School of Health Professions

EHS trains more than 700 students on ACLS and CPR


By Kate Hunger 

More than 700 students from various health professions learned critical lifesaving skills over the summer through training delivered by the Department of Emergency Health Sciences. 

A team of EHS faculty, staff and adjuncts, including 25 part-time instructors, taught Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and CPR courses to more than 740 students, including first-year and third-year medical and dental students, physician assistant studies students and dental hygiene students, said Lance Villers, Ph.D., LP, associate professor and chair of the department. 

"It's a lot of hard work, logistics, and scheduling," Villers noted. 

The interprofessional student makeup of the course underscores the School's commitment to bringing all health professions together, he said. 

"I think that this is a reflection of the school's commit to interprofessional training, and this is a good example of how we can bring in students from different schools with different perspectives and backgrounds to all learn a common and important program," Villers said. 

The training program ran from July 2 to Aug. 16 while seven others EHS cohorts were in class. The summer was a busy one, with the department teaching as many as 300 students a day. 

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