Back to Top Skip to main content

Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support

Format: Resident, Exportable

The basic premise of the Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) course of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) – in cooperation with the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons – is to promote critical thinking, particularly under stress, and use enrollees' technical skills to deliver excellent patient care, based on an excellent foundation of knowledge. By design, it links to Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) for physicians. The Committee provides the medical direction and content oversight for the PHTLS program.

Training includes a 2-day, tri-service, continuing medical education course for emergency healthcare professionals.  The training is based on prehospital trauma care philosophy, stressing the treatment of the multi-system trauma patient as a unique entity with specific needs.  Training includes lectures and patient simulated skill stations.  Lectures cover:  Physiology of Life and Death, Scene Assessment, Patient Assessment and Special Considerations, Airway and Ventilation Management, Shock Management, and Trauma.  The target audience is DOD medical personnel trained to the level of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or above in one of the uniformed services.  Students must also be registered in 6A-C4, Combat Casualty Care Course (C4).   The course awards 16 CEUs.

Course Links

Upcoming Courses

All courses are located in San Antonio. The C4 and associated professional courses are taken together. They may not be taken separately.

All course dates may be rescheduled if the minimum student quota requirement has not been met.  In the rare event of course cancellation or date change, DMRTI will notify all students as soon as changes are confirmed.  Confirmed registered students will have priority in the next course.

Class  Report Date  Start Date  End Date 
198 12 Sep 2019 13 Sep 2019 15 Sep 2019
201  17 Oct 2019 18 Oct 2019  20 Oct 2019 
202  14 Nov 2019  15 Nov 2019  17 Nov 2019 
203  05 Dec 2019  06 Dec 2019  08 Dec 2019 
204  23 Jan 2020  24 Jan 2020  26 Jan 2020 
205  20 Feb 2020  21 Feb 2020  23 Feb 2020 
206  02 Apr 2020  03 Apr 2020  05 Apr 2020 
207  23 Apr 2020  24 Apr 2020  26 Apr 2020 
208  14 May 2020  15 May 2020  17 May 2020 
209  04 Jun 2020  05 Jun 2020  07 Jun 2020 
210  17 Sep 2020  18 Sep 2020  20 Sep 2020 

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

Some documents are presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF reader is required for viewing: Download a PDF Reader or learn more about PDFs.