Signing up for Advanced Cardiac Life Support
There are many kinds of CPR training in the US, generally categorized into basic and advanced courses. Basic courses can be taken by laypeople (the general public) and health care providers. The advanced courses can only be taken by health care professionals, or HCPs who are allowed to perform medical interventions such as the administration of medication. When our trainees want to enroll in an advanced course, we have a few requirements that they need to complete before starting ACLS or PALS training:
- A pass on the pre-test
- Valid training credential for ‘Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers’
- Health care professional license or similar identification or certification
ACLS – short for Advanced Cardiac Life Support – is an advanced CPR course that uses the Advanced Life Support (ALS) guidelines from the AHA as a basis for its curriculum. The ALS guidelines were based on the first Basic Life Support guidelines, also released by the AHA, but incorporate medical techniques and interventions to manage cardiac arrest. The use of medication and equipment along with the core skills in CPR have been studied and proven to greatly improve patient outcomes.
Our ACLS program is available at the following locations: Honolulu CPR, Las Vegas CPR, Los Angeles CPR, Portland CPR, San Francisco CPR, and Seattle CPR. It is a program is completed in two days, with the total class hours amounting to 16 hours. There are numerous breaks that divide the sessions, such as snack and lunch breaks.
For rescuers who have previously completed ACLS training with us, have the option of enrolling in a re-certification class once their training credential approaches expiration. Credentials, after we award them to students, expire after 24 months. If a student lets his or her credential expire, we have to require them to take the 16-hour program again.
Enrolling at our locations
To make our high quality programs available to a wider range of students, we have training locations in six cities in five states, previously mentioned above. We also allow our students to enroll or sign up through different channels. The most popular method for our younger trainees is through the location website where we have an online form available.
We also encourage communication through e-mails, telephone calls, and even walk-ins, as long as the last two are done during business hours. We want to make our trainees have the most comfortable and accessible CPR learning experience possible.
Other programs that we also offer are: Heartsaver, Heartsaver C, Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. The first three in the list are Basic Life Support courses and the last is the other Advanced Life Support course. Unlike ALS courses, there are no requirements if you want to enroll in a basic program. Certificates for these basic programs are valid for the same amount of time as ACLS and PALS certificates.