The WVU Critical Care and Trauma Institute is certified by the Society of Critical Care Medicine to instruct the Fundamental Critical Care Support Course at our facility. All Medical Residents are required to complete this course prior to starting their ICU rotation at Ruby Memorial.

Additionally, certain advanced practice professionals are required to attend within 90 days of hire. Check with your department for details. Currently, FCCS is offered internally to WVU Medicine staff only.

For questions concerning registration and course availability, please contact

About FCCS

The Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) course prepares non-intensivists to manage critically ill patients for the first 24 hours until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged.

This course is comprised of:

  • 17 didactic lectures
  • Case-based skill stations
  • Pre- and posttests
  • Companion textbook
  • Certificate of successful course completion

Requirements for successful course completion: attend all didactic sessions, successfully complete all skill stations, and achieve a score of 70% or higher on the posttest.

At the completion of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Prioritize assessment needs for the critically ill patient.
  • Select appropriate diagnostic tests.
  • Identify and respond to significant changes in the unstable patient.
  • Recognize and initiate management of acute life-threatening conditions.

Determine the need for expert consultation and/or patient transfer and prepare the practitioner for optimally accomplishing transfer.

Participation in, or completion of, this course does not confer any credential, nor does it satisfy any board certification requirement apart from the continuing education credit if offered for it. This course is not intended to replace, override, or conflict with any licensing or credentialing requirements.

For additional information about the FCCS Course, visit the Society Of Critical Care Medicine.


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