The ACLS Provider Initial (2 day) with Online BLS Key and Skills will include two separate certifications, AHA ACLS Provider and AHA BLS for Healthcare Provider.
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) is an advanced, instructor-led classroom course that highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac-arrest care. It also covers airway management and related pharmacology. In this course, skills are taught in large, group sessions and small, group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.
Online BLS Key and Skills is a three part hybrid course where students will learn single-rescuer and team basic life support for adults, children and infants through 5 interactive exercises, scenarios and a written test. Navigation controls allow students to move easily through content as they learn how to recognize life-threatening emergencies, provide high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilation and provide early use of an AED. Course also teaches relief of choking. Students will need to complete part 1 (online portion) prior to attending class (length: approximately 2 hours). Parts 2 & 3 (hands on practice and testing) will be completed during class. Students can access the BLS for Healthcare Providers Student Manual, BLS Pocket Reference Card and more for 24 months.
- Course uses learning stations for practice of essential skills simulated clinical scenarios that encourage Active participation
- Instructor led hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency
- Classroom-based works well for learners who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning skills
Audience: ACLS is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units.
Providers who take the ACLS Course must be proficient in the following:
- Performing BLS CPR skills using the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC
- Reading and interpreting ECGs
- Understanding ACLS drugs
- Performing the BLS Survey and the ACLS Survey
- This course does not teach interpretation of ECG Rhythms or detailed ACLS Pharmacology.
Prerequisites and Preparation: Proof of renewal eligibility is REQUIRED. You MUST have a current non expired AHA ACLS Provider card to register for this class.
BEFORE THE COURSE, it is required to review and understand the information in your ACLS Provider Manual and successfully complete the self-assessment modules on the Student Website (www.heart.org/eccstudent) with a passing score of 70. You will be required to turn in the scores from your completed self-assessment. More information can be found in your student manual.
**NEW from the AHA for 2015: Completing the pre course self-assessment with a score of 70 or better is REQUIRED in order to attend any ACLS Course. Please print your final score and be ready to turn it in at sign in. Failure to complete the self-assessment will result in needing to reschedule. Fees will apply.
Course Length: 12 hours
Student Materials: BLS and ACLS Provider Manuals are a part of the American Heart Association (AHA) courses. The AHA requires that they are available to all students "before, during and after" a given class. You may borrow a manual for your course type at one of three locations on Valley Medical Center Campus. To make arrangements please contact:
Certification: Upon successful completion, students receive an American Heart Association BLS Provider Card and an ACLS Provider Card, both valid for two years.
Click here for AHA Course flyer.