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FCCS Self-Directed Course

Self-Directed Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) provides a relaxed learning experience with access to the same didactic sessions found in the director-led licensed course. 

Learn at your own pace from the comfort and convenience of your home or office and then assess your knowledge through the use of pre- and posttests.The self-directed course engages learners with 17 interactive learning modules that include videos, matching exercises, and list ordering.

Physicians, nurses, and pharmacists are eligible to receive 6.5 hours of continuing education credit. Respiratory therapists are eligible to receive 6 hours of continuing education credit.

The FCCS textbook is included with the Self-Directed FCCS course and is an excellent desktop reference. The textbook will be automatically shipped shortly after registration is completed. Registrants have two years from the date of enrollment to complete the course.

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The Self-Directed FCCS course does not include the skill stations or an FCCS certificate.
Self-Directed FCCS is composed of 16 learning modules with corresponding book chapters. 
  • Recognition and Assessment of the Seriously Ill Patient
  • Airway Management
  • Cardiopulmonary/Cerebral Resuscitation
  • Diagnosis and Management of Acute Respiratory Failure
  • Mechanical Ventilation I
  • Mechanical Ventilation II
  • Monitoring Oxygen Balance and Acid-Base Status
  • Diagnosis and Management of Shock
  • Neurologic Support
  • Basic Trauma and Burn Support
  • Acute Coronary Syndromes
  • Life-Threatening Infections: Diagnosis and Antimicrobial Therapy Selection
  • Management of Life-Threatening Electrolyte and Metabolic Disturbances
  • Special Considerations
  • Critical Care in Pregnancy
  • Ethics in Critical Care Medicine
  • Critical Care in Infants and Children: The Basics
FCCS Self-Directed pricing is reflective of SCCM membership discounts.
Member Level Pricing (USD)
Select Member $200
Professional Member $215
Associate Member $240
Nonmember $250

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For more information, contact the Licensing Team at +1 847 827-6888 or
The FCCS textbook is an integral part of the FCCS learning experience and is available in print and eBook formats.

Prepared under the direction of SCCM by an international team of leading multiprofessional critical care educators in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, nursing, pediatrics, and surgery, the FCCS textbook is an excellent resource as the companion text the to FCCS course. The text is appropriate for primary care physicians, emergency physicians, residents and fellows, physicians' assistants, nurses, and other personnel who care for critically ill and injured patients and contains case studies to assist in learning about critical care.

Translated versions of the textbook are available. Please contact the Licensing Team to inquire about translated versions at