Professional and Continuing Education

Advanced Cardiac Life Support

ACLS Course

Updated with 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR & ECC 100% classroom training means students are with an AHA instructor for their entire learning experience.

AHA's ACLS Course has been updated to refect new science in the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. This course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR.

This advance course highlights the importance of high-performance team dynamics and communication, system of care, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute dysrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes (ACS).

ACLS is based on simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active, hands-on participation through learning stations where students will practice skills individually, as part of a team, and as the team leader. Realistic simulations reinforce the following key concepts: recognizing and initiating early management of pre-arrest conditions; managing cardiac arrest; identifying and treating ischemic chest pain and acute coronary syndromes; recognizing other life-threatening clinical situations (such as stroke) and providing initial care; ACLS algorithms; and effective resuscitation team dynamics.


  • Course uses learning stations for practice of essential skills simulated clinical scenarios that encourage Active participation.
  • Hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency.
  • Classroom-based works well for learners who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning skills.

Course Content

  • 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

Intended Audience

The course is designed for medical providers such as physicians, nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and other professionals who may respond to a cardiovascular emergency.

Student Materials


  • ACLS Provider Manual (online access code included with course fee)
  • If you wish to purchase a hardcopy text, add $43.00. See registration form for details.
  • Online access to the AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC

Also Included:

  • Online access to all manuals for 24 months following activation of course key code.
Pre-course Preparation:

As per the AHA guidelines all students MUST complete the following BEFORE attending the ACLS provider/renewal class.

  • Understand the 10 core cases on the Simulation Technology web based program manual.
  • Understand the ACLS algorithms for the core cases in the electronic version of the ACLS student manual.
  • Complete the ACLS written exam and pass with an 84%.
  • Print out the completion certificate and bring it with you to the on site portion of the ACLS course. Without this certificate you will not be allowed to participate in the on site ACLS portion of the course.

General Course Information

Course Policies:

A copy of the general course policies can be viewed by clicking here.


All instructors are approved by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Department of Emergency Health Services.

Continuing Education Hours:

This continuing education activity is approved by UMBC, an organization accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS).


Early registration is encouraged to ensure space availability. Class size is limited to 24 students.

If you are a renewal, a current ACLS card must be submitted with your registration form.


Please check the individual registration forms for the fee.


All cancellations and request for refunds must be made in writing at least two weeks prior to the course start date. A $45.00 withdrawal fee will be charged. All tuition will be forfeited after that date.

A $45.00 fee will be charged for any returned check.

UMBC reserves the right to cancel any course due to insufficient enrollment. In the event of cancellation tuition will be refunded or transferred to another course date at UMBC's expense.

ACLS Logo AHA Authorized
All BLS, ACLS and PALS Courses at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County are taught according to standards of the American Heart Association, Maryland Affiliate, Inc.

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the Association.