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American Heart Association
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Course Description

Healthcare providers will enhance their skills in the treatment of the adult victim of a cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies.

The American Heart Association's Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support course is totally redesigned for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the resuscitation of a patient, whether in or out of hospital. Through the ACLS course, providers will enhance their skills in the treatment of the adult victim of a cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies. ACLS emphasizes the importance of basic life support CPR to patient survival; the integration of effective basic life support with advanced cardiovascular life support interventions; and the importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation.

ACLS is based on simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active, hands-on participation through learning stations where students will practice essential skills individually, as part of a team, and as team leader. Realistic simulations reinforce the following key concepts: proficiency in basic life support care; recognizing and initiating early management of peri-arrest conditions; managing cardiac arrest; identifying and treating ischemic chest pain and acute coronary syndromes; recognizing other life-threatening clinical situations (such as stroke) and providing initial care; ACLS algorithms; and effective resuscitation team dynamics.

Courses Offered

Initial ACLS Provider Course - 2 days
This course if for providers that have never been through a ACLS course, or have expired ACLS >30 days.

Renewal ACLS Provider Course - 1 day
This course if for providers that have previously completed a ACLS course, and have a current ACLS card. You will be allowed to take this course if you are expired <30 days.

Alternative Renewal BLS
This option is for those attending an advanced ECC course such as PALS or ACLS. Due to the reinforcement of BLS skills and skills checks in advanced courses, an additional 1.5 hours at the end of the advanced class to cover the remainder of the curriculum of the BLS Healthcare Provider course. This option is highly recommended, especially if your BLS card is set to expire within 6 months, but is available to all attending an advanced course. There currently is a wait list for BLS classes. Attending this section alleviates the need to return to the educational lab on another day for a 4 hours class. This option also allows you to keep your certifications expiring at the same time so you do not have to keep up with 2 different renewal dates. Click here to download the CPR Packet.

Registration Costs

Please click here to go to the calendar and register for your class.

ACLS Courses are free to all UTMB employees, staff and students. The cost for non-UTMB persons are $50 for ACLS Renewal Course and $100 for ACLS Initial Course. All course fees must be paid within 5 days of registration.

To course fee payment contact the Cashier's Office at 409-772-2503 Please click here to see our registration fees.

What to Bring to Class

  1. UTMB ID
  2. Current BLS Card
  3. Textbooks and algorhythm cards
  4. Signed "Precourse Preparation Checklist"(found in your ACLS textbooks)
  5. Pre-course assessment test


The UTMB-Galveston campus is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor CME credits for physicians.

2-day ACLS course has been accredited for 16 hours of Category I credit toward the AMA Physicians' Recognition Award.

1-day ACLS renewal course has been accredited for 7 hours of Category I credit toward the AMA Physicians' Recognition Award.

There is a fee charged to process the necessary paperwork for these credits.

Please click here for CME forms.

The fee for CME is $35. Call the Cashier's Office at 409-772-2503 for payment.

Student Expectations

You will be expected to:

  1. Read the ACLS Provider manual before attending the course,
  2. Complete the Pre-test before the start of the course with a score of 80 or above; and
  3. Demonstrate mastery of BLS skills during the course

To successfully complete this course, the student must be able to demonstrate proficiency in certain skills as well as pass a written exam. Therefore, it is essential that you familiarize yourself with the information in the textbook before class.

It is expected that the participant will be proficient in BLS before participating in the Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course. Your BLS skills will be evaluated during the ACLS skill stations.

Please be familiar with the American Heart Association's Guidelines.

If excessive remediation is required, or basic skills and EKG recognition is not proficient, you may be required to repeat the course.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purchase. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Successful participation in one of these classes alone does not imply certification to perform the skills learned in the class.

If you have any questions, email cpredlab@utmb.edu or call the Education Lab at 409-772-2823.