“Advanced cardiac life support” is a certification from American heart association.
American heart association (AHA) has many authorized international training centers across the world who can provide you with a certificate. You can find a centre near you on medcourse.in
ACLS certificate is valid for 2 years from the date of issue.
You need to approach an authorized training center in your locality to get it renewed. It need not be the same ITC that issued you the previous certificate.
ACLS course can take around 12-16 hours (spanning 2 days) for instructor lead format.
Anyone who is involved in dealing with cardiac arrest victims and has rights to issue various emergency medications can get benefited from getting trained in ACLS. As such there is no restriction on who can take the course. Just think how much of a use you will have from attending the course if you are a non-medical personnel without rights to prescribe drugs.
AHA charges for manuals and e-cards only. Rest of the fee is charged by your ITC (international training center) which differs between centers. AHA does not have a control over such charges.
Students will have to take an open resource (open book) theory test that requires at least 84% to pass.
At the end of theory test, you’ll face a skill station where you need to demonstrate your skills in handling various arrhythmias and cardiac arrest.
To get certified, you must clear both theory and practical.
Depending on the instructor’s judgement, you might be given a chance to answer some questions again to reach 84% on the same day. If the instructor feels you need some preparation, you might be asked to come back at a later date to re-attempt. Same goes with practical test. Re-testing is called remediation in AHA terminology.
There are various websites available. Medcourse has online modules for ACLS preparation offered free of cost to students, which can be accessed by clicking here
Continue reading this course to make yourself familiar to ACLS.