Frequently Asked Questions

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
Cascade is an authorized Training Center by the American Heart Association in all 50 states to provide ACLS training. (AHA TC: WA15590)
YES, a copy of your ACLS pre-course self-assessment with a score of 70% or higher is required for entrance into an ACLS course. This is a policy implemented by AHA with the release of their 2015 guidelines. The ACLS pre-course self-assessment can be accessed by visiting www.heart.org/eccstudent and entering the code found on Page ii of your current ACLS student manual (published 03/2016).
•Key changes in advanced cardiovascular life support, reflecting the most current 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
ACLS is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units.
Initial Provider Course requires approximately 12-16 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing. Renewal Course requires approximately 6-8 hours, including skills practice and skills testing. This length also accounts for scheduled breaks within the course.
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 official American Heart Association ACLS course completion card, valid for two years.
Students must achieve at least an 84% on the written test to pass.
15-1005 ACLS Provider Manual, includes ACLS Pocket Reference Card Set 15-1007 ACLS Pocket Reference Card Set (set of 2)