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Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)

The AHA’s ACLS course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills.


The ACLS Provider Course is designed to teach providers the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate and manage the first ten minutes of an adult VF/VT arrest. Students are expected to learn to manage 10 core ACLS cases: respiratory emergency, four types of cardiac arrest (simple VF/VT, complex VF/VT, PEA, and asystole), four types of prearrest emergencies (bradycardia, stable tachycardia, unstable tachycardia, and acute coronary syndromes), and stroke. An ACLS course completion card is issued to students who successfully pass the written exam with an 80% and skills test. The one-day renewal program is appropriate for healthcare providers looking to renew their ACLS card.

A PALS course completion card is issued to students who successfully pass the written exam and skills test. 

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

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