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American Heart Association Classes

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support: ACLS

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American Heart Association: Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support


Pricing: The ACLS Initial Course: $210 

Recertification/Update/Renewal Course $125




Additional information for the American Heart Association (AHA) ACLS, Advanced Cardiac Life Support Courses can be found below or by visiting The American Heart Association Website at

AFPD provides in classroom services in Modesto, California. We provide mobile training teams to Northern California which includes Sacramento, San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Valley.

Need a last minute AHA ACLS Class Certification then you can take an American Heart Association eLearning Online ACLS HeartCode Course. After you have completed the online course you must set a time to conduct a skills verification appointment at AFPD in Modesto in order to verify your ACLS skills and then issue you a card and continued education certificate.

Before you ACLS Course, there is a AHA ACLS Precourse Study Guide

All Students MUST complete and submit at the time the time of class a certificate of completion for the American Heart Association AHA ACLS Course Pre-Test.
Please click the link below to complete the test.
AHA ACLS Course Pre-Test

On our DOWNLOAD PAGE we have provided several algorithms, check off sheets, skill sheets, case scenarios, and other helpful information to assist you in being prepared for your ACLS course.

The American Heart Association (AHA) Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course builds on the foundation of lifesaving Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. This advanced course highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care, and immediate post-cardiac arrest care. ACLS also covers airway management, related pharmacology, and ECG recognition.

Skills are taught in large-group sessions and small group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.


The ACLS course covers:

  • ACLS algorithms

  • Immediate post-cardiac-arrest care

  • Airway management

  • Rhythm recognition

  • High-quality CPR

  • 1 rescuer CPR AED

  • Effective resuscitation team dynamics

  • Science overview (update course)

  • BLS and ACLS surveys

  • ACS

  • Megacode treatment

  • Identification and initial care of other life-threatening clinical situations (such as stroke).


ACLS training is intended for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the resuscitation of a patient, whether in or out of the hospital, including:

  • Physicians

  • Nurses

  • Emergency medical technicians

  • Naramedics

  • Staff in intensive care units and emergency or critical care departments

  • Other professionals who may respond to a cardiovascular emergency


Students must pass a written exam and skills test in order to qualify for an ACLS Course Completion Card.

To be successful in any American Heart Association ACLS course, students should be able to identify ECG rhythms and should know pharmacology specific to cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiopulmonary emergencies before beginning the course. It is strongly recommended that students review the ACLS course materials and complete a pre course self-assessment using the tools in their student materials before starting the course.


Course Length
Course length for an initial ACLS class is approximately 10-12 hours, and approximately 5-6.5 hours for the ACLS renewal, recertification, or update course. Students then practice their skills (Part 2) and are tested (Part 3) with a certified American Heart Association ACLS instructor.

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Initial Certification

Renew Certification

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Skills Sign Off

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