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Advanced Cardiac Life Support(ACLS) Re certification

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Recertification

Course Description

HeartCode is an interactive, self-paced computer learning system designed for the completion of the ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) course. This system, developed jointly by the American Heart Association (AHA) and Laerdal, meets rigorous training and testing standards for ACLS. The course is designed to organize, review, practice and evaluate the skills and information needed to achieve Provider Certification based on AHA guidelines. The course includes all topics of emergency cardiac care, including recognition and management of respiratory distress or arrest and cardiovascular pharmacology. The course focuses on the evaluation and management of the first 10 minutes of an adult ventricular fibrillation/ventricular tachycardia (VF/VT) arrest. Providers are expected to learn to manage 10 core ACLS cases: a respiratory emergency, 4 types of cardiac arrest (simple VF/VT, complex VF/VT, PEA and asystole), 4 types of prearrest emergencies (bradycardia, stable tachycardia, unstable tachycardia, and acute coronary syndromes), and stroke.

Cost: The cost of the course, which includes computer time, HeartCode Information and Study Packet, access to the ACLS Provider Manual, technical support, and Provider Certification card, is $240.00. The cost for Basic Life Support (BLS) is $65.00.  Online IDO (generic to the attention of Denise Parker), check, or cash  made payable to Saint Louis University are the only acceptable forms of payment.

General Timeframe and Expectations:

  1. Registration:  Complete registration form and submit form along with payment to Wesley Burch or Office of Curricular Affairs, LRC 101.  Scheduling cannot proceed without appropriate payment.
  2. Part-One:  You will receive an email from Wesley Burch with a link to complete the online portion of the certification exam.  This can be done at your convenience.  You cannot schedule part-two or the hands-on component of certification until this online exam is completed.

  3. Part-Two:  After successful completion of the online exam, schedule our hands-on component that is performed in the simulation lab.  This must be within 60 days of part-one.  You can request a certain day/time with Wesley Burch, but please allow up to two full business days to receive a response and at least a week's notice for scheduling.

    Receiving Your Card:  After successfully completing parts one and two, your card will be mailed to Wesley Burch at the simulation lab in approximately 3 weeks from completely part-two.  He will subsequently notify you (or your department) when the card is ready for pick up.

Location: ACLS HeartCode system is located in the Simulation Lab. The Lab is located in Room 001 of the Learning Resources Center, 3544 Caroline Mall, across the street from Saint Louis University Hospital.


    For additional information contact:
    Wesley Burch
    Education Specialist
    School of Medicine
    Office of Curricular Affairs
    (314) 977-8445
    (314) 977-8088 (fax)To Register for ACLS Recertification:

    Fill out form completely.


    Submit the completed form to the Office of Curricular Affairs, along with a photocopy of your present ACLS card, and your payment for the course. You may drop off the form at our office, OR submit the form by fax or by mail (see contact information below for all pertinent addresses and numbers).
    Upon the receipt of your form, photocopy, and payment, the ACLS Coordinator will contact you to schedule a date for the course. You will not receive a scheduled date for the computer appointment, nor any of the study materials until ALL REQUIRED FORMS AND PAYMENT ARE RECEIVED.

    Form in PDF Here

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