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ACLS builds on the foundation of lifesaving basic life support (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).
Before taking the ACLS course, students must pass the online ACLS Precourse Self-Assessment with a score of 70% or higher. This test is part of the ACLS student Web site (access granted with purchase of the ACLS Provider Manual). For successful course completion, students must:
Course length is approximately 12.25 to 15.25 hours for the initial course, and approximately 6.5 to 8.25 hours for the update course.
Based on 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and ECC.
The goal of the classroom-based, Instructor-led ACLS EP course is to improve outcomes in complex cardiovascular, respiratory, and other emergencies (e.g., metabolic or toxicologic) by expanding on core ACLS guidelines and encouraging critical thinking and decision-making strategies. Through instruction and active participation in case-based scenarios, learners enhance their skills in the differential diagnosis and treatment of prearrest, arrest, and postarrest patients.
The ACLS EP course is intended for those who must respond to cardiovascular emergencies and special resuscitation situations in the workplace, and who are mandated to have the highest level of training in order to perform their jobs, including:
In order to take the ACLS EP course, students must first pass an online exam to demonstrate their ACLS knowledge. After taking the course, students must pass a written exam and skills test in order to qualify for an ACLS Experienced Provider Course Completion Card.