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Course Information

Cogent Steps, LLC is an NATABOC Approved Provider and an AASPT Preferred Provider offering a new Emergency Response for the Athlete course, and a one-day EMR recertification option to meet student needs.  We develop tailored curriculum to meet specific professional and community needs.


REMEMBER: Per ABPTS and the Sports Specialty Council, you must keep your Acute Management of Injury and Illness (ERA/EMR) current during the 10 years of certification. Throughout the Maintenance of Certification cycle you will need to show proof of ERA/EMR.

The new Emergency Response for the Athlete course is good for 3 years while the EMR is good for 2 years. Please note the MOSC cycle is 3 years. In 2019, if your EMR certification lapses for more than 60 days, you will need to take the 2-day ERA course versus the 1-day recertification. The Red Cross provides for no additional grace period if the EMR certification lapses.  After 2019, you will need to take the ERA.

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. The curriculum meets and exceeds the requirements set by the National EMS Education Scope of Practice for an Emergency Medical Responder, however Cogent Steps is not an approved educational provider for firefighters and EMT professionals who need to complete training and testing for the national registry exam.

Core skills include: assessments, CPR, 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.

Successful completion of both written and practical examinations is required for this course. Final practical examination will include successful completion of the following: bleeding control and shock management, trauma victim assessment and management, airway insertion and suction, management of injuries to soft tissue and skeletal structures and management of head, neck, and back injuries.

To facilitate effective learning, the instructor to student ratio is one instructor for fifteen students.

Approximately two weeks prior to the course, you will receive an email from the lead instructor or a staff member of Cogent Steps, LLC informing you of details of the course including exact location, parking and any specifics of the location. We rely on our generous hosts including clinicians and clinics for support for our course locations.

All courses typically run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. On that last day, the course may finish slightly earlier than 5 pm, depending upon the order of rotation for practicals. If you have travel concerns, please let the lead instructor know ahead of time and accommodations can be coordinated.

While we coordinate with our hosts, on a rare occasion a situation may arise where a course needs to be cancelled or postponed due to administrative or registration issues, or as a result of emergency situations. We make every attempt to decide if this is necessary at least 14 days prior to the first day of the course. We recommend purchasing refundable tickets and hotel rooms and/or travel insurance in case a cancellation or postponement occurs. Students are welcome to transfer between courses if a conflict arises.

Following successful completion of the course, the participant will be awarded an American Red Cross Emergency Medical Response certificate and the American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer certificate, both valid for two years. In addition, after successful completion physical therapists and athletic trainers are awarded Continuing Education Credits based on the length of course completed.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to the most commonly received questions from students.