CCEMTP -- Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport Program


The CCEMT-P course is designed to prepare paramedics and nurses to function as members of a critical care transport team. The program bridges the gap between pre-hospital and in hospital care; resulting in a specialized provider who has both the understanding of the aspects of caring for a critically ill patient and has the ability to provide the highest level of care to the critically ill patient during transport.

The class meets for two (2) weeks everyday from 8am to 6pm. Most classes take place at the Center for Emergency Medicine Office of Education in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, PA.

Preregistration is mandatory for this program. Once registered, students will receive more specific class information such as a course schedule and information about overnight accommodations in the Pittsburgh area.

Curriculum Design 
The CCEMTP Program is designed to provide the basic educational foundation required for specialists transporting critical care patients. The CCEMTP Manual is a curriculum divided into broad modules. Each module has a specific instructional goal, a rationale (establishing a connection with the desired benefits of the program), a list of necessary equipment to demonstrate various critical care techniques, the required readings and the learning objectives. Each lesson contains a focus statement (providing a specific direction about the topic and how it will contribute to the development of the participants), and list of learning objectives. Demonstration equipment includes doppler, balloon pump, ventilator, pressure transducer, blood products and invasive lines. A pig trachea lab is also included. Additional readings, handouts, and a lesson outline are provided through cloud based resources therefore students must be able to access the internet and review these resources during the course. A laptop or tablet is most appropriate for use with the Box resource.

Agenda topics include: Lab Data, Flight Concerns and Physiology, Cardiology and Mechanical Devices (balloon, ECMO, VAD), Pharmacology, Hemodynamic Monitoring, Invasive Lines and Blood Administration, Airway, Mechanical Ventilation and RSI, Sepsis/MODS, 12-lead, Radiography, GI/GU/Renal, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Trauma and Burn Care, Hematology, and Endocrinology.

Location: Most classes will be held at or near the Center for Emergency Medicine, 230 McKee Place, Suite 500, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Optional CCEMTP Text: 

Critical Care Transport, AAOS. Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury, MA, c2018. 
(Any critical care text can be used to prepare the student for the course.)

Recommended Prerequisites:
Paramedics: One (1) year as a paramedic, current certifications in CPR, ACLS, ITLS or PHTLS, and PALS or PEPP.
Nurses: One (1) year as a nurse, current certifications in CPR, ACLS, PALS, and ITLS/PHTLS or TNCC.


For additional information, please contact:
John Pierce - [email protected] or (412) 647-4648

The Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport Paramedic (CCEMTP) program is owned by the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). The CCEMTP program is offered by the Center for Emergency Medicine under license. 

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