PreHospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)

PreHospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) is the world’s premier prehospital trauma education developed in cooperation with the American College of Surgeons to promote critical thinking in addressing multi-system trauma and provide the latest evidence-based treatment practices.

The PHTLS Provider course is designed to be an intensive 16-20 hour experience. It is available to all levels of prehospital care providers, and programs are typically attended by Emergency First Responders (Fire, Police, Search & Rescue, etc.), EMTs, Paramedics, Nurses (including Industrial based Occupational Health Nurses), Physicians, and Physician Assistants.

The course is scenario-based, with lectures and interactive skills station components meant to enhance the prehospital care providers’ knowledge, and further develop the critical thinking skills required to treat the trauma patient in the field effectively.


  • Complete Education Course Application with all specific course requirements as indicated on the course application.
  • Appropriate course fee paid prior to start date of class.

Course Offerings

OSF Northern Region EMS Card Courses are held at the OSF Northern Region EMS Office, 5510 E. State St., Rockford.  The entrance is located on the north side of the OSF Center for Health building.

  • All Provider courses begin at 8:00 am and end at 5:00 pm.
  • All Recertification courses begin at 9:00 am and end at 1:00 PM.
  • Students MUST pre-register with James Graham, EMS System Coordinator, at (815) 395-4622.
  • A minimum of 3 students must be registered for the course.

PHTLS Provider and Recertification Courses are scheduled for the following dates in 2021:

Provider Course Schedule - 2021

Date Course Time
February 4 - B/Red Shift PHTLS Provider 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
November 3 - A/Black Shift PHTLS Provider 8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.


Recertification Course Schedule - 2021

Date Course Time
January 14 - B/Red Shift PHTLS Recertification 9:00 a.m-1:00 p.m.
April 22 - A/Black Shift PHTLS Recertification 9:00 a.m-1:00 p.m.
September 21 - C/Gold Shift PHTLS Recertification 9:00 a.m-1:00 p.m.
December 16 - B/Red Shift PHTLS Recertification 9:00 a.m-1:00 p.m.

Education Forms