Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Course

Course Participants

The Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Initial Provider Course is for healthcare providers who have never taken the course or whose ACLS completion card has expired This course is designed for healthcare providers who direct or participate in the resuscitation of patients, either as a prehospital or in-hospital care provider. Participants will enhance their skills in the treatment of arrest and peri-arrest patients through active participation in a series of simulated cardiopulmonary cases.

Course Overview

The Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course 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; and recognition of and intervention in cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute dysrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes (ACS). The ACLS course is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. The course adheres to the guidelines promoted by the American Heart Association (AHA) for clinical management of basic and advanced cardiac life support.

Course Objectives

After successfully completing the ACLS course, students should 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 outcomes
  • 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.

Course Pre-requsites

Participants enrolling in the ACLS Providers Course must have completed prior learning
and proficiency in:

  • Performing BLS CPR skills.
  • Must be able to demonstrate basic electrocardiography (ECG) interpretation.
  • Must be able to demonstrate knowledge of pharmacological concepts and competent administration of cardiac drugs used during ACLS.
  • Performing the basic and advanced assessment of the BLS and ACLS patient.

Course Completion

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 Megacode test
  • pass the ACLS exam with a score of 84% or higher.

Participants must attend all sessions of the course and pass all the skills tests and the written test to receive a completion eCard.

Upon successful completion of all requirements, students receive an AHA ACLS course completion card. AHA ACLS Course Completion cards are only issued in the format of an individual e-card. To receive an ACLS completion card, a student must be a currently active healthcare provider whose training and scope of practice includes a knowledge base that includes the foundations of ACLS knowledge and skills.


Course Schedule

Download Course Schedule (.pdf download) - Please note, Course Schedule subject to change.



For questions or further information, please contact:
Zuzer Calero, MALS
Director, Simulation Operations
Office: (305) 284-2709