EMS Education

In addition to EMT and Wilderness Emergency Medicine training, the IREMS Training Program hosts the following continuing education opportunities throughout the year.


Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

This course equips students with the basic knowledge and skills to provide immediate lifesaving interventions in situations before additional EMS support arrives, and assist higher level care givers at the scene and during transport of the patient. EMRs function as part of a comprehensive EMS response and under medical oversight.

At successful completion of the course, the student will be capable of performing basic interventions with minimal equipment and will eligible to apply for licensure.

EMS Instructor/Coordinator

EMS Instructor/Coordinator courses are scheduled and delivered as needed. For more information contact Patrick.Malone@med.uvm.edu.

EMS Management

The New England Council for EMS (NECEMS) EMS Managers Program is a 40-hour module course focused on issues surrounding management and leadership of an EMS organization. Participants are trained on topics of recruitment and retention, policies and procedures, human resources, budgeting, and leadership.

EMS Management training is typically offered on an annual basis. For more information contact Patrick.Malone@med.uvm.edu.

Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)

The course discusses common medical crises, introduces the AMLS Assessment Pathway, and presents specific cases and differential diagnoses and management strategies for each. The course includes lecture, discussion and skills stations, so students leave with thorough knowledge and hands on skills to perform accurate physical examinations and provide best treatment to patients.

Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals - ALS version

Course Overview

PEPP, or Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals, is a course which gives prehospital professionals the education, information and confidence needed to effectively treat pediatric patients. The PEPP curriculum was developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics to teach prehospital professionals how to better assess and manage ill or injured children.

This ALS (Advanced Life Support) onsite course is designed specifically for Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics, and provides 14 hours of education. Participants who successfully complete the PEPP Course are eligible to receive continuing education units (CEUs) through CECBEMS (Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services).


To successfully complete the PEPP Course, participants must:

  • Participate in the entire course
  • Complete the pretest
  • Pass the final examination

Students who successfully complete the PEPP Course are eligible to receive a PEPP Course Completion Certificate. The Course Completion Certificate is valid for 2 years. To receive credit, participants must select the option to receive CEUs during the access code redemption process. Certificates will be delivered electronically to eligible participants.


Licensure as an Advanced EMT or Paramedic is recommended. EMTs may take the course but will not receive CME for advanced topics.

Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)

The course builds upon each participant's current knowledge base and skills to enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, stresses teamwork between providers with diverse levels of knowledge, skills, and resources, and offers a safe environment in which students can practice trauma assessment and treatment skills.