Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC)

Course Description

TNCC is a course that teaches critical thinking and clinical decision-making in the care of the trauma patient. The focus is on the primary and secondary survey and initial interventions. There are individual chapters for special populations, including the older adult, the bariatric patient, the pediatric patient, the patient who has experienced interpersonal violence, and the pregnant trauma patient. A variety of learning methodologies are incorporated into TNCC, including online, a textbook, interactive lecture, hands-on skills, and case-based learning. 
  • Virtual learning modules including avatar-based simulation
  • Interactive teaching strategies
  • Electronic, open-book testing - No more test anxiety!
  • Updated evidence-based provider manual
  • One and a half-day course
  • 18.3 contact hours of CNE
  • Optional Student Workbook and Study Guide available

Course Format

A variety of learning methodologies are included to cater to every learning style, including:
  • Textbook
  • Online modules
  • Live simulation
  • Instructor-led classroom discussions and skill stations

Textbook: The eight edition of the TNCC Trauma Nursing Core Course Provider Manual includes evidence-based content developed by trauma emergency experts. The 24-chapter, comprehensive manual is a compilation of current trauma nursing standards and a valuable resource for future reference.

Online learning: Online modules with links to additional information are provided prior to the course date to let you learn at your own pace, apply what you learn and receive immediate feedback, and refer back to information at any time. The modules are a complete case study process — taking you through an entire sequence of care.

Live simulation: TNCC includes hands-on training using both an individual and team approach.  Trauma nursing process psychomotor skills stations offer you the opportunity to practice trauma patient assessments and interventions in a controlled environment.

Instructor-led classroom discussions and skill stations: TNCC is a one and a half-day intensive course taught by expert instructors.


  • Participants must be an RN and possess a current unrestricted nursing license to receive verification 
  • LPNs and paramedics are eligible to attend all portions of the course except for the written and psychomotor evaluations. For this reason, they do not receive verification, but are awarded contact hours.