Online EMS Continuing Education

Section Days Date Time Course Registration Deadline
BLS Online Continuing Education
48679 Th 8/6 – 8/19 Online Geriatrics & Falls August 4 registration deadline
48678 Th 9/10 – 9/23 Online Pediatric Patient Assessment September 8 registration deadline
48834 Th 10/15 – 10/28 Online Cardiac Emergencies October 13 registration deadline
48677 Th 11/12 – 11/25 Online Basic Trauma Emergencies November 10 registration deadline
48849 Th 12/3 – 12/16 Online Pediatric Trauma December 1 registration deadline
ALS Online Continuing Education
48852 Th 8/6 – 8/18 Online Environmental Emergencies August 4 registration deadline
48833 Th 9/10 – 9/23 Online OB/GYN Emergencies September 8 registration deadline
48843 Th 10/15 – 10/28 Online Seizures October 13 registration deadline
48848 Th 11/12 – 11/25 Online Toxicology Emergencies November 10 registration deadline
48850 Th 12/3 – 12/16 Online Blast Injuries December 1 registration deadline

BLS Course Information

These courses provides continuing education hours for credentialed emergency medical responders and EMTs. Registration two days prior to course start date is mandatory. Unless otherwise noted, courses are three hours each and will remain open for completion for two weeks. $70

ALS Course Information

Courses listed provide continuing education hours for credentialed EMT-Intermediate professionals and paramedic providers. Registration two days prior to course start date is mandatory. Unless otherwise noted, courses are three hours each and will remain open for completion for two weeks. $70


Once the course schedule is available online, you may register at any time prior to the start of the course. Registration must be completed no later than 1 week prior to the course start. All fees are due at the time of registration.

Download the Public Safety registration form and complete as directed. Sign the form and bring it to the address below with check or credit card payment; or you may optionally mail, fax, or scan/email the form with credit card payment to:

Durham Technical Community College Orange County Campus
Attn: EMS Program Assistant
525 College Park Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Fax to 919-536-7297 or scan/email to:

Any form received with payment information will have all credit/debit card information destroyed upon successful payment processing.

Anyone may register for you. The Public Safety registration form must be submitted for registration. Make sure that the person registering for you has the correct registration fees.

Getting Started

Once your registration form with your required birth date, email address, current mailing address, and payment for your online course is received, the Durham Tech registration system is updated. If these required materials are received at least five business days before the course start date, your first and last name is transferred to the online Sakai system. An online Sakai user name and password is created for you, and you are added to your Sakai course roster. Log into Sakai, and choose the noncredit students link to look up your default username. If it's the first time you've used Sakai, take the Sakai Tour.

Online students must be proficient computer users, particularly in keyboarding, email management, word processing, and web browser functions. If you need assistance with any of your computer skills, please take the necessary Continuing Education computer course before starting this program. Durham Tech offers computer classes in keyboarding, PC fundamentals, word processing, and the Internet.

Each online course has prerequisites to ensure you have an adequate understanding medical knowledge. It is your responsibility to closely read the course descriptions and register only for the courses for which you meet the prerequisites.

You will also need:

  • a home computer (PC or Mac) with high-speed Internet access
  • a ConnectMail email account (provided by Durham Tech)
  • a reasonably current web browser (Internet Firefox 11 or higher is the recommended). Download Firefox

View tips for using Sakai. Note to Mac users: Use the free Firefox web browser instead of Safari.

Course accessibility

If your registration form and payment for the course is received at least five business days before the course starts, you are added to the Sakai course roster and are able to access the online course on the course start date. If you return your required registration materials late, Durham Tech cannot guarantee your request will be processed, or there may be a delay in generating your Sakai user name and password.

There is no required time of day or day of the week that you should sign on to participate in your online course You can access the course any time of the day or day of the week, during the duration of the course. Your instructor will provide information concerning lecture, assignment, and quiz or exam availability and deadlines. Students are strongly recommended to follow any weekly modules as suggested by the instructor at the beginning of the course.

Contact Information

If you have a question about the course content, please email your instructor. If you have a technical issue send an email to If your question is program specific, please contact the EMS program assistant at

Online Course Success

When you are in a traditional classroom, you have face-to-face interaction with the instructor and other students. If you have a question, you have the ability to have it answered immediately. However, in a virtual environment, you will have to utilize email to communicate with your instructor. What makes a good distance learner? A student who is highly motivated and can work independently does well in an online course. Online students must be proficient computer users, particularly in keyboarding, word processing, email management, and web browser functions.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you like to take the initiative, ask questions, and join in discussions?
  • Do you like to complete your work ahead of time?
  • Are you task-oriented, self-motivated, and organized?
  • Do you enjoy reading and figuring things out?
  • Do you enjoy experimenting with new technology?
  • Do you enjoy helping others to learn?

If you answered "yes" to these questions, you are well-suited for online learning.

Online learning is designed to be interactive both with the other students in the course and with the instructor. Online courses use a discussion forum, which enables students to have virtual conversations. Students do not have to be online at the same time, but they visit the forum on a regular basis several times each week. When you visit the forum on a regular basis several times each week. When you visit the forum, you are expected to read the postings of your classmates and post follow-up comment to their postings. The other way the course is interactive is through email. You will be receiving email from your instructor and from your classmates. Thus, it's very important that you check your email on a daily basis to see if there is any response needed on your part.

Frequently Asked Questions

Also read the frequently asked questions for information about age requirements, grading, dismissal, registry exams, registration fee exemptions, other costs, and financial aid.

Program Contact Information

Phone: 919-536-7200, ext. 4205