Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)

OSF East Central Illinois EMS has experienced instructors that deliver the American Heart Association's ACLS programs. The AHA’s ACLS course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. Reflects science and education from the American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).

Who should take this course?

ACLS is geared towards healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies or personnel in emergency response.

What will I learn in this course?

  • Basic life support skills, including effective chest compressions, use of a bag-mask device, and use of an AED
  • Recognition and early management of respiratory and cardiac arrest
  • Recognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardia
  • Airway management
  • Related pharmacology
  • Management of ACS and stroke
  • Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team

ACLS - Experienced Provider (EP)

Who should take this course?

For those who are proficient in performing BLS and ACLS skills, reading and interpreting ECGs, understanding ACLS pharmacology; and who regularly lead or participate in emergency assessment and treatment of prearrest, arrest, or postarrest patients

What will I learn in this course?

  • Demonstrate proficiency in providing BLS care, including prioritizing chest compressions and integrating use of an AED
  • Recognize and manage respiratory arrest
  • Recognize and manage cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including post–cardiac arrest care

How can I complete these courses?

OSF East Central Illinois EMS offers a few different ways to obtain course completion in ACLS.