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Trauma Registry Course Evening Classes
"The trauma registry is an essential component of any trauma program… The trauma registry should function to drive an efficient and effective performance improvement program for the care of the injured patient." 
-American College of Surgeons, Resources For Optimal Care of the Injured Patient




Since 1987 the American Trauma Society has been the leader in Trauma Registry education around the country. The Trauma Registry Course (TRC) has been recognized by the American College of Surgeons in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient since 1999 as an avenue for comprehensive trauma registry training. Two decades later, the American Trauma Society continues its legacy, offering industry leading training for Trauma Registry Professionals. 
Beginning in November of 2018, the TRC underwent an extensive review by our lead faculty members and trauma registry experts. As a result, the TRC has been fully reimagined. The updated course is rooted in engagement and practical application strategies that registry professionals can transfer from the classroom back to the trauma center. All course materials are designed to augment experience, program maturity, and institutional needs. In this manner the TRC is designed and appropriate for trauma registrars / data managers of all levels of experience. This course provides the student with the most current national standard definitions, and methodologies essential to a comprehensive trauma registry. Course updates include: 
  • Focus on ICD-10 and GCS-40
  • 2019 Updates to National Trauma Data Bank
  • ACS TQIP Best Practice Guidelines
  • Scenario Based Chart Abstraction
  • Emphasis on Coding and Scoring
  • Enhanced Performance Improvement Strategies
  • and so much more!


In an effort to meet the demands of our working Trauma Registry Professionals and provide progressive Trauma Registry Education, the ATS will now offer the TRC in a new  format to answer the call of our dedicated members and staff around the globe. In addition, to our current live 2 day virtual course and online TRC, we will now offer the TRC in a six week format taught every Thursday from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT. Instruction is broken down into interactive sessions which provide a comprehensive overview of trauma registry practices and functions.  Sessions include lectures, case studies, real world examples, group engagement, and take-home supplemental materials. Attendance is required at each session for course completion.


The ATS is excited to offer Trauma Registry education in multiple formats to meet the needs of our members. While we may not be able to meet in the same physical space, the ATS hopes to reinstate in person courses once it is safe to do so, while still offering several virtual live trauma registry courses each year. If you or your organization is interested in hosting a course, please contact the ATS Education Department at



Upon completion of the Trauma Registry Course, the learner will be able to:
  1. Identify the fundamental elements of a trauma registry,
  2. Identify the fundamental elements of the National Trauma Data Standard dataset patient inclusion criteria,
  3. Achieve familiarity with the National Trauma Data Standards, their definitions, field values, and required associated elements,
  4. Achieve familiarity with anatomical and medical terms frequently used in trauma, and understand their relevance to injury data collection,
  5. Identify the basic principles for various scaling and scoring tools such as the ICD-10-CM, Trauma Score, Revised Trauma Score, Abbreviated Injury Scale, Injury Severity Score, TRISS, etc.,
  6. Understand the assignment of injury severity values using the tools listed above, and their importance,
  7. Identify the process of reviewing and abstracting medical records of seriously injured trauma victims,
  8. State the assignment of e-codes and their significance,
  9. Utilize ICD-10-CM coding of complex multiple trauma patients with solid organ injuries in practice,
  10. Identify various methods of data presentation,
  11. Identify the basic principles of Inter-Rater Reliability audits,
  12. Describe the differences between coding for reimbursement versus injury severity,
  13. Identify multidisciplinary members of a trauma quality and process improvement committee and discuss methodology for process and quality improvement,
  14. Achieve familiarity with computer hardware and software commonly used in trauma registers,
  15. Understand the significance of confidentiality concerning patient data and be able to develop safeguards to maintain these standards in the safe use of Trauma Register data and reports,
  16. Verbalize the importance of complete and comprehensive documentation as it relates to injury severity and reimbursement and imbursement.



Member rate - $585

Non-member rate - $690

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Upon Completion of the Course

Attendees who posses a Registered Nurse (RN) License are eligible for Nursing CEs through the Trauma Center Association of America. The Trauma Center Association of America is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16459 for  17.5 contact hours for the Trauma Registry Course
Attendees who do not posses a RN License will be eligible for 17.5 contact hours in the form of a completion certificate. 




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