Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) – Classroom

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.

Who should take this class?

ACLS is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies and for personnel in emergency response.

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

Course Content

  • After successfully completing this course, students should be able to
    • Define systems of care
    • Apply the BLS, Primary, and Secondary Assessments sequence for a systematic evaluation of adult patients
    • Discuss how the use of a rapid response team (RRT) or medical emergency team (MET) may improve patient outcomes
    • Discuss early recognition and management of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), including appropriate disposition
    • Discuss early recognition and management of stroke, including appropriate disposition
    • Recognize bradycardias and tachycardias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
    • Perform early management of bradycardias and tachycardias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
    • Model effective communication as a member or leader of a high-performance team
    • Recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance
    • Recognize respiratory arrest
    • Perform early management of respiratory arrest
    • Recognize cardiac arrest
    • Perform prompt, high-quality BLS including prioritizing early chest compressions and integrating early automated external defibrillator (AED) use
    • Perform early management of cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including immediate post–cardiac arrest care
    • 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


  • 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 or Certificate

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 will receive an ACLS provider card, valid for two years.

Course Materials

  • 20-1106 ACLS Provider Manual
  • 20-1120 ACLS Reference Card Set
  • 20-3100 ACLS Provider Manual eBook
  • 20-3109 ACLS Digital Reference Card

Initial Certification

june, 2024

Certification Renewal

june, 2024

*If the Pre-Course Test for the ACLS Renewal Course is not complete PRIOR to the class, you may not be permitted entrance into the class due to other students who have already completed pre-course test. ACLS Precourse Self-Assessment and Precourse Work can be found here: