AHA’s ACLS Course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR.
Things to know before taking this course:
- All students must complete the Pre-course Self-Assessment and achieve a score of at least 70% before taking the ACLS Course.
- Students must print their successful Pre-course Self-Assessment score report and course completion certificate and bring it with them to class.
The ACLS Provider Course is designed for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. Through didactic instruction and active participation in simulated cases, students will enhance their skills in recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute arrhythmia, stroke and acute coronary syndromes (ACS).
AHA student cards are now sent via email from eCards@heart.org, please allow up to 48 hours to receive.
WHO SHOULD TAKE THE COURSE?
Providers who take the full ACLS Course must be proficient in the following:
• Performing high-quality BLS skills through the use of the 2020 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC
• Reading and interpreting electrocardiograms (ECGs)
• Understanding ACLS drugs
• Bag-mask Ventilations
The ACLS Provider Course emphazises three major concepts:
• The crucial importance of high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to patient survival
• The integration of effective basic life support (BLS) with ACLS interventions
• The importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation
The course is designed to give students the opportunity to practice and demonstrate proficiency in the following skills used in resuscitation:
• Systematic approach
• High-quality BLS
• Airway management
• Rhythm recognition
• Intravenous (IV)/intraosseous (IO) access (information only)
• Use of medications
• Transcutaneous pacing
• Team dynamics
Students will practice the application of these and other skills in simulated cases and will practice both Team Leader and team member roles.
Upon successful completion of this 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 respiratory arrest
• Perform early management of respiratory arrest
• Discuss early recognition and management of ACS, including appropriate disposition
• Discuss early recognition and management of stroke, including appropriate disposition
• Recognize bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
• Perform early management of bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrythmias that may result in cardiac arrest or compliance resuscitation outcome
• Recognize cardiac arrest
• 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
The instructor-led training is a traditional classroom course conducted on-site at a Training Center or other facility. The course is structured as follows:
• Core concepts are presented through course videos, instructor-led discussions, and case-based scenarios around manikin.
• Students take an exam to confirm understanding of core concepts.
• The instructor coaches students as they practice skills.
• The instructor monitors as each student demonstrates skills proficiency as outlined in the skills testing checklist.