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The Regional Center for Disaster Preparedness Education is an official regional training center recognized by the American Medical Association and National Disaster Life Support Foundation.

Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS):  Offered on-line to our community every Fall semester and Spring semester. 

To register, email dpem@astate.edu.

Advance Disaster Life support (ADLS) Offered every Fall semester from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and we will meet in the College of Nursing and Health Professions building, CNHP Room #504.  

To register, email dpem@astate.edu.

If you have any questions please contact the DPEM office at dpem@astate.edu.



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To register, email dpem@astate.edu.

Core Disaster Life Support


The Core Disaster Life Support (CDLS) Course v.3.0 is a competency based awareness-level course that introduces clinical and public health concepts and principles for the management of disasters and public health emergencies. CDLS lays the foundation for individuals from diverse professions, disciplines, and backgrounds to come together as a team to enhance personal and community health, safety and resilience. It provides a framework to enable public health, healthcare EMS, and other response personnel to work as partners in local preparedness and response efforts.

To register, email dpem@astate.edu.

Basic Disaster Life Support


Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS) includes a review of all hazards approaching natural and accidental human made events; traumatic and explosive events; nuclear and radiological events; biological events; and chemical events. Also included is information on such critical areas as the healthcare professional's role in the public health and incident management systems, community mental health, and special needs of underserved and vulnerable populations.

• Disaster Paradigm
• Natural Diseases
• Traumatic & Explosive Events
• Nuclear & Radiological Events
• Biological Events

• Chemical Events
• Psychosocial Aspects
• Public Health Implications of Disasters
• Evaluation & Testing

Topics: Recognition and management of a disaster scene and its victims is reinforced through a unique approach called the D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R paradigm. The paradigm organizes the students' preparation and response to disaster management. It emphasizes an all-hazards approach to mass casualty incident management and facilitates ongoing qualitative and quantitative assessment of an incident.

Cost: $150, ASU Students: $50.00 w/ valid ID

Register: To register, email dpem@astate.edu

Advanced Disaster Life Support


ADLS is an advanced intensive 2-day course that allows students to demonstrate competencies in casualty decontamination, essential skills, and mass casualty incident information systems/technology applications using simulated all-hazards scenarios and mass casualty incident.  ADLS is focused on the development of "hands on" skills to allow participants to apply the knowledge in interactive scenarios and drills utilizing high-fidelity manikins and volunteer patients.

Note: BDLS is a prerequisite of this course. 

Core Training Areas & Course Duration: 
Day 1: (4) hours of didactic lectures and (4) hours of small group table-top exercises.
Day 2: (7) hours of hands-on training distributed among (4) ADLS stations.

• Medical decontamination (PPE & Decon) 
• Mass Triage 
• Media communication 
• Healthcare facilities & community disaster planning

• Legal issues of disaster response
• Mass fatality management
• Essential skills station
• All-hazards training scenarios

Cost: $275, ASU Students: $175.00 w/ valid ID

Register: To register, email dpem@astate.edu