Welcome to the American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Online Course ACLS Heartcode Part 1.
The cost of this course is $275 and INCLUDES the hands on skills session, the 2015 Guidelines Provider E-book and same day AHA ACLS Provider Card on successful completion of the course and hands on skills session. The skills session must be done in person, after the online course is complete. The skills session will be held at
Saving American Hearts at 6165 Lehman Drive Suite 202 Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918.
Upon receiving payment for your course you will receive an email containing your log in information and a link to the course. Please allow 24-48 hours to receive this email. Sometimes it can be done in a few hours, other times it can take longer.
Students have access to all course content for 2 years
after activation of their course key. This program provides
continuing education credits. Students who complete the
program may claim up to 10.25 hours of CE/CME/CEH.
HeartCode® ACLS is an official, self-directed, comprehensive
e-Learning program from the American Heart Association (AHA).
HeartCode® ACLS Part 1 uses eSimulation technology to present realistic patient scenarios.
Students are presented with a team dynamics lesson, 10 ACLS hospital-based case scenarios, and a written exam.
While interacting with the program, students assess each patient, formulate a treatment plan based on ACLS guidelines, and provide treatment.
At the conclusion, participants should be able to:
Recognize and initiate early management of periarrest conditions that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome.
Demonstrate proficiency in providing BLS care, including prioritizing chest compressions and integrating automated external defibrillator (AED) use
Recognize and manage respiratory arrest
Recognize and manage cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including immediate post–cardiac arrest care
Recognize and initiate early management of acute coronary syndromes, including appropriate disposition
Recognize and initiate early management of stroke, including appropriate disposition
Demonstrate effective communication as a member or leader of a resuscitation team and recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance.
This course from the American Heart Association has been updated to reflect new science based on the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC.
HeartCode ACLS Part 1 Covers
• Key changes reflecting the 2010 American Heart Association
Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency
• Ten adult patient cases with up to four healthcare providers,
presented through eSimulation technology:
– One BLS case
– Seven cases representing cardiovascular,
respiratory and stroke emergencies
– Two Megacodes
• Recognition and early management of respiratory
and cardiac arrest
• Recognition and early management of periarrest 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
HeartCode ACLS Part 1 is for healthcare professionals who either director participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiovascular emergencies, specifically those seeking an alternative (non-classroom) method for completing an initial or update ACLS Course.
HeartCode ACLS Part 1 requires prior knowledge that will be applied in using the ACLS treatment algorithms.
Unprepared or inexperienced students may require additional time to complete HeartCode ACLS Part 1.
To be successful in any ACLS course, students should be able
to identify ECG rhythms and should know pharmacology specific to cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiopulmonary emergencies beforebeginning the course. It is strongly recommended that studen ts review the ACLS course materials contained within the program and complete the Precourse Self-Assessment prior to attempting the patient cases.
Successful completion of Part 1, the cognitive component, and Parts 2 and 3, skills practice and testing with an AHA ACLS Instructor meets the requirements for obtaining an AHA ACLS Provider course completion card.
You will receive your course completion card after successfully passing the Skills Session Parts 2 and 3. Your course card will be mailed from your instructor's training center via regular mail.
This course offers continuing education credits for physicians (ACCME/AMA), nurses (ANCC), pharmacists (ACPE), and EMS Practitioners (CECBEMS).
This course has been tested on Windows XP and Mac OSX, with Internet Explorer 8+ or Firefox 2+. Please do not use the Internet Explorer 10 browser with this course. HeartCode programs are not supported by Apple Safari.
2011 HeartCode® ACLS Part 1 (Product #90-1405)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Updated July 13, 2011
Q: What are some of the features of HeartCode ACLS Part 1?
A: Course features include:
• Self-paced and accessible 24 hours a day
• Ten interactive, hospital-based patient scenarios, using eSimulation technology
• Precourse Self-Assessment to gauge students’ knowledge and application of ECG recognition and pharmacology
• Debriefings and coaching provided immediately after each simulation, with hyperlinks to the referenced section of the ACLS Provider Manual
• Team dynamics lesson reinforces critical concepts for communication and effectiveness
• Emphasis on effective code team leader skills
• Multiple choice, 50-question exam to test cognitive knowledge; program immediately identifies incorrect answers and provides a hyperlink to the appropriate section of the ACLS Provider Manual for instant remediation
• Certificate of completion available to print when Part 1 has been completed successfully
• Online access to the ACLS Provider Manual, the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR & ECC and the 2010 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers
• Provides access to all information in course for 24 months (two years) following activation of course key
• Provides up to 10.25 hours continuing education credit
Q: Approximately how long does HeartCode ACLS Part 1 take to complete?
A: Part 1 can be completed in approximately 10 hours; however, unprepared or inexperienced students may require additional time. Also, the time to complete may be longer if students are using the program at a location where there is a firewall. Time to complete a skills practice and testing session (Parts 2 and 3) varies.
Q: Is there a test score that must be achieved by students in order to successfully complete HeartCode
ACLS Part 1?
A: Yes, students must score at least 84% on the online written test, which is consistent with all of AHA’s healthcare courses.
Q: Is a skills session required?
A: Yes. To earn an AHA ACLS course completion card, students must successfully complete an ACLS skills practice and testing session (Parts 2 and 3 of the course) with an AHA ACLS Instructor. Students must bring their Part 1 Certificate of Completion to the skills session.
Q: After completion of HeartCode ACLS Part 1, how long do students have to complete the skills practice and testing session?
A: Students are allowed up to 60 days after the completion of the online part of the course to complete the skills session.
Q: What skills are tested during the skills testing session?
A: During skills testing, students must successfully demonstrate competency performing the following skills:
• 1-Rescuer Adult CPR and AED
• Bag-mask Ventilation
Q: Is a Megacode test required?
A: With the completion of HeartCode ACLS Part 1, team or group Megacode practice and testing is highly recommended for skills testing led by an AHA Instructor. An individual’s Megacode knowledge is tested in the cognitive (Part 1) section of HeartCode ACLS, but group interaction and communication testing with a Megacode is highly recommended. In both skills testing cases, Megacode “team training” in as close to a real code environment as possible emphasizes the importance of team interaction and communication in advanced cardiovascular life support.
Q: Is the Precourse Self-Assessment required?
A: Completion of the Precourse Self-Assessment prior to beginning HeartCode ACLS Part 1 is highly recommended to help students identify knowledge gaps; however, it is not required.
Q: Is HeartCode ACLS Part 1 AHA-approved program?
A: Yes. This is an official American Heart Association program.
Q: Is HeartCode ACLS Part 1 only for renewals (updates) or can it be used for initial ACLS course completion as well?
A: This program is approved for both update and initial ACLS courses. However, HeartCode ACLS Part 1 requires prior knowledge that will be applied in using the ACLS treatment algorithms. Unprepared or inexperienced students may require additional time to complete HeartCode ACLS Part 1. To be successful in any ACLS course, students should be able to identify ECG rhythms and should know pharmacology specific to cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiopulmonary
emergencies before beginning the course.
It is strongly recommended that students review the ACLS
course materials contained within the program and complete the Precourse Self-Assessment prior to attempting the patient cases.
Q: Can students log in and out of the course?
A: Yes. Students can log in and out as many times as they choose. To log out, students will click the "Click
here to log out" link located at the top of the page after log in.
When the student is ready to continue training, he/she can return to OnlineAHA.org and log in with his/her registered email and password.
Q: Can course material be accessed after the online portion is completed?
A: Yes, students may access all material included in the HeartCode ACLS Part 1 program for 24 months (two
years) following activation of their key.
Q: Does successful completion of HeartCode ACLS Part 1 result in receipt of an AHA course completion card? If so, what card?
A: Upon successful completion of all three parts, (online course and skills practice and testing session), students will receive an AHA ACLS course completion card, issued by their Instructor’s Training Center. This card is valid for two years.
Q: Does HeartCode ACLS Part 1 offer continuing education (CE/CME/CEH)?
A: Yes. Students who successfully complete the program may claim the following CE/CME/CEHs:
Continuing Medical Education Accreditation – Physicians
The American Heart Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical
Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Heart Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 9.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
All faculty participating in CME/CE activities sponsored by The American Heart Association will disclose to
the audience (1) significant financial relationships with the manufacturer(s) of products from the commercial supporter(s) and /or the manufacturer(s) of products or devices discussed in their presentation, and (2) unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed in their presentation.
Such disclosures will be made in writing in course presentation materials.
Continuing Medical Education Accreditation – Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts Category I credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA PRA Category 1
Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.
Continuing Education Accreditation – Nurses
The American Heart Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 9.75 contact hours. Accredited status does not imply endorsement by the American Heart Association or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with an activity.
Continuing Education Accreditation – Pharmacists
The American Heart Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE Credit: 10.00 Contact
Hours or 1.000 CEUs. Universal Program Number: 0256-0000-11-647-H01-P.
Successful completion of this CE activity includes the following: Students are presented with a Team
Dynamics lesson, 10 ACLS cases in hospital-based scenarios, and a written test. While interacting with the program, students assess each patient, formulate a treatment plan based on ACLS guidelines, and provide treatment. Once successful completion has been achieved, a CME/CE certificate can be claimed
immediately by clicking on the CME/CE link or request button. Complete the series of demographic questions including the selection of your discipline and then click on the Show or Print button to retrieve.
Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services
This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), for 10.25 Advanced CEHs, activity number 11-AMHA-F3-0123.
Q: Does the program require special computer or support software?
A: The minimum and recommended computer requirements are listed in the table below. You can click on Browser Check to make sure your browser is compatible. In addition, student and administrator hardware should be the recommended requirements.PLEASE NOTE: HeartCode programs are not supported by Apple Safari. 6.
Minimum requirements Recommended
Windows XP or Mac OSX Windows XP or Mac OSX
2 GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent 2,4 GHz or higher
768Mb Ram 1Gb or higher
Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Adobe Flash Player 10.1
512Kbit/s Bandwidth 1 Mbit/s or higher
Web Browser Internet Explorer 7+ or Firefox 2+
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