AHA101 ACLS Provider – Advanced Cardiac Life Support – Initial

For healthcare providers working in emergency treatment, intensive care or critical care, and other professionals who may need to respond to adult emergencies. For entry into this class, it is highly recommended that students be proficient with CPR, AED’s, EKG interpretation, and pharmacology.


Physicians, PA’s, Nurse practitioners, Nurses, EMS personnel, and Respiratory Therapists.

This course emphasizes the:

  • Importance of basic life support CPR to patient survival
  • Integration of effective basic life support with ACLS interventions
  • Importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation.

The course includes simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active, hands-on participation through learning stations where students practice essential skills individually, as part of a team, and as the team leader.

Upon successful completion of this entire course, the students receive an AHA ACLS Provider course completion CPR eCard valid for 2 years.

Topics covered include:

  • 1-rescuer CPR, AED
  • Defibrillation
  • Airway management
  • Rhythm recognition
  • IV/IO access
  • Use of medications
  • Cardioversion
  • Transcutaneous pacing
  • Effective resuscitation team dynamics
  • Course Features:

The course uses learning stations for practice of essential skills
Students engage in simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active, hands-on participation
Hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency
Classroom-based works well for learners who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning skills

Prior to class, students should:

  • Review ACLS Pre-Course Welcome Letter sent to you.
  • Complete ACLS Pre-Course Self Assessment Test found on page ii in the ACLS book and on our web site and bring to class.
  • Review and understand Cardiac Rhythms:
    • Ventricular Fibrillation
    • Ventricular Tachycardia
    • PEA
    • Asystole
    • Bradycardia
    • High Degree AV Blocks
    • Sinus Bradycardia
    • Sinus Tachycardia
    • Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Review ACLS Algorithms
  • Review ACLS Pharmacology

You may wish to purchase the AHA’s Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers (optional), which you can bring to the course to use as a reference guide during some of the stations in the course.