How To Become An ACLS Provider
Learning how to become an ACLS Provider can be the difference between life or death. Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) can save the life of an adult who is having a heart attack or other cardiovascular emergency. ACLS should be performed by a certified ACLS provider. How do you become certified in ACLS? Follow these steps:
- To become certified as an ACLS provider, you must already be a healthcare provider, such as a nurse or paramedic. If this applies to you, you can take an ACLS course through the American Heart Association. This course covers basic life support using CPR as well as the more advanced ACLS techniques using hands-on training, as well as classroom lectures and videos.
- You can find a class in your area on the American Heart Association web site. Visit www.americanheart.org. Click on "CPR & ECC," then on "Find a CPR Class." This will open a form where you can put in your zip code and find classes in your area.
- Costs, length, and date of courses will vary by location. Most are offered at local hospitals and health centers. Although the classes are approved by the American Heart Association, the Association does not mandate costs.
- If you do not want to take a class in person, you can take an online course through the American Heart Association, called HeartCode. With this class, you can do the course work at your own pace online, then sign up for the hands-on training and exam.
- Once the class is complete, you must take and pass a written examination. If you complete the exam successfully, you will receive an American Heart Association ACLS for Healthcare Providers Course Completion Card, which is valid for two years.