This class offers an alternative to the standard ACLS Provider Renewal course. It is designed to enhance the learning and educational experience for ACLS providers who have renewed several times and use their skills routinely.
Designed for ACLS seasoned healthcare providers who are proficient in performing BLS and ACLS skills, reading and interpreting ECGs, and understanding ACLS pharmacology and who regularly lead or participate in emergency assessment and treatment of pre-arrest, arrest or post-arrest patients. This audience includes physicians, paramedics and emergency department or critical care nurses.
The goal of the course is to improve outcomes in complex cardiovascular, respiratory and other (eg, metabolic, toxicologic) emergencies by expanding on core ACLS guidelines and encouraging critical thinking and decision making strategies. Through instruction and active participation in case-based scenarios, learners enhance their skills in the differential diagnosis and treatment of pre-arrest, arrest and post-arrest patients.
This fast paced course starts out with core ACLS skills and megacode testing and progresses through four core learning stations: cardiovascular, pharmacology/toxicology, respiratory/metabolic, and post cardiac arrest care.
Students are responsible for acquiring their own textbook. THE PRINT EDITION OR EBOOK TEXT MUST BE BROUGHT TO THE CLASSROOM SESSION IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE AN AHA ACLS EXPERIENCED PROVIDER CERTIFICATION CARD.
The required textbook is ACLS for Experienced Providers - ISBN 9781616693138.
Students may also use the 2010 Handbook of ECC for Healthcare Providers spiral handbook in class.
Textbooks are available through a variety of sources.
The AHA’s eBooks Store at http://eBooks.heart.org provides 24/7 access to purchase, view and download AHA textbooks. The eBooks are the same price as the print edition…but without the shipping costs. These are available online, offline, iPad, and Android.
Access Codes for eBooks may also be purchased through the US AHA Distributors. Access Codes are then redeemed at the AHA eBooks Store.
These are authorized AHA distributors:
To prepare for the course view the videos and take the self-assessment modules on the AHA Student Website to identify any gaps in knowledge. The website and the website code are in the ACLS Experienced Provider manual.
After completing the self-assessment modules students must pass the ACLS Exam with a minimum score of 84% to attend the ACLS EP Course. You will need to enter a special exam keycode for access to the ACLS Exam. The exam keycode will be delivered in your confirmation email. Learners have two attempts to pass the exam before a new exam key is required. If an exam key is lost, a new exam key is required.
Upon successful completion of the online ACLS Provider exam, a certificate of completion will be available for learners. Learners must print this certificate and bring it with them to their ACLS EP Course.
The ACLS Experienced Provider course recognition period is two years and the ACLS EP card supersedes the ACLS provider card, meeting one component of re-licensure as recognized by the State of Missouri.