Course Overview

The ACLS Update course builds on the foundation of Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. This advanced course highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care, and immediate post-cardiac-arrest-care.

This course requires you to interpret EKG rhythms. Unless you work with EKG rhythms on a daily basis we strongly recommend that you practice reading EKGs prior to class.

In order to participate in the ACLS Update course it is required that each student has a current, unexpired, ACLS AHA certification. If your certification has expired or will expire prior to your attendance in the class, please register for the ACLS 2-Day Providers course.

Course Details
5 hours

This course covers these topics

  • ACLS Algorithms
  • Immediate post-cardiac-arrest care
  • Airway management
  • Rhythm recognition
  • High-quality CPR
  • 1- rescuer CPR AED
  • Effective resuscitation team dynamics
  • Science overview (update course)
  • BLS and ACLS surveys
  • ACS
  • Megacode treatment
  • Identification and initial care of other life-threatening clinical situations ( such as stroke)

This course is intended for

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Paramedics
  • EMT’s
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Staff in intensive- care units and emergency or critical care departments
  • Other professionals who may respond to a cardiovascular emergency
  • Physician Assistants

Suggested text and learning

  1. Rapid Interpretation of EKGs by Dale Dubins, 6th edition
  2.  EKG simulators: 30-day Personal ECG Review by by Pace Symposia for $9.99
Leila K.

Outstanding all the way around! Just took ACLS and BLS recert with Aki and was completely overjoyed to find a place to do ACLS without crying during the mega-code. Ok a slight exaggeration, but at Heart Share in San Jose, my instructor failed two providers and by the time I stepped up to bat, I was tachy, diaphoretic, and panicked.

Yes, I made it through, but why wouldn’t you want to laugh, enjoy, learn, and practice without all that stress and truly learn what you are doing. If this sounds good to you, then take your classes with ERT, they rock!!

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Kim A.

Went to Emergency Response Training for ACLS recertification on a friends recommendation.  I was not disappointed.  Alex is a great instructor.  He’s both a paramedic and ICU/ER nurse so you get the dual  benefit of his field and hospital experience.

The class size is small, great for someone like me who’s a real bonehead when it comes to ACLS.  The classroom is clean and new.  There is plenty of equipment available to practice with.  I really liked the way the megacode scenarios were run, well organized and non threatening.  Free coffee and snacks, a total bonus.

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Chelsea W.
Registered Nurse

After 17 years of being an RN and going through recerts for BLS, ACLS, PALS and NRP, I can honestly say that Defib has been THE best place to LEARN.  I actually feel like I have learned more from taking classes for PALS and NRP here than all the other places combined.  

Their no-nonsense, realistic approach to these certifications along with the expertise and EXPERIENCE to back up their teaching really brought it home for me.  I will definitely return again and again and I proudly wear my “Keep Calm and Push the Epi” shirt they gave me!

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