Critical Care Paramedic Certificate

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Introduction

    The field of Critical Care Transport is a rapidly growing branch of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The advancements in medicine, combined with the specialization of many tertiary care facilities, have developed the need for specially trained Paramedics who are able to provide advanced care to critically ill and injured patients. In these changing times, it takes more than basic Paramedic training to adequately meet these demands.
    The University of Florida’s Critical Care Paramedic certificate program will provide high-level instruction in all aspects of critical care transport. Our instructors are experienced clinicians, physicians and professors who are recognized experts in their fields of study. The program is unique in that it combines didactic instruction with hands on labs and clinical rotations.
    Critical Care and Flight Programs are requiring advanced training for their Paramedics. The best programs require the applicant to hold a Critical Care Certification to qualify and proceed in the application process. The UF CCP Program meets and exceeds the minimum training requirements for critical care paramedics.

 

Admission Requirements

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    A current paramedic certification is required in order to register for the UF CCP program. Any state or national registry certification is acceptable. International students must possess similar training as required from the certifying country, but additional documentation may be required. It is required that the student has been one year removed from their initial paramedic training.

    Additionally, the following are highly recommended, but not required:

    • Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
    • Current Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) *
    • Current Trauma Certification (ITLS and/or PHTLS) *

    All the above requirements must be met by the start of the CCP course.

    The live course is conducted twice a year (June and December) and the distance learning is offered every Spring, Summer and Fall semesters. Please contact us via email at ufccp@dcp.ufl.edu or by phone at 352-273-1170 if you have any further questions.

    Once you have registered for the course, please email derekjhunt@ufl.edu to verify enrollment and obtain additional course information.

    Below is a list of college level courses that would be beneficial to the Critical Care Paramedic:

    • CHM 2045 Chemistry I
    • BSC 2010 Core Biology I
    • MCB 2010 Microbiology
    • PSY 2012 General Psychology
    • SPC 2608 Public Speaking
    • BSC 2085/2086 Anatomy and Physiology

Recertification

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    The UF Critical Care Paramedic Certification is valid for a period of 4 years. Recertification will require either a total of 100 CEU’s covering Critical Care Topics or current FP-C or CCP-C with at least one (1) year remaining on the certification past the UF CCP expiration date. The UF CCP can apply for recertification within one (1) year of their expiration date.

    Recertification via Continuing Education Units

    The certified UF CCP who wishes to recertify using CEU’s must provide documentation of 100 contact hours of critical care based units. ACLS, PALS, PEPP, CPR, ITLS, PHTLS, ASLS and AMLS cannot be used as critical care contact hours. Lectures at AMTC or any other critical care conference would qualify. If you have any questions whether a class or conference would qualify for critical care, please contact us before taking the class. Free CEU’s are always provided at the live UF CCP courses as an option to keep current.

    Recertification via FP-C or CCP-C Exams

    The certified UF CCP who wishes to recertify using their FP-C or CCP-C certifications may do so as long as there is at least one (1) year remaining on their certification past the UF CCP expiration date. The UF CCP will be required to provide documentation of the exam and its expiration date. This information will be verified through the BCCTPC to ensure its accuracy. No other certifications offered through the BCCTPC qualify for recertification of the UF CCP.

    Process for Recertification

    Send an email to derekjhunt@ufl.edu when you are prepared to recertify.
    Click the link above when you are prepared to recertify. Fill out the required information and submit your documentation. Once the information has been verified, a new certificate will be mailed to you. You will keep your UF CCP number that was previously assigned. The cost of the recertification is $50.00. Please allow up to 14 business days to process your request.

    Replacement Certifications

    Send an email to derekjhunt@ufl.edu and a Certification Replacement Form will be emailed back to you.
    Click the link above and fill out the Certification Replacement Form. There is a $25 fee to process the request. Please allow up to 14 business days to process the request. You will be notified via email when your certificate is mailed to you. We do not keep electronic copies of your certificate as all signatures are done personally for each student. If you lose your original certificate, you will need to complete this process in order to receive a replacement.

Upcoming Courses

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Bob Page 12 Lead: June 17-18
* Bob Page Enhanced 12 Lead EKG
These two days are open to additional students.
For information on attending JUST the Bob Page lectures, contact ufccp@dcp.ufl.edu.

 
 

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2017 November 27-28, 30-December 1, 3-4, 6-7, 9-10, 12-13, 15-16, 18-19
Bob Page 12 Lead: December 9-10
* Bob Page Enhanced 12 Lead EKG
These two days are open to additional students.
For information on attending JUST the Bob Page lectures, contact ufccp@dcp.ufl.edu.

 

Registration

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Begin CCP Registration by clicking here.
 
Tuition:
Live course: $1,200.00
Distance: $1,200.00
Tuition does not include parking fees, clinical scrubs or Gator1 Card.
The student is responsible for obtaining all required and optional texts.

Required Textbook:
Lippincott Illustrated Reviews: Pharmacology 6th edition
ISBN-13: 978-1451191776
ISBN-10: 1451191774

Optional Textbooks:
12-Lead ECG for Acute and Critical Care Providers, Bob Page, 2005
ISBN-13: 978-0130224606
ISBN-10: 013022460X

Antibiotics Simplified, Gallagher & MacDouglas
ISBN-13: 978-1284025392
ISBN-10: 128402539X

Infectious Diseases: A Clinical Short Course 3rd E, Southwick
ISBN-13: 978-0071789257
ISBN-10: 0071789251

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a Paramedic to take the course?
Yes. Only state or national registered paramedics are eligible to become certified. Registered nurses have their own Critical Care Certifications, but if you are an RN and hold a Paramedic certification, we would welcome your attendance.
 
I currently hold another critical care certification. Can I challenge the exam to become UF CCP Certified?
No, there are many courses out there that provide critical care certifications. Some courses are better than others. The UF CCP course is unique in that it provides 160+ hours of instruction in both didactic and clinical applications. Any paramedic who wishes to obtain the UF CCP certification must enroll and complete the course in its entirety.
 
I hold another critical care certification and need to obtain critical care CEU’s. Can I attend some lectures to obtain them?
No. Space is limited in the classroom and extra seats are reserved for former UF CCP students who wish to attend additional lectures.
 
What other certifications do I need to have?
It is highly recommended that you are current in AHA ACLS, AHA PALS or PEPP, and ITLS or PHTLS.
 
I just graduated Paramedic school. Can I enroll in the course?
No. We have found that paramedics who have over a year of experience have a higher rate of success than newer medics. This is a rigorous course that covers advanced topics not covered in medic school. It is assumed that you have a strong baseline of experience in the 911/transport setting.
 
How much does the course cost?
Tuition is $1200 for the live 16-day course or the Distance Learning. Payment options can be arranged by request, but all fees must be paid in full prior to the start of the course.
 
Can you hold me a spot and I will pay at a later date?
We are sorry, but spots cannot be held until payment is received in full.
 
I want to take the live course, but I cannot make some of the dates. Can I register anyway?
Yes. All lectures are recorded and may be viewed at any time. However, you are responsible for all material on the exams and the final. Some students opt to enroll in the distance learning before a live class begins and attend the days and lectures that their schedule allows. This is perfectly acceptable.
 
Are the books included in the tuition?
The required and optional books are not included in the tuition. The required book is the Lippincott Illustrated Reviews: Pharmacology 6th Edition. All other books mentioned in the course are optional.
 
I am now registered. Is there anything I need to do to prepare for the course?
Yes. Once you have registered and paid in full, you will receive your UFID and GatorLink account information. You will then be placed in the Canvas eLearning Pre-Course site and you will receive further instructions on how to prepare for the course.
 
How often must I recertify in order to remain current?
The UF CCP certification will be valid for 4 years and can be recertified in one of two ways.

  1. Obtain 100 CEU’s in Critical Care Topics
  2. Hold a current FP-C or CCP-C certification through the BCCTP with at least 1 year remaining on the certification

 
Do I need a computer for the course?
Yes, you will need a laptop or tablet with Internet capability. You will be able to access the UF WiFi system while in class. All assignments, quizzes and exams are taken on line in both the live and distance learning classes.
 
Can we perform skills during the clinical rotations?
Yes, you will be assigned a preceptor and you are able to perform any skill that is in the scope of practice for a critical care paramedic, including arterial lines, chest tubes, rapid sequence induction and medication administration. However, please understand that UF Health Shands Hospital is a teaching institution and some skills are subject to availability.
 
Will this class help me pass the FP-C or CCP-C Exam?
The FP-C and CCP-C exams are conducted by the BCCTPC and are designed to test the knowledge of experienced flight and critical care ground paramedics. However, there are many programs and books out there that promise to help you take and pass the exam. Some critical care transport programs even require certification in order to apply and be a competitive candidate. This course is not designed to help the student take and pass either of these exams. The course is designed to teach you the aspects of critical care and develop your clinical thought process. The successful UF CCP student who is able to achieve that will be successful in the real world, as well as the aforementioned exams. Previous students who have taken the certification exams have been highly successful due to this approach. The primary goal of the course is to develop the students clinical thinking, not to just pass an exam.
 
When can I enroll and begin the distance learning option?
The UF CCP Distance Learning is available three times a year on a semester based schedule. It will be offered in the Spring, Summer and Fall each year. Each course will have a final date of enrollment and no students will be added to the course past that date. Any student who registered past the final enrollment date will be added to the next class. However, you will have immediate access to the pre-course Canvas site and you can begin to prepare for the next course. All dates for the distance learning course can be found on the website.
 
What happens if I cannot finish the distance learning class in time?
If you fall behind the assignment schedule and do not finish all materials prior to the end date of the class, you will be placed in the next distance learning course. You will not have to repeat any work that you have already completed, but you will be expected to have all assignments and exams done by the new end date. Failure to complete the course in the second semester will require the student to register and start the course from the beginning.
 
If I do the distance learning, do I still have to come to Gainesville?
Yes, the distance learning students have to complete the same material as the live class, including the labs and clinical rotations. There are 3-5 days that you must attend depending on your circumstances. Here is a breakdown of the clinical days:

  • Day 1: Cadaver Lab and Skills Labs
  • Day 2: ICU Clinical Rotations at UF Health Shands Hospital
  • Day 3: ICU Clinical Rotations at UF Health Shands Hospital
  • Day 4: Bob Page 12 Lead EKG
  • Day 5: Bob Page Enhanced 12 Lead EKG and Capnography

The Bob Page 2-day course can be completed anywhere he offers the program. Please note that it must be the 2-day course and you must attend the course during your enrollment in the UF CCP program. Bob Page will be at UF for each of the live courses. The Spring semester of distance learning will have this course available during a live stream event in the case we do not have a live option during the semester.
 
The cadaver lab is offered each semester and the dates can be found on the Upcoming Courses section of the website.
 
What if I register for the distance learning, but find out it’s not for me?
This is a relatively common scenario. The distance learning takes a lot of self-motivation and study. This is not for everybody. You have the option to switch to the live class at anytime if you feel that is a better way for you to learn the material and become successful in the course at no extra charge. Several students also attend live classes while enrolled in the distance learning to help enforce the material. There are several options for you to learn and complete the course successfully.
 
Once I complete the course, can I come back to future classes to keep current?
Yes! All UF CCP alumni are invited back to all live courses to attend lectures. The course is continuously updated and new material is presented at every class. There is no charge to attend the lectures and you will be provided CEU’s for the time that you attend. This does not apply to the labs, as there is limited space. Former students are invited to bring a guest to the Bob Page 12 Lead and Capnography course. Only former UF CCP students may attend lectures outside of the Bob Page course.
 
I am a certified UF CCP who lost their certificate and need a replacement. What is the process?
Instructions for replacement certificates can be found on the website. There is a $25 fee to process the request. Please allow up to 10 business days to process the request. You will be notified via email when your certificate is mailed to you.
 
Can I get a refund after I register for the course?
If you register for the live course, you can drop the course and request a refund up to the start of class. If you register for the distance learning course, you have 48 hours after you register to request a refund.
 
I have a question that is not answered on this page. Who can I contact for further information?
You may email Derek Hunt at derekjhunt@ufl.edu or call 352-273-1170 if you have any further questions about the course. Please include your name and a phone number.