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Advanced Cardiac Life Support

This course emphasizes assessment and management of adult cardiac patients, including respiratory, AED, stroke, ACS, cardiac arrest, and includes BLS proficiency and ACLS written and skills testing. Re-certification is only available to students who are currently AHA certified at the time of the class. An American Heart Association ACLS card will be issued upon successful completion of this course.


The ACLS Provider course does not include BLS Certification or BLS Recertification. Refer to BLS schedule for class dates. 


Mandatory pre-course preparation includes:

1. Complete the pre-course checklist that came with your ACLS Provider Manual.  Bring with you to class.

2. Review course agenda.

3. Review and understand the information in your ACLS Provider Manual. Pay particular attention to the ten core cases in Part 4.

4. Review and understand the information in the BLS for Healthcare Providers manual.  The resuscitation scenarios require that your BLS skills and knowledge are current.  You will be tested on adult 1-rescuer CPR and AED skills at the beginning of the course.  You will not be taught CPR or AED usage. 

5. Review, understand, and complete the ECG and Parmacology pre-course assesment tests online.  Follow the instructions in your book. You will not be taught how to read or interpret ECGs in the course, nor will you be taugh details of ACLS pharmacology.

6. Print your scores for the pre-course assessment tests and bring them with you to class.  You will not be allowed to attend the course without the pre-course assessment tests.

NOTE:  This course does not teach algorithms, ECG, or pharmacology information. If you do not learn and understand the ECG and pharmacology information in the pre-course assessment tests, it is unlikely that you can successfully complete the ACLS Provider Course, and we highly recommend an ACLS Prep course.

ACLS Provider
ACLS Provider
ACLS Provider Recertification
ACLS Provider Recertification



The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course material, do not represent income to the Association.