Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
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 + 6 hour Skills Session
- ACLS Retrain Course
- e-ACLS online course + 3 hour Skills Session
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 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 + 6 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 (3rd Floor-iCELS)
55 Lake Ave. North
Worcester, MA 01655
Provider Course - $ 350
Retraining Course - $ 285
Continuing Education Credit:
Continuing Medical Education Accreditation - Physicians
The American Heart Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Heart Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
All persons who develop and/or control educational content in CME/CE activities provided by the American Heart Association will disclose to the audience all financial relationships with any commercial supporters of this activity as well as with other commercial interests whose lines of business are related to the CME/CE-certified content of this activity. In addition, presenters will disclose unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed in their presentations. Such disclosures will be made in writing in course presentation materials.
Continuing Medical Education Accreditation – Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 9.75 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.
Continuing Medical Education Accreditation – Nurse Practitioners
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Continuing Education Accreditation - Nurses
The American Heart Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 9.75 contact hours.
Continuing Education Accreditation – Pharmacists
The American Heart Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy
Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE Credit: 10.00 Contact Hours or 1.000 CEUs. Universal Program Number: 0256-0000-14-704-H01-P.
**Pharmacy credit must be claimed within 30 days of attendance.
Successful completion of this CE activity includes the following: Students are presented with a Team Dynamics lesson, 10 ACLS cases in hospital-based scenarios, and a written test. While interacting with the program, students assess each patient, formulate a treatment plan based on ACLS guidelines, and provide treatment. Successful completion of the cognitive component, paired with skills verification provided by an AHA ACLS Instructor or a voice assisted manikin system, meets the requirements for successfully completing this activity.
Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services
This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), for 10.25 Advanced CEHs, activity number 14-AMHA-F3-0226.
For Live Courses:
The University of Massachusetts Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Provider: The UMMS designates this live activity for a maximum of 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™
Instructor: The UMMS designates this live activity for a maximum of 11 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™
Retraining: The UMMS designatesthis live activityfor 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.
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).
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).
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.
Provider: Other professionals will be eligible for 13.5 continuing education hours from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Instructor: Other professionals will be eligible for 11 continuing education hours from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
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 disclose 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.
Registrants will receive confirmation via email. An online key and instruction for accessing online content will be sent 2 weeks before the scheduled skills session. Learners who register within 2 weeks of the course will recieve those materials 1 week before the course.
To register please visit our website at www.umassmed.edu/icels, for more information, please 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.
ACLS Online and Skills Session Courses are refundable up until 1 week before the original date, less $150 if an online key has been assigned. Transfers are permitted up to 10 business days before the original program date without penalty. After that point, all transfer requests, if granted, will incur a fee ($135 for Retrain, $200 for initial). If you wish to transfer to another ACLS Skills Session date, please submit a transfer request to iCELS@umassmed.edu. Your request must include the name of the registrant, the course the registrant is currently enrolled in, and the course they wish to be transferred to.
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.