Critical Care Transport – Post-licensure Certificate

4 courses. 1 semester. 100% online.

Ground to air critical care transport education for licensed healthcare professionals delivered in partnership with FlightBridgeED—a leading medical education company.

Deliver quality care when moving critically ill and injured patients via ground or air ambulance with a Critical Care Transport (CCT) Certificate from Spalding University. Our program is one of the nation’s only online certificates in Critical Care Transport for licensed healthcare professionals. Blending FlightBridgeED’s knowledge of current CCT practices with Spalding’s commitment to inclusive, quality learning, our program delivers education focused on your success. We equip you to deal with medical emergencies of all kinds. No matter the mode of transport, you will have the skill, training and confidence to perform timely, acute medical interventions that can save patients’ lives.

Why Spalding?

Our program is designed with working licensed healthcare professionals. 

  • Attend class entirely online—no on-campus clinicals or required.
  • Earn your certificate in one semester.
  • Take no more than two courses at a time.

At Spalding, you’ll receive the kind of support that you can only find at a small, private university while paying a rate similar to—or even less than—that of a public university. See our cost.

We offer an inclusive, welcoming online learning environment with access to many free or low-cost support services.


Through a unique partnership with FlightBridgeED, we’ve designed courses that are on par with and exceed medical transport standards.

Explore a range of topics related to critical care transport, including:

  • Resuscitation
  • Trauma and burns
  • Pharmacology

One of the four courses is devoted exclusively to transport ventilation and ventilator management. Additional courses in leadership and research will help you build your strengths as a leader and practitioner.


Career Outcomes

Meet the demand for highly-skilled critical care transport professionals as a trained leader and valuable member of your critical care team.

You’ll have the training to deliver quick, consistent care that’s proven to work in medical emergencies. You’ll also be prepared to sit for advanced certification exams, including those to attain the credentials of:

Certified Flight Paramedic (FP-C)

Certified Critical Care Paramedic (CCP-C)

Certified Flight Nurse (CFRN)

Certified Transport Nurse (CTRN)

Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN)

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Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Application deadlines

We are a rolling admissions program. We accept applications year-round and process them as they are completed. Students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.<

We encourage you to apply in advance of the time that you’d like to start classes: fall (session 1) or spring (session 4). See Spalding’s academic calendar.

Admission requirements

To enroll in Spalding’s Critical Care Transport certificate program, you must be a current licensed registered nurse or paramedic.

In addition to the online application, you must submit:

  • Official academic transcripts
  • Evidence of a current license in your profession (i.e. nursing, paramedics, etc.)
  • Résumé

You will upload these items directly through your applicant portal. 

Start Dates

Start Dates

Our program has two start dates per year: August (session 1) and January (session 4). See Spalding’s academic calendar.


We offer affordable online tuition at $440 per credit hour for the ’20-’21 academic year and $450 for the ’21-’22 academic year.

As a student in the Critical Care Transport certificate program, you can expect to pay the following estimated costs:

Tuition: $5,280 (12 total credit hours)
Textbooks: $200
Certification examination fee: $125-$350

Accessible, experienced faculty
All of our courses taught by full-time and adjunct Spalding faculty (not outside instructors). Our faculty is accessible and available to support you in your learning. You’ll interact with and receive feedback from them during live online instruction. You can also connect with them outside of class meetings.

Our experienced faculty are academic leaders and healthcare professionals. Many of them are also certified critical care transport professionals with experience as FlightBridgeEd educators. They are skilled at providing current, evidence-informed instruction to help you pass your advanced certification and become a skilled and successful clinician.

Course Delivery & Sequence

Course Delivery

Our course is delivered entirely online. You will need to have access to a computer and reliable high-speed Internet.

Course Sequence

We require four online courses to complete the program: one 12-week course and three six-week courses. The Advanced Concepts course must be taken first, and the other three courses can be taken in any order. See our courses and descriptions.

You will take these classes in one semester over sessions 1, 2 & 3 or sessions 4, 5 & 6.

Course Descriptions

Advanced Concepts of Critical Care Transport (3 credit hrs.)

The Advanced Concepts of Critical Care Transport course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge necessary to transport critically ill and injured patients.  The course content includes concepts outlined by both the International Board of Specialty Certifications (IBSC) as well as the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN).  This online course will be an exploration of principles related to critical care transport, safety, resuscitation (including airway), trauma and burns, medical emergencies (including pharmacology) and special populations.  This course is supported by current, evidence-based medical facts which allows for a multi-purpose application, i.e. certification in an advanced specialty, new and current knowledge acquisition, etc.

Pre-hospital & Critical Care Transport on Ventilator Management (3 credit hrs.)

Course Description:  The Pre-Hospital and Critical Care Transport Perspectives on Ventilator Management course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge necessary to care for their critically ill and injured patients.  This online course will be comprehensive review of all things related to critical care transport ventilation.  Core principles such as respiratory physiology, ventilator terminology, basic modes of ventilation, advanced modes, ventilator strategies, alarms and pain and sedation will be explored.  These concepts are supported by current research, historical theory and case studies allowing the student to both optimize and maximize their knowledge related to mechanical ventilation.

Leadership in Health Sciences (3 credit hrs.)

This course promotes the development of scholarship skills and use of research knowledge for practice in the health sciences. Students will articulate the importance of how scholarly activities contribute to the development of health science knowledge and applies to evidence-based health care practice. It includes a review of descriptive and inferential statistics as used in developing/using evaluation instruments and research designs. The analysis and critique of both qualitative and quantitative research methods and search of the literature to evaluate the quality of the evidence will occur. Competence in critiquing the validity of research studies, including designs and methodologies is a major learning outcome of the course.

Research in Health Sciences (3 credit hrs.)

This course provides skill building in leadership and management development practices in healthcare. Students will assess his or her own emotional intelligence and personal strengths in order to develop skills in operational management, and leadership skills necessary to achieve individual and healthcare organizational objectives.


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