Critical Care Paramedic Online

As healthcare continues to evolve at a rapid pace, specialized tertiary care facilities develop sophisticated and highly technical management approaches for critically ill and injured patients.  Often this requires that patients be transferred to a facility better equipped to care for their illness or injury. 

Creighton University EMS Education has designed this course to prepare paramedics to seamlessly bridge in-hospital critical care and out-of-hospital care during interfacility transports.  These types of transports require highly qualified personnel with expertise in assessing and managing complex clinical situations.  

Most instruction will be delivered online. Students will be required to attend a one-day invasive skills session on the Creighton campus and complete 36 hours of clinical rotation in an ICU/CCU environment.

Topics include:

  • Critical Care Field and Hospital Environments
  • Surgical Airways
  • Ventilators, CPAP/BiPAP
  • Thoracostomy & Chest Drainage Maintenance
  • Central Venous Access Devices
  • Medication Formulary
  • Laboratory Values Interpretation
  • 12-Lead ECG Interpretation
  • Monitoring & Maintaining IABP
  • Hemodynamic Monitoring 

Course requirements: Current paramedic license or registered nurse; Healthcare Provider BLS and ACLS; and, minimum of one year active pre-hospital experience. Trauma course completion (PHTLS, ITLS, TNCC or TNATC), pediatric course completion (PALS, NRP, PEPP, PPC, or ENPC), and a medical life support course (AMLS) are all strongly recommended. 

Online courses require more self-discipline, dedication and time commitment than traditional face-to-face courses.  To succeed in the online course, students need to commit to 8 to 12 hours of independent online study each week and must complete all course assignments by due dates.



Students must have access to a computer and a reliable high-speed Internet connection, Note that dial-up Internet connection speeds are not compatible with the learning management system.

America Online (AOL) is not a compatible Internet service provider as AOL blocks access to required online learning materials.

Students are provided a Creighton University e-mail account while enrolled in the course and all electronic course correspondence is sent through the assigned Creighton account.

Operating System Requirements


  • Operating System: Windows 2000, XO, Vista, 7
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or higher
  • Memory: 1GB or higher preferred
  • Hard Disk Space: Sufficient to store course materials
  • Monitor: 1024x768 minimum resolution
  • Sound Card: Ability to play audio clips
  • Browser: Microsoft Internet Explore 7.0 or Firefox 3.05
  • Plug-ins: RealPlayer for audio and video clips, Adobe Acrobat Reader to view PDF files (free download at and Adobe Flash Player

Note: Creighton University Office of eLearning and Academic Technologies does not support Apple (Macintosh) computers. If you are using an Apple (Macintosh), you may experience problems accessing or not be able to access the course material.

The Safari browser is not supported. Mac users (Faculty, Staff and Students) need to download and install Firefox 3.

Presently, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services does not recognize or credential critical care paramedics. Individual states may offer an endorsement to function as a critical care paramedic. One option to formal credentialing is the certified critical care paramedic exam or certified flight paramedic exam both administered by the Board for Critical Care Transport Paramedic Certification.