Health & Human Services

Emergency Medical Services

Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider Class

(ALH 5672 - 1 credit hour)

Class Description

The purpose of the American Heart Association ACLS Course is to provide students with the knowledge, psychomotor ability and attitudes necessary to manage a patient in cardiac arrest using advanced life support procedures. Typical students are respiratory therapists, pharmacists, physicians, nurses or paramedics. Emphasis will be placed on rapid defibrillation, assessment, algorithm knowledge, pharmacological intervention and post-resuscitation management.

Location of Class

imageThis class can be taught at any of the Cowley centers. Special arrangements can be made where the instructors teach at various organizations such as fire departments, emergency medical services, physician offices, nursing homes or hospitals.


This class is provided whenever the need arises. Flexible scheduling is also available in certain situations.

Entrance into Class

Open enrollment though CPR certification prior to the class is required and advanced healthcare experience is strongly suggested.

Healthcare Education Statement

imageThe dominant accrediting body for healthcare organizations, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), mandated criminal record checks be performed on persons having any opportunity for patient interaction at its accredited hospitals. This includes volunteers, faculty and EMS students. A criminal record check that reveals certain crimes could result in a situation where the EMS student cannot participate in clinical rotations at a healthcare facility. As such, this student could not successfully complete the class.

At the present time, this policy will not affect students who take this class because they do not participate in clinicals at a hospital.

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