American Heart Association, RLC offering life-saving classes

MT. VERNON, Ill. (Jan. 15, 2015) – Rend Lake College is teaming up with the American Heart Association (AHA) this spring to offer a number of emergency services courses at the AHA Training Center at the Mt. Vernon MarketPlace, Room 221.

Among these courses are CPR, First Aid, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), National Incident Management System (NIMS) classes, and Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC). To reserve a seat today, contact the AHA Training Center at 618-437-5321, Ext. 2032 or .

First Aid and CPR

There are several one-day courses scheduled for First Aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) at the AHA this semester. By definition, First Aid is the assistance given to any person suffering a sudden illness or injury, with care provided to preserve life, to prevent the condition from worsening, and to promote recovery. CPR is one of the lifesaving techniques used in First Aid to help someone whose breathing or heartbeat has stopped.

First Aid courses will meet from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the following dates: Feb. 4, March 10, April 29, and May 18. CPR will also meet from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Feb. 5, March 3, April 6, and May 14.

ACLS, PALS Prep and Renewal

The AHA offers both ACLS Preparatory and ACLS renewal courses this semester to ready students for the urgent treatment of cardiac arrest, stroke, and other life-threatening medical emergencies. The preparatory class meets from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the following dates: Jan. 26-27, Feb. 10-11, Feb. 24-25, March 16-17, March 24-25, April 7-8, April 20-21, May 5-6, and May 11-12.

The renewal courses require one day of student, also from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., on Jan. 27, Feb. 11, Feb. 25, March 17, March 25, April 8, April 21, May 6, and May. 12.

Another two-day preparatory class, PALS class aims to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for students to efficiently and effectively manage critically ill infants and children. The class meets from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Feb. 17-18 and April 14-15. For those needing renewal, the one-day course will meet from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Jan. 20, March 9, and May 20.

Students wanting to build on their ACLS, PALS, or Basic Life Support (BLS) training can also inquire about instructor training courses, which are scheduled individually per applicant. For information about the instructor training, contact Leslie McKenzie, AHA Training Center Coordinator, at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1418 or .

NIMS ICS 300 and 400 courses

NIMS courses are designed for those who may serve as command or general staff on an Incident Management team. NIMS ICS (Incident Command System) 300 includes topics in staffing and organization, transfer of command, unified command functions, ICS forms, resource management, interagency mission planning, and procurement. This course is to be taken after completion of the online ICS 100, 200, 700, and 800 courses.

NIMS ICS 400 is to be taken after successful completion of the 300-level class. Specific topics include deputies and assistants, organizational relationships between area command, unified command, multi-entry coordination systems, and Emergency Operations Centers.

There is no cost for either NIMS ICS class and dates will be determined based on need.

TNCC class

The Emergency Nurses Association developed the Trauma Nursing Core Course for national and international dissemination to recognize a standard of trauma nursing knowledge. TNCC is a 16-hour course designed to provide the student with cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills. Attendees should be registered nurses with at least six months of clinical nursing experience in an emergency care setting. The class costs $300, plus $70 for the book. Dates and times will be determined based on need.

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