Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider (Original)
This course is directed to healthcare professionals who respond to patients in cardiac arrest. The course covers advanced skills in airway management, the use of manual and automated defibrillators, management of cardiac arrest, and management of post-cardiac arrest patients. Students should be able to read basic EKG's (Lead II) and have a current Basic Life Support CPR card. There is a written and skills evaluation with this course. The course length varies according to the student population. Generally, 16 hours is scheduled. However, additional time can be added to ensure that students are successful. Students receive the ACLS textbook and handouts prior to the beginning of the course. There is a pre-test sent to students to assist them in studying for this course. Course completion cards are valid for two years.
The ACLS case scenarios are reviewed and practiced. Students are required to demonstrate their proficiency in the 10 core scenarios. There is a written and skills evaluation. Everyone is required to purchase the book. The course length varies according to the proficiency of the student. Generally, 8 hours are scheduled. Students have the option of refreshing by attending an original course, or they can attend a one-day refresher course. Students must show their current or expired ACLS provider card and a current BLS provider card.