ACLS Update/Refresher Courses


The American Heart Association Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous high-quality CPR. It reflects science and education from the American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC). Through the ACLS course, healthcare providers will enhance their skills in the treatment of the adult victim of cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies. ACLS emphasizes the importance of basic life support CPR to patient survival: the integration of effective basic life support with advanced cardiovascular life support interventions; and the importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation.



The ACLS course is designed for healthcare professionals who direct or manage cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies; personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units; physicians, nurses, and paramedics; and others who need an ACLS course completion card for job or other requirements.

Required Prerequisite:

The American Heart Association requires completion of an online self-assessment and homework program prior to this ACLS class. Visit the American Heart Association Student website at to complete this assignment. Print your certificate of completion and bring it with you to class. You can retake the Self-Assessment as many times as needed to achieve a passing score of 70% (or above).


Each student must have a copy of the most recent edition of the ACLS Provider Manual for use before, during, and after the course. You can purchase a paper or digital eBook copy from the American Heart Association:

Print ACLS Provider Manual

eBook ACLS Provider Manual

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Scheduled ACLS Update Classes

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