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Two of the founding goals of our program are accessibility and a high instructor to student ratio. With these goals in mind we try to have a minimum of four students per class and not exceed twelve.
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Most classes run about 3 hours; however, we have found that students feel the time goes by very quickly because of the amount of interaction and hands on time that is available.
Yes, you will receive a certification via email usually within 7 days of the completion of the class. If you do not receive an email, we suggest you check your spam folder. If it is not there, please feel free to contact the program coordinator.
The certification is through the American Health and Safety Institute (ASHI) and is accepted by most organizations. For example, the State of Wisconsin recognizes the ASHI certification for all EMRs, EMTs and Paramedics in Wisconsin. There are some specific organizations that don’t recognize ASHI, if you need help with this please feel free to contact the program coordinator.
The ASHI certification, like all other certifications, is good for two years. We strongly encourage you not to wait for the full two years to get recertified, especially if this certification is required for your employment.
The AHSI program and the AHA follow the same guidelines and teach the same techniques. Each program is updated frequently to stay in line with the current trends and teachings in CPR and resuscitation.
Maybe. Due to the amount of equipment, technology and space needed to provide a quality learning experience we try to hold all of our classes at the Sister Bay Fire Station. We have, on occasion, been able to move the class to a different location if all of the overall technical and space needs of the class are met. Due to the fact that our instructors are compensated for there time there are additional costs associated with moving the class to a location other than the Sister Bay Fire Station.
When this program was first discussed we had hoped to provide 4 classes per year. In 2019 alone, we provided 22 classes. To date we have trained over 600 residents and guests of Door County including the majority of the EMRs, EMTs and Paramedics.
We pride ourselves in a very interactive hands on learning approach with a strong student to instructor ratio. Overall the class is about 50/50 hands on and lecture and is broken into multiple opportunities to practice what you are learning.