International Trauma Life Support


MOCEP is an advocate of International Trauma Life Support (ITLS), a global organization dedicated to preventing death and disability from trauma through education and emergency care. ITLS educates emergency personnel to provide optimal care for the trauma patient.


Created for Better Care Provision

International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) was founded in the early 1980’s as Basic Trauma Life Support. From its early roots as a local and regional trauma education course for EMS professionals, BTLS grew to have over 75 chapters around the world. In 2005, BTLS became ITLS to better reflect the scope of the organization.

ITLS was developed from the need for EMS training improvement for all involved in emergency patient management care. The goal is to enhance patient care, decrease death rates from trauma and cardiac related problems, and improve communication between members of the emergency healthcare communities.

Comprehensive Education

A variety of comprehensive education programs are available to meet the requirements of all levels and backgrounds of pre-hospital emergency personnel internationally, including ITLS Basic, Advanced, Access, Military, and Pediatric courses. The ITLS course is designed to teach physicians, paramedics, flight nurses, emergency nurses, physicians and all levels of EMTs and First Responders a systematic and orderly approach to treating trauma patients.

To find a course in Missouri near you, please go to the site.

ITLS Notice:

Increase in Missouri ITLS Chapter Fee on October 1, 2019

The Missouri ITLS Chapter fee is increasing on October 1, 2019 to $17. This fee is charged for all students who take an ITLS course, pass or fail. The International ITLS fee is $17 per student, so the total fees paid per student per course will be $34. All new Instructor certifications and Instructor re-certifications continue to be exempt from both the Missouri and International fees.

Missouri ITLS has not increased its fees in nearly 10 years. The $5 increase was approved by the MOCEP Board of Directors to help offset the increasing costs of maintaining the Missouri ITLS program.

Missouri ITLS invoices will reflect the $34 rate beginning October 1, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Luebbert, MOCEP Executive Director, at 573-636-2144 or