- Classroom method:
- A letter of attendance
documenting the hours of
training will be provided upon request to qualified healthcare
professionals who complete the course. Selected nurses can receive continuing educaiton credit based on this letter.
continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart
Association, an organization accredited by the Continuing Education
Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), for 5.25
Advanced CEHs, activity number 11-AMHA-F2-0127.
- NJ paramedics receive credit
through their MICU
- ACLS does
not qualify for NJ EMT
The goal of the American
Heart Association ACLS program is to reduce death and
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
The course is intended to review, for qualified healthcare providers,
knowledge and skills needed to perform the early phases of an actual
resuscitation. However, successful course completion does not
or certify that the participant will be able to adequately perform
life support skills in an actual emergency.
The core presentations and
practice of the ACLS
Refresher course is completed in either of two
Optional preparatory review lectures are
the student that
requires a brief review of EKG
drug actions and dosing. These lectures are not a
initial training in these subjects.
A one-day instructor-led classroom review with traditional
written, ECG, and MegaCode evaluations.
- 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
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
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.
- Applicants must have a current American Heart Association ACLS
Provider and BLS
for Healthcare Providers card during the entire
of current AHA BLS and ACLS status must be submitted with registration
order to be enrolled.
- Applicants must be
to adequately demonstrate BLS skills in class, even with a current BLS
- Candidates for the course must
be an advanced
provider (e.g., physician, emergency or critical care nurse, paramedic,
physician assistant, etc.)
who either will direct or participate in an adult's resuscitation as
part of their daily occupation or routine clinical
Other health professionals
may attend at the discretion of the Course Coordinator.
- Our program expects students
to have strong
in static and dynamic Lead II ECG interpretation. Students
who cannot demonstrate adequate ECG interpretive abilities will not
complete the course. Knowledge of 12-lead EKG interpretation
helpful, but not necessary for course completion. Applicants
without strong ECG interpreting experience should carefully consider review then enrollment.
- There are several good ECG books. We find
good experience with Basic
Arrhythmias written by Gail Walraven (ISBN-13: 978-0-13-276628-9) and
published by Prentice Hall. Click
here for more on this publication.
- Participants must be familiar
with the actions
dosing of primary emergency drugs.
- Participants must have access to a computer with Internet
access connected to a printer to do the precourse homework.
- Participants must have access to the current
(Guidelines 2010) Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Manual
(AHA publication 90-1014) before and during the course.
Optional Internet-Based BLS for Healthcare Providers Renewal With In-Person Skills TestSince 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
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
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.
& Time(s) for 2014
TO REGISTER click on the date in the table below to get the
course-specific registration form.
|Mandatory Session (8:30am to 6:00pm)|
Click on the date to get course-specific registration form
ECG Review (7:00-10:00pm)
Pharmacology Review (7:00-10:00pm unlessotherwise noted)
- Self-Study Challenge
Option: Valid ACLS providers who successfully
completed their preparatory coursework can challenge their skill evaluations (3:00-6:00pm) on:
- Thursday, January 30, 2014
- Sunday, February 23, 2014
- Friday, March 28, 2014
- Sunday, April 13, 2014
- Wednesday, May 28, 2014
- Monday, June 09, 2014
- Thursday, July 10, 2014
- Sunday, August 24, 2014
- Monday, September 22, 2014
- Friday, October 24, 2014
- Sunday, November 23, 2014
- Monday, December 08, 2014
- Or by private appointment for an
charge. (This additional charge is NOT tuition and is NOT
included in our EMS Education Waiver Program for RWJUH New
here for the registration form to renew via self-study challenge.
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Tuition: $130.00 registration fee for all ACLS refresher options.
here for AHA
- Private, mutually arranged appointment for ACLS self-study refresher challenge skills evaluation is $75.00.
- Optional lectures are free to
students, but pre-registration is
- Course materials available for