American Heart Association (AHA) eLearning

Advance Cadiovascular Life Support (ACLS) 

This Web-based, self-paced instructional program uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings following the ACLS algorithms. In this environment, students apply their knowledge to real-time decision-making and skills development. Debriefings and coaching are provided immediately after each simulation to facilitate learning about basic and advanced life support. A convenient alternative for taking the ACLS course, this online course allows students to train at their own pace and on their own schedule. This course is based on the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and ECC.

Part 1, 2 and 3

Heartcode Online Access + Skills

2 and 3

Skills Testing Only

(w/ complete Heartcode Online Certification)

Self-directed eLearning program lets students train at their own pace!


HeartCode® ACLS Part 1

This item is the online portion of the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) course when taken in a blended-learning format. Once students pass the included exam at the end of the online portion, they participate in a classroom-based training session featuring discussion, skills practice, and testing. Successful completion of both the online and classroom portions, including skills practice and testing with a certified American Heart Association ACLS Instructor at Healthforce Training Center, qualifies students for an ACLS provider course card. The online program includes eSimulations and other interactive activities, plus videos, virtual debriefings, and more. PC and Mac® compatible. Please include an e-mail address when ordering. The access key and instructions on how to log in and register for the course will be e-mailed to you, usually within 1 business day. 


Course Overview


ACLS builds on the foundation of lifesaving basic life support (BLS) skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. This advanced course highlights the importance of high-performance team dynamics and communication; systems of care; and recognition of and intervention in cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute dysrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes (ACS). 

The ACLS course is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes 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.

Before taking the ACLS course, students must pass the online ACLS Precourse Self-Assessment with a score of 70% or higher. This test is part of the ACLS student Web site (access granted with purchase of the HeartCode ACLS access key).

After successfully completing the ACLS course, students should be able to:

  • apply the BLS, Primary, and Secondary Assessments sequence for a systematic evaluation of adult patients

  • perform prompt, high-quality BLS, including prioritizing early chest compressions and integrating early automated external defibrillator (AED) use

  • recognize and perform early management of respiratory arrest

  • discuss early recognition and management of ACS and stroke, including appropriate disposition

  • recognize and perform early management of bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcomes

  • recognize and perform early management of cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including immediate post-cardiac-arrest care

  • model effective communication as a member or leader of a high-performance team

  • evaluate resuscitative efforts during a cardiac arrest through continuous assessment of CPR quality, monitoring the patient's physiologic response, and delivering real-time feedback to the team

  • recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance

  • discuss how the use of a rapid response team or medical emergency team may improve patient outcomes

  • define systems of care.

        For successful course completion, students must:

  • demonstrate skills competency in all learning stations

  • pass the high-quality BLS skills test

  • pass the bag-mask ventilation with OPA/NPA insertion skills test

  • pass the Megacode test

  • pass the ACLS exam with a score of 84% or higher. 

       Upon successful completion of all requirements, students receive an ACLS course completion card.


Key Features and Benefits

HeartCode ACLS is the online portion of the ACLS course when taken in a blended-learning format. It uses a variety of eLearning assets -- such as dramatizations, eSimulations, animations, self-directed learning, and interactive activities -- to teach students ACLS knowledge and skills. To enter the course, students must complete the online ACLS Precourse Self-Assessment. After completing HeartCode ACLS, including passing the online exam with a score of 84% or higher, students attend a structured Instructor-led classroom session that focuses on meaningful skills practice, debriefing, and skills testing. 

Course features and benefits:

  • Includes 10 in-hospital patient cases 

  • eSimulation cases include:

    • 1 BLS case

    • 7 cardiovascular, respiratory, and stroke cases

    • 2 megacode cases

  • Summary of critical concepts provided for each eSimulation case

  • Virtual debriefings provided immediately after each eSimulation

  • Videos include:

    • Systematic Approach

    • Science of Resuscitation

    • High-Quality BLS

    • Airway Management

    • Acute Coronary Syndromes

    • Stroke

    • Team Dynamics

    • Megacode (2)

    • IO

    • Algorithms (4)

  • Provides online access to:

    • the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Provider Manual

    • the 2015 Handbook Of Emergency Cardiovascular Care For Healthcare Providers

    • the precourse self-assessment​


Dimensions and Specifications

PC and Mac® compatible


Additional Supplies Needed for Operation

Computer with Internet access 


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does this course include access to the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Provider Manual?
A: Yes, this course includes online access to the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Provider Manual (item no. EC90-1014), the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines For CPR And ECC (item no. EC90-1040), and the 2010 Handbook Of Emergency Cardiovascular Care For Healthcare Providers (item no. EC90-1000).

Q: How long can students access the information in this online course?
A: Once a student activates his or her course key, the student can access the course information for 24 months.

  • eligibility for continuing education credit

    • physicians -- American Heart Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 9.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

    • physician assistants -- AAPA accepts Category I credit from AOACCME, Prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit from organizations accredited by ACCME

    • nurses -- American Heart Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 9.75 contact hours.

    • pharmacists -- American Heart Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE Credit: 10.00 Contact Hours or 1.000 CEUs. Universal Program Number: 0256-0000-11-647-H01-P

    • emergency medical services -- This continuing education activity is approved by American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), for 10.25 Advanced CEHs, activity number 11-AMHA-F3-0123


    Important Note:  For further information on how to claim your CE units, please directly call American Heart                                          Assocation. 


Includes access to all information in the online course for 24 months following activation of the course key.

Course participants who successfully complete Part 1 (including the written exam) receive access to a printable certificate granting them entrance to a skills practice session (Part 2) and skills test (Part 3) with a certified American Heart Association ACLS Instructor, which they must pass to qualify for an Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) course card. Parts 2 and 3 should be completed in one skills practice and testing session.

Please include an e-mail address when ordering.

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AHA Disclaimer: 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 materials, do not represent income to the Association.

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