Prehospital Trauma Life Support

  • Distributive online training with in-person review and skills day
  • Engaging class led by experienced EMS educators
  • Includes CAPCE credits for NREMT recertification
Prehospital Trauma Life Support is internationally recognized for its evidence-based approach to reducing injury and death resulting from trauma.

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 is based on a philosophy stressing the treatment of the multi-system trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs. 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.

Approved For

  • NREMT Recertification:  16 Hours Approved by Commission on Accreditation for Prehospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) for use in NREMT Recertification
  • State Recertification:  Approved by Most States for EMT Recertification

Part 1: Online Component

PHTLS Online

PHTLS Online provides students with the opportunity to learn at their own pace with access to online content anytime. The 8 hour online component presents evidence-based PHTLS trauma treatment and guidelines.

Part 2: Classroom Component

PHTLS Classroom

Learners put their knowledge from PHTLS Online into practice with hands-on skill scenarios during the 8 hour PHTLS Classroom Component. The written examination is conducted at the end of this session.

PHTLS Topics

PHTLS Topics

Physiology of life and death, Scene assessment, Patient assessment, Airway, Breathing, ventilation and oxygenation, Circulation, hemorrhage and shock, Patients with disabilities, and Patient simulations

Learners complete their PHTLS Hybrid training in two parts:

  • Online Component:  8 hours of self-paced, interactive online training which may be completed anytime prior to the classroom component
  • Classroom Component:  8 hours of in-person scenario and skills practice with a written examination at the end of the day.

Successful completion of both portions results in NAEMT Prehospital Trauma Life Support certification which is valid for 3 years and a certificate for 16 CAPCE approved continuing education hours.

This program is appropriate for initial and renewal certification for PHTLS providers.

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