Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN)

Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN) is an advanced course designed for the registered nurse interested in increasing his/her knowledge in management of the multiple trauma patient. The ATCN course is taught concurrently with the American College of Surgeons Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS). The ATCN program has been operational for over 15 years and has an excellent record of offering a superb trauma educational program, and maintaining a positive collaboration with the ACS Committee on Trauma State Chapters. These courses provides a framework for the management of an injured patient. Designed for nurses, this course teaches participants how to prioritize and stabilize a critically injured patient. International recognized, this course provides concise guidelines that can be applied to any patient by any physician. The course presents techniques in a manner that can be easily adapted to fit any physician’s needs.


The nurse participants audit the ATLS lectures. During the ATLS skill and testing stations, the nurses are separated from the physician group and directed through ATCN skill stations. ATCN Skill stations include:

  • Initial Assessment a& Management
  • Airway and Ventilatory Management
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • Hemorrhagic Shock
  • Musculoskeletal & Spinal Trauma
  • Head Trauma

The ATCN program verifies successful completion of the ATCN course and provides continuing education for completion of a course. ATCN and STN do not certify or credential nurses. The Skill Stations are based on an interactive "hands-on: scenario-based approach" to adult education. The practical testing stations allow the ATCN students to demonstrate the application of ATLS and ATCN information on a moulaged patient. Participants will need to purchase both an ATCN manual and an ATLS manual.


There are no prerequisites for the full certification course. For a renewal course, your certification must be current. Please note, this course is designed for nurses. Other types of providers may take the course with prior approval from the Training Center.


Approximate Length: 19 Hours (Full Course), 7.5 Hours (Renewal Course)

Required Student Materials (may be purchased on this site)