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

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


14 weeks

100% online


Course overview

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.

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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.


Learning platform

Our virtual learning environment (VLE) is the platform you use to access your online course


Teesside University online learning courses are delivered through the Brightspace Learning Environment.

Here are some of the benefits.

  • You can use it on your smartphone, tablet and computer.
  • And you can use it anytime, so that you can plan your learning to fit your own schedule.
  • It's easy to use and navigate.
  • Modules are set out by topics and themes. You can use the progress bar to understand where you are in your modules, and appreciate your achievements.
  • We support you to become familiar with your VLE, helping you to start learning quickly.
  • You get feedback, help and guidance from tutors throughout your course through the VLE, and you can ask questions at any time.
  • Our tutors use a live activity feed to keep you updated about your course.
  • You can create a student profile, collaborate with other students and take part in online discussion forums.

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Online learning

Online learning allows you to get a university-level qualification from the comfort of your own home or workplace. You'll have access to all of the world-class teaching and support that Teesside University has to offer, but all of your lectures, tutorials and assessments will take place online.

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Teesside University was named University of the Year at the Edufuturists Awards 2022.


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Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 14 weeks
  • 100% online
  • Start date: January
  • Level: Degree
  • Credits: 20

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