ACLS 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. The Renewal Course requires approximately 5-6 hours, including skills practice and skills testing.
You must REGISTER no later than two weeks prior to the beginning of the course. There is a minimum class size of 6 students. The class may be cancelled if the minimum class size is not met.
Students taking this Renewal Course must have a current ACLS provider card at the time of the class.
Reading and interpreting ECGs
Understanding ACLS drugs
Current BLS Certification
BLS Skills current
ACLS Precourse Self-Assessment
Precourse Self-Assessment: www.heart.org/eccstudent Manual Code: found in student textbook on page ii
The goal of the ACLS Course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured patients, resulting in improved outcomes.
- Students who successfully complete the ACLS Initial Course will receive a ACLS Provider course completion card, valid for two years.
After participating in this activity, participants will be able to:
1. Recognize and initiate early management of periarrest conditions that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome.
2. Demonstrate proficiency in providing BLS care, including prioritizing chest compressions and integrating use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).
3. Recognize and manage respiratory arrest.
4. Recognize and manage cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including immediate post-cardiac arrest care.
5. Recognize and initiate early management of acute coronary syndromes (ACS), including appropriate disposition.
6. Recognize and initiate early management of stroke, including appropriate disposition.
7. Demonstrate effective communication as a member or leader of a resuscitation team and recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance.
• Physician Assistants
- Key changes in advanced cardiovascular life support, reflecting the 2015 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