The American Heart Association’s Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) course is totally redesigned for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the resuscitation of a patient, whether in or out of hospital. Through the ACLS course, providers will enhance their skills in the treatment of the adult victim of a cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies. ACLS emphasizes the importance of basic life support to patient survival; the integration of effective basic life support with advanced cardiovascular life support interventions; and the importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation.

The ACLS courses are based on simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active, hands-on participation through learning stations where students will practice essential skills individually, as part of a team and as team leader. Realistic simulations reinforce the following key concepts: proficiency in basic life support care; recognizing and initiating early management of peri-arrest conditions; managing cardiac arrest; identifying and treating ischemic chest pain and acute coronary syndromes; recognizing other life-threatening clinical situations (such as stroke) and providing initial care; ACLS algorithms; and effective resuscitation team dynamics.

To successfully complete this course, the student must be able to demonstrate proficiency in certain skills as well as pass a written exam. Therefore, it is essential that you familiarize yourself with the information in the textbook before class. It is expected that the participant will be proficient in BLS before participating in the ACLS course. Your BLS skills will be evaluated during the ACLS skill stations, but this does not constitute a BLS renewal. You will need to register for a separate BLS course to renew BLS certification. AHA will no longer allow challenges for renewal of BLS skills without attending a full class. If excessive remediation is required, or basic skills and EKG recognition is not proficient, you may be required to repeat the course.

Course Format:  Classroom or Hybrid (Online/Classroom)

Course Hours:     Provider – Approximately 16 hours

Renewal – Approximately 8 hours

Course Completion Card:  AHA ACLS Course Completion Certification Card is valid for two years.