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American Heart Association
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) 2020

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What is the AHA’s 2020 ACLS Provider Course?

The AHA’s ACLS Provider Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2020 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC.  The ACLS Course is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. ACLS teaches the importance of preventing cardiac arrest, high-performance teams, continuous high-quality CPR, systems of care, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, post-cardiac arrest care, acute dysrhythmias, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes (ACS).

ACLS Course Formats

Comparison of ACLS Course Formats

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Q: What is Heartcode?

A: HeartCode is the online portion of ACLS blended learning that prepares students for hands-on practice and testing of skills. With Heartcode, students follow a continuously adapting learning path that is personalized by their own inputs. The course content is presented in the form of self-directed learning, probing questions, and Cognitive Assessment Activities (CAAs). After completing the eLearning component, students perform their skills with an AHA Instructor.

Q: What's new about 2020 Heartcode?

A: Features of the 2020 HeartCode courses include:
• Engaging, True Adaptive™ learning experience
• Responsive design that ensures compatibility on mobile devices and tablets
• All curriculum is contextualized for the in-hospital or prehospital student
• Students can select their level of competence as they begin the course, and can change their selection at any time during the course
• Streamlined Cognitive Assessment Activity (CAA) cases have replaced eSimulations

Q: How long does it take to complete the online portion of HeartCode courses?
A: Because of the adaptive technology used in these courses, the completion time for the online portion of HeartCode courses varies based on the student’s self-assessment and knowledge of the cognitive material. 

Q: How do students access the online portion of HeartCode courses?
A: Once a student is either issued or purchases a license for the online portion of a HeartCode course, the student will go to to activate the license and complete the online portion of the course. Licenses can be purchased by either students directly or issued by Instructors.  You will have the opportunity to purchase a Heartcode license at that time of your registration with us. 

Q: What is required for student entry into an Instructor-led hands-on session for HeartCode?
A: Upon successful completion of the online portion, students receive a certificate of completion, which they must present for entry into an Instructor-led hands-on skills session.

Q: Will I receive an AHA certification card after completing blended learning?

A: Yes. Completing an AHA course using the "blended learning" format fulfills the same course requirements as an Instructor - led course.  An AHA certification card is issued with successful completion of any AHA blended learning course. 

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