The Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) is a 16-hour course developed by the Emergency Nurses Association to present a firm foundation in trauma nursing and to provide nurses with core or basic trauma cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills that are associated with the delivery of professional nursing care to the trauma patient.

The ultimate goal of TNCC is to decrease the morbidity and mortality of the trauma patient by increasing the knowledge, skill, and level of nursing care provided in the Emergency Department.

Verification of successful course completion is based on passing the written exam and the Trauma Nursing Process (TNP) psychomotor skills station. Verification is valid for four years.


  • Trauma Nursing Core Course and Trauma Nursing
  • Initial Assessment
  • Airway & Ventilation
  • Shock
  • Brain & Cranial & Maxillofacial Trauma
  • Ocular Trauma
  • Thoracic & Neck Trauma
  • Abdominal & Pelvic Trauma
  • Spinal Cord and Vertebral Column Trauma
  • Musculoskeletal Trauma 
  • Surface & Burn Trauma
  • Special Populations: Pediatric 
  • Pain
  • Disaster Management
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Trauma
  • Transition of Care for the Trauma Patient & Post-Resuscitation Care

Skills Station

  • Trauma Nursing Process
  • Airway & Ventilation
  • Trauma Interventions

Enrollment options:

CHI St. Vincent Infirmary
CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs