Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)

2020 CPR Guidelines

AHA’s ACLS Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2020 American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (Starting January 2021). This course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR.

This advanced course highlights the importance of high-performance team dynamics and communication, systems of care, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute dysrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes (ACS).


Healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, and paramedics.


  • Basic life support skills, including effective chest compressions, use of a bag-mask device, and use of an AED
  • Recognition and early management of respiratory and cardiac arrest
  • Recognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardia
  • Airway management
  • Related pharmacology
  • Management of ACS and stroke
  • Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team

Course Formats

ACLS can be delivered in four formats to meet the needs of students and offer flexibility for Instructors. All formats include the same learning objectives and result in the same AHA ACLS course completion card which is good for two years from content completion.

In-person, AHA Instructor-led classes remain the number one choice among most learners and deliver both the cognitive and psychomotor components in a classroom setting.

Blended learning merges the self-directed online HeartCode ACLS eLearning cognitive information with either an in-person or virtual, AHA Instructor-led hands-on learning experience. With the blended learning option, learners can cover content at their own pace and even get CMEs! 

To get started, purchase and complete the online HeartCode segment before attending our AHA Blended Learning ACLS Skill Session.

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Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)

The Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) is an AHA approved training option which offers and ACLS online option, AHA ACLS Manual, and covers advanced cardiac life support information that is useful for both ACLS recertification and first time ACLS providers.