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The goal of the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support for Experienced Providers (ACLS EP) 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 prearrest, arrest and postarrest patients.

ACLS EP has been updated to reflect science from the following:
  • 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC
  • 2013 American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF)/AHA Guidelines for the Management of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction
  • 2012 ACCF/AHA Focused Update of the Guideline for the Management of Patients With Unstable Angina/Non–ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction
This course is for 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 prearrest, arrest or postarrest patients.

  • Uses case-based scenarios to move beyond the algorithms and show learners how to apply critical thinking to quickly reach a differential diagnosis and effectively manage treatment
  • Includes more of the cases and information learners have requested, including pharmacology, toxicology, respiratory and metabolic cases
  • Includes 68 scenarios, including prehospital, emergency department and inhospital scenarios, so the course to be customized to best meet the needs of learners
  • ACLS Provider exam is completed online before class allowing learners more time to share and learn from peers
  • Continuing education credits available 

Purchase Options

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Channing Bete Company Inc.

Laerdal Medical Corporation


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Course Content

  • Applying the expanded systematic approach (ACLS-EP Survey) to patient assessment, evaluation and management
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies
  • Cerebrovascular Emergencies
  • Respiratory and Metabolic Emergencies
  • Post-Cardiac Arrest Care
  • Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology Emergencies
  • High Quality CPR
  • Effective communication within a resuscitation team and recognition of the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance

Additional Information

Instructor Materials

90-1076       ACLS EP DVD Set

90-1078       ACLS EP Instructor Package

Student Materials

90-1075       ACLS EP Manual and Resource Text     Available in eBook

90-1083       ACLS EP Exam Key

  • Classroom-based 
  • Instructor-led
  • Features active participation in case-based scenarios
Course completion time is approximately 8 hours (7 to 7.25 hours without breaks and 8 to 8.5 hours with breaks).

For successful course completion, learners must actively participate in all case-based scenarios and must meet all current ACLS course completion requirements including:

  • Pass the 1-rescuer CPR and AED skills test
  • Pass the bag-mask ventilation skills test
  • Pass the Megacode skills test
  • Pass the ACLS Provider exam with a score of 84% or higher
Upon successful completion, learners receive an ACLS EP course completion card, valid for 2 years.

ACLS for Experienced Providers FAQ (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.

Changes: December 2013
ACLS for Experienced Providers Manual and Resource Text (PDF)
[ISBN 978-1-61669-313-8, AHA Product Number 90-1075]

Changes: February 2014
ACLS for Experienced Providers DVD Set (PDF)
[ISBN 978-1-61669-312-1, AHA Product Number 90-1076]

Translated Updates

Changes: May 2014
Japanese ACLS EP Manual
Japanese ACLS EP Manual Update May 2014

Changes: May 2014
Japanese ACLS EP Instructor Manual
Japanese ACLS EP Instructor Manual Update May 2014