Top Ranked Pediatric and Obstetric Courses Available from CentreLearn

Posted by Melissa Mancuso on Sep 4, 2014 under Courses and Activities

The CentreLearn Training System is available 24/7 for EMTs, paramedics, and firefighters from around the world that need to complete training assignments to maintain their certification. One of the most important and sought after course categories is pediatrics and obstetrics. CentreLearn and its content partners offer dozens of pediatric and obstetric courses to ensure your personnel have the training they need when they need it.

Since January 1, 2014, EMTs and paramedics have earned CE certificates from this list of courses, ranked by order of total certificates earned:


  1. Pediatric Patient Assessment: Part 1 (BLS)
  2. Pediatric Patient Assessment: Part 1 (ALS)
  3. Pediatric Patient Assessment: Part 2 (ALS)
  4. Pediatric Patient Assessment: Part 2 (BLS)
  5. Fetal Trauma from Motor Vehicle Collisions (BLS)
  6. Emergency Childbirth (BLS)
  7. Emergency Childbirth (ALS)
  8. Child Abuse: EMS Roles & Responsibilities (BLS)
  9. Child Abuse: EMS Roles & Responsibilities (ALS)
  10. Obstetric Complications (ALS)
  11. Pediatric Fluid Resuscitation and Airway Management (ALS)
  12. Pediatric Fever (ALS)
  13. Pediatric Fever (BLS)
  14. Pediatric Fluid Resuscitation and Airway Management (BLS)
  15. Fetal Trauma from Motor Vehicle Collisions (ALS)
  16. Webinar: Pediatric Resuscitation (ALS)
  17. Pharmacology Special Considerations (ALS)
  18. Pediatric Cardiac Emergencies (ALS)
  19. Pharmacology Special Considerations (BLS)
  20. Pediatric Cardiac Emergencies (BLS)
  21. Pregnancy: Medical Emergencies 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  22. Trauma During Pregnancy 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  23. Trauma Assessment 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  24. Pediatric Trauma 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  25. Pediatric Assessment 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  26. Pediatric Emergencies: Burns 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  27. Pediatric Airway Management 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  28. SIDS & EMS 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  29. Pediatric Poisoning 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  30. Neonatal Care/Resuscitation 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  31. Pediatric Behavioral Emergencies 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  32. Obstetrics & Childbirth 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  33. Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  34. ECC Update: Pediatrics and PALS 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  35. Domestic Violence 2.0 (24-7 EMS)
  36. Obstetrics and Childbirth 2.0 (24-7 EMS)


Use the Preview Coursesfeature in the Training Manager area of the CentreLearn Training System to preview the above courses.


Build your Own Pediatric Courses

In addition to the courses from CentreLearn and our content partners, training officers are able to build their own pediatric and obstetric courses using the Course Builder. Some of the course titles created by training officers that use the CentreLearn Training System include:


  • Pediatric Toxicology Emergencies
  • Abandoned Infant
  • Pediatric Pain
  • Pediatric Environmental Emergencies
  • Pediatric Syncope
  • A Safe Haven for Newborns
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Recognition
  • Special Patient Populations: The Pediatric Patient
  • Recommendations for Safe Transportation of Pediatric Patients


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Top 5 Tips for a Successful NAEMSE Symposium

Posted by Melissa Mancuso on Sep 2, 2014 under Announcements and News


We put together our Top 5 Tips to get the most out of the NAEMSE Symposium. Whether it is your first or 19th Symposium, everyone can benefit from these tried and true tips! Here’s to a successful conference!

1. Start connecting with other NAEMSE attendees now to plan social activities and events.There is fun and safety in numbers!

2. Ask people you meet open-ended questions to learn as much as possible.

  • What is your biggest challenge as the new school year begins?
  • What is an app or resource that your students are finding essential?
  • What is working well to make sure your students get the most from clinical/field time?

3. Stay awake and attentive.

  • Pack some water and healthy snacks in your bag to maintain a good blood sugar level. Buy some fresh fruit for a healthy late night or early morning snack.
  • Stow your phone, turn off alerts, beeps, bells, whistles, and noises. These are a distraction to you and others, and make you lose focus on what is being discussed. Be present and interact with other EMS professionals in person.

4. Escape the casino for fresh air and exercise!

  • When you exercise the body, you exercise the brain. Physical exercise can increase your ability to process and recall information.
  • Reno has many trails and outdoor activities to enjoy with average temperatures in the upper 70s.

5. Wear comfortable shoes and travel light.

  • You will want happy feet for exploring the exhibit hall and local attractions. Leave the dress shoes at home and be comfortable! Your body will thank you.
  • Traveling light will help reduce having to pay for excess baggage and the hassle of lugging around items you don’t use. Take only what you really need. Learn to lighten your load.

What are your tips? Please share them with us! 

Stop by NAEMSE booth #303 and tell Greg how you are benefiting from these tips. He is looking forward to discussing best practices for online training, his favorite resources for building courses, and the opportunities to use technology in education.


2 Bonus Tips on Educator Methodology

Bonus tip #1 – Deliver powerful presentations to make course material memorable, actionable, and sharable.

  • Try techniques such as story-boarding, clustering, filtering, and visualizing.
  • Use “story” form of delivery to promote an emotional connection with students.

Bonus tip #2 – Don’t lose your cool when dealing with problem students.

  • Apply differing instructional and disciplinary approaches based on an assessment of the students’ difficult behaviors.
  • Target and eliminate difficult behaviors in the classroom.

CentreLearn has several Educator Methodology courses available for CE credit. Review the list and start your courses today either through the CentreLearn Training System or RapidCE.


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Pediatric Continuing Education: 3 Recently Released Courses

Posted by Melissa Mancuso on Aug 31, 2014 under Announcements and News

CentreLearn offers many emergency pediatric care continuing education courses for both ALS and BLS providers. These online courses focus on topics such as: pediatric patient assessment, pediatric airway management, pediatric fever, pediatric cardiac emergencies, and pre-hospital pediatric resuscitation. More pediatric courses are currently in production and will be available in the CentreLearn Training System and on within the coming months.

The three most recently released pediatric courses are:

All CentreLearn courses are written and designed by experienced field providers that are also expert educators and parents. Courses are reviewed by a board certified emergency physician, CECBEMS accredited, and where applicable, state approved for EMT and paramedic continuing education.

Hundreds of CE Courses from CentreLearn

The CentreLearn Training System always includes the entire EMS and Fire course catalogs. Begin training online immediately with hundreds of hours of accredited online training videos for EMTs, paramedics, and firefighters.

Hundreds of Additional Courses from our Content Partners

CentreLearn partners with 24-7 EMS, 24-7 Fire, Medrills, Emergency Film Group, HIPAA TV Online, and Physio-Control to offer hundreds of additional courses to fulfill EMT, paramedic, firefighter, fire inspector, and fire officer training requirements. Visit the CentreLearn courses page to learn more about CentreLearn’s content partners.

Accessing CentreLearn Pediatric Courses

Training officers can either assign courses to their personnel or provide them access to the EMS and Fire course catalogs so they may complete pediatric and obstetric courses on their own schedule via the CentreLearn Training System. Individuals can access all CentreLearn CECBEMS-accredited EMS courses and dozens of other courses on fire suppression topics through


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CentreLearn Featured Partner: 24-7 EMS Geriatric Courses

Posted by Greg Friese on Aug 29, 2014 under CentreLearn Classic LMS


CentreLearn content partner, 24-7 EMS, offers five CECBEMS-accredited geriatric courses for EMTs and paramedics. The entire 24-7 EMS catalog, including these courses, is available for a low per person per year cost. Once the 24-7 EMS catalog has been shared with your organization, courses can be assigned to personnel.

  1. Geriatric Assessment
  2. Geriatric Trauma: Hip Injuries
  3. Geriatric Respiratory Emergencies
  4. Geriatric Poisonings
  5. Geriatric Behavioral Emergencies

View the full 24-7 EMS course catalog and contact us for more information.

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3 Tips to Encourage CentreLearn Course Completions

Posted by Melissa Mancuso on Aug 27, 2014 under Courses and Activities

Encourage CentreLearn Course Completions

A training officer asked for ideas on how to increase the completion of online courses by the personnel in his organization. Here are a few suggestions from CentreLearn.


1. Assign Courses

For EMTs, paramedics, and firefighters, the annual or bi-annual training requirements, both hours and categories of training, are very clear. Assign courses to match those needs by creating a training plan. In the initial roll-out of the CentreLearn Training System, consider a training plan for a specific aspect of training. For example, just assign courses to meet annual workplace safety requirements. Replace classroom lectures with an online assignment for:

  • Bloodborne pathogens (CentreLearn course B301)
  • Respiratory protection (CentreLearn course B303)
  • Hazard communication (CentreLearn course B343)

Remember that for most workplace safety courses, personnel need to have easy access to a local infection control officer or other types of safety experts for local guidance on prevention and incident reporting.

An initial experience with online training, especially to complete annual training requirements, is a great stepping stone to additional training plans for other requirements.


2. Spread the Word about Course Completion

Some of your personnel might be wondering, “Is anyone else doing these online courses?” Use CentreLearn 1-Click Reports to share updates on progress with training plans, course ratings, and course feedback with the personnel in your organization. Providing reports of progress across the department, shifts, or stations provides the social proof or testimonials to help encourage other personnel to dip their toes into the online training pool. Post specific feedback about a course in an announcement, email, or on a department social network. We recommend asking an EMT or firefighter for their permission before posting their name with specific course feedback.


3. Connect an Online Course to Current Events

For many learners, the “Why” of training is just as important as the “What.” When creating an assignment, connect it to a current event or recognized need. For example, assigning courses on heat or cold emergencies is easily connected to seasonal changes in the weather, but other topics might be just as easily connected to other seasonal changes in your service area. Does your population of geriatric residents spike in the summer or winter? Do you have an increase in pediatric trauma when school is out for the summer? Do respiratory distress calls increase in the summer?

A protocol change is another compelling time to assign training courses. When your medical director revises the heart failure protocol, assign the CentreLearn courses on heart failure and CPAP to refresh knowledge and understanding of heart failure pathophysiology, assessment, and treatment.

Lessons learned from recent incidents, like structure fires, can become lessons applied when matched with suitable training. Perhaps the water supply team struggled to meet the water demands of the suppression team. An online course on water supply operations might better prepare the department for the next incident.

Preview CentreLearn courses by typing keywords into the search field of the Preview Courses page in the Training System. If you need something more specific to meet local protocols, create your own course with the Course Builder feature of the Training System.


How does your organization encourage personnel to complete online training?

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5 Methods to Pay for Online Training

Posted by Melissa Mancuso on Aug 25, 2014 under Announcements and News

Methods to pay for online training

Online training is a new delivery method for many fire departments and EMS agencies. In addition, most agencies, regardless of their service deployment model, continue to feel the financial squeeze from the recession and reluctant public funding for emergency services. Since online training is often a new line item or expense, we are frequently asked these two questions:

  1. How do I explain the benefits of online training to my department’s decision makers?
  2. How do other organizations pay for the CentreLearn Training System?

This post will focus on the latter question and the variety of methods used by organizations of all sizes to reap the benefits of online training.


Long-Term Budgeting

For many departments, a demonstration and exploration of the CentreLearn Training System is an early step in a one- or two-year budgeting process. At any point, our sales representatives can provide a cost proposal or quote to a training officer who is in the midst of budget planning. We know that budgeting for a new training expense may take some time.

Departments often come to us after several years of exploring online training options and securing budget approval. If you are ready to purchase, we can quickly set-up your CentreLearn Training System and have your personnel training online in a few days.


Discretionary Training Funds

Larger fire departments and EMS agencies may have discretionary funds for training that can be used for classroom sessions, conference attendance, training materials and hardware, or staff development. Instead of purchasing textbooks, which quickly become dated, educators are using discretionary training funds for online training that is accurate, relevant, and up-to-date.


Realize Immediate Savings

Many departments conduct face-to-face training while employees are working overtime. Shifting fully or partially to online training while on-duty helps departments realize immediate cost savings. The expense of overtime compensation savings often exceeds the CentreLearn subscription cost. In addition, personnel training on-duty and online remain in their service area available for calls, reduce wear and tear on vehicles traveling to a central training academy, and have tools and equipment at hand for immediate hands-on training. Remember, online training with the Watch Course as a Group feature and Virtual Meetings can be completed by a company of firefighters in the same station or EMS crews distributed throughout the service area.

Another method to realize immediate cost savings from online training is to replace existing training methods, such as those the department uses for annual regulatory or compliance training, with an online training plan. For example, many departments conduct expensive face-to-face bloodborne pathogens and respiratory protection training every year. In-person lecturing is an expensive and inefficient educational methodology. Online courses let personnel learn and review materials at their own pace and in between calls. Save the face-to-face training for more valuable and higher impact training, like hands-on practice, competency verification, and high-fidelity simulation.


Grant Funding

Local and regional organizations, especially those with an interest in specific patient groups or community capabilities, may assist a fire department or EMS agency in purchasing access to online training. The Women’s Fund of Portage County (Wisconsin) initially collaborated with local EMS agencies to ensure equipment readiness for pediatric emergencies. Next, the Women’s Fund provided a grant for face-to-face and online training to prepare first responders, EMTs, and paramedics for pediatric emergencies.

Connect with and form relationships with your local community foundation, hospital foundation, and other civic organizations. Events, equipment, and education that prepare your organization to prevent and/or respond to geriatric falls, children with special healthcare needs, mass casualty incidents, and veterans in medical crisis are often compelling to many types of organizations.

There are organizations and resources available to fire and EMS agencies to find and secure grants. Learn about some of those organizations.


Online CE for Individuals

For some organizations, current certification is a job requirement and there is no in-house training. Fire and EMS personnel in those organizations often purchase CentreLearn courses through or Physio-control University.


How does your organization fund online training? Share your tips and resources with other training officers in the comments.


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Train Better Memo – Courses: August 2014

Posted by Melissa Mancuso on Aug 23, 2014 under Announcements and News, Courses and Activities


Links in this Courses Edition of the Train Better Memo:

Preventing the Spread of Contagious Disease
Read more about the outbreak on the CDC website.
Preview CentreLearn courses

Top Courses in July
Read our blog post about the top 3 CentreLearn courses in July
Follow our twitter and facebook pages for the top courses of the week.
Check our blog regularly for new course announcements. Even more courses for pediatric continuing education will be added soon!

Customer Success Story Using the Course Builder
Read this customer success article to see how Mid Georgia Ambulance is already benefiting.

Upcoming How-To Instruction for Admins and Training Officers
Learn more at one of these upcoming Admin training sessions:

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CentreLearn Featured Partner: 24-7 EMS Pediatric and Obstetrics Courses

Posted by Greg Friese on Aug 22, 2014 under Courses and Activities


CentreLearn content partner, 24-7 EMS, offers a dozen pediatric and obstetrics courses for EMTs and paramedics. The entire 24-7 EMS catalog, including these courses, is available for a low per person per year cost. Once the 24-7 EMS catalog has been shared with your organization, courses can be assigned to personnel.

  1. Pregnancy: Medical Emergencies
  2. Neonatal Care/Resuscitation
  3. Pediatric Trauma
  4. Pediatric Assessment
  5. Pediatric Behavioral Emergencies: Autism (ASD)
  6. Pediatric Emergencies – Burns
  7. Pediatric Poisoning
  8. Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies
  9. Trauma During Pregnancy
  10. ECC Update: Pediatrics and PALS
  11. Pediatric Airway Management
  12. Obstetrics and Childbirth

View the full 24-7 EMS course catalog and contact us for more information.

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NAEMT Emergency Pediatric Care Hybrid Elearning Course

Posted by Greg Friese on Aug 21, 2014 under Announcements and News

One of the questions I receive most frequently from EMS personnel and training officers is “where can I find more pediatric related CE, especially online?

CentreLearn hosts the National Association of EMTs Emergency Pediatric Care (NAEMT EPC) hybrid course which combines 8 hours of online training with 8 hours of classroom training. According to the NAEMT “This modular course format can fulfill the pediatric clinical and educational needs of an EMS agency while minimizing budgetary and logistical impacts.”

More about EPC from NAEMT: “Course lectures and interactive sessions address assessment; airway, breathing and circulation; understanding and caring for children; hypoperfusion and shock; cardiac emergencies and congenital cardiac defects, common medical emergencies, trauma, newborn resuscitation, vascular access, care team management, spinal motion restriction, children with special health-care needs, identification of life threats, scene choreography, transport decisions, and child abuse and neglect.”

Read more about the EPC course at the NAEMT website and learn how to schedule a course with an NAEMT EPC instructor.



You can also learn more about the Emergency Pediatric Care course and the importance of specialized pediatric training from NAEMT EPC committee chair Chris Cebollero in Episode 55 of the EMSEduCast Podcast.

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In the Field: National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) Symposium 2014

Posted by Melissa Mancuso on Aug 20, 2014 under Announcements and News

EMS Educators Gather at NAEMSE Symposium, Learn the Benefits of Online Learning with CentreLearn

EMS departments of all sizes use online learning for continuing education to benefit both the department and personnel.

NAEMSE 2014 logo


CentreLearn Solutions, LLC, the leading provider of online continuing education for EMS and Fire Rescue personnel, discusses the benefits of online learning at the National Association of EMS educators (NAEMSE) Symposium booth 303 in Reno, NV, September 16-21 at the Peppermill Resort Hotel and Spa.

EMS educators from around the world gather at the NAEMSE Symposium once a year, network with other educators to hone their teaching skills, learn new techniques and best practices, and take everything they learned back to their classrooms and students. The Symposium provides an opportunity for EMS educators to learn new instructional strategies, classroom management techniques, and gain exposure to new technologies.

Online learning is still relatively new to the EMS industry, but the CentreLearn Training System makes it easy to implement an online continuing education training program for EMS departments of all sizes. Individuals, instructors, and newly certified paramedics can also earn CE credits through RapidCE, which is powered by CentreLearn. EMS departments and professionals benefit from online learning by reducing operating costs and providing access to consistent training materials anywhere there is an internet connection. When partnered with hands-on training, online courses help reinforce the concepts presented and test material retention, preparing the student for real-life situations.

Greg Friese, MS, NRP said, “As an EMS Educator and Paramedic, I have personally benefited from online learning in many ways. The information delivered is consistent for all students, the student can learn at their own pace and review the content at any time, and students do not need to travel to a training center, which reduces the wear and tear on vehicles and saves on gas.”

The CentreLearn Training System can be used to keep track of all training activities including hands-on, instructor-led, and online self-paced courses. Almost 300 EMS and Fire courses are included with the Training System, making it easy for Training Managers to assign CE courses that meet their state’s recertification requirements to their personnel. The CentreLearn Educator Methodology catalog features four presentations by NAEMSE presenter, paramedic, and educator Rom Duckworth. These CECBEMS-approved courses help educators meet instructor/coordinator recertification requirements.

Friese added, “I am looking forward to discussing the benefits for your organization in more detail in person. If you are not attending the NAEMSE Symposium this year, please contact us to discuss your online training needs or how to enroll in the Educator Methodology catalog.” Learn how your department and personnel can benefit from online training and continuing education with the CentreLearn Training System or RapidCE at NAEMSE booth 303.


About the NAEMSE Symposium

The mission of The National Association of EMS educators is to inspire and promote excellence in EMS education and lifelong learning within the global community. The Annual Symposium is an event that is held each year in different cities around the country. It is an opportunity for EMS educators to come together and network with other EMS educators. The symposium consists of educational pre-conferences and general/break-out sessions that are designed to help the educator better hone their teaching skills and take those new ideas back with them to the classroom. It also gives attendees the chance to visit the Exhibit Hall where EMS exhibitors will give attendees one-of-a-kind face to face time and information regarding their respective products. Visit Symposium to find out more information.


About CentreLearn Solutions

Training Just Got Easier­™

The CentreLearn Training System is the fastest and easiest way to start your online training program. As pioneers in online education, CentreLearn has changed the way more than 250,000 emergency service personnel learn over the Internet and maintain their professional training and certification. The team of in-house instructional designers, educators, and technical experts has partnered with EMS, fire service, public health organizations, and more to make online education, course building, tracking, and reporting easier than ever. CentreLearn provides high quality, accredited multimedia training programs that save money and time for fire departments, emergency services organizations, state health departments, and their personnel. CentreLearn’s Customer Support Team works closely with clients every step of the way to ensure they succeed with online training. For more information about CentreLearn Solutions, or to schedule a demo, visit


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