HOST CALS in FY 2018-2019

FY 2017-18 is full with regard to hosting a CALS course – but the new FY 2018-19 is not far away.

If you would like to HOST a CALS course in your facility, these are the dates that are available.  Please contact Dana Bies at with your dates selection.

Any of dates indicated can be floated within the same week if alternate dates work better for your facility.

The only requirement is your facility must be able to provide 1 large meeting space to accommodate 30, and 3 breakout rooms to accommodate 8-10 people each.   In fact, hosting does not limit the opportunity to your facility.  Oftentimes, Hosts have used places such as local churches, community centers, VFW halls, schools and libraries for the CALS courses.


Here are the open dates:

July 24-26, 2018

August 6-8, 2018

August 21-23, 2018

December 5-7, 2018

January 21-23, 2019

February  5-7, 2019

March 4-6, 2019

March 19-21, 2019

April 1-3, 2019

April 16-18, 2019

April 29-May 1, 2019

May 8-10, 2019

May 20-21, 2019


NEW! CALS 3-hour Trauma Module offered

The 4th CALS Conference has been scheduled for Friday, September 29, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN.

If you need CALS certification in the Trauma Module but have been having a hard time finding a date and time that works for your schedule, a 3-hour stand-alone CALS Trauma Module will be offered the afternoon before the 4th CALS Conference!

If you plan to attend the 4th CALS Conference on September 29, 2017, then you may want to consider registering for the CALS 3-hour Trauma Module  from 1:00-4:00 pm on Thursday, September 28, 2017.  Registration for the Trauma Module is now open!!


Limited Space Still Available in CALS courses in Princeton, MN — January 17-19, 2017

Is your CALS Certification about to expire — or now expired?


There is still limited space available to get recertified in both CALS 3-hour Trauma Module and CALS 2-day Provider Course.  Next available course location is in Princeton, MN on January 17-19, 2017.


Self-registration is available at the following link:

Rural Health Lifetime Achievement Award

During the Minnesota Department of Health Conference held this June in Duluth, CALS Instructor, Dr. Paul Van Gorp, received the Rural Health Lifetime Achievement award for his more than 40 years of service as a family practice provider at CentraCare Health in Long Prairie.


The 2016 Rural Health Lifetime Achievement Award went to Paul Van Gorp, MD, a family practice provider at CentraCare Health–Long Prairie. Throughout his career, Dr. Van Gorp has worked to ensure that residents in rural areas receive the same high quality health care as residents in larger cities. Since 1976, Van Gorp has served as a preceptor for the Rural Medical Scholars and Rural Physician Associate programs and has worked with over 150 of today’s practicing providers. He received the Exemplary Teaching Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2013. Beginning in 1993, Van Gorp was instrumental in developing the Comprehensive Advanced Life Support (CALS) program, which provides emergency medical training to rural health care teams and now U.S. Embassy medical personnel around the globe. Van Gorp also volunteers at Project H.E.A.L. (Health, Education, Access, Link) to provide free health screenings and basic care for those with little or no insurance. About 90 percent of his Project H.E.A.L. patients are members of Todd County’s large Amish community, for whom he has become a trusted advocate.

According to Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Dr. Van Gorp embodies “the spirit of service and innovation that helped Minnesota build a robust rural health system that has served as a model for other states.”

If you would want to send Paul a personnel note his email is:

Minnesota CALS Courses Registration Fees for 2017


CALS Courses Registration Fees for 2017 in Minnesota


Effective January 1, 2017




Effective with all CALS 3-Hour Trauma Modules offered after January 1, 2017, the cost will be:

  • RN/EMT-P/Residents = $150
  • CRNA/PharmD/PA/NP/DO/MD = $350




Effective with all CALS 2-day Provider Courses offered after January 1, 2017, the cost will be:

  • RN/EMT-P/Residents = $490
  • CRNA/PharmD/PA/NP/DO/MD = $935


Eligible Minnesota healthcare personnel are also eligible for the Minnesota Department of Health grant discount as follows:

  • RN/EMT-P/Residents = $125 (final 2-day Provider Course fee = $365)
  • CRNA/PharmD/PA/NP/DO/MD = $310 (final 2-day Provider Course fee = $625)