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Duquesne University Approved as Basic Life Support Training Site

The Department of Athletic Training in Duquesne University's Rangos School of Health Sciences has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to be a Basic Life Support (BLS) training site.

Students enrolled in the department's Emergency Medicine course will now have the opportunity to pursue a state credential as an emergency medical technician (EMT).

Dr. Paula Turocy, associate professor of athletic training, serves as administrator for the University's BLS Training Center.

"Being recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Health not only brings our program additional state recognition, but also brings our students and the profession of athletic training further recognition as emergency medicine specialists," said Turocy. "There are only a handful of institutions across the country that offer this type of training and certification program as part of their AT programs."

According to Turocy, the additional emergency professional credential not only strengthens emergency training for athletic training majors, but also allows them to practice at higher levels in emergent situations and work with more diverse populations.

"Additional certifications also allow our students to become even more marketable when they seek employment," Turocy explained. "We already offer our students opportunities and eligibility to obtain seven additional certifications or documented national training opportunities to enhance their athletic-training credential when they graduate."

AT students at Duquesne University are offered certification in the areas of:

  • first aid
  • cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
  • OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Blood-borne Pathogen
  • Wrestling Weight Assessor
  • NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) Specialist Certification

Duquesne University

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