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Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

The History of ATLS

The Tulane Trauma Education Institute (TTEI) is an accredited provider of ATLS courses, a CME program developed by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT). ATLS provides a safe and reliable set of protocols for assessing and initially managing trauma patients. The ACS introduced the ATLS courses in the U.S. in January 1980, in Canada in 1981, and several other countries adopted ATLS in Latin and South American in 1986. 

Through education programs like those provided by Tulane, ATLS has been taught to over 1 million physicians around the world. ATLS has become the foundation of care for injured patient by teaching a common language and a common approach. The ATLS curriculum is reviewed and revised every 4 years in order to keep abreast of changes in the management of trauma patients. The current 9th edition was created using an international, multidisciplinary, evidence-based approach that resulted in an ATLS education program that is contemporary and meaningful in the global community.

What to Expect in an ATLS Course

Tulane offers monthly Provider and Refresher courses and annual Instructor courses each year. All ATLS courses are taught using an educational format that is conducive to training physicians (and physician extenders) the concepts, skills and techniques required in initial patient resuscitation. The course encompasses multiple modalities, including core didactic lectures, interactive skills demonstrations, small group discussions, simulation techniques and practical skills tests. 

The objectives of ATLS training are 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 capabilities
  • Arrange appropriately for the patient's definitive care
  • Ensure that optimum care is provided



Physician Extenders: You will pay the full Provider cost. Please note that in order to pass this course, you are expected to be able to read and interrupt X-Rays/CTs. You will be conducting assessment stations as team lead. Please contact Jared Kimball, ATLS Coordinator, prior to registering to see availability of the spots within your desired date. 


Coures Cordinators/Residency Advisors: Please place the students information within the system including Name, Address, Phone Numbers, and Email address. This is vital to ensure proper communication with the student can be done within a timely manner. 


 IIf you are paying by business check or cash, please contact Jared at the below number to arrange for payments to be made. 


If you have any questions, please contact our ATLS Coordinator, Jared Kimball at 504-988-7266 or jkimbal@tulane.edu for further questions and guidance


The ATLS Refresher Course is a half-day continuing medical education program designed for providers who currently hold a valid and current ATLS card. Your ATLS card may not be expired by more than 6 months.

Course Completion Requirements:
Successful completion of the course is based on the provider's overall performance throughout the entire course. Recognition of successful course completion is-contingent on the following requirements:

• Attendance at the entire course (all lectures, skill stations and testing stations)
• Demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in accordance with course requirements
• Post examination of 70% minimum to passing


We are currently offering the 9th Edition Refresher Course through July 2018. The announced content changes for the 10th Edition cover the 2-day Provider Course and at this time, we do not have a date when a new Refresher course will be available. 



Emergency Medical Services is a career field filled with excitement, rewards, public service and at times tasks that require routine work. Research indicates EMS providers love the work they do, are committed to patient care, enjoy the education, the “team work” part of work life and wish they were paid more for their services. Mental stability, physical fitness and remaining “calm” during the storm of activities one faces as an EMT are important attributes of EMS professionals. Often used as an entry portal for other health care professions, EMS can be an enjoyable and rewarding life’s work.

Typically, persons interested in EMS must be 18 years of age, take and pass an EMT education course, and not have a criminal background. EMT courses are taught in a variety of settings throughout the United States. All US Army and Air Force “medics ” are EMTs.  The EMT course requires  a semester of education to complete. Many EMTs, particularly in rural areas, volunteer to be on the EMS service. Most volunteers are compensated in some fashion for EMS work. A majority of EMTs are paid ambulance personnel and work either for Fire Departments, with Ambulance services, or hospitals that deliver local EMS care.

The primary focus of the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT): is to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. EMTs function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. EMTs perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. The EMT is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system.


Completion of this course will allow you to challenge the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Certification diadactic and physcomotor exam to be come Nationally Certified. 


 AHA BLS Provider Certification is required for this course. The ceretification has to be current through December 2019. The AHA BLS Provider will be held on the second night of the course. If you have a current BLS Provider Card, please submit it to the Program Coordinator, Jared Kimball. He can be reached at jkimbal@tulane.edu or 504-988-7266. 


Tulane Students: Please contact the School of Professional Advancement to register for the course. If not, you will be charged twice for the course. If you have any questions, please contact our Program Manager. 

NAEMT's Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) is recognized around the world as the leading continuing education program for prehospital emergency trauma care. The mission of PHTLS is to promote excellence in trauma patient management by all providers involved in the delivery of prehospital care through global education.  PHTLS is developed by NAEMT in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma. The Committee provides the medical direction and content oversight for the PHTLS program.  

PHTLS courses improve the quality of trauma care in your area and decrease mortality. The program is based on a prehospital trauma care philosophy, stressing the treatment of the multi-system trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs. This may require an approach to the trauma patient that varies from traditional treatment modalities. PHTLS promotes critical thinking as the foundation for providing quality care. It is based on the belief that, given a good fund of knowledge and key principles, EMS practitioners are capable of making reasoned decisions regarding patient care. The PHTLS course is continuously updated and revised to keep up with the advances in the field, ATLS Guidelines and feedback from PHTLS participants.

Although PHTLS originated in the United States, it has evolved and now serves as an international education program available to EMS providers in countries around the world

 *Please note that a book will be provided for use during the course. If you would like to purchase a book to have for further review later, there are several options to choose from. 


If you are paying by Cash, Money Order,  or Business Check, please contact our Trauma Program Education Coordinator Jared Kimball at 504-988-7266 or jkimbal@tulane.edu to set up payment.

Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy:
Students can cancel or reschedule more than 2 weeks prior to the course date with no fee. Rescheduling less than 2 weeks before class will result in a fee of 15% of registration costs to move to a later course. Cancellation less than 2 weeks prior to class will result in a registration fee refund minus 25%.

The Sim Center does not accept personal checks for course registration fees. Students can pay cash, by credit card or a business/employer’s check.

The Sim Center reserves the right to cancel these courses due to unforeseen circumstances or low enrollment.

Cancellation due to enrollment would be announced no later than 3 weeks prior to course dates. Students will be rescheduled to a later date or provided a full refund. Travel should not be booked before this time. Tulane is not responsible for any fees related to a cancelled course.