Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)
ACLS builds on the foundation of basic life support (BLS) skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. The course highlights high-performance team dynamics and communication; systems of care; and recognition of and intervention in cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute dysrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes (ACS).
Available languages: English, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese
Who should take ACLS?
ACLS is for any healthcare provider who wishes to go beyond the basics in life support skills and learn high-performance team dynamics. ACLS training is intended for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies.
ACLS is the advanced life saving course for:
- staff in intensive care units and emergency or critical care departments
- other professionals who need an ACLS course completion card for job or other requirements
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).
Concepts and skills covered in the ACLS course include:
- Systems of Care
- Effective High-Performance Team Dynamics
- Assessment and Management of
- Respiratory Arrest
- Acute Coronary Syndromes
- Acute Stroke
- Cardiac Arrest
- Bradycardia and Tachycardia
- Immediate Post-Cardiac Arrest Care
Students who successfully complete the course will be able to:
- apply the BLS, Primary, and Secondary Assessments sequence for a systematic evaluation of adult patients
- perform prompt, high-quality BLS, including prioritizing early chest compressions and integrating early automated external defibrillator (AED) use
- recognize and perform early management of respiratory arrest
- discuss early recognition and management of ACS and stroke, including appropriate disposition
- recognize and perform early management of bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
- recognize and perform early management of cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including immediate post-cardiac-arrest care
- model effective communication as a member or leader of a high-performance team
- evaluate resuscitative efforts during a cardiac arrest through continuous assessment of CPR quality, monitoring the patient's physiologic response, and delivering real-time feedback to the team
- recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance
- discuss how the use of a rapid response team or medical emergency team may improve patient outcomes
- define systems of care.
ACLS is a Credentialed Course
For successful course completion, students must:
- demonstrate skills competency in all learning stations
- pass the high-quality BLS skills test
- pass the bag-mask ventilation with OPA/NPA insertion skills test
- pass the the Megacode test
- pass the ACLS exam with a score of 84% or higher.
Students who successfully complete the course will receive a course completion card valid for two years.
Available in classroom-based and blended-learning formats.