Welcome to CALS!

CALS (Comprehensive Advanced Life Support) is an educational program designed specifically for the emergency medical training needs of rural healthcare teams. CALS combines the concepts contained in many of the other advanced life support courses, providing a customizable, team-based training program uniquely suited for resource-constrained environments.

CALS grew out of a need in rural Minnesota for knowledge and hands-on skills training in emergency medicine. Rural health care providers across the state faced inadequate resources in the emergency department to deal with the wide range of clinical problems they were seeing. In response, a group of concerned doctors and nurses developed a comprehensive advanced life support curriculum that has today evolved into the CALS Program.

SAVE THE DATE! September 27, 2019

5th CALS Conference on Rural Emergency Care — September 27, 2019

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Get our 23-page ebook, “A Plan for Education and Team Development”

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Hosting a CALS course will help you educate your entire emergency care team




November 5-7, 2018

November 14-16, 2018





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The new CALS Quick Reference Guide puts vital information at your fingertips.

National Rural Health Day

November 16, 2017

I don’t remember when we’ve had such an enlightening, excellently planned learning session. We all came away knowing that more lives would be saved because of what you presented to us in this lab. Thank you so much for the fabulous experience!

When asked about the most valuable part of the CALS course, Robin Daley, Buffalo-Harper County Hospital, Buffalo OK replied . . . “That’s like asking which chocolate chip was the best part of the cookie!! It was all ALL excellent!! This cookie was loaded with goodies! 5 STARS!”

Robin Daley

PA-C, Buffalo-Harper County Hospital

I believe this class makes a difference in practice and outcomes for rural patients!

Amanda Beer

RN, Hendricks Community Hospital Association

One of the best advanced life support classes I have taken. Will recommend this course to all my Friends!

Melissa Magstadt, Castlewood, SD


Course Updates


CALS Instructor Update 2018

If you’re a CALS instructor and will the CALS Instructor Update to be held on October 5, 2018, you will be able to review these Instructor Updates at the future vimeo... read more

Need to recertify in CALS . . . we have OPENINGS!

CALS certification is required once every 4 years.  But time flies!!   If you’re in need of immediate re-certification of CALS, there are openings in the May 16-18, 2018 location in Minneapolis and/or July 9-11, 2019 in Minneapolis or a local suburb.   You can self-register on-line at https://calsprogram.org/eventreg/index.php?module=public&action=eventList or email dbies@calsprogram.org to get registered now!... read more

CALS in the News

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