The goal of ACLS EP is to improve outcomes in complex cardiovascular, respiratory and other (e.g, metabolic, toxicologic) emergencies by expanding on core ACLS guidelines and encouraging critical thinking and decision making strategies. Through instruction and active participation in case-based scenarios, learners enhance their skills in the differential diagnosis and treatment of prearrest, arrest, and post arrest patients.
ACLS EP has been updated to reflect science from:
- 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC
- 2013 American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF)/AHA Guidelines for the Management of ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction
- 2012 ACCF/AHA Focused Update of the Guideline for the Management of Patients With Unstable Angina/Non–STEMI
American Heart Association.
Prerequisites/What To Bring To Class
- You will be required to demonstrate BLS and ACLS skills as the first event in the morning; should you not demonstrate proficiency, you will not be issued a course completion card, but may audit the course.
- MD/DO - ER/ICU - Senior Residents; Attendings or
- PA - ER/ICU or
- CRNP - ER/ICU or
- EMTP/NREMTP or
- RN - ICU/ER or
- RT - ICU/ER
- Review the information in the resource text. Copies are available to rent from George T Harrell Library if you are a Penn State Health employee. Copies can be purchased from Channing-Bete, WorldPoint ECC, or Laerdal-Medical. You must bring a resource text with you.
- After you register for an Instructor Led session, you must email RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu to request access to the eLearning. Should you be approved for this course, you'll receive access to an eLearning via email. You must print the certificate of completion and bring it with you to the Instructor Led session. You must have scored at least 84% on this eLearning or else you will not be admitted to the Instructor Led session. Should you open and activate the eLearning, and fail to complete the eLearning, you will be charged for the course.
Who Should Take This Course Healthcare professionals who direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or cardiovascular emergencies (i.e., 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.
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Policy ACLS EP can be used to satisfy ACLS requirements.Those required to have ACLS are governed by 206NAM, 146-MGM, and PC-06 HAM.
What Should I Wear? Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You will be practicing skills that require work on your hands and knees, and the course requires bending, standing, and lifting. If you have any physical condition that might prevent you from engaging in these activities, please tell an instructor. The instructor may be able to adjust the equipment if you have back, knee, or hip problems.
What about my card? You will receive an e-mail within 72 hours after your course to claim your eCard if you successfully completed the course.
I Need to Cancel If you can not attend, you must withdraw from this course as soon as possible. You may be charged for your cancellation. You can cancel your reservation by withdrawing in Compass.
I Have Another Question If you have any questions about the course, please call the RSTC at 717-531-1834 or email at RSTC@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.