The AHA’s Acute Stroke Online Course has been updated to reflect the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC.

This web-based, interactive course provides training on the symptoms, diagnosis and management of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke and complications of stroke. Course content is based on information from the AHA’s ACLS EP Manual and Resource Text, covering treatment from the field to the emergency department, as well as critical care and rehabilitation. This text has been adapted to an independent study activity to make this resource available to a wider audience of health professionals.

Acute Stroke Online meets Joint Commission requirements.

Geared toward the experienced healthcare provider, this course is ideal for in-hospital, out-of-hospital and any healthcare provider who wants to improve his or her knowledge of stroke treatment.

  • Self-paced learning; course accessible 24/7 
  • Access to course for 12 months from activation, allowing students to conveniently refresh knowledge
  • Certificate of completion provided 
  • Continuing education credits available

Purchase Options

AHA Training Centers

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AHA Approved Distributors

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Channing Bete Company Inc.

Laerdal Medical Corporation



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Course Content

  • Stroke Chain of Survival  
  • 8 D’s of stroke care 
  • Definitions of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke 
  • Pathophysiology 
  • Stroke risk factors, recognition and management 
  • Transition to critical care and rehabilitation

Additional Information

Student Materials

90-1425  Acute Stroke Online

This self-paced, interactive course requires participants to complete 10 checkpoint exercises with review questions before accessing the online course test to demonstrate cognitive knowledge.

Acute Stroke Online takes approximately two hours to complete.

Acute Stroke Online Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Q: Does the AHA determine the cost for all training courses and the accompanying course materials?

A: Costs for courses and materials are determined by Training Centers or Instructors and may vary. The AHA does not regulate price; however, provides its authorized distributors suggested retail pricing on course materials.

A certificate of completion is provided upon successful completion of this course; this course does not offer an AHA course completion card.

Continuing Education (CE) for Acute Stroke Online is no longer available, effective July 22, 2016. The AHA will soon be launching a new Acute Stroke Online Course, updated to meet AHA’s latest guidelines for stroke and emergency cardiovascular care. The new course will be a continuing education activity.