Health & Human Services

Emergency Medical Services

Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support Class

(EMS 5662 - 1 credit hour)

Class Description

EMTs and paramedics at a vehicle accident sceneThe purpose of this PHTLS course is to provide students with the knowledge, psychomotor ability and attitudes necessary to manage traumatized patients in the pre-hospital setting. Students will be able to respond to these emergencies, with an emphasis on rapid assessment and recognition, airway management, fluid resuscitation and pharmacological intervention. Typical students are respiratory therapists, nurses, EMTs or paramedics.

Location of Class

Paramedics lift an accident victim on a gurneyThis class will be taught at the Winfield center. Special arrangements can be made where the instructors teach at various organizations such as fire departments, emergency medical services, or hospitals.


This class is provided whenever the need arises. Flexible scheduling is also available in certain situations.

Entrance into Class

Open enrollment though healthcare certification is strongly suggested.

Healthcare Education Statement

imageThe dominant accrediting body for healthcare organizations, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), mandated criminal record checks be performed on persons having any opportunity for patient interaction at its accredited hospitals. This includes volunteers, faculty and EMS students. A criminal record check that reveals certain crimes could result in a situation where the EMS student cannot participate in clinical rotations at a healthcare facility. As such, this student could not successfully complete the class.

At the present time, this policy will not affect students who take this class because they do not participate in clinicals at a hospital.

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