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Advanced Cardiac Life Support ACLS 

Advanced Cardiac Life Support ACLS has been upadated to reflect the NEW SCIENCE in the 2015 AHA Guidelines. It builds on the foundation of the BLS CPR lifesaving skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous HIGH-QUALITY CPR. This advanced course highlights the importance of high-performance team dynamics and communication, systems of care, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute dysrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes or ACS.

This Instructor-led course allows students to participate in simulated clinical scenarios and learning stations. Students, in groups, along with the Instructor will work to complete the various ACLS skill practice stations and testings. Student must complete a written exam and receive a score of 84% or higher to successfully pass the class.

AUDIENCE: This course is for those in the healthcare profession (certified / non-certified or licensed / non-licensed) who need a course completion card in Advanced Cardiac Life Support in order to meet certain jobs, regulatory, or other requirements. This course DOES NOT teach BLS CPR. If you need a BLS CPR certification, see our BLS CPR course.


Importance of HIGH-QUALITY CPR and impact on surviving cardiac arrest

Early Recognition and management of respiratory arrest

Early Recognition and management of cardiac arrest

Early Recognition and management of peri-arrest conditions (symptomatic bradycardia)

Airway management

Related Pharmacology

Management of ACS and Stroke

Effective communication with members of the code team and leadership

COURSE FORMAT: This course is classroom-based which includes instructor, video, and skills interaction throughout the course. This course is 12 hours in length for initial provider and 6 hours length for update / re-certification.


Course uses learning stations for practice of essential skills simulated clinical scenarios

Active student participation

Instructor-led with hands-on to reinforce new skills and that of proficiency

CERTIFICATION: Upon completion of this course, students receive an American Heart Association ACLS Provider course completion care that is valid for two years.