Opportunities in Emergency Care

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Opportunities in Emergency Care (OEC) is an award-winning medical education program that offers extensive opportunities to students interested in serving others in the healthcare field. 

We teach a variety of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) programs to regional high school students. Students can learn basic First Aid, or become fully prepared for pursuing careers in clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, in-home healthcare, ambulance services, fire departments, through our courses. Students can earn college credits and/or their National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) certification, which enables them to pursue careers in various EMS and healthcare professions. The following opportunities are available through the OEC program: 

  • Earn state and national certifications.
  • Emergency Medical Responder — articulated college credit available.
  • Emergency Medical Technician — articulated college credit available.
  • Nursing Assistant-Registered — articulated college credit available. 
  • Tuition savings up to $3,400 or more if you take every course OEC offers.
  • Skills and certifications that can lead to employment in clinics, hospitals, ambulances, nursing homes, home healthcare, fire departments, etc. 
  • Competition opportunities in various EMS and other healthcare events. State EMS Champions, 2013-2018.
  • Opportunities to participate as a member of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) HOSA International EMT Champions, 2016, 2017, 2019 and placed third and eighth in 2018. 
  • Each student is held to a high personal and professional standard.
  • Hands-on clinical experience through sports and community events, shadowing and ride-alongs.

Based in Spring Lake Park High School, we educate in-district, as well as out-of-district students from many other regional high schools.

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OEC student on an ambulance


Fire Fighter Training

In partnership with the Spring Lake Park / Blaine / Mounds View Fire Department [SBMFD] high school students may now enroll in a Fire Fighter training program. The course is designed to prepare students for the Minnesota State Fire Certification Board examinations for Fire Fighter I. The course is offered during the third trimester and includes on-campus classroom and hands-on training conducted at the SBMFD.

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SLPHS students training at SBM fire department

Fire Rescue Technician

OEC students have the option to participate in the Fire Rescue Technician Training Program. This is offered during the second trimester and meets the National Fire Protection Association standards for certification as a rope rescue technician. After the rope rescue course students will have the option of an extra-curricular 40-hour confined space rescue technician course during the third trimester.

OEC students demonstrate technical rescue skills

Nursing Assistant Program

OEC students can become Registered Nursing Assistants by successfully completing this course of study and a board certification examination. The course focuses on the direct-contact skills needed by many medical professionals to provide compassionate, patient-centered personal care.


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OEC students demonstrate technical rescue skills

Nursing assistant students work directly with experienced professional nurses to learn real-world skills. On-site learning opportunities in clinical settings enhance the training. Students are also encouraged to challenge the state nursing board examinations to become Registered Nursing Assistants.

Overseas Mission Trips - Dominican Republic

Each year students and staff of the OEC program join together with family, friends and medical professionals to provide humanitarian assistance to the citizens of the Dominican Republic. Activities range from constructing badly needed buildings to staffing clinics in some of the country's most needy communities. The Dominican trip offers an opportunity to use the skills we've learned in the classroom to provide care and assistance for people of all ages, from infants to the elderly, under conditions that can be life-changing.