Life Support Courses Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Who should take the course? Health care professionals who either director or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units such as physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and paramedics.Course CoversBasic life support skills, including effective chest compressions, use of a bag-mask device, and use of an AEDRecognition and early management of respiratory and cardiac arrestRecognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardiaAirway managementRelated pharmacologyManagement of ACS and strokeEffective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation teamCourse DeliveryInstructors deliver the cognitive learning and the skills practice and testing in a classroom setting. At the end of the course, students are provided a course completion card when they achieve a minimum score of 84% or greater on a 50-question written exam and demonstrate proficient ACLS skills performance during one-on-one skills testing.Browse Courses by TypeThe CoxHealth Education Center offers the following course formats:ACLS Provider CourseIntended for individuals take the course for the first time or those who prefer an in-depth course experienceCourse length: 16 hours, over two full daysView ACLS provider coursesACLS Provider Update CourseIntended for individuals who have a current ACLS provider cardCourse length: 8 hoursView ACLS provider update coursesACLS Blended LearningThe CoxHealth Education Center does not offer ACLS blended-learning courses.Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.