HeartCode ACLS Online

American Heart Association® HeartCode ACLS

The American Heart Association’s® (AHA) HeartCode® ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification course is taught via their blended learning format. Students receive the American Heart Association® ACLS certificate, which is valid for 2 years. This format greatly reduces your in classroom time commitment (5-6 hours instead of 12-15 hours).

The online study guide can be completed in a few hours, depending on the student’s level of experience, and prior training. You may start and stop the study guide at anytime, making this course flexible and convenient. The instructor-led, in-person classroom course for HeartCode ACLS will take approximately 5-6 hours. This course is recommended for both new students and renewing students.

Course fee: $250.00


  1. Register and pay for the ACLS Initial Course
  2. Your online access code and instructions will be emailed to you.
  3. Complete the online course prior to the classroom course.
  4. Print you online course completion certificate & bring to class.
  5. Attend the in-person skills session & receive your AHA ACLS certificate.

The American Heart Association® HeartCode® ACLS course combines an online pre-class study guide with an instructor led, in-person classroom course including hands-on skills training and skills testing. For this course, students begin by completing the AHA online pre-course self-assessment. Once the student passes the self-assessment, the student will then be presented with online study guides to team dynamics, as well as 10 In-hospital patient case studies, including a BLS case study, and 2 megacode case studies. Upon completion of this online study guide, you will receive a certificate of completion, which you will present to your instructor at your in-person classroom course. This online pre-class study guide includes the full ACLS student manual. Completion of the online pre-class study guide is mandatory, and must be completed prior to attending the classroom course.

Upon receipt of course registration fees, you will be emailed your online self assessment course and pre-class study guide access key (which includes the ACLS student manual). Once you successfully complete the online study, print your certificate and  bring it to your in-person, instructor led, classroom course.


After successfully completing the HeartCode® ACLS Course, students should be able to:

  • Apply the BLS, Primary, and Secondary Assessments sequence for a systematic evaluation of adult patients
  • Perform prompt, high-quality BLS, including prioritizing early chest compressions and integrating early AED use
  • Recognize and perform early management of respiratory arrest
  • Discuss early recognition and management of ACS and stroke, including appropriate disposition
  • Recognize and perform early management of bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
  • Recognize and perform early management of cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including immediate post–cardiac arrest care
  • Model effective communication as a member or leader of a high-performance team
  • 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 team
  • Recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance
  • Discuss how the use of a rapid response team or medical emergency team may improve patient outcomes
  • Define systems of care
  • Continuing education credits available
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