Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®)

The Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) program can teach you a systematic, concise approach to the care of a trauma patient. ATLS was developed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT) and was first introduced in the US and abroad in 1980. Its courses provide you with a safe and reliable method for immediate management of injured patients. The course teaches you how to assess a patient’s condition, resuscitate and stabilize him or her, and determine if his or her needs exceed a facility’s capacity. It also covers how to arrange for a patient’s inter-hospital transfer and assure that optimum care is provided throughout the process. If you don’t treat trauma patients frequently, an ATLS course provides an easy method to remember for evaluation and treatment of a trauma victim.

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If you wish to take a course you must contact the Coordinator directly in the area you wish to take the course. They will have a list of the dates of courses in their area.

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ATLS Coordinators in Canada (updated March 1, 2021)

Please see  ATLS Coordinators List by Province (updated March 1, 2021) for updated contact list of coordinators in your province.

COVID-19 ATLS Education Resources from American College of Surgeons

During the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that everyone is in need of additional resources and looking for alternate ways to address their individual needs. In an effort to develop an equitable solution for all of our ATLS Partners and health care professionals that care for injured patients, we have made the following Basic Trauma Care “Just in Time” education materials available free of charge.

Download the ATLS app from Please contact to receive a free download code.

The 9th edition of the ATLS Student Manual is available for download. Hard copies can be shipped upon request. (Please note: Requests are contingent upon shipping availability and the requestor will pay shipping cost.)

Specific videos from the 10th edition mATLS modules are available for free.

Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma