MUSC Community Training Center contracted with the American Heart Association in 2002 to operate as a Community Training Center. The Community Training Center (CTC) is a key component of the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Training Network. Each Training Center signs an Agreement with the American Heart Association (AHA) to provide Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support (BLS), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training programs to the community. The MUSC Community Training Center is dedicated to providing quality programs and helps strengthen the chain of survival in South Carolina.
Mission and Goals of American Heart Association (AHA)
The American Heart Association’s mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke. The AHA has a strategic goal to reduce coronary heart disease, stroke, and risk by 25% by 2010. Steps toward achieving that goal include 1) improving the chain of survival and acute care treatment, 2) enhancing prevention and disease management, and 3) generating the resources to achieve the goal by increasing the number of instructors, providers, revenue, partnerships, training materials, and programs.
MUSC Community Training Center supports the AHA mission and goals through administrative, educational, and quality assurance support of its AHA instructors. The MUSC Community Training Center also supports the Medical University of South Carolina’s mission and purpose through the provision of quality AHA classes to healthcare professionals, to the community, and by educating and informing the AHA instructors on new skills or AHA programs.
MUSC Role as a Community Training Center
The MUSC Community Training Center is made up of three Training Sites. Training sites are independent components of the Training Center. The Training Sites follow all AHA training guidelines and conduct the administrative and quality assurance oversight of their AHA classes and instructors. The training sites affiliated with the MUSC Community Training Center are Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Ralph Johnson V.A. and East Cooper Regional Medical Center. Currently, the MUSC CTC has approximately 430 BLS, PALS, and ACLS instructors.
New AHA Classes and Guidelines
The year 2010 marks the update of the official AHA Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. The AHA will be implementing changes to the current curriculum and developing new programs based on these scientific studies. The MUSC Community Training Center will continue to offer regularly scheduled courses throughout the year and will incorporate the new materials as they are released in 2011.