Become a PHTLS Instructor

Here are the steps to become a PHTLS instructor. Also listed below are the qualifications and responsibilities of a PHTLS instructor.

Steps
  1. Successfully complete the PHTLS provider course with a minimum passing score of 76% on the written test.
    (Locate a Course in your area. Sign up for course on the NAEMT website or contact the Course Coordinator. Attend the course and obtain a certificate of successful completion.)
  2. Successfully complete the online NAEMT instructor course with a minimum passing score of 80%.
    Participants will receive a certificate of completion and six (6) hours of CECBEMS accredited continuing education credit.  Instructor candidates who have already taken the NAEMT Instructor Course are NOT required to take this course again.
  3. Submit an NAEMT Instructor Application.
  4. Teach your initial provider course monitored by a PHTLS Affiliate Faculty. Contact NAEMT at education@naemt.org or 800-346-2368 for assistance in identifying Affiliate Faculty in your area.
    (Upon successful instruction of your initial provider course, your Affiliate Faculty will complete an Instructor Candidate Monitoring Form and submit to it to NAEMT Headquarters.)
  5. Upon completion of the above steps, an Instructor certificate and wallet card will be issued by NAEMT. 
  6. Maintain current instructor status by teaching at least one course per year, attending all instructor updates, as required, and maintaining current contact information with NAEMT Headquarters.

Responsibilities:
  • Adhere to the guidelines and standards for NAEMT education programs.
  • Possess knowledge of education course concepts and philosophies.
  • Possess knowledge and clinical prehospital experience relevant to assigned lectures and skill stations, including equipment applications, indications, and contraindications.
  • Present the course content assigned in an effective manner.
  • Communicate courteously and effectively with a diverse group of course participants, coordinators, instructors, affiliate faculty, and other adjunct faculty.
  • Demonstrate consideration of participants’ needs and learning styles.
As requested by the course coordinator the instructor will:
  • Assist in preparations for the course, including setup and break down of classrooms and equipment.
  • Assist in the presentation of the course, including assigned lectures, skill stations, and scenarios.
  • Participate as a sole evaluator of final participant evaluations.
  • Complete all pre-and post-course paperwork as appropriate.
Accountability:
  • The instructor is accountable to the course coordinator and medical director.
  • Instructors will advise the course coordinator of any problems that may arise before, during, or after the course.