Course Description

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies.  This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, and paramedics, as well as others who need an ACLS course completion card for job or other requirements.

This classroom, video-based, Instructor-led course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS for Healthcare Providers skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. This advanced course highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac arrest care. ACLS also covers airway management and related pharmacology.

Successful completion of this course requires passing the closed-book written examination with a minimum score of 84% and successfully completing a Megacode skills test as the team leader.

The ACLS provider course recognition period is two years and meets one component of re-licensure as recognized by the State of Missouri.


Hardcover or e-Book


  • Students are responsible for acquiring their own textbook.  Students are responsible for bringing a current edition of the AHA ACLS Provider Manual to class in order to be eligible to receive an AHA ACLS Provider Certification Card.
  • The required textbook is AHA ACLS Provider Manual – 90-1014
  • Textbooks are available through a variety of sources including:


  • Students are responsible for acquiring their own book.  Students are responsible for bringing a current edition of the AHA ACLS Provider Manual to class in order to be eligible to receive an AHA ACLS Provider Certification Card.
  • AHA ACLS e-Book – ISBN 978-1-61669-350-3

Prerequisites for ACLS Course

  • A completed course registration form, payment and a current AHA BLS for Healthcare Provider card.
  • Self Assessment Pre-Test.  The website and access code will be located in your textbook.  To prepare for the course the self-assessment modules must be completed on the AHA Student Website to identify any gaps in your knowledge. Complete and PRINT YOUR SCORES for the Self-Assessment and bring to class.

Cancellation/Transfer Policy

A $25 fee will be charged for all refunds. A refund will not be available if cancellation occurs within five (5) days of the program.  After registered, a transfer fee of $25 applies to any course date changes. The Academy reserves the right to cancel any course that does not meet minimum registration requirements.

American Disabilities Act

Respond Right® EMS Academy will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations for physically challenged attendees who require special services. Please attach a written description of needs to the application when registering for the course.

2017 Training Schedule – Course Fee $225

  • January 21 & 22   8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Call 636-387-6200 for questions or to register

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

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