AHLS Provider Course

The Advanced Hazmat Life Support (AHLS) Provider is a 16-hour, two-day course that teaches healthcare professionals to medically manage patients exposed to hazardous materials, including chemical, biological and radiological incidents.

Participants learn to medically manage patients exposed to hazardous materials by recognizing the signs and symptoms. Healthcare professionals receive a four-year verification status upon successful completion of the course.

This course covers hazardous materials including insecticides, corrosives, irritant gases, asphyxiants, hydrocarbons and substituted hydrocarbons and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear agents. Specific antidotes and their indications, contraindications, dosing and route are also included.

After the AHLS Provider course, participants will be able to:

  • Rapidly assess hazmat patients
  • Recognize toxic syndromes (toxidromes)
  • Discuss the medical management of hazmat patients
  • Apply the Poisoning Treatment Paradigm™
  • Identify and recognize appropriate administration of specific antidotes

Non-medical personnel are eligible to attend the Provider course. However, non-medical personnel will not be verified as AHLS Providers but will receive a certificate of completion and continuing education credits provided solely by AHLS.

Emergency Medical Responders (EMR), Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT),  and EMT-B are eligible to attend the Provider course.  These participant types will not be verified as AHLS Providers but will receive a certificate of completion and continuing education credits from the CAPCE for U.S.-based courses.

Respiratory Therapists can become verified Providers. They are also eligible to become instructors on a case-by-case basis. Approval to take the Instructor Course will be decided by the Administrative Policy Committee upon review of the candidate’s credentials.

Continuing Education Credit

Joint Accreditation
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Arizona State University and The University of Arizona. Arizona State University is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Pharmacist: JA4008217-0000-22-005-L05-P
ASU designates this activity for a maximum of 16.25 knowledge-based CPE contact hours.

Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE)
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 16.25 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
CAPCE (Commission on Accreditation for Pre-hospital Continuing Education) represents only that its accredited programs have met CAPCE’s standards for accreditation. These standards require sound educational offerings determined by a review of its objectives, teaching plan, faculty, and program evaluation processes. CAPCE does not endorse or support the actual teachings, opinions or material content as presented by the speaker(s) and/or sponsoring organization. CAPCE accreditation does not represent that the content conforms to any national, state or local standard or best practice of any nature. No student shall have any cause of action against CAPCE based on the accreditation of the material.

CAPCE#: 21-AEMR-F2-0001 (Live)
CAPCE#: 21-AEMR-F5-0001 (Virtual)
CEH Type: 16.25 Advanced

Credits in Canada
CANADA – Contact the course host about credits. These credits are not offered through AHLS, but have been approved by Canada in the past as follows:

AHLS is recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) as a Traineeship under MOC Section 2 Self-Learning. (2 credits/hour = 33 credits for Provider Course (16.5 hrs) + 12 credits (6 hrs) for Instructor Course)
Members of the CFPC may apply directly for “Individual Consideration” to obtain Mainpro C (if they complete the exam – if not then it’s Mainpro M1).

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