Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies.
This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, and paramedics, as well as others who need an ACLS course completion card for job or other requirements.
This classroom, video-based, Instructor-led course builds on the foundation of lifesaving 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.
Course Completion Testing:
You are required to pass a written examination with a minimum score of 84%. You are also required to successfully complete one Megacode skills test as the team leader. You may use the cards that come with your provider manual and/or the 2015 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers as reference guides during the megacode station.
Provider Manual: You are responsible for acquiring your own textbook and bringing it to class.
The required textbook or eBook (your choice) is
ACLS Provider Manual 2015 - Item #: 15-1005 ISBN: 978-1-61669-400-5
ACLS Provider Manual 2015 eBook - Item #: 15-3100
Authorized AHA distributors:
Copies of your unexpired ACLS and BLS Provider cards.
The Precourse Self-Assessment is MANDATORY.
To prepare for the course, the self-assessment modules must be completed on the AHA Student Website. The web address and access code are in your ACLS provider manual. You MUST complete the assessments with a score of 70% or higher before coming to class, and you must BRING COPIES OF YOUR COMPLETION CERTIFICATES and present them to your instructor at the beginning of the class!
• Watch the ACLS 2015 Science Overview Video and review the CPR and AED Skills Video on the AHA Student Website. You will be tested on 1-rescuer adult CPR and AED skills at the beginning of the ACLS Provider Course.
• Review and understand the information in your ACLS Provider Manual. Pay particular attention to the 10 cases in Part 5.
Failure to complete all mandatory precourse assignments will result in immediate expulsion from the class, without exception**
What This Course Does Not Teach:
You will not be taught how to perform CPR, use an AED, interpret ECGs, or pharmacology dynamics. If you do not learn and understand this information from the ACLS textbook or AHA Student Website, it is recommended to study supplementary resources on the AHA Student Website prior to attending.
Physical Limitations: If you have any physical limitations which may impair your ability to perform any of the skills (e.g., continuous and effective chest compressions), please inform your the course coordinator, Debbie Petty as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will work to accommodate your needs as much as possible within AHA requirements.
AHA Completion Cards and Course Certificates:
SCCAD will process AHA provider cards and course completion certificates within 20 days of the completion of this course.
The ACLS provider course recognition period is two years and meets one component of re-licensure as recognized by the State of Missouri.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Debbie Petty at email@example.com .
We look forward to seeing you and hope that you find this course a valuable learning experience!
St. Charles County Ambulance District Training Staff
** The completion of the Pre-course Self-Assessment modules is required by AHA guidelines, and is therefore mandatory prior to attending class. In order for SCCAD to be compliant with AHA requirementss, no exceptions will be made.