The Performing Arts Special Interest Group of the Orthopedic Section of the APTA and the University of Delaware are partnering at the conclusion of the APTA’s Combined Section Meeting in Washington DC to present:

2019 Emergency Medical Response Course

  • Emergency Medical Response Full Course (2 days) Sunday, January 27th, 8AM-5PM and Monday, January 28th, 8AM-4PM (CEU Hours: 45)

  • Re-certification (1 day only for those expired ≤ 3 months) Sunday, January 27th 9AM-2PM (CEU Hours: 7)

Location:  University of Delaware, 540 S College Ave Newark, DE 19713

  1. You must order the American Red Cross Textbook ($99.95) and workbook ($74.95); complete readings; and bring completed workbook to the Full Course for credit.
    • Full Course requirements:
      • Textbook (insert link)
      • Workbook (insert link)
      • Combo (Textbook and Workbook) (insert link)
    • Re-certification requirements:
      • Textbook (insert link)
      • Workbook:  Completed Workbook is NOT required for re-certification, however, most up-to-date info will be on the Re-certification exam
  2. Participants should have a valid CPR card at the time of the course.   If this is a challenge, please note on your registration.

Course/session description: Tailored to the professional rescuer, the Emergency Medical Response course by the American Red Cross provides comprehensive training that gives the participant the knowledge and skills needed to perform lifesaving interventions on critical patients. The course provides the necessary tools for the rescuer to help sustain life reduce pain and minimize injury during out-of-hospital medical and traumatic emergencies—while awaiting or alongside higher-level personnel at the scene.  This is of particular interest for those supervising athletic participation and examples will be incorporated to address the issues of the performing artist (e.g gymnast, dancer, figure skater, acrobat, etc). The curriculum meets and exceeds the requirements set by the National EMS Education Scope of Practice for an Emergency Medical Responder. This course provides the necessary tools for the rescuer to help sustain life, reduce pain and minimize injury during out-of-hospital medical and traumatic emergencies—while awaiting or alongside higher-level personnel at the scene.  This course fulfills the requirement for EMR for the Board Certified Sports Specialist ( of the APTA and Sports Residency Training.

Core skills include: assessments, AED, airway and ventilation, medical and trauma emergencies, EMS operations, pharmacological intervention.  Additional enrichment modules include: training in asthma, anaphylaxis, epinephrine auto-injectors, C-collar and spine boarding, and more.

Laura A. Schmitt, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS, ATC Laura graduated from West Chester University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education with a concentration in Athletic Training. She then received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Beaver College in 1991. She later completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2003. She has been at University of Delaware since 1997 and is Board Certified Specialist in both Orthopedics and Sports Physical Therapy. She has been a Certified Athletic Trainer since 1988. Laura’s professional development is related to the training of both Resident and Doctoral level students. She is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor and has completed the APTA Advanced Clinical Instructor training course. She has now gone on to become an APTA Credentialed Clinical Trainer. She currently serves as the Director of Clinical Education for the UD Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and lectures and serves as a teaching assistant throughout the DPT curriculum. She is currently the Sports Special Interest Group (SIG) chair. She has been an EMR instructor since 2002.

Tara Jo Manal PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAPTA Director of Clinical Services and Residency Training Physical Therapist Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics and SportsTara graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1991. She went on to receive her Masters in Physical therapy at UD in 1993 then received her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Temple University in 2006. She is board certified clinical specialist in the areas of orthopedic and sports physical therapy. Tara lectures nationally and internationally on topics related to physical therapy, residency training, reduction of variability of practice and her area of expertise in electrical stimulation, low back, knee injuries, and more. She teaches within UD’s Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum in courses related to Spine Management, PT as a Profession, Rounds, and Emergency Response. She provides expert consultations in the clinic in her areas of specialty.

Anthony Carroll PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT Physical Therapist Center Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice Coordinator of Clinical Education Fellow of the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapists Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist Anthony graduated from the University of Delaware with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2007. He then pursued the University of Delaware Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency in 2011, specializing in orthopedic management of disorders of the spine, upper and lower extremities with a focus in the spine. In 2012, Anthony completed the Kaiser Permanente’s Manual Rehabilitation Fellowship program in Los Angeles, CA consisting of advanced training in both manual and movement sciences related to the treatment of spine, extremity pain, and chronic pain. Upon completion of his fellowship program, Anthony returned to the University of Delaware as a Physical Therapist, Residency mentor and Clinical Faculty in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Anthony is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and Certified Clinical Instructor.

2019 Emergency Medical Response Registration

Event Contact: Pam Amato, 302-831-8893 or

2019 EMR Course

Please select course for registration (full course or re-certification): Emergency Medical Response (EMR) Full Course (2 days) Sunday, January 27th, 8AM-5PM and Monday, January 28th 8AM-4PM. (MUST ATTEND BOTH DAYS). By choosing this option, please understand that you must complete the American Red Cross Textbook Readings and bring the completed Workbook to the course for credit. Note: For the Re-certification course, you are required to purchase the textbook (the workbook is optional).

EMR Re-certification (1 day only for those expired) Sunday, January 27th, 9AM-2PM

After submitting your registration form, you will be redirected to a secure website where you can enter your payment information. Please make note of the appropriate registration fee above, as it will NOT auto-populate. You will be instructed to enter an amount. One week prior to the course, you will receive an email with additional course information.