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This is the 9th edition course. The mission of PHTLS is to promote excellence in trauma patient management by all providers involved in the delivery of prehospital care.  PHTLS is developed by NAEMT in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma. The Committee provides the medical direction and content oversight for the PHTLS program. PHTLS courses improve the quality of trauma care and decrease mortality. The program is based on a philosophy stressing the treatment of the multi-system trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs. PHTLS promotes critical thinking as the foundation for providing quality care. It is based on the belief that, given a good fund of knowledge and key principles, EMS practitioners are capable of making reasoned decisions regarding patient care. The course utilizes the internationally recognized PHTLS textbook and covers the following topics:

  • Physiology of life and death
  • Scene assessment
  • Patient assessment
  • Airway
  • Breathing, ventilation and oxygenation
  • Circulation, hemorrhage and shock
  • Patients with disabilities
  • Patient simulations

PHTLS is the global gold standard in prehospital trauma education and is taught in 64 countries. PHTLS is appropriate for EMTs, paramedics, nurses, physician assistants, physicians, and other prehospital providers. PHTLS is accredited by CAPCE and recognized by NREMT.


  • Provider Course: 16-hour course for EMTs, paramedics, nurses, physician assistants, physicians and other prehospital providers.  Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a certificate of completion, a wallet card recognizing them as PHTLS providers for 4 years, and 16 hours of CAPCE credit.  This course may be offered as a classroom course, or a hybrid course where students take 8 hours of the course online followed by 8 hours in the classroom. 

  • Refresher Course:  8-hour classroom course for individuals who have successfully completed the 16 hour PHTLS provider course within the past four years.  Current PHTLS provider certificate or wallet card required. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a certificate of completion and 8 hours of CAPCE credit. 

  • PHTLS for First Responders – PHTLS-FR – Provider Course:  PHTLS for First Responders (PHTLS-FR)is an 8-hour classroom course that takes the world-class trauma care content from the 9th edition of PHTLS and delivers it in a style that is relevant to and accessible by first responders, including emergency medical responders (EMR), firefighters, rescue personnel and law enforcement officers. Covering life-saving interventions such as hemorrhage control and airway management, this course teaches critical trauma concepts, demonstrates skills, and walks students through potential patient scenarios. Course materials include a student manual, providing students with access to these important concepts long after the course is over. Upon successful completion of this course, students receive a certificate of completion, a wallet card good for 4 years and 8 hours of CAPCE credit.


The NAEMT requires participants to have the current 9th edition PHTLS Provider main textbook & Course Manual. The text will be helpful with preparing for the course and the post-test. Instructions will be provided to registrants on how to order books, or if they will be delivered at low- or no-cost for grant funded classes. If attending a hybrid course, registrants will also need an access code for the online learning modules.


For questions contact Dawn Poetter


Links to courses currently scheduled are below. Registrants will receive a link to the NAEMT online course roster where they need to enroll. That is how CE certificates are generated.


Click on the course dates listed below to go to their registration page.

Those marked with an asterisk (*) are supported by grant funds from the ODOT/DMV-Traffic Safety Office. This emergency responder training strengthens the care provided by rural emergency responders to vehicle crash victims on Oregon roadways; reduces vehicle crash scene times; and supports the EMS work force by acquiring CE that is applicable to maintain their EMS licenses! Qualifications for attending grant-funded classes are explained at the course registration page.

LINKS to CURRENT COURSE registration pages 

  • No upcoming events


 PHTLS Hybrid Class Flyer (PDF)
Polk County Fire Dist #1
Feb 25, 2023
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