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Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course

The Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course is designed for health care and pre-hospital providers who respond to cardiovascular emergencies in and out of the hospital.

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Learn the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care, immediate post-cardiac arrest care, airway management, and related pharmacology. You’ll be monitored by Nova Southeastern University instructors, who will provide feedback throughout the course.

Upon successful completion of the ACLS course, you’ll be issued a two-year American Heart Association (AHA) Advanced Cardiac Life Support provider card.

What You'll Learn

The Advanced Cardiac Life Support course covers:

  • Basic life support skills, including effective chest compressions, use of a bag-mask device and use of an AED
  • Recognition of early management of respiratory and cardiac arrest
  • Recognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardia
  • Airway management
  • Related pharmacology
  • Management of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and stroke
  • Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team


The ACLS course is designed for health care and pre-hospital providers who participate or direct in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiac emergencies. Past course participants have included:

  • Nurses
  • Paramedics
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physicians
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Students
  • Emergency and Intensive Care Unit Workers

Blended Course Format

If you need your ACLS certification as soon as possible or if you just don't have enough time to attend a full class, our American Heart Association blended course format may be the best option for you. We recommend the blended course format for ACLS re-certification. If initial certification is needed, please see our in-person course listings.

In the blended-course format, you’ll

  • learn the concepts of ACLS in an online eLearning format to be completed at your own pace.
  • schedule an appointment with College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Division of EMS Education and Training to demonstrate your knowledge and skills with a NSU instructor.
  • receive the same American Heart Association ACLS course completion card as our in-person course, upon successful completion of both the online eLearning and in-person skill evaluation.
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