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The PHTLS course is sponsored by the National Association of EMTs (NAEMT) and endorsed by the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP). It addresses the most common medical complaints and offers a “think outside the box” method of assessing and managing patients in trauma cases. Using the scene size-up, history and physical exam, participants learn to systematically rule-out and rule-in possibilities and probabilities of traumatic injuries. This course offers an assessment-based approach and then progresses to a diagnostic-based approach to developing treatment plans, resulting in a differential diagnosis.

PHTLS is a sixteen (16) hour, two-day program that consists of interactive lectures, teaching and evaluation stations. Students are required to have the course test and complete the pre-test prior to the start of the course.