Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Refresher



The goal of the American Heart Association ACLS program is to reduce death and disability for patients who suffer cardiovascular emergencies such as cardiac arrest, acute coronary syndromes, or stroke.  Such patients need well-coordinated interdisciplinary teams for optimal treatment and outcome.  Prompt, prioritized, and coordinated team-oriented care is the cornerstone of the ACLS educational objectives.  The course is intended to review, for qualified healthcare providers, the essential knowledge and skills needed to perform the early phases of an actual resuscitation.  However, successful course completion does not guarantee or certify that the participant will be able to adequately perform advanced life support skills in an actual emergency. 

The core presentations and practice of the ACLS Refresher course is completed in either of two ways.

  1. CLASSROOM:  A one-day instructor-led classroom review with traditional written, ECG, and MegaCode evaluations.
  2. SELF-STUDY CHALLENGE:  This option is intended for veteran, well-prepared, and confident ACLS providers.  Self-review materials and preparatory assignment are forwarded to the student for completion prior to evaluation.  Students will challenge a proctored ECG and MegaCode evaluation and written test in conjunction with an established ACLS classroom offering (see dates below).  Alternate Internet-based ACLS coursework or testing (e.g. HeartCode ACLS Part One Certificate) will NOT be accepted as a substitute for testing.  This will be directly observed evaluation and testing only.  The student will have an opportunity for questions, but no teaching or remediation after testing will be offered.  It is expected that the student arrives thoroughly prepared to test and be successful.  Students may mutually arrange a private evaluation appointment for an additional charge.
Optional preparatory review lectures are provided for the student that requires a brief review of EKG interpretation or emergency drug actions and dosing.  These lectures are not a substitute for initial training in these subjects.

New!>>> Experienced ACLS providers with a strong command of ACLS core principles and guidelines and firm understanding of emergency or critical care medicine who are routinely resuscitation team leaders or decision makers (e.g. physicians, paramedics) are encouraged to consider the ACLS for Experienced Providers course as alternative refresher pathway.


Optional Internet-Based BLS for Healthcare Providers Renewal With In-Person Skills Test

Since students must have a valid professional-level CPR card during the course, we offer this option to save time, travel, and schedule difficulties.

First, purchase and complete the AHA-sponsored Internet-based training module and print the official Part One certificate.  Register for the BLS Renewal Option and include the extra fee with your ACLS registration. Complete the skills testing at your ACLS course to then be issued a renewed American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers card.  There is no extension or grace period by starting this process. Students must submit the official AHA Part One certificate as proof they completed the on-line renewal no more than 60 days prior to their skill session to be admitted to the skills testing.  The on-line coursework must be done and in our possession prior to the start of your course; it cannot be done afterwards.

The skills validation must be completed before the expiration date on your CPR card or 60 days from completion of the on-line coursework, whichever comes first.  Candidates must come prepared and should take no more than 15 minutes for their skill session. Students who require significant remediation will be directed to repeat a regular BLS for Healthcare Providers course.

Date(s) & Time(s) for 2014

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Classroom SessionFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
Mandatory Session (8:30am to 6:00pm)
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ECG Review (7:00-10:00pm)
Pharmacology Review (7:00-10:00pm unlessotherwise noted)

ACLS Refresher References

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Student materials Tuition:  $130.00 registration fee for all ACLS refresher options. Click here for AHA Disclaimer.