FCCS Course

Fundamentals of Critical Care Support

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


The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) provides a framework for the management of an injured patient. Designed for physicians, this course teaches participants how to prioritize and stabilize a critically injured patient. The FCCS course was prepared under the direction of the SCCM by leading international multi-professional critical care educators in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, pharmacy and nursing.  During the two-day FCCS course, attendees participate in lectures and hands-on training for important critical care skills including mechanical ventilation, hemodynamic monitoring, neurological support and life threatening infections.  This course is for Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Respiratory Therapists, EMS and other healthcare professionals.

Upon completion of the FCCS course participants may receive up to 16.0 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. 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:

  • Recognition and Assessment of the Seriously Ill Patient
  • Airway Management
  • Cardiopulmonary/Cerebral Resuscitation
  • Diagnosis and Management of Acute Respiratory Failure
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Monitoring Blood Flow, Oxygenation, and Acid-Base Status
  • Diagnosis and Management of Shock
  • Neurologic Support
  • Basic Trauma and Burn Support
  • Acute Coronary Syndromes
  • Life-Threatening Infections: Diagnosis and Antimicrobial Therapy Selection
  • Management of Life-Threatening Electrolyte and Metabolic Disturbances
  • Special Considerations
  • Critical Care in Pregnancy
  • Ethics in Critical Care Medicine
  • Critical Care in Infants and Children: The Basics