Frequently Asked Questions

To some degree yes, this is a two-week comprehensive Tactical Medicine School that is designed to be completed during that time frame. We have a very limited number of (Module A only seats). We do not recommend that you attend the first week and then return several months later to complete the training. After an absence, your training will become fragmented and diluted.
All classes start on a Monday morning 0800
If you cancel your seat in the class prior 30 days before the class begins there is a refund minus a $400 administrative fee. If you cancel your seat in the class less than 30 days before the class begins there is no refund and the tuition is applied to the next class. If you cancel your seat in the class the second time the tuition is no longer applied to the next class.
It is up to each individual student to obtain the grant funding to attend the school if you are eligible to do so. This is accomplished by contacting the training coordinator for your Law Enforcement, Fire or EMS agency. You will need to complete the necessary forms they will provide you. The school does not get involved in the process or act on your behalf.
We have school handguns and we can provide you with a Glock 17 in 9mm with a Level II Serpa holster. Advance notice will need to be made for this service. There is no additional charge for the use of this equipment.
The International School of Tactical Medicine (ISTM) has permits issued by the California Department of Justice (DOJ) Firearms Branch. for the possession, use  and trtnsport of Machine Guns, Assault Weapons, Short Barreled Rifles, Short Barreled Shot Guns, 50 BMG and Destructive Devices. 
Yes, Each student is required to bring and Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) to include at least 2 tourniquets.  
Good question…. All of us at ISTM are wondering the same. In our two week tactical medicine school you may bring and use any and all weapons you are authorized by your agency to carry, posses and for deployment. This includes assault weapons, machine guns, suppressors, knives, handguns etc. In fact we encourage all students to bring all your weapons and gear so that you will have a more realistic training experience.
Tactical medics are not created with a 2-5 day course.  We want students to develop good habits and we use reality based training to achieve this goal. 
Yes, you may bring any weapon system authorized by your agency for deployment.
We recommend that you be at least a First Responder or an EMT-B or being an EMT-P would be even better. The reason why is, depending on your medical background and experience it might be difficult to handle the advanced medical portion of the school which include advanced airway management and medical procedures.
No, the Module A and Module B courses are not mutually exclusive. What you learn on each day applies to the material and exercises you will perform on the next day. We use a building block approach in our program. We teach tactics and use live fire weapons training. The California Commission of Peace Officers Standards and Training and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security does not permit students to skip the entry level course to receive certification as a tactical medic.
Yes, As per Commission of Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) you can miss 10% of the class and still be eligible to graduate and receive tour training certificate. Our strong recommendation is that you do not miss any portion of the course.
Your certificate is valid for three years from the time of graduation. After that you will need to a refresher course to maintain your skills and education.
40 hours of training per course.