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.

Features
  • 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

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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.

Acute Stroke Online
ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE:  March 2003
TERMINATION DATE:  January 22, 2016
LAST REVIEW DATE: December 2012

DESCRIPTION:
Acute Stroke Online is a 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.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
After participating in this activity, participants will be able to:
1. Discuss at least 3 risk factors for stroke.
2. List at least 2 conditions that can be present with neurologic signs or can mimic stroke, including, but not limited to, hypoglycemia and postictal paralysis.
3. Explain the difference in treatment for ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.
4. Discuss the 3 components of the Cincinnati Prehospital Stroke Scale.
5. Identify the time frame in which an ischemic stroke patient can be treated with fibrinolytic therapy. 

TARGET AUDIENCES:
Primary Audience:
• Physicians
• Physician Assistants
• Nurses
• EMTs/Paramedics

ACCREDITATION TERMS:
• ACCME/AMA (Physicians) – January 23, 2013 – January 22, 2016
• ANCC (Nurses) – January 23, 2013 – January 22, 2016
• CECBEMS (EMS Practitioners) - January 23, 2013 – January 22, 2016

ACCREDITATION STATEMENTS:

Continuing Medical Education Accreditation - Physicians
The American Heart Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Heart Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

All persons who develop and/or control educational content in CME/CE activities sponsored by the American Heart Association will disclose to the audience all financial relationships with any commercial supporters of this activity as well as with other commercial interests whose lines of business are related to the CME/CE-certified content of this activity. In addition, presenters will disclose unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed in their presentations. Such disclosures will be made in writing in course presentation materials.  Please note that ACCME/AMA offer Physician CME only to MDs and DOs.

Continuing Medical Education Accreditation – Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA
Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.50 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.

Continuing Education Accreditation - Nurses
The American Heart Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 1.50 contact hours. Accredited status does not imply endorsement by the American Heart Association or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with an activity.

Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services
This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), for 1.50 Advanced CEHs, activity number 13-AMHA-F3-0172.

Disclosures for Acute Stroke Online:
I. Instructions for Independent Study
Successful completion of this CE activity includes the following:
(1) Complete all checkpoints and pass the exam with a score of 70% or higher.
(2) Complete the Course Evaluation form.
(3) Print the Certificate/Statement of Credit.

II. There is no additional fee for CME/CE credits for this activity. 

Disclosure Statement:
As a sponsor accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC), and the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), the American Heart Association must ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its individually sponsored or joint sponsored educational activities.

Therefore, all faculty and authors participating in continuing education activities sponsored by the American Heart Association must disclose to the audience: (1) any significant financial relationships with the manufacturer(s) of products from the commercial supporter(s) and/or the manufacturer(s) of products or devices discussed in the activity, and (2) unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed in the activity.  The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent an author with a significant financial or other relationship from contributing but rather to provide participants with information with which they can make their own judgments.  It remains for the participants to determine whether the author’s interests or relationships may influence the content.

I. The following authors/faculty have declared NO financial interest(s) or affiliations:
Jose Ferrer, MD
Elizabeth Sinz, MD
Erik Soderberg, MS

Unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices included in this activity:
None

Students with Special Needs:
The American Heart Association does not provide advice to Training Centers on ADA requirements or any other laws, rules or regulations.  Training Centers must determine accommodations necessary to comply with applicable laws.  AHA recommends consultation with legal counsel. 

Core curriculum change requests for accessibility purposes must be scientifically based and approved in advance in writing by the AHA ECC Science & Product Development department; otherwise a student must be able to successfully perform all course requirements (skills and written tests as indicated) to receive a course completion card.  Reasonable accommodations may be made, such as placing the manikin on a table at the height necessary for wheelchair-bound individuals. However the skills must be satisfactorily completed during the testing sessions.

Guidelines for accommodating students with special needs or disabilities may be found in the Program Administration Manual.