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AHA’s ACLS Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. 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).


Course Location

2331 Mill Rd, suite 100

Alexandria Va, 22314



After completing the online portion, students attend a structured BLS Hands-On Session with an AHA Instructor. This session focuses on meaningful skills practice, debriefing, team scenarios, discussions of local protocols, and skills testing. Where available, students may also complete the hands-on session with a voice-assisted manikin (VAM).

HeartCode BLS is for healthcare professionals seeking an alternative method for completing an initial or renewal BLS Course.


Updated with 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR & ECC 

AHA Blended Learning courses combine the flexibility of online training with in-person skills practice and testing.


HeartCode® PALS

HeartCode® PALS is an online comprehensive eLearning program that uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings. In this environment, students apply their knowledge to real-time decision-making and skills development.

To enter the course, students must complete the PALS Precourse Self-Assessment. Students are then presented with 12 In-hospital patient cases and a team dynamics lesson. Cases may be repeated as many times as necessary to pass. Upon successful completion of all the patient cases, students must pass the multiple-choice exam with a minimum score of 84%.


Students who successfully complete the online portion of the course receive a certificate granting them access to a PALS Hands-on Session with an AHA PALS Instructor. Students must successfully complete both the online portion and the hands-on session to receive a PALS Provider course completion card (print or eCard).



•Web-based, self-paced eSimulation instructional program for PALS cognitive training

•Students apply knowledge to real-time decision-making and skills development

•Debriefings and coaching are provided immediately after each simulation to facilitate learning

•Access to the PALS Provider Manual, the 2015 Handbook of ECC, and 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC 

•Access to all information in course for two years following activation of course

Course Content

•Performing high-quality Child CPR AED and Infant CPR per AHA BLS recommendations

•Differentiating between patients who do and do not require immediate intervention

•Recognizing cardiopulmonary arrest early and beginning CPR within 10 seconds

•Applying team dynamics

•Differentiating between respiratory distress and failure

•Performing early interventions for respiratory distress and failure

•Differentiating between compensated and decompensated (hypotensive) shock

•Performing early interventions for the treatment of shock

•Differentiating between unstable and stable patients with arrhythmias

•Describing clinical characteristics of instability in patients with arrhythmias

•Implementing post–cardiac arrest management

Purchase Options:

AHA Approved Distributors

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Channing Bete Company

Laerdal Medical Corporation



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