Educational Opportunities

Education is essential at Duke University Hospital’s Trauma Center. Trauma team members are required to maintain skill sets through educational opportunities offered at Duke, including courses in Advanced Trauma Life Support, Trauma Nurse Core Course, and the Rural Trauma Team Development Course. These courses are available to both Duke University Hospital staff and the Regional Advisory Committee on Trauma agencies (DRAC). For information on any of the courses below, please contact us.

Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

  • ATLS course is offered to physicians who care for the trauma patient. The course presents a concise approach to assessing and managing injured patients.

Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course (ENPC)

  • ENPC is a standardized, interactive course recognized internationally for providing the learner with core-level pediatric emergency knowledge and psychomotor skill experience. The course is two days and consists of didactic and skills teaching. There is a comprehensive exam and skills testing at the conclusion of the course. The course is open to RN's who care for trauma patients.

Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC)

  • The Rural Trauma Team Development Course (RTTDC) emphasizes a team approach to the initial evaluation and resuscitation of the trauma patient at a rural facility. With more than 60 percent of the country’s trauma deaths occurring in rural areas, the course assists health care professionals in determining the need to transfer the patient to a higher level of care.

Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC)

  • The TNCC provider course is a standardized, interactive course recognized internationally for providing the learner with core-level trauma knowledge and psychomotor skill experience. The two-day course consists of didactic and skills teaching. There is a comprehensive exam and skills testing at the conclusion of the course. The course is open to RN's who care for trauma patients.

Associated Trauma Hours for Common Courses

  • Trauma center staff members caring for injured patients are required to obtain 8 hours of trauma related continuing education each year. The pdf above provides trauma education hours available in common courses.