The ACLS course builds on the foundation of lifesaving Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. This course highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care, and immediate post-cardiac arrest care. ACLS also covers airway management and related pharmacology.
Skills are taught in large-group sessions and small-group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.
The ACLS course covers:
Immediate post-cardiac-arrest care
Resuscitation team dynamics
BLS and ACLS surveys
Acute Coronary Syndromes
Identification and initial care of other life-threatening clinical situations (such as stroke).
To be successful in any ACLS course, students should be able to identify ECG rhythms and should know pharmacology specific to cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiopulmonary emergencies before beginning the course. Students will be required to complete the AHA Precourse Self Assessment on line. https://elearning.heart.org/course/424. Go the the google search page and add ACLS Precourse Self Assessment. Find AHA elearning website to launch the assessment. It is required for students to complete the AHA online Precourse Assessment and print the completion certificate to bring to class. It is also necessary that students bring a copy of their current BLS card with them. It is strongly recommended that the student purchase and review the 2015 AHA ACLS Textbook prior to attending the course.
Students must pass a written exam and skills test in order to qualify for an ACLS Course Completion Card.