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Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

What is ACLS?

ACLS is an advanced, instructor-led classroom course that highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac-arrest care. The course also covers airway management and related pharmacology. Skills are taught in large, group sessions and small, group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.

Course Objectives

Students will learn about the following topics during this course:

  • Key changes in advanced cardiovascular life support, reflecting
    the 2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary
    Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
  • Basic life support skills, including effective chest compressions,
    use of a bag-mask device and use of an (AED)
  • Recognition and early management of respiratory and cardiac arrest
  • Recognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardia
  • Airway management
  • Related pharmacology
  • Management of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and stroke
  • Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team
  • Effective Resuscitation Team Dynamics

Topics

  • 1-Rescuer CPR and AED use
  • Science Overview (Update Course)
  • Team Dynamics
  • BLS and ACLS Surveys
  • Immediate Post-Cardiac Arrest Care
  • Airway Management/Respiratory Arrest
  • Peri-arrest Rhythms (Tachycardia, Bradycardia)
  • Arrest Rhythms (VF, PVT, PEA, Asystole)
  • Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS)
  • Stroke
  • Megacode treatment

Length of Course

Initial Provider Course requires approximately 12.5 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing. Renewal Course requires approximately 8.5 hours, including skills practice and skills testing.

*course time based on 1 instructor: 6 student: 2 manikins

Classroom-based (instructor and video, with skills conducted throughout)

Cost

The cost of the ACLS provider course is $400.

The cost for the ACLS renewal course is $300.

Who Should Take This Course?

ACLS is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiovascular emergencies.

This includes personnel in:

  • Emergency response
  • Emergency medicine
  • Intensive care
  • Critical care units 
  • EMS providers

Contact Us

For more information please contact:

Robert "Bubba" Hamilton
610-447-2495
bubba.hamilton@crozer.org