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The Pittman Course: Flight & Critical Care Paramedic Review (Virtual)

11/2/2020 » 11/4/2020
Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) VIRTUAL

3/29/2021 » 3/31/2021
Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference (CCTMC)


Preparatory Outline for FP-C and CCP-C Exams
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Eligibility Recommendations

Valid Paramedic license (state or national) and minimum of 3 years of basic paramedic practice after a graduation from a DOT recognized paramedic training program.

Currency in the following certifications: BLS, ACLS, PALS, ITLS/PHTLS, and NRP

Clinical Integration Recommendations

Clinical exposure in critical care suitable to fill, at a minimum, the following number of hours in each area (initially and annually). Ideally, this should be scheduled to correspond with completion of didactic components to allow application of didactic concepts:

Labor & Delivery

Neonatal Intensive Care

Pediatric Intensive Care

Adult Cardiac Care

Adult Intensive Care

Adult Respiratory Care

Emergency / Trauma Care

8 hrs
16 hrs
16 hrs
16 hrs
24 hrs
6 hrs
8 hrs


Preparatory Recommendations

Initial didactic education to include content with a minimum of the following number of hours in each area:

Preparatory - 10 hours

'History & Philosophy of Transport', 'indications for critical care transport, review of the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS), Air Medical outcome research, aircraft fundamentals, safety & survival, flight physiology, stress management, 'Transport vehicle safety

Airway Management - 4 hours

Basic & advanced airway management, oxygenation & ventilation, RSI
Respiratory - 10 hours

Acute & chronic conditions, assessment, acid-base balance, ABG interpretation, capnography & ventilator management

Cardiovascular - 28 hours

Cardiac pathophysiology, acute coronary syndromes, cardiogenic shock, vascular emergencies, pacemakers, invasive hemodynamic monitoring, Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump theory & transport, VADs, 12 lead ECG interpretation

Neurological - 4 hours

Medical & trauma neurological emergencies, CVAs, spinal trauma, head trauma, neurogenic shock states, ICP monitoring

Pediatric - 8 hours

Assessment, respiratory emergencies, cardiac emergencies, neurologic emergencies, metabolic emergencies, trauma emergencies, special needs children

Toxicology - 4 hours

Toxic exposures, poisonings, overdoses, envenomations, anaphylactic shock, infectious diseases

OB/GYN & GU - 6 hours

Obstetrical emergencies, trauma in pregnancy, renal disorders, reproductive system disorders, fetal assessment, HELLP syndrome

Medical - 6 hours

Septic shock, hypertensive emergencies, environmental emergencies, coagulopathies, endocrine emergencies, Lab value interpretation
Neonatal Considerations - 16 hours

Management & delivery of the full-term or pre-term newborn, delivery complications, NRP & PALS

Trauma considerations - 8 hours
Trauma assessment, adult thoracic & abdominal trauma, vascular trauma, musculoskeletal trauma, burns, ocular trauma, maxillofacial trauma, penetrating & blunt trauma, distributive & hypovolemic shock states, Trauma Systems & Trauma Scoring, Kinematics of trauma & injury patterns

Radiographic Interpretation - 4 hours

Wherever appropriate, the above education should include information regarding radiographic findings, pertinent laboratory and bedside testing, and pharmacological interventions.

Skills Application Recommendations

Initial and annual training in the following skills to insure competency, preferably in a laboratory setting:

Rapid Sequence Induction Intubation, Pericardiocentesis, Escharotomy, Central Venous Access (subclavian, internal jugular, femoral approach), Intraosseus infusion, Chest Tube Thoracostomy, Surgical Cricothyroidotomy, Umbilical catheterization.
The FP-C and CCP-C Exams are administered by the International Board of Specialty Certification (IBSC).
Online FP-C / CCP-C Exam registration is available at

Course Recommendations                                                     Certification Info

Making the decision to obtain certification is a commitment to yourself and to your future.  We are here to help you achieve your professional goals.  The Association-sponsored Pittman Course: Flight & Critical Care Paramedic Review, developed by the late Corey Pittman, is designed to provide participants a thorough review of complex subject matter critical care transport providers are expected to understand according to the FP-C® and CCP-C® exam detail content outlines.   Course listings and registration.

Textbook Recommendations

Air and Surface Patient Transport: Principles and Practice Holleran, Renee Semonin. (4th Ed.) (2009). St. Louis: Mosby

CAMTS Accreditation Standards 10th Edition

Critical Care Transport 2nd. Edition Pollak, A. (2017). Massachusetts: Jones and Bartlett

Manual of Emergency Airway Management (4th Ed.) (2012). by Ron Walls and Michael Murphy

Critical Care Paramedic Exam Review on iBooks
and Kindle For FP-C and CCP-C Exam Prep. Order print copy on IAFCCP store.

NEW Critical Care Transport Core Curriculum

All-new and updated Critical Care Transport Core Curriculum outlines essential skills and knowledge for the critical care transport professional. All chapters closely align with transport nursing and paramedic certification examination content outlines and current CAMTS requirements, where applicable. Each clinical topic includes the following sections:


  • General characteristics
  • Patient assessment
  • Diagnostic data
  • Intervention
  • Transport and packaging considerations
  • Outcome evaluation


Expanded chapters on program operations and infectious and communicable diseases, as well as new chapters on mechanical ventilation and perfusion.  616 pages