Critical Care Paramedic
This course is designed to prepare paramedics to provide advanced critical care during inter-facility transports, including performing advanced clinical patient assessments and providing invasive care beyond the standard scope of advanced pre-hospital care. Includes modes of transport, flight physiology, barophysiology and transfer considerations, including safety, patient packaging and practice in a closely confined space, airway and ventilation management including surgical airways and ventilators, CPAP and BiPAP, thoracostomy, and chest drainage maintenance, central venous lines, expanded pharmacologic formulary, interpretation of laboratory data, 12-lead ECG interpretation, monitoring and maintaining and IABP, and hemodynamic monitoring. Instruction is provided in both didactic and clinical settings.
A two-day on campus invasive skills session is a required component of the course. Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging costs associated with the skills session.
There is a required 36-hour Clinical Internship for the course. Arrangements can be made with Creighton University EMS Education and a local appropriate level service provider to complete the required number of hours. However, access to clinical affiliate sites for emergency medical services education programs has become increasingly complex. Accreditation agencies have implemented new policies and state regulatory officials increasingly seek to be more involved in all EMS student activities taking place within their respective jurisdictions. Creighton University EMS Education is committed to assist students in gaining access to educational clinical affiliate sites that are as convenient as possible but Creighton University EMS Education is not able to guarantee that we will be able to establish an affiliation agreement with any particular agency, or that a current affiliation agreement will continue.
While we encourage participation of providers outside of the United States, there are special considerations for international participants. Please contact the EMS Education Office prior to registration if you are living outside of the United States to fully explore options.
Prerequisites: Current paramedic or RN with a minimum of one year experience, Healthcare Provider BLS and ACLS. Trauma, pediatric and medical life support course completion are all strongly recommended.
Successful completion of this course will result in a certificate of completion, 96 hours of continuing education and preparation for the Certified Critical Care Paramedic (CCP-C®) and Certified Flight Paramedic (FP-C®) Exams administered by the International Board of Specialty Certifications (formerly the Board for Critical Care Transport Paramedic Certification (BCCTPC®).
Our onsite class meets fall semester. Registration will open for Fall 2018 on March 1, 2018.
January 10 - May 5, 2018 (Invasive skills session TBD) Registration is now open.
April 23 - August 10, 2018 (Invasive skills session TBD)
Operating System Requirements:
Please reference the Center for Academic Innovation's Technology Requirements page for system requirements.
In addition to the application and $50 non-refundable application fee, you are also required to supply the following documents:
- Three letters of recommendation (link to form is below)
- Copy of paramedic course transcripts
- Copy of paramedic certification/licensure (include copies from all jurisdictions)
- Copy of ACLS and BLS certificates (required) and PHTLS or ITLS, AMLS, PALS or PEPP (as applicable)
- Copy of driver's license or other government-issued photo ID
Students are expected to meet the immunization requirements of Health Science students at Creighton University. Immunization compliance is monitored by Creighton University Health Services. If accepted to the course, instructions on submitting immunization information will be sent to you with your acceptance letter.
Students are also required to complete a certified background check prior to completing any clinical hours required for the class. Information on the background check procedure will be sent to you with your acceptance letter. Cost of the background check is the responsibility of the student and varies based on information submitted.
Course cost for the onsite course as a Certificate Student is $1,075.
Current course cost for the online course as a Certificate Student is $1,075.
Students interested in taking the Critical Care Paramedic class for credit will be billed at Creighton University's current credit hour rate. For information on taking the class as a Credit Student, please contact the EMS Education office at 402-280-1280.
Approximate Projected Expenses
This information is to help the student anticipate some costs associated with the Critical Care Paramedic course. These are estimates only and may vary.
Textbook $225 (required only; purchasing recommended books will increase book expenses)
Uniform (one shirt) $40
Immunizations for Health Science Students - Cost varies
Background Check - Cost varies based on information submitted
Online students will also incur travel, housing and meal expenses in association with the required CCP Skills Session that takes place on the Creighton University campus.
*Non-credit cost. Credit students are billed at the university's current credit hour rate.