Course Description

The ACLS Course is designed to teach you the lifesaving skills required to be both a Team Member and a Team Leader in either an in-hospital or out-of-hospital setting.

HeartCode ACLS is the AHA’s blended learning delivery method for the AHA’s ACLS Course. HeartCode blended learning delivers quality resuscitation education regardless of where providers are located and gives them more control to complete the course at their own pace.

This course has 2 components: an online portion and an instructor-led classroom portion. You must purchase and complete the online portion first. See AHA Shop CPR website: https://shopcpr.heart.org/heartcode-acls. Access to the ACLS Provider Manual eBook is included with HeartCode ACLS. You will be able to access the Provider Manual from within the course.

This sign-up is for the hands-on skills session only. This course includes practice time and testing. Students must come prepared for testing of skills.

Course Outline

What does this course teach?

This portion of the course demonstrates the ACLS skills, allows students to practice hands-on skills, and provides testing. Upon successful completion of skills demonstrations, students receive their AHA ACLS eCard. Student must come with foreknowledge and be prepared for skills testing.

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

Remediation for skills competency will be provided immediately following class completion time. If a student is still unable to successfully complete course requirements, after remediation is provided, certification ecard will not be received the day of class and further remediation options will be discussed with ETA Director. Additional costs may apply for remediation classes. If a student is not successful after remediation, it is recommended that they take a full two-day initial ACLS class.

To successfully complete the hands-on session students should:

  • Review and understand the information in the AHA 2020 ACLS Provider Manual (this is located within the ACLS HeartCode Course)
  • Review, understand, and pass the mandatory pre-course self-assessment with a score of 70% or higher.
  • Review, understand, and complete the mandatory ACLS Pre-Course Self-Assessment and video lessons.
  • Ensure that their BLS skills and knowledge are current for the resuscitation scenarios and have a current AHA BLS provider card. Students will be tested on adult high-quality BLS skills using a feedback manikin at the beginning of the ACLS Course. Students must know this in advance because they will not be taught how to do CPR or use an AED.
  • Must be proficient in reading and interpreting electrocardiograms (ECGs), understanding ACLS pharmacology, and providing bag-mask ventilation.

To successfully complete the skills portion of the AHA HeartCode ACLS Provider course and obtain a course completion eCard,

You must pass the:

  1. Adult High-Quality BLS Skills Competency Test
  2. Airway Management Skills Competency Test
  3. Megacode Skills Competency Test

Learner Outcomes

Who should take this course?

Students who have successfully completed the AHA HeartCode ACLS course online. This course is designed for healthcare professionals who direct or manage cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies; personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units; physicians, nurses, and paramedics; and others who need an ACLS course completion card for job or other requirements. Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) is geared towards healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies or personnel in emergency response.

This course is recommended for recertification students.

This course is not recommended for those completing ACLS certification for the first time. Please see the ACLS initial two-day course.


There are no refunds for this course and date changes are only allowable upon appeal with the program director. There are no exceptions.


Will students need previous knowledge or skills in the subject?

Students must successfully complete the AHA BLS HeartCode online course prior to attending this class and must come with foreknowledge and be prepared for skills testing.

It is highly recommended that students complete the following free course prior to taking the HeartCode online course and coming to the skills session. The course provides an assessment and videos to aid in preparation. Students can register on the AHA eLearning site to take the Precourse Assessment and Precourse Work Course: https://elearning.heart.org/course/424

What do students need to bring to the class?

Students are responsible for purchasing their AHA ACLS HeartCode course and successfully completing before attending this class. Students may bring their electronic device with their digital copy of the 2020 AHA ACLS Provider Manual.

Students must bring their certificate of course completion and a copy of their current BLS card to be admitted to class.

Practice manikins and accessories will be available for the student to use during the class.

Students should wear loose, comfortable clothing. They will be practicing skills that require working on their hands and knees, bending, standing, and lifting.

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