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The American Heart Association (AHA) Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Course is based on simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active, hands-on participation through learning stations where students practice essential skills individually, as part of a team, and as team leader. Realistic simulations reinforce the following key concepts: proficiency in basic life support care; recognizing and initiating early ACLS management of pre-arrest conditions; managing cardiac arrest; identifying and treating ischemic chest pain and acute coronary syndromes; recognizing other life-threatening clinical situations (such as stroke) and providing initial care; ACLS algorithms; and effective resuscitation team dynamics.

For successful completion of this course, students must demonstrate skills competency in all learning stations, pass the CPR/AED skills test, bag-mask ventilation skills test and the Megacode test. They must also pass the written test with a score of 84% or higher. Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive an AHA ACLS course completion card which is valid for two years. Course length is approximately 10-12 hours for an initial course.

1. ACLS agreement form- signed and returned to WE R CPR® one week in advance. Pre-payment for course is required at this time.

2. Current, valid AHA BLS for Healthcare Provider card

3. Current, valid AHA ACLS card (renewals only)

4. AHA ACLS Pre-Course Test (This must be completed and turned in one week before the class. This will also help you prepare for the class.)

Click HERE for the pre-course self-assessment and other AHA ACLS study material. ***Contact us for the password***

Student Materials (Required):
ACLS Provider Manual (part # 15-1005)
**Available at WE R CPR® or may be purchased at Channing-Bete.

Intended Audience:

  • Physician
  • Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Physicians Assistant
  • Paramedics/ EMT
  • Respiratory therapists, and other professionals who may respond to a cardiovascular emergency