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RTTDC Resources

The 3rd edition of Rural Trauma Team Development Course® (RTTDC) materials is now available. For the new edition, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) offers a full-color, spiral-bound course text that includes worksheets so that RTTDC team members can leave a course with a list of their specific responsibilities during each step of a primary assessment.

Production Information

$50 per text, plus shipping charges, when purchased for RTTDCs or for RTTDC faculty.

The other course materials are contained on digital video disk (DVD), which is available to Level I, II, and III trauma centers that present RTTDC at no charge.

To obtain a DVD, contact your Regional Coordinator.

CME Information

The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for the RTTDC 3rd Edition. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) will recognize these credits, so nurses who complete RTTDC will receive a certificate to claim CEUs from the ANCC. Prehospital providers will also get this certificate so they can claim CEs from a state EMS agency.

Another significant change from the 2nd Edition is that RTTDC now uses an online course management system. For those familiar with ATLS, this is a similar system and uses the same database as ATLS. Third Edition RTTDCs must be requested and documented through this system in order for CMEs to be provided. For information and assistance on how to use the course management system, please contact the ACS Trauma Programs Office (contact info listed above).

Additional Resources

Course Overview Slides (PPT)

Flex Grant Funding

The federal Office of Rural Health Policy is offering flex grant funding, which can be used for various purposes, including RTTDC.