ABLS - Advanced Burn Life Support

  • Cost $175-$375
  • Renews every 4 years

COURSE FORMAT

Online
In Person

About

The American Burn Association (ABA) offers Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) certification to provide advanced training in managing burn patients within the first 24 hours of their injury. ABLS certification benefits nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, physicians assistants, and first responders.

Course Format

The ABLS course is 7 hours long, providing live, hands-on experience for clinicians. The course contains lectures, group discussions, and case studies. Participants will also work with a simulated burn experience during the training course.

ABLS course objectives include:

  1. Prepare clinicians to manage airway

  2. Evaluate the severity of burn injury

  3. Provide fluid support

  4. Triage if a patient must be transferred to a burn center

  5. Provide physiologic monitor of victim

  6. Assist with disaster management

ABLS Now Individual Course

  • Physicians: $300 (member), $300 (nonmember)

  • Non-Physicians: $175 (member), $175 (nonmember)

ABLS Live Provider Course

  • Physicians: $350-$375 (member), $350-$375 (nonmember)

  • Non-Physicians: $200-$250 (member), $200-$250 (nonmember)

  • Fees include course materials

In Person

ABLS courses are offered in-person in various regions across the country. Applicants can review the ABLS website and register for a course in their area. Once applicants have registered, they will receive an ABLS provider manual 2 weeks before the class.

The exam consists of practical application as well as a written examination.

Renewal

Renewal of ABLS provider credentials occurs over 4 years. Clinicians can renew by taking the ABLS Provider Live or online ABLS Now course. The ABLS Now course is an online, self-paced program.  Candidates for renewal must register before accessing the Ameriburn eLearn courses. 

Continuing Education

The ABA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, allowing it to offer continuing education credits for doctors and nurses. It awards contact hours for CE credits after verifying an individual's full attendance of a course and completion of an online evaluation form.

  • ABLS Now course provides 5.0 continuing education credit hours

  • Live ABLS Provider course offers 7.0 continuing education hours

Other Resources

The ABLS offers resources for exam candidates, including a certification brochure.

Related Certifications

The ABA offers the Burn Therapist Certified (BT-C).

Other related certifications include the BCEN Burn Nursing Specialty Certification (CBRN).

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Frequently asked questions

Will I receive a certificate after I complete the ABLS program?

After you complete the ABLS course, you're emailed an evaluation link. Once the ABA receives your completed evaluation, an electronic certification will be available.

Can I become an ABLS instructor?

Yes, clinicians who are current American Burn Association (ABA) members are eligible to be ABLS instructors. Additional criteria include teaching 2 ABLS courses within a 4 year timeframe & taking the ABLS assessment every 4 years.

Will I earn continuing education hours if I complete the ABLS course?

Yes, both the ABLS provider course and the ABLS Now online course are eligible for continuing education hours. The ABLS Now course provides 5.0 continuing education credit hours. The Live ABLS Provider course offers 7.0 continuing education hours.

Can I earn a ABLS online?

Yes you can a ABLS online.

What organization offers the ABLS?

The American Burn Association (ABA) offers the ABLS.