PreHospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) is the world’s premier prehospital trauma education developed in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons to promote critical thinking in addressing multi-system trauma and provide the latest evidence-based treatment practices.
The following PHTLS courses are offered to address the needs of providers and instructors:
Provider Course: 16-hour course for emergency medical responders, EMTs, Paramedics, nurses, physician assistants, and physicians. This course is offered at Basic, Advanced or Combined levels, and Military Provider courses are also available. The provider course may be offered in one of two formats: the traditional onsite face-to-face format with lectures and skill stations; or a hybrid format, where a portion of the course is taken online in an interactive, web-based format, followed by a one day face-to-face for skill station instructions and evaluations.
Refresher Course: 8-hour course for individuals who have completed the respective PHTLS provider course within the past four years. This course is offered at Basic, Advanced, or Combined levels, and Military refresher courses are also available. Current PHTLS provider certificate or wallet card required.
Instructor Course: 8-hour course designed for experienced EMS instructors who have successfully completed the PHTLS provider course.
Instructor Update: 8-hour course for current PHTLS instructors, coordinators, or affiliates to be updated on all aspects of new edition text materials. A military instructor update course is available. This course is required with each new edition to maintain current instructor status.
Instructor Transition course: 8-hour course for accredited instructors from other trauma programs to become recognized as a PHTLS instructor. The instructor Transition course includes the orientation of PHTLS philosophy and materials. Proof of current instructor status of a trauma course is required.
Trauma First Response: 8-hour course for emergency medical responders, police officers, firefighters, rescue personnel, and safety officers to prepare for rendering care to trauma patients until EMS personnel arrive.