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What is ACLS Certification?

CPR guidelines 2010Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) refers to a systematic approach and defined set of clinical skills and interventions to patients who are experiencing peri-arrest or are in complete cardiac arrest.  ACLS training also covers topics such as stroke and shock syndromes. ACLS certification is required for most advanced EMS professionals, physicians, respiratory care professionals and nurses working in emergency and critical care areas.  ACLS must be combined with solid Basic Life Support (CPR/AED) skills.

ACLS course content includes:

Formats for ACLS provider training and renewal include traditional classroom style, “Fast Trak,” challenge, and blended (online + skills check).  It is strongly recommended that in addition to the ACLS textbook, that you obtain a copy of the ECC guidebooklet for use in your course preparation as well as for reference in your practice (link here).  Students also find helpful the ECG & Phamacology program.

Successful completion of the course involves demonstration of knowledge of the ACLS algorithms applied in a variety of scenarios and completing a 50 question exam with a passing score of 84% or better.  A pretest examination is available online and the link will be provided to students who register for ACLS certificationACLS certification is valid for two years and many employers reimburse for training.

Choose a reputable ACLS Training center

Not all ACLS training is reputable.  In fact, in the past few years more and more unauthorized training is being offered in the community and online solely for the sake of profit.  Before you sign up for an ACLS training course read the following to make sure that you get quality education.

ACLS Course by Center for Healthcare Education, Inc.

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