Medical professionals who respond to cardiovascular emergencies in and out of the hospital enhance their
treatment knowledge and skills through the AHA’s ACLS training courses.
AHA’s ACLS offerings highlight the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care
and immediate post-cardiac arrest care. They also cover airway management and related pharmacology.
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.
After successfully completing the ACLS Course, students should be able to
1. Apply the BLS, Primary, and Secondary Assessments sequence for a systematic evaluation of
2. Perform prompt, high-quality BLS, including prioritizing early chest compressions and integrating
early automated external defibrillator (AED) use
3. Recognize and perform early management of respiratory arrest
4. Discuss early recognition and management of ACS and stroke, including appropriate disposition
5. Recognize and perform early management of bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias that may
result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
6. Recognize and perform early management of cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or
transfer of care, including immediate post–cardiac arrest care
7. Model effective communication as a member or leader of a high-performance team
8. 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
9. Recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance
10. Discuss how the use of a rapid response team or medical emergency team may improve patient
11. Define systems of care