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Hyperbaric Medicine Training Program

Primary training in hyperbaric medicine

Prisma Health Richland Hospital offers a nationally accredited hyperbaric training program. Our 40-hour program, which attracts health care professionals worldwide, provides a comprehensive introduction to the role of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in modern medical practice.

Based within a Level I Trauma Center and teaching institution for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, the program draws upon the collective expertise of a diverse group of faculty members. Our unique curriculum format involves two separate tracks. Physicians are specifically prepared for the role of Hyperbaric Consultant. Nurses, therapists, and technologists undergo a cohesive program of didactic and operational sessions designed to ensure the safe and effective application of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Primary Training in Hyperbaric Medicine is approved by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology.

Selected curriculum topics

  • Physical aspects of hyperbaric medicine
  • Mechanisms of action
  • Patient care
  • Oxygen toxicity
  • Chamber operations
  • Contraindications and side effects
  • Non-pulmonary barotrauma
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning/smoke inhalation
  • Decompression sickness
  • Cerebral arterial gas embolism
  • Crush injuries/compartment syndrome
  • Gas gangrene (clostridial and nonclostridial)
  • Acute thermal burns
  • Problem wound healing
  • Continuing education units
Selected curriculum topics


  • 40 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits – The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 40 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


  • 40 Contact Hours – South Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. The ANCC neither endorses nor approves any products that may be associated with this continuing education activity.

Hyperbaric technologists

  • 40 Category A Hours – National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology

Respiratory therapists

  • 40 Continuing Respiratory Care Education Credits – American Association for Respiratory Care

Course location and dates

The course is taught on the campus of Prisma Health Richland Hospital, the leading institution for the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and a Level I Trauma Center in Columbia, South Carolina.

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The fee includes an $85 non-refundable portion to cover registration processing. The full fee is payable in advance and includes all course materials. Early registration is advised due to limited enrollment for each course.