ATLS Full Certification Course

Advanced Trauma Life Support

2120 L Street NW, Ste. 530, Washington, DC 20037


This course is essential for doctors who treat trauma infrequently because it allows an easy logarithmic approach to patient care. This course is also extremely important for physicians that regularly treat trauma patients because it provides a higher standard and care approach for the treatment of trauma patients. The ATLS Course allows for a measurable and reproducible approach to the care of a traumatic patient. The successful participate will be able to accurately and rapidly assess the patient’s condition. The participant will be able to prioritize patients and resuscitate and stabilize multiple patients according to this assigned priority. The physician will also learn to assure optimal care is provided at all stages of the patient care.

Upon completion of the ATLS course participants may receive up to 19.5 Continuing Medical Education (CME) hours for a full certification.

There are no prerequisites for this course for the full certification course. Please note, this course is designed for physicians, but physician assistants and nurse practitioners may also take the course .

You MUST bring a copy of the CURRENT textbook AND COMPLETE THE PRECOURSE ASSESSMENT to the course.

You WILL NOT BE ADMITTED to the class without the required textbook and a completed precourse assessment. The full certification course includes a text book. If you choose to audit the course, a text book is NOT supplied. You can purchase the manual online.

Physical Requirements

You must be able to physically demonstrate the skills in order to receive a certification.

Course Content

The course includes the following:

  • Initial assessments and management
  • Trauma management/shock management
  • Airway management
  • Initiation of central line access, adult/infant intubation
  • Peritoneal lavage
  • Obstetrical/pediatric trauma
  • Pericardiocentesis