Advanced Cardiovascular Life
letter of attendance documenting the hours of
training will be provided upon request for qualified healthcare
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is an approved provider
of continuing nursing education by New Jersey State Nurses Association,
an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s
Commission on Accreditation.
program has previously awarded 15.5 contact hours for nurses. This
approval expired and is in the process of being renewed for 2014.
- This continuing education activity is
approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited
by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical
Services (CECBEMS), for 12.00 Advanced CEHs, activity number
- NJ paramedics receive credit through MICU clinical
- ACLS does not qualify for NJ EMT
The goal of the American
Heart Association ACLS program is to reduce death and
patients who suffer cardiovascular emergencies such as cardiac arrest,
acute coronary syndromes, and stroke. Such patients need
well-coordinated interdisciplinary teams for optimal treatment and
outcome. Prompt, prioritized,
and coordinated team-oriented care is the cornerstone of the ACLS
The course is intended to teach qualified healthcare providers the
knowledge and skills needed to perform the early phases of an actual
resuscitation. However, successful course completion does not
or certify that the participant will be able to adequately perform
life support skills in an actual emergency.
The core of the ACLS course is completed in two
Optional preparatory review lectures are provided for the student that
requires a brief review of EKG interpretation or
drug actions and dosing. These lectures are not a substitute
initial training in these subjects.
Our course incorporates the science in the 2010 release of the
for Emergency Cardiovascular Care.
- Applicants must have a current American Heat Association BLS
for Healthcare Providers card during the entire course and be
to adequately demonstrate BLS skills in class.
- Candidates for the course must be an advanced
provider (e.g., physician, emergency or critical care nurse, paramedic,
physician assistant, etc.)
who either will direct or participate in an adult's resuscitation as
part of their daily occupation or routine clinical
Other health professionals
may audit the course at the discretion of the Course Coordinator.
- Our program expects students to have strong
in static and dynamic Lead II ECG interpretation.
We offer a free ECG interpretation review session prior to each course (see below). Students
who cannot demonstrate adequate ECG interpretive abilities will not
complete the course. Applicants
without previous ECG interpreting experience should not
enroll. Knowledge of 12-lead EKG interpretation is
helpful, but not necessary for course completion.
- There are several good ECG books. We find
good experience with Basic
Arrhythmias written by Gail Walraven (ISBN-13: 978-0-13-276628-9) and
published by Prentice Hall. Click
here for more on this publication.
- Participants should be familiar with the actions
dosing of primary emergency drugs.
- Participants must have access to a computer with Internet
access connected to a printer to do the precourse homework.
must have access to the current (Guidelines 2010) Advanced
Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Manual (AHA publication
90-1014) before and during the course.
Optional Internet-Based BLS for Healthcare Providers Renewal With In-Person Skills TestSince students must have a valid professional-level CPR
card during the course, we offer this option to save time, travel, and schedule difficulties.
First, purchase and complete the AHA-sponsored
Internet-based training module
and print the official Part One
certificate. Register for the BLS Renewal Option and include the
extra fee with your ACLS registration. Complete the skills testing
at your ACLS course to then be issued a renewed American Heart
Association BLS for
Healthcare Providers card. There
is no extension or grace period by starting this process.
Students must submit the official AHA Part One certificate as proof
on-line renewal no more than 60 days prior to their skill session to be
admitted to the skills testing. The on-line coursework must be
done and in our possession prior to the start of your course; it cannot
be done afterwards.
The skills validation must be
completed before the expiration date on your CPR card or 60 days from
completion of the on-line coursework, whichever comes first.
Candidates must come prepared and should take no more than 15
minutes for their skill session. Students who require significant
remediation will be directed to repeat a regular BLS for Healthcare Providers course.
Date(s) & Time(s) for 2014
TO REGISTER click on the date in the table below to get the
course-specific registration form.
(Optional) ECG Review
p.m., unless otherwise noted
(Optional) Pharmacology Review
p.m., unless otherwise noted
(Click on the date to get the registration form for that particular
a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
(Closed for RWJMS.)
ACLS Provider References
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Tuition: $210.00. Optional lectures are
free to enrolled
students, but pre-registration is
Text: $33.50 for the ACLS Provider
Manual, which is required for the course, can be
purchased from us, the AHA
product distributors, or obtained by other means
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