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Continuing Education & Community Courses

Whether you’re a health care professional or a community member, we offer a variety of courses through our accredited American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center and our dual enrollment program.

For Health Care Professionals

We offer six life support classes tailored to health care professionals and students seeking to become health care professionals. We also offer hybrid learning courses and instructor training for CPR, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. To register for a class or receive more information, contact our AHA Training Center.

Basic Life Support (BLS)

In this AHA CPR course, you’ll learn how to recognize life-threatening emergencies, provide basic CPR, use an automated external defibrillator and relieve choking. Upon course completion, you’ll receive a BLS certification valid for two years. You can also register to renew your BLS certification.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Build on a foundation of basic life support skills with our advanced cardiac life support class. Upon course completion, you’ll receive an ACLS certification. You can also register to renew your ACLS certification.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

Build on a foundation of basic life support skills, and improve your quality of care to pediatric patients in emergency situations. Upon course completion, you’ll receive a PALS certification. You can also register to renew your PALS certification.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support for Experienced Providers (ACLS-EP)

This course is designed to improve outcomes in complex cardiovascular, respiratory and other emergencies. It expands upon core ACLS guidelines and encourages critical thinking and decision-making. You’ll enhance your skills in the differential diagnosis and treatment of pre-arrest, arrest and post-arrest patients.

Pediatric Emergency Assessment Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS®)

Get the knowledge and skills you need for the emergency evaluation and treatment of seriously ill infants and children. In PEARS, you’ll learn how to:

  • Recognize respiratory distress, shock and cardiac arrest
  • Provide appropriate lifesaving interventions
  • Improve quality of care and patient outcomes

Airway Management

Learn, practice and demonstrate your ability in applying airway skills used in resuscitation. This course includes bag-mask ventilation, airway adjuncts and other units that can be customized to meet your needs. These methods can include endotracheal tubes, esophageal-tracheal combitubes, impedance threshold devices and laryngeal mask airways.

 

For Workplaces

We offer a variety of workforce development programs, all based on the latest best practices in health care and adult learning. As an accredited American Heart Association Training Center, we can customize the content and delivery of training to fit your needs. This training can include:

  • Heartsaver CPR AED first aid
  • Bloodborne pathogens
  • Interdisciplinary team crisis
  • First five minutes of a Code Blue
  • Simulation learning
  • Population health

To get started or request more information, email Dean of Education Innovation Erika Wilkinson or call (717)-947-6067.

For the Community

We’ll help you create customized learning that leads to tangible performance improvements across your entire team.

Heartsaver CPR AED

Learn how to save lives with basic CPR and other first aid skills with this three-class series. You’ll practice head tilt-chin lifts, compressions and breaths. Registration includes a face mask value, student manual and a provider card. Certification is valid for two years.

Family and Friends CPR

Learn how to save lives with basic CPR and other first aid skills with this three-class series. You’ll practice head tilt-chin lifts, compressions and breaths. Registration includes a face mask value, student manual and a provider card. Certification is valid for two years.

For High School Students

We have several options for high school students to further their education and explore a career in the health sciences, including dual enrollment and our Health Care Careers Academy.

Dual Enrollment

Experience college in a state-of-the-art learning environment while getting an early start on your future degree. Dual enrollment allows eligible high school students to enroll in general education courses while also completing high school requirements.

Students who have completed the following can apply for dual enrollment:

  • Earned cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Algebra I and II
  • Biology with lab
  • An advanced science with lab such as Chemistry, Physics or Advanced Biology
  • A score of 1000 (combined) on the PSAT, 1000 (combined) on the SAT, or 21 (composite) on the ACT.

What classes are available?

  • BIO 105: Human Biology/Lab
  • BIO 175: Anatomy & Physiology 1/Lab
  • BIO 176: Anatomy & Physiology 2/Lab*
  • BIO 185: Microbiology/Lab
  • BIO 230: Immunology*
  • BIO 250: Nutrition for Life
  • CHE 100: Chemistry/Lab*
  • CMP 150: Digital Foundations Seminar
  • ECO 150: Survey of Economics
  • ENG 100: English Composition
  • ENG 201: Contemporary Oral Communication
  • HLT 150: Wellness for Life
  • HSC 103: Introduction to Health Professions
  • HUM 210: World Religions
  • LIT 350: Health Care in Popular culture
  • MAT 140: Introduction to Statistical Thinking
  • MAT 150: Clinical Mathematics for the Health Sciences
  • MAT 160: College Algebra
  • MAT 260: Statistics*
  • PHY 150: Physics/Lab*
  • PSY 100: General Psychology
  • SOC 100: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 200: Cultural Diversity
  • SPA 150: Introduction to Medical Spanish
  • SUR 102: Surgical Pharmacology and Anesthesia

* Pre-requisites may apply.

Dual enrollment tuition is 50% of the normal tuition rate. Payment plans are available.

Contact us for a free application by calling (800) 622-5443 or email admission@PACollege.edu.

Health Care Careers Academy

This three-year program helps a select group of Lancaster County high school students:

  • Explore careers in health care
  • Learn valuable skills towards becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Earn micro-scholarships toward continuing their education in health care

Ninety students from nearby school districts are selected as high school freshmen and continue the program through their senior year.

The Health Care Careers Academy is offered in conjunction with BB&T Corporation, the Lancaster County Community Foundation, Lancaster-Lebanon IU13, HACC’s Lancaster Campus and the Lancaster County STEM Alliance.