Students Complete Course in Advanced Life Support at GC

Students in The Garrett College (GC) Emergency Services Training Center (ESTC) Advanced Life Support (ALS) program recently completed their intensive study for certification. For the past 17 years the college has provided area emergency service personnel with the knowledge and skills necessary for advanced life support in the community.

These students just finished the first year (semesters I and II) of a two year program to obtain Paramedic credentials and are now eligible to sit for national and state testing to start functioning as a CRTI(Cardiac Rescue Technician Intermediate) in Maryland. “CRTIs can do most everything that a paramedic can do, but need to consult with a doctor at a hospital before giving certain drugs or performing certain skills,” explained Douglas, Beitzel, NREMTP, Program Coordinator of Emergency Services Training Center for GC Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD).

The ALS curriculum is comprehensive and consists of classroom instruction, labs, skills assessments, hospital clinical training, and field internship. The program meets state and national standards for ALS training.

“The program is designed to educate skilled, well-trained advanced life support providers to the communities of Allegany and Garrett counties. Students enrolled in this program are taught to work in the field as an extension of the emergency room. Students who successfully complete the training will be qualified in advanced emergency care through a competency-based educational program. The program also provides continuing education for licensed and certified providers in an effort to maintain quality care for the community,” Beitzel said.

The first year (semesters I and II) prepares the student to provide pre-hospital assessment and care for patients of all ages with a variety of medical conditions and traumatic injuries. Areas of study include an introduction to emergency medical services systems, roles and responsibilities of CRT-Is, anatomy and physiology, plus training to respond to medical emergencies and trauma. Special considerations for working in the pre-hospital setting are studied in depth as well as skills required for providing patient transportation. “The students who just completed this session have completed 280 classroom hours and 167 clinical hours which equals 447 total hours,” Beitzel said.

This current class was held in the training room at Frostburg Area Ambulance where the course has been for many years. However, starting in September these classes will be offered in the Garrett College Career Technology Training Center (CTTC) in Accident MD. This new location will add another classroom area and two patient simulation labs.

“Our goal in the Emergency Services Training Center of Garrett College is to better serve and benefit a rural community with limited capital resources, and to supplement emergency medical services,” Beitzel said.

More information on Emergency Services Trainings at GC is available on the college website or by contacting Doug Beitzel 301-387-3772 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     
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