TNCC – Trauma Nursing Core Course

Course Purpose

The magnitude of trauma as a national and international problem is documented by data that identifies injury as being the primary cause of death in persons under age 45.

The optimal care of the trauma patient is best accomplished within a framework in which all members of the trauma team use a systematic, standardized approach to the care of the injured patient. Emergency and trauma nurses are essential members of the trauma team. Morbidity and mortality of trauma patients can be significantly reduced by educating nurses to provide competent trauma care.

Trauma nursing as a discipline refers to the process and content of all the different roles nurses have in the care of the trauma patient. Knowledge is the core of any discipline. The purpose of TNCC is to present core-level knowledge, refine skills, and build a firm foundation in trauma nursing. This is an internationally recognised program for registered nurses.

Highly recommended for all registered nurses working in emergency departments, intensive care and other trauma related areas.

Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC)

The TNCC committee ensures developed and implemented the TNCC for national and international dissemination as a means of identifying a standardized body of trauma nursing knowledge. The TNCC (Provider) is a 20 hour course designed to provide the learner with cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills.

TNCC is revised every four years by an international panel of experts utilising current research. TNCC ensures currency and that the content is in keeping with current evidence based practice.

It is recommended that the participant have at least six 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.

On successful completion of the TNCC Provider Course, ACEN invites suitable applicants to attend the TNCC Instructor’s Course.

Organization of the TNCC Provider Course Manual

The TNCC (Provider) manual, sent out prior to the course, is designed to reinforce and supplement lectures and psychomotor skills content. The interactive psychomotor skill stations facilitate initial integration of psychomotor abilities in a risk-free setting, which simulate trauma patient situations. The following psychomotor skill stations are included in the TNCC (Provider): Trauma Nursing Process (scenario-driven, interactive trauma assessment), Airway and Ventilation Interventions, Spinal Immobilization, Chest Trauma Interventions and Traction Splinting/Helmet Removal. There is a ratio of no more than one faculty per six learners. Each participant is provided the opportunity to practice the identified skills during rotation through the skill stations.

TNCC (Provider) Course Content

  1. The Trauma Nursing Core Course and Trauma Nursing
  2. Initial Assessment
  3. Airway Management
  4. Shock
  5. Brain and Craniofacial Trauma
  6. Thoracic and Neck Trauma
  7. Abdominal Trauma
  8. Spinal Cord and Vertebral Column Trauma
  9. Musculoskeletal Trauma
  10. Burn and Surface Trauma
  11. Special Populations
  12. Disaster Management
  13. Psychosocial Aspects of Trauma Care
  14. Stabilization, Transfer, and Transport
  15. Demonstration of the Trauma Nursing Process Station

Skill Stations

  1. Trauma Nursing Process
  2. Airway and Ventilation Interventions
  3. Spinal Immobilization
  4. Chest Trauma Interventions
  5. Traction Splinting/Helmet Removal


Successful completion of the course includes scoring a minimum of 80% in the 50 question multiple choice examination; as well as 70% of the total points and demonstrating all critical steps in the evaluated skill station. The evaluated skill station is the Trauma Nursing Process.

TNCC Verification

Verification will be issued on day of testing, upon successful completion of the course, & is current for a four year period.


Participant Course Fee: $695.00 GST Inclusive

$640.00 financial member of ACEN GST Inclusive.

Completed applications & payment to be forwarded 6 weeks prior to the course:

Australian College of Emergency Nursing Ltd.
5 Glenwood Drive
Glenwood NSW 2768
Phone: +61 02 9629 8688
Fax: +61 2 9629 8488

Refund Policy

– Participants are not eligible for a refund once the manuals have been posted.
– Participants are not eligible for a refund for failure to attend the nominated course.

Special circumstances and course transfer may be considered on application to the Executive Director and must be received in writing before the course date.

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TNCC Course Dates - 2019

StateCourse DatesLocationStatus
QLD20th & 21st MarchMackay
QLD29th & 30th JuneTownsville
QLD24th & 25th JulyCairns
NSW30th & 31st MarchNepean
NSW15th & 16th JuneWestmead Hospital
NSW12th & 13th OctoberWestmead (TBC)
SA3rd & 4th JulyAdelaide
SA24th & 25th AugustUmuwaCLOSED
WA1st & 2nd MayPerth
NT23rd & 24th MarchAlice Springs
NT27th & 28th JulyDarwin
VIC13th & 14th AprilMelbourne
TAS27th & 28th AprilHobart
ACT20th & 21st JulyCalvary
NZ28th & 29th MarchTauranga
NZ4th & 5th MayHawkes Bay
NZ26th & 27th MayChristchurch
NZ5th & 6th JuneMiddlemore
NZ26th & 27th SeptemberTaurangaCLOSED