Serving Washington County Missouri

Clinical Education

The professional staff and leadership team at Washington County Ambulance District believe that quality education is imperative to ensure outstanding patient care is delivered to the patients we encounter. We employ a full time Director of Clinical Services who provides leadership and oversight to all aspects of clinical care, including high quality education.

To ensure that vision is a reality, we are proud of our dedicated, experienced and talented education team that maintain the following designations:

  • Washington County Ambulance District is a licensed Training Entity as authorized by the State of Missouri, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.
  • Washington County Ambulance District is an authorized training site for the American Heart Association, in conjunction with St. Francois County Ambulance District.
  • Washington County Ambulance District is an authorized training center for the American Health & Safety Institute.
  • Washington County Ambulance District is an authorized training center for the International Trauma Life Support program.
  • Washington County Ambulance District is an authorized training center for the Board of Critical Care Transport Paramedic Certification / International Board of Specialty Certification.

We not only provide quality education for our clinicians, but we also open up our education offerings to outside clinicians in the healthcare community.  If you are a healthcare provider and interested in quality education, contact us at district headquarters for more information!

Not a healthcare provider, but interested in quality education?  We have the ability to offer education to the community as well!  Some of these educational offerings come with a certification and some do not.  Contact us at WCAD-HQ and speak with the Director of Clinical Services for more information.

Fundamentals of Critical Care Transport

The Fundamentals of Critical Care Transport Education Program is an eighteen (18) week program designed to prepare current Paramedics to be able to take care of the most critically ill patients.  Students will find an intense classroom learning environment where multiple topics of discussion will take place regarding ICU level of care.  The program is designed to prepare clinicians to sit for the CCP-C and/or FP-C examination process. 

A current course flyer will be made available on this website when a program is being offered.

In addition to the full 18-week program, we offer CCT continuing education and various “refresher” courses throughout the year. Please contact us at WCAD-HQ and speak with the Director of Clinical Services for further information.

Continuing Education Courses

We offer various continuing education topics each and every month to healthcare providers.  We have the ability to custom tailor a CEU course based on the needs of the agency.

Common CEU Classes Are:

  • Multi-Lead EKG Training
  • Capnography
  • Traumatic Injuries Assessment & Management
  • Triage & MCI Response
  • Medication Infusion Pump Training
  • Advanced Oxygenation & Ventilation
  • Cardio-Hemodynamics
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Cardiology
  • Rapid Sequence Intubation Training
  • Airway Management
  • Stroke Care
  • Burn Emergencies
  • Incident Management
  • OB/GYN Emergencies
  • Care of Pediatric Patients
  • Responding to Special Needs Patients
  • Invasive Skills Lab

AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support

The American Heart Association’s Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support course is designed for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the resuscitation of a patient, whether in or out of hospital.  Through the ACLS course, providers will enhance their skills in the treatment of the adult victim of a cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies.

ALCS is a 16-hour course for initial certification and 8 hours for re-certification.  Successful completion of either provides certification for 2 years.

AHA Pediatric Advanced Life Support

The American Heart Association’s Pediatric Advanced Life Support course is designed for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the resuscitation of pediatric patients, whether in or out of hospital. The goal of the PALS course is to aid the pediatric healthcare provider in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to efficiently and effectively manage critically ill infants and children, resulting in improved outcomes.

PALS is a 16-hour course for initial certification and 8 hours for re-certification.  Successful completion of either provides certification for 2 years.

AHA Basic Life Support (CPR – Healthcare Provider)

The American Heart Association’s BLS Healthcare Provider Course teaches CPR skills for helping victims of all ages as well as the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).  One and two-rescuer CPR skills are taught.  It’s intended for participants who provide health care to patients in a wide variety of settings, including in-hospital and out-of-hospital.  It is perfect for certified or non-certified, licensed or non-licensed healthcare professionals.

AHA BLS HCP is an 8-hour course.  Successful completion provides certification for 2 years.

International Trauma Life Support

ITLS is a comprehensive course that is designed for providers who are first to evaluate and stabilize the trauma patient. The courses provide complete training in the skills needed for rapid assessment, resuscitation, stabilization and transportation of trauma patients.

ITLS is a 16-hour course.  Successful completion provides certification for 3 years.

For further information on any courses offered, or to register for a course, please contact us at WCAD-HQ and speak with the Director of Clinical Services.

 Darick Day EMT-P, CCP-C

Director of Clinical Services

Washington County Ambulance District

Office: 573-438-3635

Email: dday@wcadems.org