Schools offering Trauma Nursing Core Course certification include Southeastern School of Health Sciences and the Center for Professional Practice of Nursing at the University of California, Davis. The American Heart Association Training Center at Augusta University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital also offer the course.
TNCC aims to refine skills, provide core-level knowledge and develop a strong foundation in trauma nursing. The Emergency Nurses Association developed TNCC and implemented it with the objective of establishing a standardized source of trauma nursing knowledge. The provider course takes 16 to 20 hours and provides the student with cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills. Intensive care unit and emergency room nurses, as well as other clinical nurses, can benefit from the TNCC provider course.
The eight-hour instructor course prepares the learner to be a TNCC instructor and emphasizes appropriate teaching strategies and correct evaluation methods. Only qualified TNCC providers can undertake the instructor course.
To pass the trauma course, a candidate must score at least 80 percent in the multiple questions test and demonstrate all critical steps and at least 70 percent of the total points in the evaluated skill station. The Emergency Nurses Association issues verification cards to successful candidates, and the verification is valid for four years. The ENA also approves all TNCC courses and instructors and monitors the quality of the TNCC program.