Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)
The American Heart Association’s (AHA) Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2020 American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. This course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS 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 (ACS).
- Attending an ACLS class does not also certify staff in BLS. Please refer to Policy 9905 for clarification.
- Student manuals may be loaned out from the Matthew Fuller Library on the fifth floor of the main campus.
- Access to the ACLS Provider Manual eBook is included with HeartCode ACLS. You will be able to access the Provider Manual from within the course.
We offer the AHA HeartCode educational model for clinical staff to complete their initial or recertification for ACLS. HeartCode ACLS is the AHA’s blended learning delivery method for the AHA’s ACLS course. Blended learning is a combination of eLearning, in which a student completes part of the course in a self-directed manner, followed by a hands-on session.
Once students complete the online self-directed course, they must complete a 4-hour hands-on skills practicum. The online course must be completed before the hands-on skills practicum. You will not be granted admission if the online course is not complete.