Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support

During the current pandemic, StartCPR has reformatted all courses through our online portal in partnership with the AHA. ACLS Provider courses are being completed entirely online; from your pretest to your instructor-led video, and including your 50 question test. Once you have completed all of the above, the AHA will send you your course completion eCardThis format is only valid during the presence of COVID-19; we will return to the classroom when it is safe to do so.

The American Heart Association's Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Provider Course provides the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate and manage the first 10 minutes of an adult ventricular fibrillation/ventricular tachycardia (VF/VT) arrest.

ACLS is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care unit.​​​​

Providers are expected to learn to manage 10 core ACLS cases:

  • Respiratory emergencies 

  • Stroke

Four types of prearrest emergencies:

  • Bradycardia

  • Stable tachycardia

  • Unstable tachycardia

  • Acute coronary syndromes

Four types of cardiac arrest:​

  • Simple VF/VT

  • Complex VF/VT

  • PEA

  • Asystole

Course Content:

  • All content covered in Basic Life Support course

  • Airway management

  • Megacode

  • Related pharmacology

  • Recognition and early management of respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest, and peri-arrest

  • Management of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and stroke

  • Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team

  • Use of the automated external defibrillator (AED) as it compares to the cardiac monitor

  • 2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care

      Need BLS for Healthcare Provider? Choose this option when registering: 

     BLS Healthcare Provider Complete Course & Skills Session  

      Skills sessions (included) are conducted in our Hinsdale office several times weekly.                   Morning and evening sessions are available. A separate fee applies for the course add-on.


Initial: $175

Recertification: $125 

Recertification requires a current/valid AHA ACLS card

Receive your AHA Certification Card immediately after class completion!

Valid for 2 years.