Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) Program

ATLS

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 – November 16, 2023 ***NOTE: Do not register.  This course is currently full.***

Registration

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

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

For more information or help with registration, please contact Stephanie Chamberlin, BSN, RN, Trauma Performance Program Manager, or Julia Tankersley Trauma Performance Improvement Coordinator at atls-programs@musc.edu

Course Types 

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

Provides doctors the opportunity to maintain a current statusHalf-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

Student Course participants identified as having instructor potential may advance to the Instructor

Course within a specified time frameTeaches 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

For the Hybrid provider  course You will get online access to the mandatory course modules, quizzes and pretest along with an online pdf version of the course ATLS course manual.

You may pick up a hard copy of the course manual the day of the class or you have the option of picking one up in CSB Trauma Program Office or have one mailed to you.

For mailed copies, there will be a $15 shipping fee. 

For the refresher course, you will get access to an online pdf version of the ATLS course manual along with the option to review quizzes.

Attendees will receive thier manual the day of the class, but if you would like one mailed to you, please ad the $15 shipping fee to your registration.

You also have the option of picking one up in CSB Trauma Program Office, if you would like a manual ahead of time. As a reminder, everyone will receive a manual the day of the course. 

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

MUSC Health patient and visitors webpage provides the folliwng lists: 

Hotels in Downtown Charleston

Hotels in North Charleston

Hotels in West Ashley

 

 Course

MUSC Health Main Campus (Charleston)  

MUSC Health Hospitals (non-main campus*) Non-MUSC Health Providers
 Hybrid Provider  $0
 $600; For mailed hard copies, add $15 to cover FED EX shipping.  $800; For mailed hard copies, add $15 to cover FED EX shipping. 
 Refresher  $0

 $200

$400
 Instructor  $0  $600 $800
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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.

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