When a victim of cardiac arrest is brought immediately to the hospital for management, healthcare professionals and providers use a concept called Advanced Cardiac Life Support as a guide. ACLS is an advanced training course for people in healthcare. We require trainees who want to sign up for an ACLS program to have a Basic Life Support credential and to pass the test given before training starts. The pre-test is a written and skills test, similar to the certification test given at the end of training.
Signing up for advanced training
Enrollment is quite easy. We have six training locations all over the US:
- San Francisco, California
- Los Angeles, California
- Honolulu, Hawaii
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Seattle, Washington
- Portland, Oregon
Just add the word “CPR” to the end of each city’s name and you have the name of our training location. All locations have the same courses and rates but schedules typically vary depending on the needs of our trainees. We offer different ways to enroll for a our ACLS program. The most popular method is online application, either through the form on the website or e-mail. Online application can be done at any time of the day. If you want to sign up in person or through telephone call (or even just make inquiries) make sure to conduct your business during regular business hours.
The ACLS program proper
ACLS is typically defined as a cardiac arrest management done in an organized environment, such as an emergency room. This requires extensive training regarding the different implements used in a clinical area. This is why we encourage people who work in healthcare like nurses and medical technologists to sign up for ACLS training.
Our ACLS program is two days long, the same with the other Advanced Life Support program, PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support). It is 14 hours long and covers medical management for adult victims. Medical management involves the administration of medication and use of equipment and diagnostics. We teach our trainees to give medication through different routes, common medications used for cardiac arrest, and common diagnostics requested by doctors.
ACLS certificates are valid for two years before they have to be renewed. Before we award them to students, we require students to have complete attendance and have a passing grade on the certification test (at the end of training). To keep your training credential valid, you have to sign up for re-certification training. This can only be enrolled in if your credential has no expired yet. If it has expired, you have to take the ACLS program again.
ACLS re-certification is also offered through the week at various schedules. It runs from five to six hours, over a single day or a single session.