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ACLS Training





ACLS certification demonstrates an individual has been trained to an American Heart Association (AHA) approved standard. The certification verifies a person is qualified to perform ACLS, assuring the holder:


  • Understands basic life support (BLS)

  • Knows how to recognize and manage cardiac arrest and other respiratory arrest scenarios

  • Is capable of both leading and supporting a resuscitation team

  • Is skilled in airway management

  • Understands the pharmacology of ACLS


Upon completing ACLS certification, the certificate holder will be able to:


  • Successfully manage strokes and acute coronary syndromes

  • Both lead and support a resuscitation team

  • Successfully manage a patient’s airway

  • Recognize and be able to immediately manage cardiac and respiratory arrest

  • Have a thorough understanding of ACLS pharmacology


When a patient is suffering through a medical crisis, ACLS provides crucial tools for healthcare and medical professionals to improve their chances of saving a patient’s life. It draws on a wide range of technical knowledge and is appropriate only to those who are deeply experienced in patient care. For those who are qualified, however, it can mean the difference between life and death for a person in critical need. As such, it’s often mandatory for advanced medical personnel who will treat patients during serious medical emergencies.


ACLS courses teach students how to increase patient outcomes by sustaining life and making efforts to keep a patient’s neurological function intact during cardiovascular events such as stroke and heart attack. With ACLS, healthcare or medical professionals can optimize resuscitation efforts, and ultimately, improve their chances of saving a patient’s life.


For most healthcare and medical professionals, ACLS certification usually is required for employment at hospitals and medical clinics. However, employers may provide funding for ACLS courses.


ACLS certification is applicable to qualified medical professionals because it may involve intubating a patient and/or administering intravenous drugs. It is recommended for healthcare professionals and medical professionals who may have to respond to a cardiac emergency, including:


  • Doctors

  • Registered nurses (RNs)

  • Paramedics


ACLS certification, however, is not for policemen, teachers, physiotherapists or laypersons. As such, ACLS certification candidates will already know:


  • How to read electrocardiograms (ECGs).

  • How to administer medications

  • Basic anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology


In addition, responding to an ACLS incident may involve reading, interpreting and making treatment decisions based on the ability to read an ECG. For this reason, the candidate for ACLS certification should get in as much practice as possible at interpreting ECGs and with basic pharmacology. Taking a class in ECG and pharmacology will help those who have never taken an ACLS class before. That will maximize the chances of success and help save more lives.




Nurses who work in critical, urgent or emergency care units often are required to be ACLS certified. Other nursing positions where cardiac-related emergencies are common, such as senior care facilities, typically require ACLS certification as well. Furthermore, RNs and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) are required to be certified and familiar with the ACLS protocol, as they work with patients who have a cardiovascular disease on a routine basis.


In order to qualify for ACLS certification for nurses, the candidate must undergo either online or classroom training for the didactic portion of the material. The second part of ACLS certification involves practical training, testing, and evaluation of competency.



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