Professional Development

Fundamental Critical Care Support

The Fall session of Fundamental Critical Care Support will be offered in the Simulation and Education Center at Ascension Providence Southfield .


  • $200 Residents and Fellows
  • $375 Allied Health Providers
  • $575 Physicians
  • $100 Residents and Fellows

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 can be licensed and brought to an institution in two ways, through a traditional live, instructor-led course, or an online, instructor-led course. Both course methods share the same:

  • 17 didactic lectures
  • 9 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.

Traditional Licensed Course
A live, instructor-led, two-day course is the traditional method for delivering the FCCS course. Licensed sites arrange for qualified instructors to deliver the 17 lectures and their related skill stations. Complete slide decks with speaker notes as well as administrative materials and forms are provided to each site. Textbooks are shipped to the site prior to the course dates, allowing learners to prepare for the live activity. The site coordinator administers the pre- and posttests and provides that information to SCCM, which prepares and ships certificates of completion to the site coordinator for distribution. The Fundamentals Sales Team can help sites that have not previously held a course find consultants who will lead the development of FCCS on site. The goal is for individual sites to become self-sustaining in their delivery of the FCCS program.

Other Dates and Times

WhenDate Time Registration
November 16, 2018
7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.