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Nursing & Health

Principles of Major Trauma Management in the Emergency Setting
University Certificate in Professional Development


Course overview

This module is for health care professionals working in the pre-hospital and/or emergency department setting.

It gives you a comprehensive knowledge of trauma assessment and management systems within the acute phase of trauma management. You study the assessment, care and management of service users across the lifespan with life-threatening traumatic injuries who require emergency care within pre-hospital and/or emergency department settings.

Where you study

You learn through a series of online activities


Course details

What you study

  • Principles of trauma care
  • Trauma assessment and mechanisms of injury in major trauma
  • Recognition and management of haemorrhage and shock during the acute trauma phase
  • Head injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Pain assessment and management
  • Obstetric emergencies in trauma
  • Assessment and management of burns
  • Traumatic cardiac arrest

How you learn

An online introduction is followed by four directed study sessions (online learning) where key concepts will be disseminated and explored. Directed distance learning will be required throughout the module, which includes regular pre-reading, course information and additional learning materials. You will be supported by the University’s virtual learning environment and academic guidance is available throughout by phone, email and online tutorials.

How you are assessed

The summative assessment will be a ten-minute poster-style presentation, using a single powerpoint slide (or equivalent software) without any form of animation based on developing evidence surrounding the management of major trauma in the emergency setting, narrated by you addressing the assessment criteria.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You must be working within a pre-hospital and/or emergency department trauma setting.



2021/22 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 14 weeks
  • Online
  • Start date: November
  • Level: Degree
  • Credits: 20

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