC Course. By the University of New Mexico EMSC Targeted Issue grantee, this course primarily targets prehospital EMS personnel and includes 11 modules: pediatric seizures, diabetes, blunt chest trauma, methamphetamine, child abuse/Down Syndrome, technological dependent, Shaken Baby Syndrome, poisoning/toxic exposure, adrenal crisis and EMS, and safe transport of children in EMS vehicles (Parts I and II).

  2. Here to Help: Proper Child Restraints in Emergency Vehicles. By North Carolina EMSC, this course targets prehopsital providers and addresses the importance of restraining children when being transported in an ambulance. The course also demonstrates the use of a variety of child restraint devices. Students that complete the quiz at the end of the training and receive a passing grade of at least 70% will be eligible to apply for one hour of continuing education credit.

  3. Pediatric Disaster Triage: Doing the Most Good for the Most Patients in the Least Time. By Connecticut EMSC Targeted Issue grantee, this course targets prehospital providers and contains five narrated modules addressing the following: Recognizing a Disaster, Disaster Triage Rationale, PediEatric Triage Considerations, Triage Methodologies (JumpSTART, SMART, SALT, and clinical decision making); Special Triage Decisions).

  4. Pediatric Mild Traumatic Head Injury. By Illinois EMSC Targeted Issue grantee, this course targets all health care providers who care for children and contains 10 narrated chapters along with appendices that contain additional resources. Key areas of focus include recommendations for appropriate triage/management of mild traumatic head injuries, guidelines for neuroimaging, child maltreatment screening, patient education, and head injury prevention strategies.

  5. Pediatric Trauma Course for EMS Providers. By North Carolina EMSC Targeted Issue grantee, this course targets EMS providers and offers an overview of pediatric trauma, the leading cause of injury and death in American children. EMS providers will have the opportunity to learn about the scope of pediatric trauma, revisit the keys of their pediatric patient assessment, review the benefits of specialized trauma center resources, and examine how trauma pre-planning tools can assist them in making the best transport decisions for their patients.

  6. Pediatric Trauma Course for 911 Telecommunicators. By North Carolina EMSC Targeted Issue grantee, this course targets 911 telecommunicators and illustrates how 911 telecommunicators play a critical role in the prehospital management of injured children. 911 telecommunicators will have the opportunity to learn about the scope of pediatric trauma, how they can quickly deploy EMS resources, ways they can assist EMS’s response by collecting valuable information, and how they can work with dispatched services to minimize response and scene times en route to definitive care.

  7. A Multi—Systems Approach to Pediatric Trauma Course. By the University of New Mexico EMSC Targeted Issue grantee, this course targets all healthcare providers and includes six modules addressing trauma to different body systems in children: the head, neck, spine, abdomen, and chest.

  8. Pediatric Emergencies: Emergency Care for the Ill Child. By the University of New Mexico EMSC Targeted Issue grantee, this course targets all healthcare providers that presents pediatric emergencies. It is a companion course to A Multi–Systems Approach to Pediatric Trauma, but differs in that education focuses on emergency care for the ill child. Two modules are offered: the Pediatric Length Based Resuscitation Tape in a Status Epilepticus Scenario and Emergency Management of Pediatric Diabetic Ketoacidosis.

  9. Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness. By the EMSC National Resource Center, this course primarily targets emergency management officials, EMS responders, hospital personnel, and school management personnel, and includes five modules: Why Disaster Planning for Children Is Needed; Accessing Community Risk for Disasters Involving Children; Preparing the Community for Disasters Involving Children; Responding to Disasters Involving Children (Assessment/Triage); and Responding to Disasters Involving Children (Resuscitation/Treatment.)



Courses for Acute Care Professionals

  1. Pediatric Mild Traumatic Head Injury. By Illinois EMSC Targeted Issue grantee, this course targets all health care providers who care for children and contains 10 narrated chapters along with appendices that contain additional resources. Key areas of focus include recommendations for appropriate triage/management of mild traumatic head injuries, guidelines for neuroimaging, child maltreatment screening, patient education, and head injury prevention strategies.

  2. Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Courses for Healthcare Professionals By Tennessee EMSC, this course include six modules targeting healthcare professions: Children with Special Needs: Considerations for Healthcare Professionals; Disaster Preparedness for Schools; Preparing for Explosion and Blast injuries; Responding to Bioterrorism; Responding to Chemical Incidents; and Responding to Radiation Disasters

  3. Acute Assessment and Management of Pediatric Trauma. By the University of Washington EMSC Targeted Issue grantee, this course primarily targets inpatient providers -- physicians and nurses -- of early care to injured children. This online training program includes seven modules: Initial Stabilization and Transfer of Pediatric Trauma; Pediatric Airway and Breathing; Pediatric Shock, including Vascular Access; Pediatric Head Injuries; Pediatric Blunt Abdominal and Chest Trauma; Pediatric Sedation and Analgesia; and Complications of Pediatric Multi-Organ Trauma and Other Injuries.

  4. A Multi—Systems Approach to Pediatric Trauma Course.  By the University of New Mexico EMSC Targeted Issue grantee, this course targets all healthcare providers and includes six modules addressing trauma to different body systems in children: the head, neck, spine, abdomen, and chest.

  5. Pediatric Emergencies: Emergency Care for the Ill Child. By the University of New Mexico EMSC Targeted Issue grantee, this course targets all healthcare providers that presents pediatric emergencies. It is a companion course to A Multi–Systems Approach to Pediatric Trauma, but differs in that education focuses on emergency care for the ill child. Two modules are offered: the Pediatric Length Based Resuscitation Tape in a Status Epilepticus Scenario and Emergency Management of Pediatric Diabetic Ketoacidosis.

  6. Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness  By the EMSC National Resource Center, this course primarily targets emergency management officials, EMS responders, hospital personnel, and school management personnel, and includes five modules: Why Disaster Planning for Children Is Needed; Accessing Community Risk for Disasters Involving Children; Preparing the Community for Disasters Involving Children; Responding to Disasters Involving Children (Assessment/Triage); and Responding to Disasters Involving Children (Resuscitation/Treatment.)

  7. Family Presence in the Emergency Department  By the EMSC National Resource Center, this course primarily targets emergency department nurses, and includes three modules: evidence for family presence (FP), introduction to FP, and implementation of a FP program.)



Courses for Pediatric Emergency Medicine Residents and Fellows

  1. EMS Education for the Pediatric Emergency Physician. Primarily targeting residents and fellows in training and practicing PEM physicians who want to understand their potential role in clinical care, education, research, and advocacy in EMS, this online course can be used as a potential adjunct to an EMS rotation for pediatric and emergency medicine residents and PEM fellows. For more information on how to access this course read: EMS Education for the Pediatric Emergency Physician Instructions for Users.



Courses for School Nurses

  1. Virtual School Nurse and EMS Learning Project. By University of New Mexico EMSC Targeted Issue grantee, this course primarily targets school nurses and includes 12 modules: emergency preparedness, EMS continuum of care, school emergency preparedness, assessment and triage, airway management, emergency care of the spine, musculoskeletal emergency care, assessment, and two scenario-based modules.

  2. Virtual School Nurse Behavioral Health Emergencies. By University of New Mexico EMSC Targeted Issue grantee, this course primarily targets school nurses and includes two completed modules: Helpless to Hopeful: Teen Suicide and Depression and Impaired to Improved: Teen Alcohol and Substance Abuse, as well as two forthcoming modules: Confused to Coping: Youth Adjustment and Conduct Disorders and Rage to Resourceful: Youth Interpersonal Violence and Abuse.

  3. Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Courses for Healthcare Professionals. By Tennessee EMSC, this course include six modules targeting healthcare professions: Children with Special Needs: Considerations for Healthcare Professionals; Disaster Preparedness for Schools; Preparing for Explosion and Blast injuries; Responding to Bioterrorism; Responding to Chemical Incidents; and Responding to Radiation Disasters

  4. Pediatric Disaster Planning and Preparedness . By the EMSC National Resource Center, this course primarily targets emergency management officials, EMS responders, hospital personnel, and school management personnel, and includes five modules: Why Disaster Planning for Children Is Needed; Accessing Community Risk for Disasters Involving Children; Preparing the Community for Disasters Involving Children; Responding to Disasters Involving Children (Assessment/Triage); and Responding to Disasters Involving Children (Resuscitation/Treatment.)



Courses/Website for Family and Caregivers

  1. AftertheInjury.org. By the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia EMSC Targeted Issue grantee, this online parent resource provides healthcare professionals an alternative way to communicate to parents who, at the time of injury, may not be able to absorb all that there is to know.)

  2. Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Courses for the Public. By Tennessee EMSC, this course include two modules targeting the general public: Family Preparedness and Family Preparedness Supplement: Children with Special Needs.