Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)

Course Description: 
Prehospital Trauma Life support is an intensive continuing education course developed by the National Association of EMTs in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. PHTLS is based off of the Advanced Trauma Life Support course for physicians. This course promotes critical thinking in the care of trauma patients and is continually updated as new information and techniques are developed. Topics covered in PHTLS include identifying the mechanism of injury, recognizing life threatening injuries, pathophysiology of injuries, and assessment and management of trauma patients. PHTLS may be taught as a Basic Provider course for EMRs and EMT-Bs, as an Advanced Provider course for EMT-IVs and Paramedics, or as a Combined Provider course.

Course Length:

Initial Course – 16 hours

Renewal Course – 8 hours

Intended Audience:


Emergency Medical Technicians

Emergency Medical Responders




Requirements for Course Completion:

Actively participate in discussions

Performs skills as outlined in the PHTLS textbook

Successfully complete a final assessment station as team leader

Obtain a score of 75% on the written post test