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Hands-On session information

A separate psychomotor skills assessment using voice assisted manikins with real-time audio and visual feedback or a skills assessment with an AHA Instructor is required to earn a valid AHA ACLS Provider eCard that is valid for two years. 

Who should take this course?

This course is designed for healthcare professionals who direct or manage cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies; personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units; physicians, nurses, and paramedics; and others who need an ACLS course completion card for job or other requirements. 

What does this course teach?

Utilizing a variety of eLearning assets such as dramatizations, Cognitive Assessment Activities, illustrations, knowledge checks and interactive activities, this program teaches ACLS knowledge and skills. This method of learning provides training consistency and adaptability to different learning styles. Students can work at their own pace applying their knowledge to real-time decision making. Debriefings and coaching are provided immediately after each knowledge check and each Cognitive Assessment Activity. Topics covered in this course are: 


  • Systems of care 
  • How the use of a rapid response team (RRT) or medical emergency team (MET) may improve patient outcomes 
  • The impact of team dynamics on overall team performance 
  • Effective communication as a member or leader of a high-performance team 
  • Prompt, high-quality BLS, including prioritizing early chest compressions and integrating early AED use 
  • The BLS, Primary, and Secondary Assessment sequences for a systematic evaluation of adult patients 
  • Early recognition and management of acute coronary syndromes, including appropriate disposition 
  • Early recognition and management of stroke, including appropriate disposition 
  • Recognition and early management of respiratory arrest 
  • Recognition and early management of bradycardia that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome 
  • Recognition and early management of tachycardia that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome 
  • Recognition and early management of cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including immediate post-cardiac arrest care 
  • Evaluation of 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 


Students who successfully complete the cognitive portion and the hands-on session (skills) will receive an AHA ACLS Provider course completion card (eCard), valid for two years.