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American Heart Association® ACLS

We now offer American Heart Association® Approved Virtual Options to obtain your BLS, ACLS & PALS cards.

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AHA ACLS Course Information

The American Heart Association ACLS Provider Classroom Course (find a class here) was developed as a means of training healthcare providers who may be required to resuscitate adults. It focuses on recognition and initial care of unstable adult patients, and it also provides training in the management of adults who have already suffered arrest.

ACLS Target Audience

Designed for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. Through didactic instruction and active participation in simulated cases, students will enhance their skills in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiopulmonary arrest, acute arrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes (ACS).

ACLS Course Pre-Requisite

  • Each participant is expected to have reviewed the information in the 2020 ACLS Course Provider Manual prior to the course.
  • It is MANDATORY that you complete the Precourse Self-Assessment & Precourse Work HERE (3 CME/CE provided) and identify any gaps in your knowledge, and remediate those gaps by studying the applicable content in the ACLS Provider Manual or other supplementary resources.
    NOTE: You MUST bring a printed copy of the completed Precourse Self-Assessment & the Precourse Work for admittance to the course.
  • Participants who attend the course must have the basic knowledge and skills to participate actively with the instructor and other students. In most cases, no time will be spent on rhythm interpretation skills and/or pharmacology during the course. This information should be reviewed prior to attending the course.
  • ACLS participants are strongly encouraged to have a current Basic Life Support card, or at least proficiency in BLS when attending our 1-day Provider/Renewal course, though this is not required to attend the class. Participants will be required to demonstrate proficiency in BLS CPR skills repeatedly during the course.
  • Find a class here.

Successful Completion of the ACLS Course

  • Pass the 1-Rescuer Adult CPR and AED Test
  • Pass the Bag-Mask Ventilation Test
  • Demonstrate competency in learning station skills
  • Pass the Megacode Test
  • Pass the open-book written exam with a minimum score of 84% Course

ACLS Course Completion Cards

The American Heart Association is now using “eCards”. These will be issued in all future courses. For more information, please visit our eCard page.

Length and Description of the ACLS Course

  • Our 1-day Provider/Renewal ACLS course is for the first time or renewal attendee who has experience in caring for the cardiac arrest adult patient. Less time is spent in the practice settings and more emphasis is placed on pre-course knowledge and experience.
  • Everyone is welcome to attend the 1-day Provider/Renewal ACLS Course but they are expected to come prepared, especially if this is their first time. American Heart Association® Program Administration Manual guidelines: Who can attend the 1-day Provider/Renewal Course?

Continuing Education Credit

  • Due to changes in the application process recently implemented by the Texas Nurses Association and the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Continuing Education Credit is not available at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
  • Respiratory Care Practitioners:
    • Texas Medical Board (25 Texas Administrative Code ξ140.210)
      (8) Successful completion of the initial course in advanced cardiac life-support, pediatric advanced life-support, the neonatal advanced life-support course, basic trauma life-support, or pre-hospital trauma life-support shall be credited on the basis of 12 clock hours. Recertification courses shall be credited for the number of hours actually completed during the recertification course, but shall not count for more than 12 hours.
  • Radiology Techs:
    • Texas Medical Board (25 Texas Administrative Code ξ140.511):
      (2)Successful completion or recertification in a cardiopulmonary resuscitation course, basic cardiac life support course, or advanced cardiac life support course during the continuing education period. Such successful completion or recertification shall be limited to not more than:
      (A) three hours credit during a renewal period for a cardiopulmonary resuscitation course or basic cardiac life support course; or
      (B) 6 hours credit during a renewal period for an advanced cardiac life support course
  • These rules may change at any time so please contact your appropriate boards for any updates.

Online E-Learning Option

  • Blended learning is a combination of eLearning, in which a student completes part of the course in a self-directed manner, followed by a hands-on session.
  • HeartCode® ACLS is a self-directed, comprehensive eLearning program that uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings.
  • HeartCode® ACLS is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies.

A.C.T.N.T. Healthcare Services offers the American Heart Association® ACLS Provider Classroom Course anywhere in Texas.

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