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MU Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS®) Training Program

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Please note: If you have questions, or would like to register for an ATLS course, please e-mail us at MUATLS@gmail.com

What is ATLS® training program?
The Advance Trauma Life Support® Student Course is a two-day education program designed for doctors, emergency room physician extenders, and pre-hospital care providers who are primarily responsible for managing the critically injured patient. Initial assessment and management of specific injuries are presented through lecture and skill stations. The participant observes and practices to proficiency, those life-savings skills necessary in the initial management and stabilization of the trauma victim. The information below breaks down how the course is designed and managed.

Student Course Description
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma developed the current ATLS® program in accordance with the College's long-standing dedication to improvement of care for the surgical patient. The program is designed for physicians, emergency room physician extenders, and pre-hospital care providers who do not treat victims of major trauma regularly and who may not have immediate access to sophisticated emergency care facilities (such as those avaliable at a Level 1 or 2 Trauma Center).

Physicians treating trauma patients in emergency or surgical departments also benefit from the course training. The program emphasizes the first hour of initial assessment and primary management of the injured patient, starting at the point in time of injury and continuing through initial assessment, life-saving intervention, re-evaluation, stabilization, and when needed, transfer to a facility in which the patient can receive specialized care, such as a trauma center.

Student Refresher Course Description
The Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons verifies the ATLS® Student level for four years (with a six-month grace period). The Refresher course is designed for students who have have already completed the two-day student course and are approaching their four-year provider status expiration date. The ATLS® Refresher course is incorporated into the second day of the student course. Participants must complete the pretest material, complete self study review, review and complete two initial assessment practice skill stations, and successfully complete the triage scenario testing station and the written post test. 

Program Goals
The Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS®) course provides its participants with a safe and reliable method for the immediate treatment of injured patients and the basic knowledge necessary to:

  1. Assess the patient's condition rapidly and accurately.
  2. Resuscitate and stabilize patients according to priority.
  3. Determine whether a patient's needs exceed a facility's resources and/or a doctor's capabilities.
  4. Arrange appropriately for a patient's interhospital or intrahospital transfer (who, what, when and how).
  5. Ensure that optimal care is provided and that the level of care does not deteriorate at any point during the evaluation, resuscitation, or transfer process.

The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. The American College of Surgeons designates this education activity for a maximum of:

  • 19 hours for the ATLS® Student Course,
  • 5 hours for the ATLS® Refresher Course and
  • 15 hours for the ATLS® Instructor Course AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. 
  • The American College of Emergency Physicians has approved ACEP category 1 credit for up to 19 hours for the ATLS® Student Course.
  • For EMTs, this training is equivalent to 19 hours of CEU credit in the Trauma category for EMS professionals. EMT participants will receive a certification of completion at the end of the course.  

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If you have questions, or would like to enroll in an ATLS® program, please contact:

Tonya Hilderbrand
MU ATLS® Program Coordinator
One Hospital Drive, DC024.00
Columbia, MO 65212
(573) 884-1880 - Office | (573) 884-2835 - Fax


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