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Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

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In order to certify in ACLS, the learner must have a valid BLS certification.

For course dates, times, prices, and registration, please select a course below:

  • ACLS Initial Course
    • e-ACLS online course + 4 hour Skills Session
      • Dates TBD
  • ACLS Retrain Course
  • ACLS '+' (for Moderate Sedation Providers)

e-ACLS Provider and Retraining

The American Heart Association ACLS course is designed for medical providers such as physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, 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 Chan Medical School is authorized as a Training Center for the Advanced Cardiac Life Support Program by the American Heart Association (AHA).

AHA courses at iCELS combine state of the art simulation lab facilities with the latest e-learning software for resuscitation training: HeartCode ACLS, brings the classroom to your personal computer. Self directed learning allows for adequate preparation of ACLS clinical pathways while computerized simulations allow for deliberate practice of cardiac arrest and peri arrest cases. 

Provider course = HeartCode ACLS + 4 Hour Simulation Lab

Retraining (every two years after initial course) = HeartCode ACLS + 3 Hour Simulation Lab

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.

Course Location and Fees: 

Albert Sherman Center (2nd Floor-iCELS)
55 Lake Ave. North
Worcester, MA 01655

Provider Course - $ 355
Retraining Course - $ 295


Registrants will receive confirmation via email. Emails for new assignments and RQI accounts will be sent 2 weeks before the scheduled skills session. Learners who register within 2 weeks of the course will receive those materials within 1 business day of registration.

For more information, please email

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.

ACLS courses are refundable up to 7 business days before the selected skills session date, less $160 if the e-Learning material has been opened. Transfers are permitted up to 7 business days before the selected skills session date without penalty. Please contact for Transfer requests.

To receive a certification card and continuing education credits, after completing your skills session, click on the blue review button on your active ACLS course on your RQI1stop account. Complete the survey then you will have an option to receive your card and credits.

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