Tuesday, 25 April 2017


Tidewater Center for Life Support Training

The Tidewater Center for Life Support (TCLS) Training is a program of Eastern Virginia Medical School offering American Heart Association (AHA) classes and the American College of Surgeons Advanced Trauma Life Support class.

TCLS Training is a permanent educational facility for training the medical community and general public. Our office and classrooms for CPR and first aid training are near downtown Norfolk in Smith Rogers Hall on the edge of the EVMS campus. ATLS courses are provided in Lester Hall in the heart of the EVMS campus. Our locations feature fully equipped lecture and breakout skills rooms with a full complement of manikins and emergency care equipment allowing for ample “hands on” practice. Small group sessions enhance the learning environment. Individual instruction is available as needed. Professional instructors, physician course directors, and full-time staff members ensure quality, effective educational programs.

The goal of TCLS Training is effective lifesaving management of victims experiencing cardiopulmonary arrest and life-threatening traumatic injuries by physicians, other health care team members and the lay public. This is accomplished by providing a regular schedule of emergency care educational programs and instructor-trainer programs.

Courses include:alt

  • cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • automated external defibrillation
  • bloodborne pathogens
  • first aid
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS)

The following courses are offered through the EVMS/Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning:

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

Many programs can also be tailored to fit specific needs of employers. Please contact our Basic Life Support Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., at (757) 446-5926 for more information regarding on-site courses.

TCLS Training is an authorized Training Center for the American Heart Association. In this role, TCLS provides a home base for multiple training sites and hundreds of AHA instructors throughout Hampton Roads.

alt TCLS annually trains more than 3000 students during in-house courses. Community-wide, instructors affiliated with TCLS train more than 17,000 students annually.

The American Heart Association (AHA) strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose.  Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.  A portion of ATLS fees are paid to the American College of Surgeons.

Visit the TCLS website for more information and registration.

Contact Information . . .

Tidewater Center for Life Support Training
Smith Rogers Hall (near the Chrysler Museum)
358 Mowbray Arch Ste 103
Norfolk, VA  23507

Telephone: 757 446-5926   Fax: 757 446-5906

Email the Registration Coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm except holidays


The Tidewater Center for Life Support Training is managed by the Tidewater EMS Council through an agreement with the Eastern Virginia Medical School.

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