Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) Program

The Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) program can teach you a systematic, concise approach to the care of a trauma patient. ATLS was developed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT) and was first introduced in the US and abroad in 1980. Its courses provide you with a safe and reliable method for immediate management of injured patients.  The course teaches you how to assess a patient’s condition, resuscitate and stabilize him or her, and determine if his or her needs exceed a facility’s capacity. It also covers how to arrange for a patient’s inter-hospital transfer and assure that optimum care is provided throughout the process. If you don’t treat trauma patients frequently, an ATLS course provides an easy method to remember for the evaluation and treatment of a trauma victim.

Upcoming Sessions

Hybrid Provider Course – February 15, 2023

Refresher Course – May 12, 2023


Registration Form, non-MUSC/MUSC Health (non-main campus) participants

Registration Form. MUSC (main campus, Charleston) participants (login required)

For more information or help with registration, please contact Stephanie Chamberlin BSN, RN, Trauma Performance Improvement Coordinator, at or 843-792-5624.

Course Types

Hybrid Provider Course

  • 1 Day course for providers newly seeking ATLS certification or those whose ATLS Certification has expired

  • Hybrid format has condensed the onsite lecture portion and requires providers to complete an online pre-test, 13 online modules, and posttest prior to arriving for the course

  • The onsite portion of the course provides minimal content overview, hands-on skill stations, triage scenario discussions, written and practical testing

  • Successful completion status valid for 4 years from course date

Refresher Course

  • Provides doctors the opportunity to maintain a current status

  • Half-day course allowing ATLS certified providers the ability to renew their certification

  • The course includes content overview, skills stations, written and practical tests included

  • Successful completion status valid for 4 years from course date

Instructor Course

  • Student Course participants identified as having instructor potential may advance to the Instructor Course within a specified time frame

  • Teaches the doctor how to teach the Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) Student Course

  • Eligibility to participate is limited to doctors in countries where the program has been introduced and promulgated by the ACS

  • With successful completion of the course, the provider has one year to complete their instructor candidate check off in order to become an independent ATLS instructor

Payment and Cancellation/Refund Policy

  • Payment in full is expected a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the course

  • Refunds for cancellations made more than 2 weeks prior to the course will be provided in full.           

  • Refunds for cancellations made 1 week prior to the course will be returned at 50%.                         

  • Refunds for cancellations made within the week of the course will not be returned.

  • MUSC providers with two or more cancellations within one week of the course will not be rescheduled for another course

ATLS Coordinators

Stephanie Chamberlin BSN, RN
Trauma Program Manager

Julia Tankersley
Trauma Performance Improvement Coordinator

ATLS Frequently Asked Questions

What is the length of the ATLS course?

  • Hybrid provider: 6:45 am to 7:15 pm
  • Refresher – 7:00 am to 2:45 pm
  • Instructor – 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

All times are approximate.

Who would benefit from this course?

  • Designed for doctors and other qualified health care professionals who care for injured patients
  • Standards for successful completion established for doctors and other qualified health care professionals
  • ACS verifies participants' successful course completion

Where do ATLS courses take place?

Registration for the above ATLS courses are held in person at MUSC’s Main Campus in Downtown Charleston, SC

What are the course costs?


MUSC Health Main Campus (Charleston)  

MUSC Health Hospitals (non-main campus*) Non-MUSC Health Providers
 Hybrid Provider  $0
 $600 $800
 Refresher  $0


 Instructor  $0  $600 $800

Who is considered an MUSC Health Hospital (non-main campus)?

MUSC Health Lancaster, MUSC Health Marion, MUSC Health Florence Medical Center, MUSC Health Columbia Medical Center Downtown, MUSC Health Columbia Medical Center Northeast, MUSC Health Kershaw Medical Center

For additional questions or concerns, please contact a course coordinator.