ACLS (Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support)
American Heart Association ACLS Certification (Initial or Renewal)
The AHA ACLS (Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support) Provider course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR.
The following topics are covered:
- Basic life support skills, including effective chest compressions and use of a bag-mask device
- Recognition and early management of cardiac arrest
- Recognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions such as tachyarrhythmias and symptomatic bradycardia
- Airway management
- Related pharmacology
- Management of ACS and stroke
- Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team
This ACLS certification class is also available as a blended learning course (online training plus in-person skills session) for ACLS renewal. Click here for American Heart Association HeartCode ACLS Blended Learning.
Students must complete the ACLS Precourse Self-Assessment and bring their results to class.
AHA also requires students to purchase the current ACLS Provider Manual or ACLS Provider E-Book and bring it to class. If these prerequisites are not met, students may have to reschedule.
For renewal ACLS, students must present a current (non-expired) ACLS Provider certification card. If certification has lapsed, students must take either the ACLS Initial class or the ACLS Blended Learning class.
Students must also have basic ECG interpretation skills. ECG analysis is not taught in this class. The AHA ACLS Precourse Self-Assessment will provide an evaluation of your skills. If you need help with ECG interpretation, please contact us for private tutoring sessions.
Healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies, and personnel in emergency response. This may include physicians, nurses, paramedics, physician assistants, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, radiology technicians, etc.