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Live Distance CME courses meet needs of EMS professionals anytime, anywhere

BROOKFIELD, Wis. — The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians’ annual certification, which has a March 31 deadline, requires live coursework of all emergency services professionals regardless of their work environment.

Whether it’s a hostile environment in the Middle East, an offshore oil rig or a remote corner of the U.S., Distance CME by OnCourse Learning provides live learning modules to accommodate every schedule.

“We do small blocks of live courses, two hours at a time, around the clock,” co-founder Scott McConnell said. “The convenience is there and so is the live requirement for NREMT.”

McConnell helped start the company in 2010 after a friend working as a civilian paramedic in the Middle East noticed all of his certifications were lapsing while overseas. The Distance CME course offerings have allowed thousands of professionals to maintain their certifications. Among those students are EMS professionals on a drilling platform in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region and on a seismic survey vessel off the coast of Africa.

“I was able to finish the course in less than four weeks, and I took it in four different states,” said Patrick Conroy, a remote site paramedic from Colorado. “This is a program that allows the (EMS professional) to pick the times and places to take the refresher.”

To see Distance CME course offerings and join in on two stations of virtual reality demos of 3D patient scenarios, visit booth 1719 during EMS Today, The Journal of Emergency Medical Services Conference & Exposition. The show runs Feb. 23-25 at Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.

“Though you’re not putting your hands on someone, you have a lot more interaction with the environment and with the patient in a 3D scenario versus seeing a picture of a sick child on a screen and asking questions about it,” McConnell said. “It’s up to you what questions you want to ask and what treatment you want to give. It’s a learning experience.”

Visitors to Distance CME’s EMS Today booth also can have their conference badge scanned there to be entered into a prize drawing.

Last year, EMS Today attracted a record 4,752 attendees to the event from 30 different countries.

Distance CME is a leading provider of live distance learning courses for EMS professionals. The interactive courses are conveniently available in two-hour segments around the clock. To learn more, visit

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About OnCourse Learning

OnCourse Learning delivers licensure, regulatory and compliance education solutions throughout the nation’s leading industries including financial services, healthcare and real estate. Through trusted industry expertise, compliance management and technology solutions, OnCourse Learning focuses on advancing the e-learning environment for individuals and businesses to help to build new careers, empower employees through knowledge and identify efficiencies in corporate training management. OnCourse Learning offers a full suite of educational products including state and federally approved prelicensing and continuing education programs, accredited course content, exam prep tools, publications, e-books, events and a sophisticated and customizable learning management system and course-authoring tool. To learn more, visit


Barry Bottino, Communications Director


[email protected]