When a disaster happens near your community, it is not just another night at the trauma center or in the emergency department (ED). The Disaster Management and Emergency Preparedness (DMEPTM) course teaches skills that apply to any kind of mass casualty event and helps organizations be better prepared. This course is open to anyone who may be a first receiver of casualties following a disaster. DMEPTM participants learn both the skills and the practical ways of thinking that will save lives.

Intended Audience: Acute care providers (surgeons, anesthesiologists, emergency medicine physicians, ED, OR, ICU, and trauma nurses, and prehospital professionals), hospital administrators, public health personnel, and emergency managers

Topics/Objectives Addressed:

  • Emphasizes an all-hazards approach
  • Planning, triage, incident command, injury patterns and pathophysiology, and consideration for special populations.
  • Pitfalls and barriers in disaster planning
  • Epidemiology and history of disasters

Course Length:

  • 1 day didactic and interactive provider course

Upcoming Courses:

In support of Governor DeWine’s social distancing recommendations, we are cancelling DMEP courses. Another course may be scheduled in the fall. Continue to monitor our website for notification of a course date.

2020 Dates Registration Link
February 4, 2020* CLOSED
April 13, 2020^ CANCELLED
June 9, 2020^ CANCELLED
*February 4, 2020 course is reserved for SE/SEC ASPR hospitals. 
^April 13, 2020 and June 9, 2020 courses are reserved for Central Region ASPR hospitals. 

For more information contact Vickie Graymire.

Refund/Cancellation Policy

  • Coupon codes must be applied at time of registration - no refunds or cancellations will be given for failure to provide the appropriate coupon code at time of registration.
  • Student substitutions are not permitted.
  • For cancellations occurring greater than 31 days prior to the start of the course a $20 administrative fee will be subtracted from your refund.  Cancellations between 11-30 days of course date a $120 cancellation fee will be subtracted from refund. A one-time course transfers will be considered when requested 31 days prior to course start date for a $20 administrative fee.
  • Within 10 business days of course start date: no refunds or transfers.
  • Refunds are not provided to students who fail to show for the course. Refunds are also not provided to students who fail to achieve a passing grade.
  • COTS reserves the right to cancel any course in which the number of students enrolled is deemed insufficient or for which an instructor cannot be secured. All tuition paid for such course will be refunded. Students coming from out of state/country should purchase airfare and hotel stays that are refundable as COTS is not responsible for expenses incurred for cancelled courses. The right to set maximum limits on the number of students allowed to enroll in any course is also reserved. Courses are not cancelled due to weather except in EXTREME conditions. Please plan your travel accordingly. Local TV and radio will broadcast cancellations.

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General Information

  • On-line registration is limited for each course.
    Continental breakfast is provided on site. Lunch is provided for both days of the 2-Day Student Course and day two of the Instructor Course only.
  • Course textbook, directions, and syllabus will be mailed following paid registration. Auditors will be sent an eBook version of the textbook.
  • Fee must be paid in full before course material is mailed to student approximately 30 days prior to course.
    Coupon code must be applied at time of registration. No refunds or cancellations will be provided for failure to use the appropriate code at time of registration.
  • Students must complete the on-line pre-test prior to the beginning of class. The ATLS® office will email student candidates pre-test instructions approximately 2 weeks prior to course.
  • The American College of Surgeons (ACS) ATLS® Program complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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