Emergency Medical Response Certification and Recertification Course

Course Description

Tailored to the professional rescuer, the Emergency Medical Response course by the American Red Cross provides comprehensive training that gives the participant the knowledge and skills needed to perform lifesaving interventions on critical patients. The course provides the necessary tools for the rescuer to help sustain life reduce pain and minimize injury during out-of-hospital medical and traumatic emergencies—while awaiting or alongside higher-level personnel at the scene. The curriculum meets and exceeds the requirements set by the National EMS Education Scope of Practice for an Emergency Medical Responder.

Core skills include: assessments, CPR, AED, airway and ventilation, medical and trauma emergencies, EMS operations, pharmacological intervention

Additional enrichment modules include: training in asthma, anaphylaxis, epinephrine auto-injectors, C-collar and spine boarding, and more.

The Sports Physical Therapy Section, APTA has adopted this course to meet the needs of the physical therapist providing sideline and venue coverage for athletic events, as well as PT’s in the clinic who are evaluating and treating athletes. The course and its instructors focus on problem solving and answering those difficult questions in the moment of sports coverage. This course is a valuable addition to those PT’s who work in direct access states. Additionally, the course fulfills the requirements for a physical therapist to be eligible to submit their application for the ABPTS – SCS examination.

Successful completion of both written and practical examinations is required for this course. Final practical examination will include successful completion of the following: bleeding control and shock management, trauma victim assessment and management, airway insertion and suction, management of injuries to soft tissue and skeletal structures and management of head, neck and back injuries.

To facilitate effective learning, the instructor to student ratio is one instructor for sixteen students.

Following successful completion of the course, the participant will be awarded an American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response certificate and the American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer certificate, both valid for two years. In addition after successful completion physical therapists and athletic trainers are awarded Continuing Education Credits based on the length of course completed.

For students taking the full EMR course, the following items must be purchased: http://www.redcrossstore.org

  • You may choose to purchase the hard copy text book or download it onto your device: Emergency Medical Response Textbook, Rev 6/11
  • Emergency Medical Response Workbook, Rev 6/11. Ensure that you have the revised edition. Do not purchase on Amazon.com.
  • Students must complete workbook prior to course completion
  • Adult/infant CPR mask set. Purchase online from the American Red Cross.


CrothersAlanAlan Crothers, PT, SCS
Mr. Crothers is a Sports Physical Therapist at Foothills Physical Therapy in Meridian, ID. Alan has over 28 years of experience in physical therapy. He is a board certified sports clinical specialist and has instructed the EMR for over a decade. He has been an active APTA and Sports Section member since 1986. He has served the American Physical Therapy Association in many positions, including ABPTS Sports Specialty council (MOSC Liaison), SACE, and ABPTRFE Accreditation Committee.

He is a former Sports Physical Therapy Residency Director and has served the Idaho Physical Therapy Association as President, Treasurer and Chief Delegate and was also chairman/member of the Idaho Physical Therapy Licensure Board for 8 years.

He was a member of the National Ski Patrol for 10 years and currently a member of the US Ski & Snowboard Association medical pool.

He has worked as a sports physical therapist for the Boise Burn, Arena2 football, Idaho Steelheads, ECHL hockey, and Idaho Stampede, NBADL basketball at the professional level. He additionally worked on the Borah High School (Boise, ID) sports medicine team for 13 years. He has provided sports venue coverage for numerous events to include the Far West Regional Soccer Tournament, The Boise Ironman 70.3 Triathlon and the Marine Corps Marathon.



  • Providence/Swedish Employees - $300
  • Non-Providence/Swedish Employees - $600


  • Providence/Swedish Employees - $200
  • Non-Providence/Swedish Employees - $400

Course Information

Certification Course

Recertification Course

  • November 17, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • 8 Contact Hours

Appropriate Audience: PT, PTA, ATC and RN

Providence St. Peter Hospital
410 Lilly Rd NE
Room 200
Olympia, WA 98506


David Howell, OTR/L, Rehab Education Manager

Registration Instructions

Register online (below) or contact David Howell at david.howell@providence.org

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