ACLS Renewal

ACLS or Advanced Cardiac Life Support is a set of clinical interventions done in the goal to save a person’s life. It is usually taken in the form of a class consisting of a lecture, examinations and a practical simulation in applying the skills involved in ACLS. Advanced Cardiac Life Support is often a requirement in some healthcare institutions for their medical personnel to exercise life-saving measures for the benefit of their patients. ACLS is often taken by several healthcare professionals like doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians, pharmacists, paramedics and other medical personnel.

OVER THE PACIFIC OCEAN (AFPN) — Medical technicians Staff Sgt. K.C. Martin (left) and Senior Airman Courtney Johnson practice their advanced cardiac life support skills on a dummy. The training took place aboard a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft leaving Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Sergeant Martin and Airman Johnson are with the 349th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. They took part in three days of training at the Marine base. The tanker is from the Reserve’s 939th Air Refueling Wing at Portland International Airport, Ore. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ruby Zarzyczny)

Getting the ACLS Credentials

Acquiring training in Advanced Cardiac Life Support is one of the most sought out credentials among healthcare professionals. Not only does it give you a license which pertains you’re allowed to do procedures only trained emergency responders can do, you are also introduced to a number of medical interventions that may or may not be already introduced to you in the healthcare setting. Some healthcare institutions require ACLS for some of their personnel. For example, healthcare practitioners assigned in cardiology department, the intensive care unit complex, the operating room complex, the hemodialysis unit and other specialized areas are required to have training in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, depending on their hospital’s policy. Only those accredited by the American Heart Association are allowed to give training in ACLS.


Duration of ACLS Certification

Once you have an Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification, it usually lasts for 2 to 3 years. Taking a course in Basic Life Support or BLS is often a pre-requisite before obtaining a license in ACLS since most of the basic principles in Advanced Cardiac Life Support are taught and practiced in Basic Life Support. A course in ACLS involves a series of didactics or lecture to introduce the principles and concept on ACLS. Examinations may be required by the ACLS provider but that is depending on the instructor if he or she will require an examination, though most examinations are only done to test your basic knowledge on life-saving measures. After the lecture, a series of sessions involving simulations on the different skills in Advanced Cardiac Life Support is done to test the level of your skills. Most ACLS training sessions last from 3 to 5 days so that sufficient content is covered.

Once your license in Advanced Cardiac Life Support is expired, you’ll need to renew it. Taking another refresher course in ACLS is required though there are also online renewal options for ACLS now. Load more