Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) overview and content

Course Overview

The TNCC is widely recognised as the premier course for hospitals and trauma centres worldwide, empowering nurses with the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and hands on training to provide expert care for trauma patients. It promotes:

  • rapid identification of life threatening injuries
  • comprehensive patient assessment
  • enhanced intervention for better patient outcomes

TNCC Provider Course

The Trauma Nursing Core Course was developed to establish a standardised body of trauma nursing knowledge and to improve the care of all trauma patients. The new 7th edition course launched in 2015, combines interactive learning with scenario based assessments to give nurses a more comprehensive learning experience.

The TNCC may be officially attended by all nurses however it is recommended that the participant have at least 6 months of clinical nursing experience in an emergency care or trauma related setting. It is assumed that the course participant possesses generic nursing knowledge, has an understanding of emergency care terminology, and has familiarity with standard emergency equipment.

Included in the course are the following elements.

  • A Systematic Approach of Initial Assessment – The first few minutes of trauma care are critical to achieve better patient outcomes. The A – I mnemonic and the Trauma Nursing Assessment will assist nurses in providing appropriate and early intervention.
  • Hands on Training Using both an Individual and Team Approach – Three Psychomotor skill stations offer nurses the opportunity to practise the systematic approach of the initial assessment in real life situations. The skill stations covered include the Trauma Nursing Process, Airway and Ventilation, and Trauma Interventions.
  • 2 Day Intensive Course with Expert Instructors – TNCC is a 2 day (20 hour) intensive course that is taught by expert instructors. There is a faculty ratio of approximately 1 faculty per 4 learners.
  • 24 Chapter Comprehensive Manual – The TNCC 7th Edition Manual, sent to participants 10 weeks prior to the course, contains evidence based content developed by trauma experts to reinforce and supplement the lectures and skill stations. It is a compilation of current trauma nursing standards and is a valuable resource for future reference.
  • 5 Online Learning Modules with Live Links to Additional Information – These interactive modules allow students to apply what they learn and receive immediate feedback. The modules are a complete case study process taking the nurses through an entire sequence of care. Online learning allows nurses to learn at their own pace and refer back to information at any time.
  • Evaluation, Verification, and Contact Hours – At the completion of the course the participants undergo a Multiple Choice Questionnaire and Trauma Nursing Process testing. On successful completion of this testing the participant will receive a TNCC verification card which is valid for 4 years.

Participants also receive Continuing Professional Development for their nursing portfolio for attending this course. The TNCC has been endorsed by the Royal College of Nursing, Australia, according to approved criteria. Attendance attracts 16 RCNA Continuing Nurse Education (CNE) points as part of RCNA’s Life Long Learning Program (3LP).

Course content


  • Trauma Nursing and The Trauma Nursing Core Course
  • Teamwork and Trauma Care
  • Initial Assessment
  • Airway and Ventilation
  • Shock
  • Pain
  • Brain, Cranial and Maxillofacial Trauma
  • Ocular Trauma
  • Thoracic and Neck Trauma
  • Abdominal and Pelvic Trauma
  • Spinal Cord and Vertebral Column Trauma
  • Musculoskeletal Trauma
  • Surface and Burn Trauma
  • Special Population: The Paediatric Trauma Patient
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Trauma Care
  • Disaster Management
  • Transition of Care for the Trauma Patient
  • Post Resuscitation Care in the Emergency Department

Skill stations

  • Trauma Nursing Process Teaching Stations
  • Airway and Ventilation Interventions Teaching Stations
  • Trauma Intervention Workshop


Successful completion of the course includes scoring 80% or greater on the multiple choice examination and demonstrating all critical steps and 70% of the total points in the evaluated skill station – the Trauma Nursing Process.

Course Observers

Course observers are any other health care professionals who may attend a TNCC course. As an observer, you will attend all lectures and skill stations but are not permitted to undertake any part of the testing process and receive TNCC verification. Registered nurses cannot participate on the TNCC Course as a course observer.

TNCC Renewal Course

This 1 day course allows nurses with current TNCC verification to reverify as a TNCC Provider. The course is designed to spend less time in the classroom and more time in hands on skill stations. Participants prepare for success on their own schedule using our self guided study materials including a new 7th Edition TNCC manual, a study guide to reinforce learning, online study modules and a practise written exam. The self-directed study is critical preparation for the provider verification testing. The Renewal Course provides 7.5 contact hours towards your nursing portfolio.

TNCC Instructor Course

The TNCC Instructor Course is an 8.2 hour course designed to prepare nurses to become a TNCC Provider Instructor.

To attend this course the nurse must have successfully completed the TNCC Provider Course and met specified criteria for consideration to become an Instructor. The Instructor Course places emphasises on appropriate teaching strategies as well as correct evaluation methods.


If you are interested in applying for TNCC courses you will need to complete an application form (PDF 1.9MB) and return it to WATTEU.

More information

Western Australian Trauma Training and Education Unit (WATTEU)

Phone: 6457 3699
Fax: 6457 1617
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Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
3rd floor, A Block
Verdun Street
Nedlands WA 6009
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