Medical Person In Charge (USCG)

Course Format:
80 Hours over 10 days

This course is demanding and comprehensive.  Our course consists of a combination of lecture and hands-on, scenario-based instruction designed specifically to meet the needs of your group while operating in a maritime environment. The Medical Person in Charge (MPIC) course is a USCG course and upon completion you will be issued proper documentation to serve as a medical provider aboard a commercial vessel.

Our Instructors are all experienced professionals who don’t just teach, but are currently practicing Wilderness EMTs, Paramedics, Physicians, and USCG Licensed Captains. Guest lecturers include medics and physicians from the Wilderness Medical Society, US Navy and the Divers Alert Network. The course will take place in a Maritime environment and whenever possible, on the water aboard a vessel. Maritime medical emergencies don't occur in a classroom, so we don't teach this course there. We specialize in bringing this course to your vessel or specific operating environment so that the training can occur on your own vessel with your own equipment.

Topics covered in this course as mandated by the USCG STCW-95 :

•  Head and Spinal injuries
• Injuries to Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat
• Internal and External Bleeding
• Burns, Scalds, and Frostbite
• Fractures, Dislocations, and Muscular Injuries
• Wounds
• Pain Relief
• Suturing and Clamping
• Management of an Acute Abdomen
• Minor Surgical Treatment
• Wound Dressing
• Aspects of Nursing
• Diseases
• Sexually Transmitted Diseases
• Tropical and Infectious Diseases
• Alcohol and Drug Abuse
• Dental Care
• Ob/Gyn
• Medical Care of Rescued Persons
• Death at Sea
• Hygiene
• Disease Prevention
• Record Keeping
• External Assistance (Evacuation)

Students will be evaluated based on the following criteria-
•    Attendance at 100% of class, including all simulations and lectures
•    Demonstrated proficiency in a practical examination
•    A score of at least 70% on the final written exam

Upon successful completion of all the requirements, students will receive United States Coast Guard certification as a Medical Person In Charge.  Students will also receive a 2-year American Heart Association CPR certification.

Our Medical Person In Charge Syllabus