ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (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. It also covers airway management and related pharmacology. In this course, skills are taught in large, group sessions and small, group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.

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    Course content

    • Key changes in advanced cardiovascular life support, reflecting the 2010 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
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    Course completion card

    Upon successful course completion, including demonstration of skills competency in all learning stations and passing the CPR and AED skills test, bag-mask ventilation skills test, a Megacode test and a written test, students receive an ACLS course completion card, valid for two years.

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    Continuing education

    Initial Provider Course provides 12 hours of continuing education, including skills practice and skills testing. Renewal Course requires provides 5.25 hours of continuing education, including skills practice and skills testing.

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The Emergency Medical Services Education Department at the University Hospital and Clinics is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).


To contact CAAHEP

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

To contact COAEMSP

8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
(214) 703-8445
FAX (214) 703-8992