AHA ACLS Refresher

Course Overview

The American Heart Association (AHA) ACLS Instructor-led Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. This course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR.

This advanced course highlights the importance of high-performance team dynamics and communication, systems of care, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute dysrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes (ACS).

 

Course Length and Format

  • Initial Provider Course requires approximately 15 hours 20 minutes to complete, including skills practice and skills testing.
  • Update Course requires approximately 8 hours 25 minutes, including skills practice and skills testing.

*Course time based on 1 instructor: 6 student: 2 manikins (Min 4 students and Max 8 students per class)

 

Features

  • 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 Content

  • 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

 

Audience

This course is for healthcare professionals who within their scope of practice require ACLS certification and/or competency in a wide variety of in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings.

 

Continuing Medical Education Credit

ACLS Initial Course
Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services 
This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), for 9.75 Advanced CEHs, activity number 16-AMHA-F2-0309.

ACLS Update (Refresher) Course
Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services 

This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), for 4.75 Advanced CEHs, activity number 16-AMHA-F2-0310.

**CAPCE credit must be claimed within 6 months of attendance. CME/CE credit will no longer be available to claim for this activity after the 6-month claiming period.

**If your profession is not listed here, please contact your HR department or licensing board with any questions. The American Heart Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and does not determine participants to receive credit or number of credits per course.

 

Certification Card

An electronic card ** or ** a hard-copy card will be mailed/emailed to the student or available at main office within 7 business days after completion of the course. A certificate of completion (valid proof of completion according to the AHA Program Administration Manual aka PAM while the card is being produced by training center) will be available immediately upon successful course completion. The certification is good for 2 years to the end of month of the calendar month initially certified. Duplicate cards are available for an addiitional charge.

 

Required Text

A text (per the AHA) must be available before during and after course. A student not arriving with the course textbook will be required to purchase a book upon arrival of course with no exceptions. Current textbook is found here: