The ABLS Instructor course provides participants successfully completed the with the knowledge to deliver ABLS Provider content and education through mini simulations, case studies, and micro-teaching sessions.

A Course Coordinator and a Course Medical Director work with the American Burn Association in organization of the course. Instructor Courses include participation by National Faculty and an ABLS Educator. Instructors must be observed by National Faculty in the first two ABLS Provider Courses they teach and be approved by a fully-certified ABLS Instructor.


This is a six-hour course designed for those physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who have experience in daily patient management of burn injuries. The American Burn Association maintains the records of all persons who take the ABLS Instructor Course and provides a certificate of completion as an ABLS Certified Instructor.


  • Define teaching and learning.
  • Explain the relationship of the definitions of teaching and learning to a philosophy of teaching.
  • Describe four teaching strategies and their application to the instructional sessions included in the ABLS Course.
  • Describe three components of the lecture.
  • Identify three levels of cognitive questions and give two examples of each.
  • Describe the relationship of the group discussion and the medical problem solving process teaching strategies to the case study and case simulation sessions in the ABLS Course.
  • Review four concepts concerning the adult learner.
  • Demonstrate teaching skills: microteaching, case study and case simulation sessions.


The ABA designates this continuing medical education activity for up to 4.5 credit hours in Category 1 of the Physician’s Recognition Award of the American Medical Association. This program also has been approved by AACN Certification Corporation guidelines for 4.5 contact hours, CERP Category B, File number 00019936.