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ACLS Provider Update Course

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Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Provider Update (Renewal) Course

Special Note: As of March 1, 2008 if your ACLS card is expired, you may attend an update (renewal) course, but you may not remediate. You must pass all testing stations on your first attempt. If you do not pass all testing stations on your first attempt, you will need to complete the ACLS Provider Course (2 Day). BRING YOUR ACLS CARD AND YOUR CURRENT BLS CARD WITH YOU. You will be asked to present both during registration.

Description and Target Audience: This American Heart Association (AHA) workshop is designed for RNs, LPNs, physicians, RTs, EMS, and other healthcare providers who either direct or participate in resuscitation of a patient, whether in or out of the hospital. The AHA has developed this ACLS course for currently active healthcare providers (eg, medical, nursing, emergency medical, or allied health personnel) whose daily occupation or volunteer activities demand proficiency in the knowledge and skills of ACLS. This course is for current ACLS providers wishing to renew their status.

ACLS is designed to cover these concepts:

  1. Identification and treatment of medical conditions that place the patient at risk for cardiac arrest.
  2. BLS primary survey.
  3. ACLS secondary survey.
  4. ACLS algorithms.
  5. Effective resuscitation team dynamics.


At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify and initiate early management of peri-arrest conditions that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in providing BLS care, including prioritizing chest compressions and integrating AED use.
  • Demonstrate management of cardiac arrest until return of spontaneous circulation, termination or resuscitation or transfer of care.
  • Identify other life threatening clinical situations, such as stroke, and providing effective initial care and transfer to reduce disability and death.
  • Demonstrate effective communication as a member or leader of a resuscitation team and recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance.
  • Demonstrate the team leader role in a megacode according to the skills testing checklist.


Karen Young, RN, BSN, CNOR, Enterprise Educator, CoxHealth Education Center, CoxHealth Training Center ACLS Regional Faculty, Springfield, MO

We reserve the right to substitute educators.


7:45-8:00          Registration and Welcome

8:00 – 8:05       Course Overview

8:05 – 8:30       ACLS Science Overview

8:30 - 8:45        BLS and ACLS Surveys

8:45 – 9:00       Break

9:00 – 10:00    CPR/AED Skills Practice and Testing

10:00 – 11:00   Management of Respiratory Emergencies

11:00 – 11:45   Lunch (on your own)

11:45 – 12:00   Megacode & Resuscitation Team Concept

12:00 – 1:30    Putting It All Together

1:30 –2:30        Megacode Testing

2:30– 3:00        Written Test

3:00-3:30          Remediation/Statements of Credit/Evaluations

Testing: Written exam (50 questions) which must be passed with an 84%. One-on-one skills testing required.

Course Length: 7 hours

Certification Length: 2 years

Includes: Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider Manual and certification card.

Location: CoxHealth Education Center, CoxHealth North, K400, 4th Floor, Classroom #1.

Directions: Enter Cox North from the Robberson Ave. Northwest Entrance. Upon entering the building turn right and take the elevator to the 4th floor. You will arrive in the Education Center lobby.

Education Credit:

CoxHealth Prehospital Services is an approved provider of continuing education by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Unit of EMS. This activity has been approved for 6.0 contact hours. The Training Center number is 07710C.

Per the Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration, Division 2255-Missouri Board for Respiratory Care, 20 CSR 2255-4.010 Continuing Education Requirements, Section 6-C, “Six (6) hours will be awarded for the successful completion of a course (excluding preparatory courses) related to Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Neonatal Advanced Life Support (NALS/Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) or Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). Programs identified within this subsection will not require pre-approval by AARC, its state affiliates or the board for acceptance as hours towards fulfilling the continuing education requirement. However, not more than a total of twelve (12) hours will be awarded for any combination of the above mentioned programs during a two (2)-year period.” Contact hours is 6.0 for this activity.

Accreditation approval only refers to this educational activity and does not imply endorsement of any commercial products by CoxHealth or any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services.

Participants will receive statements of credit at the end of the program when all requirements for credit have been met. Satisfactory completion of objectives will occur through course attendance. Therefore contact hours will be given only for hours the participant attends. In order to receive a statement of credit, all participants must sign-in at the registration desk, turn in a completed evaluation form at the end of the program, pass a written test, and demonstrate the skills necessary to complete this course.

Information presented during this activity represents the views and opinions of the presenters and does not necessarily constitute the opinion, endorsement of, or promotion by CoxHealth.

No sponsorship or commercial support has been received for this activity. No Off Label medications or medical devices will be discussed.

All speakers and planning committee members for this activity have indicated they do not have any conflicts of interest or significant financial affiliations with any pharmaceutical or medical device companies. American Heart Association created this activity.

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials; do not represent income to the Association.

Fees subject to change at any time.

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