Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)

Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) remains the gold standard of education for emergency medical assessment and treatment. Endorsed by the National Association of EMS Physicians, AMLS emphasizes the use of the AMLS Assessment Pathway, a systematic tool for assessing and managing common medical conditions with urgent accuracy.

In the third edition of AMLS, students learn to recognize and manage common medical crises through realistic case-based scenarios that challenge students to apply their knowledge to highly critical patients. The course emphasizes the use of scene size-up, first impression, history, interactive group discussion on differential diagnosis and potential treatment strategies, and physical exam to systematically rule out and consider possibilities and probabilities in treating patients’ medical crises. The third edition of AMLS Library of Patient Simulations offers students an opportunity to apply critical thinking skills to a variety of patient presentations. Additional features include patient simulation monitor images and ECGs provided by iSimulate, to enhance students’ experience.

The course utilizes the AMLS textbook and course manual, and covers the following topics:

  • Respiratory disorders
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Shock
  • Sepsis
  • Neurological disorders
  • Endocrine/Metabolic disorders
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Infectious disease
  • Abdominal disorders
  • Toxicological emergencies
  • Exposure to hazardous materials

AMLS is appropriate for EMTs, paramedics, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse anesthetists, and physicians. AMLS is accredited by CAPCE and recognized by NREMT.

The following AMLS courses are offered to address the needs of providers and instructors:

Provider Course: 16-hour course for EMTs, paramedics, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and physicians. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a certificate of completion, a wallet card recognizing them as AMLS providers for 4 years, and 16 hours of CAPCE credit. This course may be offered as a classroom course, or a hybrid course where students take 8 hours of the course online followed by 8 hours in the classroom.

Refresher Course: This 8-hour course is for individuals who have successfully completed the 16-hour AMLS provider course within the past four years. A current AMLS provider certificate or wallet card is required. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a certificate of completion and 8 hours of CAPCE credit.

Online Modules: 8-hour online module that covers the didactic portion of the course. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a certificate of completion and 8 hours of CAPCE credit.

Instructor Update: 4-hour course for current AMLS instructors that provides a comprehensive overview of content and features of a new edition of AMLS. This course is offered in a classroom format in conjunction with EMS World Expo, and subsequently as an online course. This course is required with each new edition of AMLS to maintain current instructor status.