ACLS (Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support) and BLS (Basic Life Support) Blended Learning Bundle
American Heart Association ACLS and BLS Certification (Blended Learning HeartCode ACLS BLS)
Complete both your American Heart Association ACLS and BLS certifications at once with this bundled course. This Blended Learning ACLS BLS class consists of online ACLS and BLS courses followed by an in-person ACLS and BLS Skills Session with an AHA instructor. The Skills Session is a hands-on test and demonstration of the skills learned during the online courses.
Students receive American Heart Association “BLS Provider” and “ACLS Provider” certifications, valid for two years. This Blended Learning ACLS and BLS certification class is appropriate for initial ACLS and BLS certification, and for ACLS and BLS renewal.
The AHA ACLS (Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support) 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
During an ACLS Skills Session, participants will have an opportunity to review the current ACLS guidelines with the instructor, including peri-arrest and cardiac arrest algorithms and medications, before being tested on adult BLS, ventilation, and megacode scenarios.
The AHA BLS (Basic Life Support) Provider course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations, and provide early use of an AED (automated external defibrillator).
The following topics are covered:
- High-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
- The AHA Chain of Survival, specifically the BLS components
- Important early use of an AED
- Effective ventilations using a barrier device
- Importance of teams in multirescuer resuscitation and performance as an effective team member during multirescuer CPR
- Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults/children, and infants
- Special considerations
During a BLS Skills Session, the instructor will review the current AHA guidelines and cardiac arrest algorithms for adult and pediatric patients, then participants will be tested on individual and multi-rescuer cardiac arrest scenarios for adult and pediatric victims.
Students must complete both the BLS online course and the ACLS online course before showing up for the in-person BLS and ACLS Skills Sessions, and provide proof of completion to the instructor. There is an option to purchase the online courses when enrolling in the Skills Sessions.
For ACLS, students must also have basic ECG interpretation skills. ECG analysis is not taught in this class. If you are unsure of your ability to interpret ECGs, please attempt the AHA ACLS Precourse Self-Assessment to evaluate your skills. If you need help with Basic ECG Interpretation, please contact us for private tutoring sessions.
This course is intended for 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. This class is appropriate for initial or renewal ACLS and BLS certification.