Posted on: August 21st, 2011 by Chris

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support


*Pricing: The ACLS Initial Course = $225 and the Recertification/Update/Renewal Course = $165

*Please visit our ACLS Initial REGISTRATION PAGE or ACLS Update, Renewal, Recert REGISTRATION PAGE to register for upcoming scheduled AHA ACLS classes. All other upcoming open enrollment PALS, ACLS, and BLS for Health Care Provider classes can be found on our REGISTRATION PAGE. Additional information for the American Heart Association (AHA) ACLS, Advanced Cardiac Life Support Courses can be found below or by visiting The American Heart Association Website at

*We also provide onsite American Heart Association ACLS courses. If you have a group that need to be trained in either an AHA ACLS Initial or Update / Recertification Recert course please call (209) 665-4398 or complete the CONTACT FORM for special pricing and scheduling options. We provide onsite ACLS classes throughout the Bay Area including Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo, and Richmond and Northern and Central California.

*If you need an emergency AHA ACLS Class Certification you can take an American Heart Association eLearning Online ACLS HeartCode Course. You can register and pay for the eLearning HeartCode ACLS course from my REGISTRATION PAGE. After you have completed the online course you can email me to set up a Skills Verification Session at my Manteca office to verify your ACLS skills and we will issue you a card and CE certificate.

AHA ACLS Precourse Study Guide
(ALL STUDENTS SHOULD READ!!!! Important student information needed before attending the ACLS Course.)

All Students MUST complete and submit at the time the time of class a certificate of completion for the American Heart Association AHA ACLS Course Pre-Test.
Please click the link below to complete the test.
AHA ACLS Course Pre-Test Link
The code to access the test is ACLS15

We want you to learn and be as effective and efficient as possible with the ACLS course. On our DOWNLOAD PAGE we have provided several algorithms, check off sheets, skill sheets, case scenarios, and other helpful information to assist you in being prepared for your ACLS course. Please take advantage of these downloads. This is a difficult course please come prepared.

The American Heart Association (AHA) Advanced Cardiac Life Support (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, related pharmacology, and ECG recognition. The AHA ACLS Class is taught by experienced

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Skills are taught in large-group sessions and small-group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.

The ACLS course covers:

  • ACLS algorithms
  • immediate post-cardiac-arrest care
  • airway management
  • rhythm recognition
  • high-quality CPR
  • 1-rescuer CPR AED
  • effective resuscitation team dynamics
  • science overview (update course)
  • BLS and ACLS surveys
  • ACS
  • Megacode treatment
  • identification and initial care of other life-threatening clinical situations (such as stroke).

ACLS training is intended for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the resuscitation of a patient, whether in or out of the hospital, including:

  • physicians
  • nurses
  • emergency medical technicians
  • paramedics
  • staff in intensive care units and emergency or critical care departments
  • other professionals who may respond to a cardiovascular emergency

Students must pass a written exam and skills test in order to qualify for an ACLS Course Completion Card.

To be successful in any American Heart Association ACLS course, students should be able to identify ECG rhythms and should know pharmacology specific to cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiopulmonary emergencies before beginning the course. It is strongly recommended that students review the ACLS course materials and complete a pre course self-assessment using the tools in their student materials before starting the course.

Course Length
Course length for an initial ACLS class is approximately 10-12 hours, and approximately 5-6.5 hours for the ACLS renewal, recertification, or update course. The online option for ACLS will consist of 3 parts; Part 1 (cognitive portion) can be taken in an instructor-led training session or on a self-directed basis as an online eLearning course. Students then practice their skills (Part 2) and are tested (Part 3) with a certified American Heart Association ACLS instructor.