This two-day (16 hour) course, accredited by the American Heart Association, is for the first-time certification or renewal post cert-expiration. In this course, you will enhance your skills in treating arrest and peri-arrest patients through active participation in a series of simulated cardiopulmonary cases. The course includes 4 hours of independent online pre-course work and 12 hours of class time. Online component is a mandatory prerequisite for live class participation. Day one is eight hours and day two is four hours and includes lecture, skills practice, and assessment in a classroom environment.

After completing this course, participants will be able to perform each of the following skills:

  1. Recall and demonstrate the basic steps of CPR for adults.
  2. Perform rescue breathing and ventilation with a bag mask.
  3. Explain the importance of early defibrillation.
  4. List the steps common to the operation of all external defibrillators.
  5. Demonstrate the proper placement of the defibrillator pads.
  6. Recognize and initiate early management of peri-arrest conditions that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome.
  7. Manage cardiac arrest until return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC), termination of resuscitation, or transfer of care.
  8. Identify and treat ischemic chest pain and expedite the care of patients with acute coronary syndromes.
  9. Recognize other life-threatening clinical situations, such as stroke, and provide effective initial care and transfer to reduce disability and death.
  10. Demonstrate effective communication as a member or leader of a resuscitation team and recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance.
Program Fee

For more information, price, and registration instructions, please send an email to

The American Heart Association

The American Heart Association

The American Heart Association (AHA) is a non-profit organization in the United States that funds cardiovascular medical research, educates consumers on healthy living and fosters appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Claudia Sabogal-Rodriguez, MPHM, MSN, RN, CEN

Program Manager

Claudia Sabogal-Rodriguez, MPHM, MSN, RN, CEN
  • 2,000

    participants certified each year
  • 10%

    average increase between pretest and posttest scores
  • 98%

    first-time pass rate

Eligibility Requirements and Application Schedule

Our program attracts, educates, and retains exceptional healthcare talent to serve the South Florida community. Program participants will be trained in the Baptist Health Way with a focus on quality, inclusion, compassion, and collaboration.

Eligibility Prerequisites

  • The American Heart Association developed the ACLS Course for currently active healthcare providers (e.g., medical, nursing, emergency medical, or allied health personnel) whose daily occupation or scholastic activities require proficiency in the knowledge and skills of ACLS.
  • Must be an active healthcare provider whose training and scope of practice requires a knowledge base that includes the foundations of ACLS knowledge and skills.
  • Must have a grasp of basic ECG interpretation.
  • Must possess knowledge of pharmacological concepts and competent administration of drugs used during ACLS.

Application Requirements

  • Complete the online ACLS pre-course work prior to attending class.
Acceptance and admission to the program is contingent on submission of all requested materials and meeting all eligibility requirements as determined by the program.

Application Timeline

  • Where do applicants go to apply? For more information, price, and registration instructions, please send an email to
  • When are applications accepted? If recertifying, register 3 months prior to expiration date. Continuous throughout the year, subject to availability.
  • When does the program start? Continuous throughout the year, subject to availability.

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