Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) & ACLS+
ACLS Initial and Refresher Training (Course Schedule)
The American Heart Association ACLS course is designed for medical providers such as physicians, nurses, mid-levels, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and other professionals whose daily occupation requires them to either direct or participate in the resuscitation of a patient, whether in or out of hospital. The University of Massachusetts Medical School is authorized as a Training Center for the Advanced Cardiac Life Support Program by the American Heart Association.
Initial training = 1.5 days
Retraining (every two years after initial course) = 1 day
Educational Objectives for ACLS: At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:
- Recognize the adult in peri-arrest and/or at risk of cardiopulmonary arrest;
- Demonstrate the cognitive and psychomotor skills necessary for resuscitating and stabilizing the adult in respiratory failure, shock, or cardiopulmonary arrest;
- Demonstrate the use of the various airway and oxygen adjuncts and methods for optimum ventilation & airway control;
- Identify normal vs. abnormal cardiac rhythms and the appropriate pharmacologic and electrical therapies;
- State the indications & dosages of medications used in cardiopulmonary arrest and the effects on the cardiovascular system;
- Perform techniques to obtain vascular access in adults via intraosseous cannulation using EZIO
- Perform advanced skills in the assessment and treatment of cardiopulmonary arrest in the adult patient.
ACLS+ Retraining for Moderate Sedation Providers (Course Schedule)
The Credentialing Committee and the Sedation Committee have changed the credentialing requirements for physicians and affiliate practitioners currently providing moderate sedation at UMMHC locations. ACLS certification alone will no longer suffice for Moderate Sedation credentialing. Moderate sedation providers are now required to maintain ACLS+ certification as part of their credentialing at UMMHC to improve patient safety. This one day course provides the learner with enhanced sedation training by covering topics such as Patient Selection, Sedation Toxicology, Managing the Airway and Identifying the difficult airway and how to safely care for over sedated and hypoxic patients. Resuscitation simulations at the end of the course mimic emergencies seen with moderate sedation.
Learners have the option of enrolling in ACLS+ (online ACLS recertification and Moderate Sedation, ACLS skills verification during sedation course)
- or -
Learners may separately schedule a traditional classroom based ACLS retraining course and enroll in only the moderate sedation course.
As a reminder, to maintain sedation credentialing at UMMHC providers must maintain both American Heart Association ACLS and Moderate Sedation training.
Click here to view a message from the credentialing office regarding ACLS+ and its implementation.
Continuing Education Credit:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. The University of Massachusetts Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
ACLS Provider: The UMMS designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™
ACLS Instructor: The UMMS designates this live activity for a maximum of 11 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™
ACLS Retraining: The UMMS designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™
Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
ACLS Provider: This offering meets the requirements for 16.2 contact hours for nurses as specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in nursing (244-CMR 5.04).
ACLS Instructor: This offering meets the requirements for 13.2 contact hours for nurses as specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in nursing (244-CMR 5.04).
ACLS Retraining: This offering meets the requirements for 8.4 contact hours for nurses as specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in nursing (244-CMR 5.04).
Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
ACLS Provider: Other professionals will be eligible for 13.5 continuing education hours from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
ACLS Instructor: Other professionals will be eligible for 11 continuing education hours from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
ACLS Retraining: Other professionals will be eligible for 7 continuing education hours from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Statement on Faculty Disclosure:
It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts Medical School to ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all activities. All faculty participating in CME activities sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Medical School are required to present evidence-based data, identify and reference off-label product use and disclose all relevant financial relationships with those supporting the activity or others whose products or services are discussed. Faculty disclosure will be provided in the activity materials.
In accordance with the Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the guidelines of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), it is the policy of the University of Massachusetts Medical School to disc lose whatever interest or affiliation a speaker might have with any commercial organization whose products or services are related to the subject matter being presented. Such disclosure will be made available on the day of the program.
Hoagland-Pincus Conference Center
University of Massachusetts Medical School
222 Maple Avenue
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
You may register by fax or mail. Registration should not be mailed unless receipt can be guaranteed two weeks in advanced. The fee includes textbook, continuing education credit, and certification card. Note: This fee is non-refundable.
In order to receive the CME certificate, attendees must sign in on the day of the program.
Registrants will receive confirmation, an ACLS Textbook, and directions via US mail. Registrants are welcome to gain further information by calling (508)-856-3041.
To register, receive a brochure, or for more information, please call 508-856-1671 between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm weekdays or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support classes are refundable, less a $100.00 processing fee if you cancel in less than 2 weeks of the course date or if course materials have already been mailed out to the registrant. You may transfer to another class, if arrangements are made 10 days prior to the original class date. Classes must be paid in full in order to receive a certification card and continuing education credit(s). A certification card will be awarded on the day of the course to those who successfully complete the course and have paid for the course in full.