CALS in Minnesota

Minnesota Comprehensive Advanced Life Support (CALS) originated in fall of 1996. The idea was conceived out of frustration with the fact that emergency and critical care results in rural communities were not keeping pace with the advances being made in urban centers. Dr. Darrell L. Carter, a family physician in Granite Falls, and Dr. Ernest Ruiz, then Chief of Emergency Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) shared a similar vision in changing this.

A working group representing the whole emergency team (docs, nurses, PA/NP, EMT-P) began a three year project to develop what was to grow into the CALS curriculum, and that today has evolved into the CALS Program. The first CALS Course was conducted in 1996 by this grassroots coalition of volunteer health care providers, with the goal of improving patient care and outcomes in rural settings.

Now in its nineteenth year of providing emergency care training, the CALS Program has active affiliate programs in three states (Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Montana) and has hosted courses in ten states, three Canadian provinces and nine countries. The CALS Program extends its reach by training all US embassy medical personnel around the globe for the Department of State. In December 2014 CALS was pleased to provide its 300th CALS Provider Course in Minnesota.


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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 or email to get registered now!... read more