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. Because the ACLS Course covers extensive material in a short time, students will need to prepare for the course beforehand to minimize the risk of failing the course.

Course Outline

What does this course teach?

This course teaches students:

  • Review of 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 ACS and stroke
  • Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team

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

***There is NO remediation for skills competency and/or written tests for the recertification class. Learners who do not successful complete the course will NOT be provided with a certification card and will need to repeat an initial certification class. Additional costs will apply for that class.***

To successfully complete the classroom portion of the AHA 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
  4. Open-resource written exam with a minimum score of 84%.

Learner Outcomes

Who should take this course?

This course is for individuals who have a current ACLS certification and are looking to recertify before their cards expire. 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.

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.


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?

Pre-course Requirements (instructions on accessing requirements sent to students upon registration). Students must:

  • Review and understand the information in the AHA 2020 ACLS Provider Manual.
  • 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.

Students must 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 copy of the 2020 AHA ACLS Provider Manual. The print or eBook is acceptable. Practice manikins and accessories will be available for the student to use during the class.

ISBN: 978-1-61669-772-3 (print)

ISBN: 978-1-61669-797-6 (digital eBook).

The approximate cost is $39.50 to $45.50 not including any applicable taxes or shipping and handling fees required by the vendor. The workbook can be purchased through any vendors that sell AHA products or through the AHA website at https://shopcpr.heart.org/all-products?aha_product_type=97&associated_course=48&audience=59&language=73

Students must bring:

  • 2020 AHA ACLS Provider Manual
  • ACLS pre-course self-assessment with a score of 70% or better.
  • ACLS pre-course preparation certificate.
  • Current BLS Provider card.
  • Current ACLS Provider card.

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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