Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) for Healthcare Providers
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 advanced 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.
You must arrive with:
- a 2020 Edition textbook , now available for Saint Mary's employees to check out through the Education dept.
- a completed precourse self-assessment with at least a passing score of 70%. You can access the pre-course assessment by going to elearning.heart.org. You will need to set up an account, then click on the “Courses” tab at the top of the page and select ACLS. Scroll down to the ACLS Precourse Self-Assessment and choose “Launch This Course.” (Be sure that you do not choose the International Version)
- Bring the completed certificate with you to class. If you are unable to print the completion, please take a picture of it and we will handle it in class.
- Review and understand the information in you ACLS provider manual.
- You will not be taught how to read or interpret ECGs in the course, nor will you be taught details about pharmacology, so please come prepared with this knowledge.
- Be prepared to pass the CPR Skills Testing Checklist. You will not be taught how to do CPR or how to use an AED during the course. The resuscitation scenarios require that your BLS skills and knowledge are current. Review and understand all 2020 BLS guidelines. You may find this information in the BLS Provider Manual or in other publications based on the 2020 AHA Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (see www.heart.org/cpr).
REQUIRED PRECOURSE SELF-ASSESSMENT MUST BE COMPLETED WITH A SCORE OF 70% OR BETTER BEFORE ARRIVING FOR CLASS.
PER AHA REQUIREMENTS, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED INTO CLASS WITHOUT THE PRECOURSE ASSESSMENT.
What to Wear: Please wear loose, comfortable clothing to class. You will be practicing skills that require you to work on your hands and knees, and the course requires bending, standing, and lifting. If you have any physical conditions that might prevent you from engaging in these activities, please tell an instructor. The instructor may be able to adjust the equipment if you have back, knee, or hip problems.
EACH CLASS IS 2 CONSECUTIVE DAYS.
Contact Hours: 14.0