The University of Delaware presents: 

2023 Emergency Medical Response

  • Emergency Medical Response Full Course – In Person: (45 Contact Hours)
    • Completion of American Red Cross EMR Workbook is required
    • Viewing of pre-course material required prior to onsite portion (~3.5 hours)
    • November 4-5, 8:00am-5:00pm on site
      • Discussion
      • Questions
      • Lab

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


  • EMR Full Course ($500): 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. See links below for books:
    • American Red Cross Text book: $99.95 EMR Textbook
    • American Red Cross Workbook: $74.95 EMR Workbook
    • American Red Cross Emergency Response Textbook and Workbook ComboEMR Textbook and Workbook Combo
    • NOTE:  Please make sure you purchase the updated editions. 
    • For PT students currently enrolled in an accredited institution, there is a student discount of 50% ($250).
  • EMR Re-certification ($350)
    • You must have read and reviewed the American Red Cross Textbook. Completion of the workbook is OPTIONAL.

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 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 Acute Management of Athletic Injury and Illness Certification for the Board Certified Sports Specialist ( of the APTA.

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.

Airelle Giordano PT, DPT, OCS, SCS Associate Director of Clinical Services Physical Therapist Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics and Sports. Airelle graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University in 2001. She went on to receive her Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware in 2003 and then her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2007. She is a board certified clinical specialist in the areas of orthopedic and sports physical therapy. Airelle is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. She lectures nationally and internationally on topics related to residency training, concussion management, ACL and knee rehabilitation, gymnastics, and more. Her professional development is in the area of training Physical Therapy Residents and Doctoral Students. She teaches in Emergency Response, Exercise Progression, and Rehabilitation throughout UD’s Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum and she coordinates a Sports Elective class.

Grace Ademski PT, DPT, GCS, NCS Grace graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science in 2004. She went on to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Delaware in 2006. She is a board certified clinical specialist in the areas of neurologic and geriatric physical therapy and she completed the APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor as well as the Advanced Clinical Instructor course. Grace’s professional development has been in the area of vestibular therapy and concussion. She has been treating patients with complaints of dizziness since 2009. She teaches the vestibular component in UD’s Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum.

Mike Eckrich PT, DPT, MS, SCS, CSCS Mike received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Eastern University in 2015, a Masters of Science in Anatomy and Clinical Health Science from University of Delaware in 2016, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University Delaware in 2017. He completed a Sports Residency at the University of Delaware in January of 2019 and transitioned to full time clinical staff in February of 2019. He currently treats patients and is a clinical instructor for UDPT graduate students in the Sports and Orthopedic clinic. He is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Jerry Smith PT, DPT, OCS Jerry received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2013 and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2016, both from Arcadia University. He completed his Orthopedic Residency at Temple University while participating at an outpatient sports and orthopedic clinic. He is recognized as a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. Jerry currently is a Physical Therapist and Assistant Professor of Instruction at the University of Delaware.

Course Outlines: 

EMR Certification Outline


Topic Description
Airway Management Airway Adjuncts, Suctioning, Breathing Devices, Oxygen Delivery
Basic Life Support Rescue Breathing, Obstructed Airway, High Quality CPR, AED
Childbirth/Pediatrics Childbirth, Special Considerations Related to Pediatrics, Common Emergencies
Behavioral Behavioral, Psychological, Violence Emergencies


Day One:

Lecture Contents Lab
Introduction and Emergency Medical Responder Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Management Systems, Emotional Support/Debrief
BBP and Well-Being of EMR Preventing Disease Transmission, How Diseases Are Transmitted, Diseases, Personal Protective Equipment, Hand Hygiene, Reporting
Medical, Legal, Ethical Legal Duties, HIPAA/Confidentiality
Primary Assessment History Taking and Secondary Assessment General Impression, Responsiveness, ABC’s, Identifying Life Threatening Conditions, SAMPLE History, Head to Toe Exam, Ongoing Exam SAMPLE history, Primary and Secondary Assessment
Scene Size-up and Lifting and Moving Patients Scene Size-up, Safety, Mechanism of Injury, Principles of Moving, Emergency/Non-Emergency Moves, Equipment, Restraints Emergency and Non-Emergency Moves
Medical Emergencies Altered Mental Status, Seizures, Diabetic Emergencies, Stroke, Abdominal Pain, GI Bleed, Hemodialysis
Shock Types of Shock, Signs and Symptoms of Shock, Treatment for Shock
Bleeding / Trauma Bleeding, Wound Management – Dressings/Bandages, Tourniquet, Internal and External Bleeding, Burns Impaled object; sucking chest wound; scalp wound, bandaging
Injuries to chest, abdomen, and genitalia Chest, abdominal, and genital injuries
Basic Life Support Lab Exam Rescue breathing, obstructed airway, High Quality CPR – (one rescuer, two rescuer, Adult and Infant), AED, OPA and NPA, delivery devices, and supplemental oxygen

Day Two:

Topic Description Lab
Musculoskeletal Injuries to Extremities


Fractures, Sprains, Strains, Dislocations, Splinting

UE and LE Splinting, Sling

Cervical Spine and Eye Injuries

Spinal Motion Restriction, Spine Boarding, Equipment Removal, Nose/Eye/Mouth Injuries


Cervical Spine Stabilization, Spine Boarding, Equipment Removal

Concussion Management

Acute Concussion Management



Poison Control Centers, How Poison Enters the Body, Substance Abuse/Misuse, Narcan


Environmental Heat Illness, Cold Illness, Anaphylaxis, Epipen, Bites/Stings, Water Related Emergencies


Exam and Practical


For all questions and inquiries, please contact Jerry Smith at