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Becoming an American Heart Association instructor is easy after consulting with an American Heart Association Training Center to find out whether the Training Center (TC) is accepting new instructors and the TCC's (Training Center Coordinator) preferred course delivery.

The steps are simple--get started today!

  1. Be accepted by your local AHA Training Center before enrolling in an Instructor Course and have a completed Instructor Candidate Application on file with that Training Center.
  2. Have current AHA provider status in the discipline for that Instructor Course and be proficient in all the skills of that discipline. Disciplines include ACLS, BLS, PALS, PEARS and Heartsaver.
  3. Successfully complete the discipline-specific classroom Instructor Course.
  4. Successfully be monitored teaching your first course within six months of completing the discipline-specific classroom Instructor Course. Training Center Coordinators can require additional monitoring.

Once you become an Instructor, you will have access to the most current emergency cardiovascular care science, course updates, training resources and tools through the online AHA Instructor Network. You will also be able to post class dates and times to reach more students through our public website.


1.  You must have a current American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR course completion card.  

2.  Need to have 2 letters of recommendation from CPR educators, AHA Training Center Faculty or Director (or Assistant Director of  EMS Training Department at your EMS/Ambulance Service, Fire Department or healthcare facility.    

3.  Complete the BLS Essentials Instructor course prior to start of the course (without exception).  Link to course can be found here:  The cost of this is $28.50 (cost not included in the Instructor Course fee).  Continuing Education hours are available for EMS. Certificate must be emailed to BEFORE the start of the course.

4.  Purchase the American Heart Association Instructor Package.  This can be purchased through AED Superstore at a cost of $125.00 (cost not included in Instructor Course fee) at

5.  Complete the American Heart Association Instructor Candidate form (will be done in class)  The candidate will be automatically affiliated with the American Heart AssociationTraining Center that our company uses (if you do not already have one). If you are affiliating with another AHA Training Center, please inform us and add the Training Center and Training Center Coordinator's name, address and phone on your instructor candidate form.

Please feel free to bring your laptop or tablet for filling out anything online or accessing the online resources throughout the course.  Supplemental materials will also be provided for you.

$100 deposit required.  This is NON-REFUNDABLE!!!

Due to the cost associate with running this course, no refunds will be issued.  $100 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration (if fee is not paid in full).  Balance due must be paid on day of couse and can be paid by cash, check, or credit card via Paypal.

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

The All Hazards Disaster Response (AHDR) course teaches students how to respond to the many types of disaster scenarios they may encounter, including natural disasters and infrastructure failings, fires and radiological events, pandemics, active shooter incidents, and other mass casualty events. AHDR educates participants on how to analyze potential threats in their area, assess available resources, and create a response plan that will save lives.

Features of a medical response plan covered in the course include: 

  • Communicating effectively during disasters.
  • Mutual aid and interoperability.
  • Managing resources such as supplies, medications and equipment.
  • Triage and transportation strategies and challenges.
  • Patient tracking and evacuation. 

At the start of the course, participants conduct a “hazards vulnerability analysis” to assess features of their environment, both natural and man-made, that pose risk along with assessing the needs of vulnerable populations, such as assisted-living residents or hospital patients that need special consideration during such an event.

Content is presented in the context of realistic scenarios, culminating with a large-scale mass casualty activity.

AHDR is appropriate for all levels of EMS practitioners. This course is offered in the classroom and provides 8 hours of CAPCE credit and NREMT recognition.

Cost of the program includes book.

Have you completed either your BLS, ACLS, and/or PALS certification online and need a skills check? 

Print out your online completion certificate(s) and bring it with you. 


Cost is $60 per skills session.  Please allow 20-30 minutes per skills session.  Also please let us know which skills session you will need (i.e. BLS, ACLS, or PALS).

NAEMT’s EMS Safety course teaches students how to protect themselves and their patients while on the job. It promotes a culture of safety and helps reduce the number of on-the-job fatalities and injuries. EMS Safety is the only national, comprehensive safety course for EMS practitioners. Its interactive format features real-life case studies and compelling discussions on current safety issues, and provides participants with a forum to share their own experiences. Critical thinking stations help build participants’ risk assessment and decision-making skills.

 Participants are taught: 

  • To identify and remove the hazards that can appear during daily tasks, from offensive drivers to violent encounters to chronic stress.
  • Practical strategies that they can apply in the field, from situational awareness to defensive driving to verbal deflection.
  • How to strengthen their resiliency skills in order to combat both chronic and critical incident stress.

 Topics covered include: 

  • Applying crew resource management in EMS.
  • Utilizing situational awareness and defensive driving for safe emergency vehicle operations.
  • Employing multi-agency pre-planning, vehicle and practitioner visibility techniques, and defensive staging practices at roadside incidents.
  • Utilizing lift assist teams, lifting and moving equipment, and behavioral controls to protect both EMS practitioners and patients from injury.
  • Employing situational awareness to continually assess for the potential of violence on the scene and verbal and physical techniques to deescalate potential threats.
  • Practicing infection and contagion control to protect both EMS practitioners and patients from emerging threats.
  • Strengthening resiliency skills to help EMS practitioners cope with daily and critical incident stress.
  • Ensuring personal readiness for the daily challenges and hazards of working in the field through optimal personal health.

EMS Safety is offered as an 8-hour classroom course and is appropriate for all levels of EMS practitioners, other medical professionals providing prehospital patient care, and EMS supervisors and administrators. Students who successfully complete the course receive a certificate of completion good for 4 years. EMS Safety is accredited by CAPCE and recognized by NREMT.  Mass. OEMS approved for 8 hours continuing education.

Cost of tuition includes textbook.  $50 non-refundable deposit required.

The training program for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's) has an overall objective to improve the quality of pre-hospital emergency care rendered to victims of accidents and sudden illness. As such, the course develops skills in symptom recognition and in all emergency care procedures and techniques currently considered to be within the responsibilities of an EMT providing emergency medical care with an ambulance service.

The course consists of 35 lessons involving 160 hours of classroom, lecture, hands-on practical scenarios, 24 hours of online and supplemental certification courses, and 16 hours of field observation.  The curriculum meets and/or exceeds the National EMS Education Standards and is taught by a state approved EMT Instructor/Coordinator.

This course has been developed for all individuals desiring to perform emergency medical care with an ambulance service. No prior experience or training is required of the course applicant. In order to be eligible for National and State EMT certification examination, applicants must:

  • be able to read, understand, and communicate in English;

  • be 17 years of age (must be 18 years of age to take NREMT certification exams);

  • must have a valid driver’s license or valid government issued identification (passport) prior to taking this course;

  • be free from addiction to alcohol or any drug;

  • be able to lift and carry 125 pounds;

  • be free from any physical or mental defect or disease which might impair his/her ability to provide emergency care within the scope of the EMTs training and responsibilities, or which might jeopardize the health of another member of the class;

  • have internet access

The student must successfully complete and pass all components of the course (including 100% attendance) in order to be able to sit for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts EMT Practical Exam and the National Registry of EMT’s Cognitive Exam.


Required textbooks, uniform shirt, and State Practical Exam fee are included in tuition.

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Armstrong Ambulance Service

Mass OEMS Approval #:  2020-23

GEMS provides EMS practitioners at all levels with the skills and knowledge to address the unique medical, social, environmental and communications challenges of older adults. Developed by NAEMT, in partnership with the American Geriatrics Society, GEMS empowers EMS practitioners to help improve medical outcomes and quality of life for geriatric patients. 

GEMS features case-based lectures, live action video, hands-on skill stations, simulation and small group scenarios to fully engage students in the learning experience. GEMS covers the following topics:

  • Changes with age
  • Assessment of older adults
  • Pharmacology and medication toxicity
  • Psycho-social emergencies
  • Elder abuse
  • End-of-life care issues
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies
  • Trauma
  • Neurological emergencies and altered mental status
  • Mobile integrated healthcare
  • Special considerations for older adults in disaster response
  • Skin and wound care
  • Medical devices frequently used by older adults

This course is appropriate for EMTs, paramedics, emergency medical responders, nurses, physician assistants and physicians. GEMS is accredited by CAPCE and recognized by NREMT.

Bay State EMS Educators is an Accredited Training Institute through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS). 

We are an authorized provider of American Heart Association courses, and Authorized Training Centers for National Safety Council and National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) courses.