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Prerequisite Didatic Work (2 hours)
Choose from a list of nine immersive courses to gain more in-depth knowledge of specific acute injuries and illness. Additional CEUs will be offered for completion of the course and test, with a passing score of 80%.

Virtual students will need a Sports Venue Emergency Response Kit (SVERK) or the listed supplies to complete the online labs:

  • 4 x 4 gauze
  • Antiseptic hand cleaner
  • Bleed cease
  • Coban
  • Gloves
  • Nonstick gauze
  • Nose plugs
  • Pen light
  • SAM splint
  • Sterile water/saline
  • Tourniquet
  • Triangular bandage

It is recommended you wear lab-type clothing.


Synchronous ZOOM Session (5 hours)

  1. Introductions and class norms
  2. EMS systems including National Incident Management and Emergency Action Plans
  3. Legal issues with a focus on practice acts and scope of care in emergency settings
  4. Disease transmission
  5. Primary and secondary assessment
  6. Airway emergencies including the use of oxygen, asthma, pulse oximeter, and EpiPen
  7. Cardiac emergencies
    a) Review of cardiac emergencies and use of AED
    b) CPR will be offered as an elective for students through the American Red Cross (at the end of the day)
  8. Identification, care, and early management of wounds
  9. Identification, care, and early management of musculoskeletal injuries
    a) Extremities
    b) Review of current practices for spine-injured athletes and equipment removal
    c) Identification, care, and early management of head injuries (concussion and facial)
    d) Identification, care, and early management of torso injuries (thorax, abdomen, and genitalia)


Practical Assessment (90 minutes)–the student must provide a person to serve as the injured athlete

Presented with a sports-related scenario, the student will complete the full assessment and care on the “injured athlete.” A rubric scoring guide will be used for grading with feedback and discussion provided by students and instructors.


View additional details regarding participation in the Virtual ERA Recertification course.


ATTENTION: You will need to be logged into a Cogent Steps Learner Account with an associated ERA Course Completion.* You may begin registering for recertification six months prior to your ERA Certification expiration (for example, if you completed your ERA Certification on 11/28/2020, you will not be able to register to recertify until AFTER 5/28/2023). Questions? Please contact us.

*Previous Certification Verification

ABPTS and Sports Council have approved the interchange of courses between approved providers to maintain sports specialty certification. Please complete the form at the link below and submit your Acute Injury and Illness Certification form from your previous provider to gain access to Cogent Steps ERA courses.