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Classroom Learning Updated to reflect 2015 Guidelines CPR & ECC

ACLS for Experienced Providers goes beyond the core ACLS training by offering critical thinking opportunities for those advanced, experienced, healthcare professionals who use ACLS on a regular basis. The goal of ACLS EP is to improve outcomes in complex cardiovascular, respiratory and other (e.g., metabolic, toxicologic) emergencies by expanding on core ACLS guidelines and encouraging critical thinking and decision-making strategies. Through cooperative learning and active participation in case-based scenarios, learners enhance their skills in the differential diagnosis and treatment of prearrest, arrest and postarrest patients.

The AHA’s ACLS EP Course has been updated to reflect the 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC. In addition to the 2015 AHA Guidelines CPR and ECC, ACLS EP has continued basis on 

  • 2013 American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF)/AHA Guidelines for the Management of STElevation Myocardial Infarction and the 
  • 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, those 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 
  • Continuing education credits available

Purchase Options

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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

15-1063 ACLS EP DVD Set, includes:
  • Instructor Manual and Materials
  • Course DVD
15-1065 ACLS EP Instructor Package, includes:
  • ACLS EP DVD Set (includes Instructor Manual and Course Videos)
  • ACLS EP Manual and Resource Text 
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Student Materials

15-1064 ACLS EP Manual and Resource Text, includes:
  • ACLS Pocket Reference Cards
  • ACLS EP Systematic Approach Pocket Reference Card
15- 1800 ACLS EP Manual and Resource Text eBook, includes access to:
  • ACLS Digital Reference Cards
  • ACLS EP Systematic Approach Digital Reference Card
15- 1411 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)

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 opens new window) Available Soon

Changes: May 14, 2018
ACLS for Experienced Providers Instructor Essentials Faculty Guide (PDF opens new window)
AHA Product Number 1260 

Changes: February 9, 2018
ACLS for Experienced Providers DVD Set (PDF opens new window)
ISBN 978-1-61669-642-9, AHA Product Number 15-1063