Psychological Trauma in EMS Patients (PTEP) Course

Psychological Trauma in EMS Patients (PTEP) course gives EMS practitioners the resources they need to help alleviate patients’ hidden wounds – intense fear, stress, and pain – during a medical emergency. PTEP educates EMS practitioners about the biological underpinnings of psychological trauma, the short and long-term impact on the brain and body, and warning signs that a patient is experiencing extreme psychological distress. EMS practitioners are also taught strategies and techniques to alleviate patients’ distress and help patients cope with what they’re experiencing to ward off lingering effects. This 8-hour, 1-day course features scenario-based interactive sessions and lectures. PTEP is designed for EMS practitioners of all levels and will improve the level of customer service provided to their patients. This course builds on the Psychological Trauma Prevention Training curriculum also created by LaGuardia Community College through the work of the Northeast Resiliency Consortium available on Skills Commons. An Online Instructor's Toolkit can be found here on:
Primary Material Type:
Hybrid/Blended Course
Other Material Types:
LaGuardia Community College
Project Name:
Northeast Resiliency Consortium
Funding Source:
psychological trauma prevention, psychological trauma, PTSD, EMT, EMS, emergency medical services, paramedic, PTEP

Industry / Occupation

Industry Partner:
Jones & Bartlett Learning, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)
Industry Sector:
Health Care and Social Assistance (62)
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations -- Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics (29-2041)

Education / Instructional Information

Instructional Program:
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences (51)
Credit Type:
  • None
Credential Type:
  • Credential
Educational Level of Materials:
  • 1st year Community College or equivalent
Interactivity Type:
Mix of Active and Presentation.
Quality Rubric:
Quality Assurance Organization:
Healthcare Editorial Board
Quality Note:
Research was conducted in partnership between NAEMT and LaGuardia Community College
Quality of Subject Matter was assured by:
  • Consultations during development of instructional materials
  • Participation as an ongoing member of team developing the instructional materials
  • Conducting an evaluation of the instructional materials and providing a report
  • Using an approved rubric to conduct the evaluation of the instructional materials and providing a report
Quality of Online/Hybrid Course Design assured by:
  • None

Copyright / Licensing

Copyright Owner:
LaGuardia Community College; NAEMT
Primary License:
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.