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HeartCode ACLS

Medical professionals now have the opportunity to complete an AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course on their own time. Technology has provided a more efficient means for healthcare providers to complete their training.  HeartCode® ACLS is designed for both initial certification as well as recertification.


Purchase includes online course keys, skills check at Simulation Center, and AHA ACLS Provider Card upon completion.

  • VCOM Employees: $200
  • VCOM Students: $200
    • VCOM first, third and fourth year students must have valid VCOM e-mail to register. VCOM second year students will receive HeartCode® ACLS education and certification during Block 8 of their second year (no sign-up or payment required)
  • VCOM Alumni: $200
    • VCOM alumni must complete the online portion and obtain their certificate prior to the skills check (Alumni Weekend or another time). After online registration, you will be contacted by Simulation Center staff.
  • Non-VCOM: $225

Registration and Payment

  • Register and pay online (registration is currently inactive)

Course Availability

HeartCode® ACLS is available at any time. Since HeartCode® ACLS is hosted online, technology offers participants 24/7 access to Part 1 course content.  Parts 2 and 3 (skills testing) is only offered by scheduling an appointment with Simulation Center Faculty/Staff.

ACLS Course Content

HeartCode® ACLS is an approved AHA online course and contains the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC, and ACLS core drugs.  Rest assured, the online HeartCode® ACLS course and skills check provides medical professionals the certification they require and is accepted by all facilities in the United States.  Most hospital systems only recognize AHA certifications and this is exactly what you will receive; an AHA ACLS Provider Certification.

Course Format and Learning Materials

All study material is provided to you when you complete registration for HeartCode® ACLS.  This eLearning course provides self-assessments to test knowledge of rhythm recognition and pharmacology, team dynamics, and ten patient care cases allowing the participant to treat various cardiac and stroke emergencies.  At any time during or before beginning the ACLS online course, an electronic, read-only version of the student provider manual can be accessed, reviewed, and studied.  Following the completion of the patient cases, a multiple choice exam is required to complete the cognitive assessment (Part 1).  Participants are allowed unlimited attempts to successfully manage patient cases and also to pass the exam.  eLearning content is available to all registered users for 2 years.

Obtaining ACLS Certification

Skills testing is required to obtain the AHA ACLS Provider Certification.  Skills testing comprises an assessment at the Simulation Center in which participants will be evaluated on a Voice-Assist Manikin (VAM).  The VAM assesses ventilation skills utilizing a bag-valve-mask (part 2) and compressions and ventilations (CPR) skills (part 3).  Again, participants are provided unlimited attempts to successfully perform the skills testing.  Note:  Skills testing must be completed within 60 days of completing the eLearning portion of the course.

ACLS Provider Card Issuance

AHA Provider certification cards are issued by Laerdal Medical Corporation.  You will receive your ACLS card in the mail approximately 2-4 weeks following the course.  If you need to provide documentation immediately, participants have the option to print certificates of completion to provide verification to their healthcare agency.

Accreditation Statements

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 activity for a maximum of 9.75 AMA PR Category 1 Credits.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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.