Pediatric Care After Resuscitation (PCAR)

The PCAR Program



Unlike standardized trauma programs targeted at prehospital and emergency care providers, the Pediatric Care After Resuscitation (PCAR) course was specifically created to meet the learning needs of INPATIENT pediatric trauma nurses. This live, 2-day educational offerings give hospital staff members the foundational, evidence-based information and critical thinking skills necessary to meet regulatory requirements and provide excellent care to this challenging patient population.


PCAR is the pediatric-specific version of the adult focused TCAR course, ideal for nurses who primarily or exclusively care for children. The PCAR course offers acute care, critical care, perioperative, and rehabilitation nurses the foundational, evidence-based information and critical thinking skills necessary to address the needs of the hospitalized, injured child. PCAR covers a wide range of pathophysiologic and nursing concepts and is designed to be a broad, core-level program, rather than an advanced or specialty-specific course. Although registered nurses are PCAR's target audience, the information contained in this program has proven useful to physical therapists, paramedics, social workers, dieticians, respiratory therapists, speech and occupational therapists, LVNs/LPNs, and others who interact with pediatric trauma inpatients.


TCAR Education Programs sets the highest instructor standards in the industry to bring you a top quality educational experience every time. Each PCAR Education Programs faculty member is a masters or doctorally prepared nurse with extensive experience as a trauma educator, trauma program manager, pediatric nurse practitioner, or pediatric clinical nurse specialist. Each PCAR faculty member has many years' experience working with injured children. Our instructors are leaders in the profession, intimately familiar with the learning needs and concerns of nurses caring for trauma patients in the post-resuscitation phase. In addition, every faculty member is a veteran educator who has extensive experience presenting to nursing audiences.

Meet our faculty


PART 1–Participants focus on concepts relevant to the nursing care of the injured, hospitalized patient:
  • The trauma care spectrum
  • The biomechanics of trauma
  • The body's response to injury
PART 2–Learners participate in interactive, expanding case scenarios that address the needs of hospitalized patients with injuries to major body systems. Each module introduces specific trauma care concepts including pathophysiology, patient assessment, and complications. Surgical, medical, and nursing management options and outcome criteria are introduced while analyzing children with:
  • Thoracic injury
  • Abdominal injury
  • Musculoskeletal injury
  • Craniocerebral injury
  • Spine and spinal cord injury
Each interactive expanding case scenario promotes critical thinking, knowledge synthesis, and clinical reasoning skills by inviting learners to:
  • Incorporate injury biomechanics information
  • Analyze clinical assessment data
  • Suggest appropriate care interventions
  • Identify individuals at risk for deterioration
  • Prevent, recognize, and manage complications
  • Understand current trends and issues in trauma patient care
  • Predict each patient's care trajectory
  • Set realistic goals and evaluate outcomes


By the end of this class, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the trauma continuum of care.
  • Explain the biomechanics of common injuries.
  • Anticipate specific wounds and complications based on mechanism of injury information.
  • Discuss the body's multisystem responses to traumatic insults.
  • Incorporate physical assessment, imaging studies, and laboratory data to evaluate the hospitalized trauma patient.
  • Describe appropriate medical, surgical, and nursing interventions for frequently encountered injuries.
  • Interact with interdisciplinary team members to provide timely care to injured patients.
  • Prevent, identify, and manage complications common to the hospitalized trauma patient.
  • Identify realistic trauma patient goals and evaluate care outcomes.
  • Address the psychosocial needs of hospitalized trauma patients and their family members.


Continuing education contact hours are provided through Visionem, a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15483. In order to receive nursing contuing education contact hours learners must:
  1. Attend
    • 1 full day (7 contact hours)
    • 2 full days (14 contact hours)
  2. Complete an online evaluation


Like TNCC or ATCN, TCAR/PCAR costs are initially calculated on a per-student basis–but there's a LOT more flexibility within the TCAR Education Programs cost model. We designed it that way to allow each organization to select the option that works best for them. Similar to other courses, the TCAR/PCAR general registration charge is $335/learner or $295/learner for employees or members of the hosting organization. However, substantial discounts ($25 or more per learner) apply for classes with more than 25, 50 or 100 participants. To customize your own pricing scenario, use the Class Cost Planning Calculator to try out various cost options.

Importantly, TCAR/PCAR charges are ALL INCLUSIVE–there are no hidden or additional fees, which makes budgeting easy. And, because we do most of the work for you, many hours of your valuable time will not be spent on class preparation, registration, money handling, or follow-up.

See the FAQ page for detailed information.


TCAR Education Programs takes the pain out of planning and managing trauma nursing and outreach education programs. All you need to do is:
  • Pick 2 consecutive class dates. The more notice you give students and their managers, the better attendance will be; 4-6 months is optimal. A TCAR or PCAR class is two 8.5 hour days e.g., 8AM to 4:30PM.
  • Book a room with an LCD projector, a large projection screen, and a writing surface for each student, preferably an auditorium. No breakout rooms are needed.
  • Provide TCAR Education Programs your class details and we'll develop brochures, draw up a contract, and open online registration.
  • Spread the word to get an audience of at least 25 students. We'll help you find attendees outside your facility if you don't have enough of your own. There is no maximum class size.
  • Arrange for any food or beverages you choose to offer.