OHSU

ACLS

 

Course Descriptions

ACLS Provider Course

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.


BLS-HCP Course

The BLS Healthcare Provider Course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner. The course is intended for certified or noncertified, licensed or non-licensed healthcare professionals.


ACLS/BLS-HCP Renewal Course (classroom course)

The ACLS/BLS Provider courses must be renewed every 2 years. This renewal class gives ACLS/BLS-HCP providers updated information and current AHA standards of performance. The provider completing this course is issued a card good for 2 years.


ACLS/BLS-HCP Self-directed Learning and Skills Testing Renewal Course

The ACLS/BLS Provider courses must be renewed every 2 years. This renewal class gives ACLS/BLS-HCP providers updated information and current AHA standards of performance.

Providers will be required to complete two self directed learning modules via CD. These modules include both ACLS and BLS-HCP written exams that must be successfully completed prior to the monitored skills testing portion of the course. The self directed portion of the exam will require six to eight hours to complete and the skills testing portion of the exam will take about an hour. The provider completing this course is issued a card good for 2 years.