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Training Course Descriptions

Below is a list of the training courses that are available.  To read the course description, click the link.

Hazmat for Healthcare Employees — Awareness/Operations
Standardized Awareness Training — AWR 160
Healthcare Incident Commander Development
Incident Command System 300
Incident Command System 400
Weapons of Mass Destruction Radiological/Nuclear Awareness
MGT 341 - Disaster Preparedness for Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations within the Community Infrastructure
Framework for Healthcare Emergency Management (FRAME)
Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) for Mass Casualty Incidents (MCI)
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Course
Hospital Security Officer 8-hour and 16-hour Training Course
Critical Employee Emergency Planning (CEEP)

 

Hazmat for Healthcare Employees — Awareness/Operations

This course, geared toward Hospital Decontamination Team members and Disaster Response Team members, teaches students to use references to identify both internal and external hazardous materials and also helps students understand various decontamination procedures based on incident type. Discussed are all levels of protective clothing and exercises including donning and doffing procedures, PPE selection and managing and working on a decontamination line. Note: Refresher courses are now a standalone, one-day course. This course meets OSHA 1910.120 competencies for First Responder Awareness & Operations.

Audience: Hospital decontamination teams
Class Size: 20–30 students
Class Duration: 16 hours, refresher class 8 hours
Prerequisites: None
CEUs: available for RN’s

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Standardized Awareness Training — AWR 160

This course discusses chemical and biological agents, radiological materials, explosives and the Emergency Response Guidebook. 


Audience: All hospital, law enforcement, fire service, and EMS personnel

Class Size: 12–25 students

Class Duration: 8 hours 

Prerequisites: None
CEUs: None

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Healthcare Incident Commander Development 


This course offering will expand on the principles of theHICS system, with a strong emphasis on the roles and responsibilities of the incident commander. Site Senior Leadership will learn when and how to activate the HICS system. Critical decision-making, interacting within a multi-agency command structure and the execution of hospital pre-plans as well as managing the available on-duty personnel effectively will be included. A tabletop exercise of an incident is also included in this course.

Audience: All healthcare administrators and managers

Class Size: 12–25 students

Class Duration: 8 hours

Prerequisites: ICS 100, ICS 200, IS 700, IS 800
CEUs: None

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Incident Command System 300

This three-day program delivers ICS curricula for the expanding incident. It will address a review of NIMS, ICS introduction, ICS single resource, unified command, assessment, planning, resource management, demobilization, complex incidents, incident area command and multi-agency coordination. The program combines lecture and interactive exercises. Participants will be provided with the necessary information to develop and implement a command structure that will help manage any emergency or event. This course, a course reference manual and support materials are provided to each participant.

Audience: First responders and first receivers who are in management and senior leadership positions who would be involved in multi-operational period incidents
Class Size: 20–30 students
Class Duration: 32 hours
Prerequisites: ICS 100, ICS 200, IS 700, IS 800
CEUs: None

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Incident Command System 400

This two-day course covers ICS 400 (Advanced ICS Command and General Staff-Complex Incidents). This course is offered to managers and senior leadership who may hold a position as incident commander, command staff or general staff.

Audience: First responders and first receivers who are in management and senior leadership positions who would be involved in multi-operational period incidents
Class Size: 20–30 students
Class Duration: 16 hours
Prerequisites: ICS 100, ICS 200, ICS 300, IS 700, IS 800
CEUs: None

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Weapons of Mass Destruction Radiological/Nuclear Awareness

The WMD Radiological/Nuclear Awareness (AWR-141) is conducted over an 8-hour day. AWR-141 focuses on the basics of radiation, radiation exposure health effects, hazard identification, and proper notification procedures.

Audience: First responders and first receivers
Class Size: 20–30 students
Class Duration: 8 hours
Prerequisites: None
CEUs: None

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MGT 341 - Disaster Preparedness for Hospitals and
Healthcare Organizations within the Community Infrastructure

This two-day, 16-hour course introduces the various natural, technological and civil hazards, to which hospitals and healthcare organizations may be vulnerable, and the potential impacts of those hazards. Federal guidelines and legislation that serve to aid in the preparedness for, and response to, incidents involving these hazards are discussed, as are current emergency management standards for the hospital community. Participants review response and recovery issues that should be addressed by medical facilities and organizations in preparation for a large-scale incident, including identification of critical resources necessary for response and recovery. Topics include:

  • What Are We Preparing For?
  • Fundamentals of Preparedness
  • Preparing the Response
  • Preparing the Recovery
  • Are We Prepared?

Audience: Hospital and healthcare managers, department heads, directors, assistant directors, and senior medical staff, personnel responsible for (or contributing to) emergency preparedness planning, regulatory personnel, public health/health department personnel, local emergency management directors/managers, emergency services managers/administrators
Class Size: 20–30 students
Class Duration: 16 hours
Prerequisites: ICS 100, ICS 200, ICS 300, IS 700, IS 800
CEUs: available for RN’s through Texas A & M

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Framework for Healthcare Emergency Management (FRAME)

FRAME is a four-day, 32-hour course that provides healthcare personnel with a foundation of knowledge in healthcare emergency management. The course includes lectures on standards, regulations, organizations affecting healthcare entities, the integration of government agencies and stakeholders, disaster preparedness planning, staffing and personnel, emergency management issues for healthcare, PPE and decontamination, evacuation, isolation and quarantine, ethical issues, financial issues, public affairs, drills and exercises, and training. Small exercises are conducted in hazard vulnerability assessment, managing medical surge, and developing a SOCO. The final exercise provides an opportunity to apply a majority of the fundamental principles learned in the course. Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:

  • Identify the important regulatory, accrediting, and standard-setting organizations/agencies for healthcare emergency management
  • Assess a healthcare facility’s threats, risks, and vulnerabilities, both internal and external, and complete a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis (HVA)
  • Identify ethical issues healthcare personnel may face in a disaster, including treatment, tracking and disclosure of patient information, patient diversion, alternate care facilities, and mass fatality management
  • Illustrate strategies that can be used to manage surge during a disaster response
  • Recognize the four levels of personal protective equipment (PPE) and selection factors associated with each level
  • Describe a comprehensive exercise program

Audience: Emergency management, emergency medical services, healthcare, public health personnel
Class Size: 20–30 students

Class Duration: 32 hours

Prerequisites: ICS 100, ICS 200, IS 700
CEUs: available for RN’s

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Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) for Mass Casualty Incidents (MCI)

Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents (HERT) is a three-day course designed to provide medical operation guidance to hospitals, emergency medical services (EMS), healthcare facility personnel, and others who may become involved in a mass casualty incident (MCI). The course provides the healthcare emergency receiver with an understanding of the relationship between a Hospital Incident Command System (HICS), a scene Incident Command System (ICS), and other incident management systems used by municipal Emergency Operations Centers (EOC). The course also provides guidance for Hospital Emergency Response Team design, development, and training. This is a hands-on course which culminates with small and large groups practical applications. Therefore, participants must be physically and psychologically fit to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) during the training. Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:

  • Analyze the need for, composition of, and use of a Hospital Emergency Response Team during an emergency, MCI, or disaster situation
  • Identify the criteria used for assessing patient medical attention priority using START and JumpSTART
  • Recognize the step-by-step procedures for ambulatory and nonambulatory decontamination performed in response to an MCI.
  • Select and use the appropriate level of PPE as hospital first receivers in response to a disaster involving patient contamination
  • Apply the proper techniques for monitoring or surveying patients for chemical, biological, or radiological contamination
  • Conduct appropriate cut-out and decontamination operations for victims and staff during response to an MCI involving contamination

Audience: Emergency medical services, healthcare, public health personnel
Class Size: 20–30 students

Class Duration: 24 hours

Prerequisites: ICS 100, ICS 200, IS 700; it is recommended to have successfully completed CBRNE or hazmat training at the operations level as specified in 29 CFR 1910.120(g)(6)(ii), at a minimum
CEUs: available for RN’s

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Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Course

Nonviolent crisis intervention training, considered the worldwide standard for crisis prevention and intervention training, focuses on prevention and offers proven strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage.


Audience: Physicians, nurses, PAs, EMTs, paramedics, pharmacists, allied health professionals and medical students

Class Size: 20–30 students

Class Duration: 8 hours

Prerequisites: None
CEUs: Available for RN’s

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Hospital Security Officer 8-hour and 16-hour Training Course

The 8-hour course satisfies the annual refresher for hospital security officers and the 16-hour course is an “on the job” class for hospital security officers.

Audience: Hospital security officers.

Class Size: 20–30 students

Class Duration: 8 hours or 16 hours

Prerequisites: None
CEUs: None

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Critical Employee Emergency Planning (CEEP)


This is a training program to provide planning tools for agencies and corporations to better provide for the safety and security of their first responder employees and their families. The eight-hour training provides key information that employers, employees and their families must have to prepare for any of the 15 Department of Homeland Security planning scenarios which include natural disasters and nuclear, biological, chemical, radiological, and cyber attacks. The training will include: Preparing first responders to care for their families (food, water, medication, documents, and other essentials) while remaining “on the job” through evacuation, quarantine, and other critical incidents; Developing a personal communications plan and procedures so that families and first responders can maintain or resume contact as soon as possible during or after an emergency; Identifying and entering into mutual aid relationships with “sister” agencies to facilitate communication, support family members, back-up data, share manpower, equipment, and other resources; and Providing information on federal and non-profit sector support services available for prevention, protection, response and recovery of the critical infrastructure and first responder families, employees, agencies, and corporations.

Audience: All hospital employees
Class Size: 10-30 students

Class Duration: 8 hours

Prerequisites: None
CEU’s: none

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