Class Schedule

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The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of American Heart Association materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the association.​

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Must have current ACLS provider card

This course is designed to improve outcomes in complex cardiovascular, respiratory and other (e.g., metabolic, toxicologic) emergencies by expanding on core ACLS guidelines and encouraging critical thinking and decision-making strategies. Through instruction and active participation in case-based scenarios, learners enhance their skills in the differential diagnosis and treatment of pre-arrest, arrest and post-arrest patients. The ACLS EP Course is for seasoned healthcare providers who are proficient in performing BLS and ACLS skills, reading and interpreting ECGs, and understanding ACLS pharmacology and who regularly lead or participate in emergency assessment and treatment of pre-​arrest, arrest or post-​arrest patients. This audience includes physicians, paramedics and emergency department or critical care nurses.
Provider cards will be issued upon successful completion of course.

Precourse Requirements 

  • Registrations must include a copy (front and back) of a current American Heart Association ACLS provider card.
  • Registrations for this course will include a key to access an on online ACLS Provider exam. The exam must be completed prior to attending the course with a score of not less than 84%. Evidence of completion must be presented in order to participate.
  • Participants will be tested on use of current BLS and ACLS skills and knowledge at the beginning of the course and before proceeding into the Experienced Provider portion of the course. Testing will include one-rescuer adult CPR and AED skills, mouth-to-mask and bag-mask ventilation skills (OPA and NPA included), and Mega C​ode skills

Please note: All prerequisites must be completed in order to participate in the course. Harborview staff must be approved for attendance through the UW Medicine Community Training Center as part of the registration process.

This course is designed for health care professionals (physicians, nurses, EMS personnel, etc.) who are renewing their ACLS Provider status. This course is designed with the experienced provider in mind and is recommended for those who are actively involved in cardiac arrest resuscitation codes. Part 1: Complete online portion by purchasing a key from the UW Medicine Community Training Center at Harborview Medical Center. Through interactive case-based micro-simulation technology, this course teaches:

  • Recognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions that may result in cardiac arrest or complicated resuscitation outcomes.
  • Management of cardiac arrest until return of spontaneous circulation, termination of resuscitation, or transfer of care.
  • Recognition of life threatening clinical situations such as stroke.
  • Identification and treatment of ischemic chest pain and expedition of the care of patients with acute coronary syndromes.
  • Effective communication as a member or leader of a resuscitation team and how to recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance.
  • Basic life support care, including prioritizing chest compressions and integrating an AED.

Course can be completed in approximately six hours and includes a written exam. Part 2: After completion of the online portion, the student should call the UW Medicine Community Training Center at Harborview Medical Center to schedule completion of the skills testing portion at (206) 744-5027. Students must complete a testing session by an AHA ACLS Instructor that includes successful management of a Megacode, one-rescuer CPR, AED use, mouth-to-mask and bag-mask ventilation (OPA & NPA included) to earn their AHA ACLS provider card. Students must bring their online certificate of completion to the skills testing session in order to participate and are expected to have a firm mastery of the algorithms. Participants should allow two hours for testing however, most participants complete the testing in an hour or less.  
 

For new providers or to review material
This two-day ACLS course is designed for healthcare professionals whose occupation requires proficiency in ACLS skills. It is appropriate for providers with some knowledge of cardiac rhythms and pharmacology but who have not taken ACLS education in the past, for those whose cards have expired, or who would like a review of the guidelines. This course includes skills testing and a written evaluation.

Precourse Preparation/Requirements

You should prepare for the course by doing the following:

  1. Review the course agenda.
  2. Review and understand the information in your ACLS Provider Manual. Pay particular attention to the 10 cases in Part 5.
  3. The resuscitation scenarios require that your BLS skills and knowledge are current with the latest (2015) guidelines. Competency testing for 1-rescuer adult CPR and AED skills will take place at the beginning of the ACLS Provider Course. Participants are expected to come into the course proficient in these skills.
  4. Review, understand, and complete the ECG and Pharmacology Precourse Self-Assessment. This class will not teach reading or interpretation of ECGs nor basic pharmacology.
  5. Evidence of Precourse Self-Assessment completion is required to participate in the course. A certificate may be printed and presented at the course or screen shots are also accepted.

If you would like to renew your BLS certification, please contact the CTC Office (206-744-5027 or hmcctc@uw.edu) to make arrangements. Preparation and additional fees apply.

Please Note: Evidence of precourse completion must be presented at the time of the course in order to participate.

Class times:

  • ​​​8:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m. (day one)
  • 8:00 a.m. –2:00 p.m. (day two)

ACLS evening New Provider courses will be offered at a new time beginning April 4, 2014.

  • 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (day one)
  • 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (day two)

Provider cards and contact hour certificates will be issued upon successful completion of course.​

Must have current ACLS provider card

This one-day ACLS renewal class will provide health-care providers with previous ACLS education the opportunity to update their skills in accordance with the standards and guidelines for the American Heart Association. The following knowledge and skills will be evaluated followed by a written evaluation:

  • ACLS algorithms
  • Rhythm recognition
  • BLS proficiency
  • ACLS pharmacology

Precourse Preparation/Requirements

You should prepare for the course by doing the following:

  1. Review the course agenda.
  2. Review and understand the information in your 2015 ECC Handbook pages 6-68.
  3. The resuscitation scenarios require that your BLS skills and knowledge are current with the latest (2015) guidelines. Competency testing for one-rescuer adult CPR and AED skills will take place at the beginning of the ACLS Provider Course. Participants are expected to come into the course proficient in these skills.
  4. Review, understand, and complete the ECG and Pharmacology Precourse Self-Assessment. This class will not teach reading or interpretation of ECGs nor basic pharmacology.
  5. Evidence of Precourse Self-Assessment completion is required to participate in the course. A certificate may be printed and presented at the course or screen shots are also accepted.​

If you would like to renew your BLS certification, please contact the CTC Office (206-744-5027 or hmcctc@uw.edu) to make arrangements. Preparation and additional fees apply.

Please Note: Evidence of precourse completion must be presented at the time of the course in order to participate.

Class times:

  • 8:00 a.m. –2:00 p.m. (one day)

Provider cards and contact hour certificates will be issued upon successful completion of course.

Note: Renewal courses provide a limited review and then move right into testing stations . For a more in-depth review of ACLS content, consideration should be given to the two-day course.

This universal course is designed to meet the Basic Life Support (CPR) certification requirements for both the new and the renewing healthcare providers. Certification is required for anyone who intends to enter a clinical program of study or work in a medical or patient care setting.

Example of Appropriate Audiences:

  • Registered nurses
  • Medical doctors and physicians
  • Emergency medical technicians and paramedics
  • Occupational and physical therapists
  • Dental technicians
  • Hospital/medical assistants and aides
  • Radiology and imaging technicians
  • Physician assistants
  • Registered nurse practitioners
  • Fellows and residents
  • Medical and nursing students in training

Curriculum

  • CPR skills for victims of all ages
  • Ventilation with a mouth-to-mask barrier device and bag-mask device
  • Use of AED ( automated external defibrillator)
  • Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (FBAO) for adults, children and infants
  • Current AHA guidelines

Class times

  • 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm on varying week days

BLS for Healthcare Providers Online

 

For healthcare providers seeking first-time training or renewal of their BLS card

Part 1:  Completed online through a key purchased from the HMC Community Training Center.  Through interactive scenarios, this course teaches:

  • 1- and 2-Rescuer CPR (adult, child, infant)
  • AED use (adult, child)
  • Bag-mask use (adult, child, infant)
  • Rescue breathing and choking (adult, child infant)

Course can be completed in approximately 1-2 hours. 

 

Part 2:  *Students must complete a skills practice and testing session with an AHA BLS Instructor to earn their AHA BLS Healthcare Provider card.  After completion of the online portion, the student will contact the HMC Community Training Center to complete the skills validation.  206-744-5027 or hmcctc@u.washington.edu

 

This course is open only to current BLS Instructors who are aligned with UW Medicine Community Training Center (CTC) at Harborview.  Instructors should contact the Program Manager at the CTC to register.