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Epinephrine Auto-injector Administration
Training for School Employees

All approved programs must provide a course completion card and/or certificate indicating the specific course title and date of completion to each individual participant successfully completing the program. It is the responsibility of each school entity and the participant to maintain a copy. A valid instructor card representing any of the approved courses is also acceptable.

As part of or following the training, school personnel must follow-up with the school nurse for review of:

  1. School policies/procedures; documentation; storage and maintenance of devices; notification of EMS and school nurse/administration; location of stock  devices (if applicable); and individual student Emergency Care Plans (ECP).
  2. Return demonstration of all appropriate devices (if not included as part of approved training).  
  3. Regardless of the recommended renewal date of the training, the hands-on demonstration and review of school specific policies and procedures is to take place annually. The school nurse may assign supplemental staff to assist with this part of the training. 

First Aid Courses

The following first aid courses have been approved. According to the providing organizations, the first aid course must be taught in its entirety. Epinephrine auto-injector administration may NOT be taught as a separate module. Recommended renewal is two years as determined by the providing organization.

Provider- First Aid Courses Course Name
American Academy of Pediatrics and National Association of School NursesPediatric First Aid for Caregivers and Teachers (PedFACTs)
American Heart AssociationHeartsaver First Aid; Heartsaver First Aid, CPR, AED
American Red CrossFirst Aid Course, must include the Anaphylaxis & Epinephrine Auto-Injector  Course (HSSSFA504)
Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI)First Aid
EMS Safety ServicesCPR, First Aid and AED
National Safety Council (NSC)First Aid; First Aid, CPR & AED; Advanced First Aid, CPR & AED
SafeSchools TrainingFirst Aid

Epinephrine Only Modules

The following trainings have been approved as epinephrine only modules. The recommended renewal for these courses is two years.

Provider- Epinephrine Only Module Course Name
American Red Cross (A fee is charged) Anaphylaxis & epinephrine Auto-Injector Online Course (HSSSFA504)
Food Allergy Research & Education (Free) F.A.R.E. Recognizing and Responding to Anaphylaxis
National Association of School Nurses (Free)NASN Saving Lives at School- Pennsylvania (Train the Trainer program for school nurses).*
National Association of School Nurses (Free)NASN Get Trained- PA Edition (for school staff). Watching this module on the NASN website does not meet the criteria of an approved training.*
SafeSchools Training (Free if subscribe to SafeSchools Training otherwise nominal fee. Contact SafeSchools at link to the right.) Health Emergencies: Life Threatening Allergies & Medication Administration: Epinephrine Autoinjectors

 *Special Instructions for the NASN Courses 

  • NASN Saving Lives at School - Pennsylvania     
    • This is a Train-the-Trainer program only for Certified School Nurses (CSN) to train their school staff on the NASN Get Trained- PA Edition program.
      • Available as a live training from one of the NASN appointed Epinephrine Resource School Nurses (ERSN). Contact NASN directly for training questions.  
    • Following this training, the CSN may train school staff: 
      • In a large group with the CSN presenting the materials 
    • To assist the CSN in presenting the NASN Get Trained- PA Edition, the following materials are available: 
  • NASN Get Trained - Pennsylvania
    • This program is for school staff (excluding CSNs) to be trained in epinephrine auto-injector administration.
      • This training is available as a live training from the CSN who has successfully completed the Saving Lives at School – PA Edition program.