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Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)

The AHA’s ACLS course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of preventing cardiac arrest, early and continuous high-quality CPR, and high-performing teams. The course reflects science and education from the 2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Course Options

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) is available in two different training methods – blended learning and classroom training. All ACLS course options teach the same AHA science-based skills and result in the same AHA ACLS Course Completion Card.

Is ACLS the right course for me?

ACLS is geared towards healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies or personnel in emergency response. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a course completion card, valid for two years. Please contact your employer to ensure that you are selecting the correct course.

What does this course teach?

After successfully completing this course, students should be able to

  • Define systems of care
  • Apply the BLS, Primary, and Secondary Assessments sequence for a systematic evaluation of adult patients
  • Discuss how the use of a rapid response team (RRT) or medical emergency team (MET) may improve patient outcomes
  • Discuss early recognition and management of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), including appropriate disposition
  • Discuss early recognition and management of stroke, including appropriate disposition
  • Recognize bradycardias and tachycardias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
  • Perform early management of bradycardias and tachycardias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
  • Model effective communication as a member or leader of a high-performance team
  • Recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance
  • Recognize respiratory arrest
  • Perform early management of respiratory arrest
  • Recognize cardiac arrest
  • Perform prompt, high-quality BLS including prioritizing early chest compressions and integrating early automated external defibrillator (AED) use
  • Perform early management of cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including immediate post–cardiac arrest care
  • Evaluate resuscitative efforts during a cardiac arrest through continuous assessment of CPR quality, monitoring the patient’s physiologic response, and delivering real-time feedback to the team


The American Heart Association ACLS courses provide CEU/CME credits for EMTs, AEMTs, paramedics, respiratory therapists, nurses, nurse anesthetists, physician assistants, physicians, dentists, and pharmacists. The ACLS certification courses are approved for up to 9.75 CEUs/CMEs, and recertification courses are approved for up to 4.75 CEUs/CMEs.


Blended Learning HeartCode® ACLS



The ACLS Instructor-led course teaches the importance of preventing cardiac arrest, high-performance teams, early and continuous high-quality CPR, systems of care, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, post-cardiac arrest care, acute dysrhythmias, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes (ACS).

HeartCode ACLS is the AHA’s ACLS blended learning delivery method. Blended learning is a combination of eLearning, in which a student completes part of the course in a self-directed manner, followed by a hands-on skills session.

All-Online ACLS Courses are Instructor-led and presented by zoom. Each ACLS Online Course has been created to meet AHA Guidelines, as well as conducting the courses in equivalency to Classroom ACLS and HeartCode ACLS Skills Sessions.


  • Emphasis on preventing cardiac arrest, early and continuous high-quality CPR, integration of BLS into ACLS and importance of high-performing teams
  • Hands-on team dynamics classroom activities
  • Video-based course with real world scenarios. Includes realistic, clinical scenarios that encourage active participation – delivered through actual patient videos and lifelike simulations
  • Hands-on class format to reinforce skills proficiency
  • HeartCode ACLS uses a personalized adaptive algorithm that sets students on the most efficient path to ACLS mastery.
  • Students follow a continuously adapting learning path that is personalized by their own inputs: their performance and their self- reported confidence level related to each probing question.
  • Course content is presented in the form of self-directed learning content, probes, and Cognitive Assessment Activities.
  • The student has a choice of completing a pre-hospital or in-hospital contextualized track.
  • The new all online ACLS Certification, Renewal & Skills utilizes 2 HD camera’s, which allows students to view proper hands-on techniques as well as full body lecturing and demonstrations.
  • Student’s are able to been seen, heard and corrected via their device of choice by other students and the Instructor.
  • AHA Streaming Videos, Posters, Skills Check and MegaCode Materials are provided to students or shown clearly online.
  • Student’s are required to participate with their own hands-on equipment purchased or rented from the store.


Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a ACLS Provider course completion eCard, valid for two years.

Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a ACLS Provider course completion eCard, valid for two years.

Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a ACLS Provider course completion eCard, valid for two years.


Why Train with ACLS EDU?

At the onset of a cardiac emergency, time is life. A heart attack can strike at any moment, and the effects can be devastating. ACLS certification is worth it to provide life-saving care and maximizing a patient's chance of survival. ACLS EDU offers AHA approved and accredited ACLS classes to teach you everything you need to know to help save lives.

Who needs to become ACLS certified?

First responders and healthcare professionals who work in critical and emergency care are required to be ACLS certified. Although you may not be a cardiovascular specialist, ACLS certification is still valuable in any healthcare profession.

How do I become ACLS certified?

Students must attend and complete an accredited ACLS certification course to become certified. A typical ACLS class curriculum is structured around hands-on exercises and emergency simulations to prepare you for life-threatening, on-the-job situations.


How do I get an ACLS certificate?

After completing the ACLS certification course, students are evaluated according to AHA guidelines. Upon passing the evaluation, students are issued an ACLS Provider Course Completion eCard that is valid for two years. 

Where do I take an ACLS certification course?

ACLS EDU offers industry-leading ACLS courses led by award-winning instructors to help you master the skills for ACLS certification. We provide multiple class dates and training sites across southern California to accommodate your schedule. Students may choose onsite training classes or an online ACLS course presented via Zoom in the comfort of your home. Online classes require attending an additional Skills Session to perform skills at a separate training site or at home with required hands-on equipment. Our online ACLS class brings industry-leading training right to your home. Classes are now available in all 50 states to best suit your needs.

How do I renew my ACLS certification?

ACLS certification is valid for two years and requires recertification. If your certification expires, you will need to retake the initial ACLS class. Many healthcare professions will not allow you to work on the unit if your certification has lapsed, so don’t delay your recertification. ACLS EDU takes away the stress of renewing your certification with our ACLS renewal courses, available online and at AHA-approved training sites.


Ready to take an ACLS Class?

ACLS EDU provides you with high quality online and in-person training that is taught by experienced healthcare educators. We are dedicated to help you grow in your career and professional development to give you the skills and confidence you need to care for your patients in emergency situations. Take the next step. Contact us today to learn more about our ACLS certification classes and sign up for a course near you.

Do I Get CE Credits for ACLS?

Your road to ACLS certification is easier than ever on account of the flexible schedule of ACLS classes held by the best instructors. As long as you have the necessary qualifications for ACLS, nothing is stopping you from going for it. But whether you are required to be ACLS-certified, want to change your career path or improve your job prospects, you might be wondering if ACLS also counts as continuing education in your state. Read on!

How Often Do I Have to Renew My ACLS Certification?

If you’re an healthcare professional with an expired ACLS certification, you know what you’ve got to do: it’s time to get your ACLS recertification! If your job requires you to be ACLS-certified, there are many sound reasons to renew your ACLS certification. One such reason is that this approach employs more advanced techniques than the Basic Life Support program which the ACLS (Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support) program was based on does. Firstly, the schedule for the ACLS recert course is flexible and convenient, the course itself is provided in a stress-free environment and you can actually learn from it even if your career spans decades. Secondly, an ACLS recertification will not only prepare you to think on your feet and potentially make life-saving decisions with an unflinching determination, but also secure your access to life-changing career opportunities. Read More!

ACLS EDU provides online, onsite, blended and classroom American Heart Association BLS, ACLS & PALS certification courses.