Advanced Trauma Life Support

Injured patients present a wide range of complex problems. The ATLS Student Course presents a concise approach to assessing and managing multiply injured patients. The course presents doctors with knowledge and techniques that are comprehensive and easily adapted to fit their needs. The skills described in this manual represent one safe way to perform each technique. The ACS recognizes that there are other acceptable approaches. However, the knowledge and skills taught in the course are easily adapted to all venues for the care of these patients.

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and its Committee on Trauma (COT) have developed the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Program for doctors; a systematic, concise training for the early care of trauma patients. The ATLS Program provides participants with a safe, reliable method for immediate management of the injured patient.

For doctors who infrequently treat trauma, the ATLS course provides an easily remembered method for evaluating and treating the victim of a traumatic event. For those doctors who treat traumatic disease on a frequent basis, the ATLS course provides a scaffold for evaluation, treatment, education and quality assurance – in short, a system of trauma care that is measurable, reproducible and comprehensive.

Learning Objectives

  • Assess the patient’s condition rapidly and accurately
  • Resuscitate and stabilize the patient according to priority
  • Determine if the patient’s needs exceed a facility’s capabilities
  • Arrange appropriately for the patient’s definitive care
  • Ensure that optimum care is provided

Course Schedule for 2012


Registration Information

Download registration forms for each course by clicking on the links below. The forms should be completed and returned to:

Trauma Services Department

P.O. Box 100108
Gainesville, FL 32610-0108
Ph: (352) 733-0872

Download Registration Forms

Additional courses may be added at a later date.