Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)

ACLS is an advanced, instructor-led classroom course that highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac-arrest care. It also covers airway management and related pharmacology. In this course, skills are taught in large, group sessions and small, group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.
ACLS is designed for health care 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 units.

The Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Course utilizes case-based teaching to provide the student with guided training and hands-on practice in the key skills of BLS and ACLS. The key ACLS skills taught per American Heart Association guidelines include use of conventional defibrillator and monitors, review of advanced airway management, recognition of cardiac arrest rhythms and the most common bradycardias and tachycardias. Learning opportunities include both lecture format, small group learning and hands-on skill labs.

ACLS must be recertified every two years.

Audience

ACLS is designed for health care 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 units.

Course Offerings

OSF Northern Region EMS Card Courses are held at the OSF Northern Region EMS Office, 5510 E. State St., Rockford.   The entrance is located on the north side of the OSF Center for Health building.

  • All Provider courses begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m.
  • All Recertification courses begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 1:00 pm.
  • Students MUST pre-register with James Graham, EMS System Coordinator, at (815) 395-4622.
  • A minimum of 3 students must be registered for the course.

ACLS Provider and Recertification Courses are scheduled for the following dates in 2021:

 

Provider Course Schedule - 2021

Date Course Time
January 19 - A/Black Shift ACLS Provider 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
May 5 - B/Red Shift ACLS Provider 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
July 29 - C/Gold Shift ACLS Provider 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

Recertification Course Schedule - 2021

Date Course Time
January 12 - C/Gold Shift ACLS Recertification 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
January 28 - A/Black Shift ACLS Recertification 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
February 9 - A/Black Shift ACLS Recertification 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
February 23 - C/Gold Shift ACLS Recertification 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
March 9 - B/Red Shift ACLS Recertification 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
March 25 - C/Gold Shift ACLS Recertification 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
April 8 - B/Red Shift ACLS Recertification 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
April 28 - A/Black Shift ACLS Recertification 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
May 11 - B/Red Shift ACLS Recertification 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
May 27 - C/Gold Shift ACLS Recertification 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
June 10 - B/Red Shift ACLS Recertification 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
June 22 - B/Red Shift ACLS Recertification 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
July 8 - C/Gold Shift ACLS Recertification 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
July 22 - B/Red Shift ACLS Recertification 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
August 10 - C/Gold Shift ACLS Recertification 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
August 26 - A/Black Shift ACLS Recertification 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
September 8 - B/Red Shift ACLS Recertification 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
September 30 - C/Gold Shift ACLS Recertification 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
October 12 - C/Gold Shift ACLS Recertification 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
October 26 - B/Red Shift ACLS Recertification 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
November 9 - A/Black Shift ACLS Recertification 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
November 16 - B/Red Shift ACLS Recertification 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
December 2 - C/Gold Shift ACLS Recertification 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
December 9 - A/Black Shift ACLS Recertification 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

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