Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support – Classroom

classroom courseACLS 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.

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.

Course Content

• Key changes in advanced cardiovascular life support, reflecting
the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary
Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care

• Basic life support skills, including effective chest compressions,
use of a bag-mask device and use of an (AED)

• Recognition and early management of respiratory and cardiac arrest

• Recognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardia

• Airway management

• Related pharmacology

• Management of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and stroke

• Effective communication as a member and leader of a
resuscitation team

• Effective Resuscitation Team Dynamics

 

Course Format/Time

 Initial Provider Course requires approximately 10-12 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing. Renewal Course requires approximately 5-6 hours, including skills practice and skills testing.
*course time based on 1 instructor: 6 student: 2 manikins

Classroom-based (instructor and video, with skills conducted throughout)

 

Features

• Course uses learning stations for practice of essential skills
simulated clinical scenarios that encourage Active participation

• Hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency

• Classroom-based works well for learners who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning skills

 

Course Completion Card

Upon successful course completion, including demonstration of skills competency in all learning stations and passing the CPR and AED skills test, bag-mask ventilation skills test, a Megacode test and a written test, students receive an ACLS course completion card, valid for two years.

 

Continuing Education

AHA is now able to offer Continuing Education credits through CECBEMS for EMS students who have successfully passed the ACLS Provider Classroom course.  CECBEMS is a national provider of continuing education credits for EMS professionals only.

Because the continuing education approval process for nurses and physicians is much more involved, CME/CE credit for these professions will not be available through the AHA at this time.
Continuing education credit will continue to be offered for multiple professions for completion of the HeartCode® ACLS Part 1 program

Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services
ACLS Provider Course (initial/full course)
This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), for 12.00 Advanced CEHs, activity number 11-AMHA-F2-0119.

ACLS Update Course
Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services

This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), for 5.25 Advanced CEHs, activity number 11-AMHA-F2-0127.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

2011 Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Classroom Course & Materials
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Does the AHA determine the cost for all training courses and the accompanying course materials?

A: The AHA does not regulate price; however, provides its authorized distributors suggested retail pricing on course materials.

 

Course Options

 HeartCode ACLS Part 1

ACLS for Experienced Providers

 

Updates

Changes: April 2012
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Manual
[ISBN 978-1-61669-010-6, AHA Product Numbr 90-1014]

Changes: January 2012
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Instructor Manual
[ISBN 978-1-61669-011-3, AHA Product Number 90-1011]

Changes: December 2011
ACLS Acute Coronary Syndromes and Stroke Pocket Reference Card
[ISBN 978-1-61669-013-7, AHA Product Number 90-1012]

 

Translations

 Now Available

IVE English Japanese
Updated with the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care.

• 90-2802TR     International Version English (IVE) ACLS Provider Manual

• 90-2802US     International Version English (IVE) ACLS Provider Manual – available soon

Updated with the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care.

Instructor
• 90-2110JP     Japanese ACLS Instructor Manual –available soon

Student
• 90-2109JP     Japanese ACLS Provider Manual –available in warehouse June 19

• 90-2108JP     Japanese ACLS DVD – available soon

• 90-2102JP 2010 Japanese AHA Guidelines for CPR & ECC

 Portuguese Spanish
Updated with the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care.

Student
• 90-2208US     Portuguese ACLS Student Provider Manual

Instructor
• 90-2206US     Portuguese ACLS DVD
• 90-2207US     Portuguese ACLS IM CD-Rom

Cards
• 90-2220US     Portuguese ACLS Provider Card
• 90-2219US     Portuguese ACLS Instructor Card

Updated with the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care.

Student
• 90-2307US     Spanish ACLS Provider Manual

Instructor
• 90-2306US     Spanish ACLS Instructor Manual CD-ROM, includes Lesson Maps
• 90-2305US     Spanish ACLS DVD

Cards
• 90-2319US     ACLS Providers Course Completion Card (3-card sheet)

• 90-2318US     ACLS Instructor Card (3-card sheet)

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Instructor Materials

 90-1009 ACLS DVD
90-1011 ACLS Instructor Manual, includes Lesson Maps, Instructor CD, divider page tabs

90-1041 ACLS Instructor Package, includes:

ACLS Provider Manual
ACLS Instructor Manual
2 ACLS DVDs
ACLS Posters
ACLS Emergency Crash Cart Cards
Stop Watch
Supplementary Materials:

90-1010 ACLS Emergency Crash Cart Cards (set of 4)
90-1013 ACLS Posters (set of 9)
90-1024 Suspected Stroke Algorithm/Stroke Scale Card (package of 25)
AHA Instructor Network

 

Student Materials

90-1014 ACLS Provider Manual, includes ACLS Pocket Reference Card Set

90-1012 ACLS Pocket Reference Card Set (set of 2)