Cambria-Somerset Council for Education of Health Professionals, Inc.

117 Murtha Center, Pitt-Johnstown, 450 Schoolhouse Road, Johnstown, PA 15904 (814)269-2948

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The ACLS Provider Course and HeartCode®   ACLS are designed for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies.  Through didactic instruction and active participation in simulated cases, students will enhance their skills in the recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute arrhythmia, stroke and acute coronary syndromes (ACS).


Scientific evidence has pointed the way toward better content, while educational research has led to improved design of the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Provider Course.  Both the design and the content of the AHA ACLS Provider Course are evidence based.

The ACLS Provider Curse Emphasizes 3 major concepts:

  • The crucial importance of high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to patient survival

  • The integration of effective basic life support (BLS) with ACLS interventions

  • The importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation

The course is designed to give students the opportunity to practice and demonstrate proficiency in the following skills used in resuscitation:

  • Systemic approach

  • High-quality BLS

  • Airway Management

  • Rhythm recognition

  • Defibrillation

  • Intravenous (IV)/intraosseous (IO) access (information only)

  • Use of medications

  • Cardioversion

  • Transcutaneous pacing

  • Team dynamics

Students will practice the application of these and other skills in simulated cases and will practice both Team Leader and team member roles.


The goal of the ACLS Provider Course is to improve outcomes for adult patients of cardiac arrest and other cardiopulmonary emergencies through early recognition and interventions by high-performance teams.


Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to

  • Apply the BLS, Primary, and Secondary Assessments sequence for a systematic evaluation of adult patients

  • Perform prompt, high-quality BLS, including prioritizing early chest compressions and integrating early automated external defibrillator (AED) use

  • Recognize respiratory arrest

  • Perform early management of respiratory arrest

  • Discuss early recognition and management of ACS, including appropriate disposition

  • Discuss early recognition and management of stroke, including appropriate disposition

  • Recognize bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome

  • Perform early management of bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrthymias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome

  • Recognize cardiac arrest

  • Perform early management of cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including immediate post-cardiac arrest care

  • Model effective communication as a member or leader of a high-performance team

  • Evaluate resuscitative efforts during a cardiac arrest through continuous assessment of CPR quality, monitoring the patient's physiologic response, and delivering real-time feedback to the team

  • Recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance

  • Discuss how the use of a rapid response team or medical emergency team may improve patient outcomes

  • Define systems of care