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Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Course Options

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) is available in two different training methods – blended learning and classroom training. All ACLS course options teach the same AHA science-based skills and result in the same AHA ACLS Course Completion Card.

Is ACLS the right course for me?

ACLS is geared towards healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies or personnel in emergency response. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a course completion card, valid for two years. Please contact your employer to ensure that you are selecting the correct course.


Compare ACLS Course Options

Blended Learning HeartCode® ACLS

Classroom ACLS

Format

Blended Learning (online portion, followed by hands-on skills session) HeartCode ACLS uses a variety of eLearning assets such as dramatizations, eSimulations, animations, self-directed learning, team dynamics training, megacode cases, and interactive activities to teach students ACLS knowledge and skills.

HeartCode ACLS is the AHA’s ACLS blended learning delivery method. Blended learning is a combination of eLearning, in which a student completes part of the course in a self-directed manner, followed by a hands-on skills session.

Instructor-led, hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency

The ACLS Instructor-led course teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both prehospital and in-facility environments, with a focus on High-Quality CPR and team dynamics.

Course Completion

Complete the online portion + hands-on skills session with an AHA Instructor, or with a Simulation Station or voice-assisted manikin (VAM)

Contact an AHA Training Center in your area to sign up for an Instructor-led class

Time

The online portion of HeartCode ACLS can be completed in 6.5 to 7 hours.

Time to complete the hands-on skills session is approximately 5 hours using the full agenda, and approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes using the update course agenda.

Full ACLS Provider Course takes approximately 15 hours and 20 minutes with breaks and 12 hours and 20 minutes without breaks.

ACLS Renewal Course takes approximately 8 hours and 25 minutes with breaks and approximately 6 hours and 35 minutes without breaks, including skills practice and testing.

Completion Card

ACLS Provider Course Completion Card, valid for two years

ACLS Provider Course Completion Card, valid for two years

Accessibility

No accessible blended learning version at this time.

Contact your Training Center to inquire about their facility’s accommodations.

CE/CME

Available – See FAQs for Details

Available – See FAQs for Details

FAQ

HeartCode ACLS FAQ

ACLS Instructor-Led Training FAQ

Features

  • To enter the course, students must complete the ACLS Precourse Self-Assessment.
  • Students are then presented with an enhanced learning experience through eSimulations, life-like animations, video scenarios, and knowledge checks.
  • Cases may be repeated as many times as necessary to pass. Upon successful completion of all the patient cases, students must pass the multiple-choice exam with a minimum score of 84%.
  • Web-based, self-paced eSimulation instructional program for ACLS cognitive training.
  • Students apply knowledge to real-time decision-making and skills development
  • Debriefings and coaching are provided immediately after each simulation to facilitate learning.

  • Emphasis on high-quality CPR including a team dynamics classroom activity
  • Video-based course with real world scenarios. Includes realistic, clinical scenarios that encourage active participation – delivered through actual pediatric patient videos and lifelike simulations
  • Hands-on class format to reinforce skills proficiency

Student Materials

15-1407 HeartCode ACLS

15-1005 ACLS Provider Manual OR 15-3100 ACLS Provider Manual eBook

15-1007 ACLS Pocket Reference Card Set OR 15-3109 ACLS Digital Pocket Reference Card Set

Instructor Materials

15-1006 ACLS Instructor Package OR 15-1004 ACLS DVD Set

AND

ACLS Instructor Manual

Additional course materials available for Instructors at AHA Instructor Network

15-1006 ACLS Instructor Package OR 15-1004 ACLS DVD Set

AND

ACLS Instructor Manual

Additional course materials available for Instructors at AHA Instructor Network

Purchase Options

Find a Training Center near you

AHA Training Center

Contact an AHA Training Center to sign up for an instructor-led class or blended learning skills session.

Course Materials

Visit ShopCPR.Heart.org to purchase ACLS course materials.

Related Training

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

PALS is geared towards healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children and for personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a course completion card, valid for two years.