NAEMT’s PHTLS is recognized around the world as the leading continuing education program for prehospital emergency trauma care. 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 programs.

PHTLS courses improve the quality of trauma care 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, Prehospital practitioners are capable of making reasoned decisions regarding patient care.

Although PHTLS originated in the United States, it has evolved and now serves as an international education program available to EMS providers in 47 countries.


Provider Course:
This is a 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:
This is an 8 hour course for individuals who have successfully 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:
This is an 8 hour course designed for experienced EMS instructors who have successfully completed the PHTLS provider course.

Instructor Update:
This is an 8 hour course for current PHTLS instructors, coordinators or affiliates to be updated on all aspects of new edition text materials. Military instructor update course is available. This course is required with each new edition to maintain current instructor status.

Instructor Transition course:
This is an 8 hour course for accredited instructors from other trauma programs to become recognized as a PHTLS instructor. Instructor Transition course includes orientation of PHTLS philosophy and materials. Proof of current instructor status of a trauma course is required.

Trauma First Response:
This is an 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.

For questions about registering for a course and/or questions about a course payment contact or call 407-251-0007


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