Trauma Courses

Name of Course Website Course Description
Trauma Nursing Core Course or TNCC
The overall objective for this course is to improve trauma patient outcomes by providing nurses with foundational trauma knowledge, skills, and a systematic Trauma Nursing Process to guide patient care. After taking TNCC, nurses will be able to systematically assess the trauma patient, intervene and/or assist with interventions, and provide evidence-based trauma nursing care within the context of a trauma team.
Here’s a glimpse into what you’ll learn:
  • The latest trauma nursing practice recommendations
  • Systematic assessment and application of care
  • Rapid identification of life-threatening injuries
Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course or ENPC This course is designed to provide the core-level pediatric knowledge and psychomotor skills needed to care for pediatric patients in the emergency setting.
Here’s a glimpse into what you’ll learn:
  • The latest pediatric emergency nursing practice recommendations
  • Systematic assessment and application of care
  • The newly released 5th Edition includes added content on dermatologic and environmental emergencies, human trafficking, food allergies and more.
Advanced Trauma Life Support or ATLS The Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) Student Course presents a concise approach to assessing and managing multiple injured patients. The course presents doctors with knowledge and techniques that are comprehensive and easily adapted to fit their needs.
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and its Committee on Trauma (COT) have developed the ATLS program for doctors which provides systemic and concise training for the early care of trauma patients. The ATLS program provides participants with a safe, reliable method for immediate management of the injured patient and the basic knowledge necessary to:
  • Assess the patient’s condition rapidly and accurately
  • Resuscitate and stabilize the patient according to priority
  • Determine if the patient’s needs exceed a facility’s capacity
  • Arrange appropriately for the patient’s inter-hospital transfer (who, what, when, and how)
  • Assure that optimum care is provided and that the level of care does not deteriorate at any point during the evaluation, resuscitation, or transfer process
For doctors who infrequently treat trauma, the ATLS course provides an easy-to-remember method for evaluating and treating the victim of a traumatic event. For doctors who treat traumatic disease on a frequent basis, the ATLS course provides a scaffold for evaluation, treatment, education, and quality assurance. In short, ATLS is a measurable, reproducible, and comprehensive system of trauma care.
Advanced Trauma Operative Management or ATOM programs/trauma/education/atom The Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM®) course increases surgical competence and confidence by teaching proper operative techniques for penetrating injuries to the chest and abdomen. This course is intended for senior surgical residents, trauma fellows, military surgeons, and general surgeons not frequently called on to treat penetrating injuries. During the program, students are asked to identify traumatic injuries, develop a plan to surgically repair them, and describe proper operative techniques.
Learning Objectives
  • The student will explain and describe the proper operative technique for dealing with trauma injury.
  • The student must identify traumatic injuries and develop a management plan in order to surgically repair the injuries.
  • At the completion of the course, the student will be able to demonstrate:
    • Increased self-efficacy in the management of traumatic injuries
    • Increased knowledge in the management of penetrating injuries
    • Ability to successfully and safely perform all operative procedures presented in the course
Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma or ASSET An Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET) course manual is distributed to students prior to taking the course to provide an overview of key surgical exposures in five key anatomic areas: neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis, and upper and lower extremities. The one-day cadaver-based course follows this modular, body region approach. Each section begins with a short, case-based overview, followed by a hands-on exposure performed by students under the guidance of faculty. The student-to-faculty ratio is low, allowing extensive faculty guidance and interaction with students. The student assesses their ability to perform each exposure independently and is evaluated on knowledge and technical skills.
The intended audience includes mid-level and senior surgical residents, trauma and acute care surgical fellows, or any surgeon who wishes to undertake a review of this anatomy.
Learning Objectives:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of key anatomical exposures for the care of injured and acutely ill surgical patients.
  • Demonstrate his or her technical ability to expose important structures that may require acute surgical intervention to save life or limb.
  • Gain confidence in performing anatomic exposures independently.
  • Faculty assessment of a student’s ability to independently perform anatomical exposures will be satisfactory.
Basic Endovascular Skills for Trauma or BEST Participants in the Basic Endovascular Skills for Trauma (BEST) course* learn endovascular techniques such as resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) to temporize life-threatening hemorrhage. The BEST course offers hands-on training with perfused cadavers including ultrasound-guided common femoral arterial (CFA) access, percutaneous and open cannulation of the CFA, and CFA repair.
At the end of this educational activity, participants will be able to demonstrate:
  • Indications for REBOA
  • Access and closure of common femoral artery
  • Tools required for REBOA
  • Technique of REBOA
Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness or DMEP The one-day Disaster and Emergency Preparedness (DMEP) course teaches planning methods, preparedness, and medical management of trauma patients in mass casualty disaster situations. Through lecture and interactive scenarios, health care providers learn incident command terminology, principles of disaster triage, injury patterns, and availability of assets for support.
The intended audience includes acute care providers—surgeons; anesthesiologists; emergency medicine physicians; emergency room, operating room, intensive care unit, and trauma nurses; and prehospital professionals—who will most likely be the first receivers of casualties following major disasters. Other health care providers, administrators, public health personnel, and emergency managers are also encouraged to attend.
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the surgical problems, injury patterns, and issues that may result from disasters
  • Discuss the role that surgeons can play in planning for and responding to mass casualty incidents and disasters, especially at the hospital level
  • Become familiar with the terms and concepts of incident command
  • Understand the principles and challenges of disaster triage
  • Become familiar with treatment principles related to blast injury, chemical attacks, and radiological dispersal devices
  • Know the civilian and military assets available for support


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