Advanced Cardiac Life Support
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Advanced Cardiac Life Support

Learn ACLS entirely online - anywhere, anytime! Created by physicians and adheres to 2015 AHA guidelines.
4.6 (129 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
4,939 students enrolled
Last updated 9/2017
Price: Free
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • At the completion of this course, students will be prepared to take the certification examination for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).
  • Learn the theories and techniques required to respond to life threatening emergencies in the adult population
  • Understand the AHA guideline derived algorithms
  • Be familiar with advanced lifesaving interventions such as advanced airway management, medications, and therapies
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  • Current basic life support certification helpful (required for certification)
  • Healthcare background is helpful but not required
  • Critical Care experience is helpful but not required
  • No special equipment or materials required

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) will prepare you to respond to life-threatening emergencies in the adult population with advanced interventions. This ACLS course is based on the latest guidelines which focus on doing several tasks simultaneously with a group process that enables efficiency and minimization of error.

This course will teach participants how to perform advanced emergency interventions as well as review foundation theories including Basic Life Support, Anatomy and Physiology of the Heart, the Resuscitation Team, a Systematic Approach, Life-Threatening Issues, Medical Devices, Bradycardia, Tachycardia, and much more.

The course package includes:

- ACLS Self-Assessments and Review Questions

- ACLS Lectures and Video Presentations

NOTE - This course is for training in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). 

Optional FREE Certification Available: This course is for training in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). If you would like to be certified please visit us online at NHCPS and complete your ACLS certification test. Udemy students receive the certification for FREE by using coupon code: mu917ba

Who is the target audience?
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Medical Students
  • Nursing and Allied Health Students
  • Emergency Responders
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Curriculum For This Course
47 Lectures
1 Lecture 00:00
1 page
ACLS Manual
1 Lecture 00:00
ACLS Manual
73 pages
1 Lecture 03:12

Chapter 1 consists of an introduction to ACLS, otherwise known as Advanced Cardiac Life Support. The protocols listed in this lesson were developed in accordance with AHA guidelines. This introductory chapter provides an overview of the meaning of ACLS and what can be expected to be learned throughout the course.

The Initial Assessment
1 Lecture 00:59

Chapter 2 discusses the initial assessment. The initial assessment is used to determine the consciousness or unconsciousness of an individual. The assessment can be a quick process. This chapter provides instruction for what to do in order to assess consciousness, and the next steps after a determination has been made. 

The Initial Assessment
Basic Life Support
8 Lectures 17:21

Chapter 3 begins with a section on Basic Life Support. The general concepts of BLS are discussed. The importance of new research led to the AHA updating information on BLS.

Basic Life Support

The second lesson of chapter 3 discusses Initiating the Chain of Survival. The chain is described in detail. The segment covers both the Adult and Pediatric chain of survival in accordance with the most recent 2015 guidelines. 

Initiating Chain of Survival

The third lesson of chapter 3 covers the most recent 2015 BLS guideline changes. The AHA updated its ECC guidelines by strengthening some of the recommendations made in 2010. This segment provides a summary of those guideline changes.

2015 BLS Guideline Changes

This lesson is an extension of the previous lesson on BLS guideline changes. The video segment summarizes the AHA changes to BLS guidelines in 2010. The reasoning for the change in the initial steps is explained. Guidelines for what is to be considered high quality CPR are provided in this lesson. 

2010 BLS Guideline Changes

This lesson covers one-rescuer BLS and CPR for Adults. The BLS process is covered and proper CPR steps are reviewed. The steps to administer high-quality CPR are explained one-by-one, as it pertains to a one-rescuer situation.

One Rescuer BLS and CPR for Adults

Two-Rescuer BLS and CPR for Adults is covered in this segment. Often there is a second person available who can act as a rescuer. The AHA places emphasis on the overwhelming availability of cell phones and how that should make it easier to make emergency calls without leaving a scene. The two rescuers work in tandem to administer care. 

Two Rescuer BLS and CPR for Adults

This video discusses the use of a mask to deliver breaths in one-rescuer CPR. This process is broken down one step at a time. Practice using the bag is highly recommended to build more confidence.

Adult Mouth-to-Mask Ventilation

The final segment of chapter 3 covers Adult Bag-Mask ventilation. This is the use of a bag mask to deliver breaths in two-rescuer CPR. Guidelines are provided for the actions each rescuer should take when in this situation.

Adult Bag-Mask Ventilation

7 questions
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
8 Lectures 17:14

Chapter 4 begins with a segment about Normal Heart Anatomy for ACLS. The heart’s four chambers are individually defined. The functions of the heart are described, from the role of the valves to the function of electrical pathways. 

Normal Heart Anatomy

The second segment of chapter 4 covers Normal Heart Physiology. This lesson expands upon what was learned in Normal Heart Anatomy. In discusses the normal electrical pathways of the heart. It is important to understand the normal electrical function of the heart, as it helps us to understand and recognize abnormal functions. 

Normal Heart Physiology

This lesson is a review of the ACLS survey. The ACLS survey follows the ABCD pattern and its use in CPR. Each of the four components of ABCD are examined in detail. Guidelines are provided on their appropriate application in CPR situations, including when using an AED. 

ACLS Survey

Airway Management is the focus of this lesson. A brief introduction is provided for basic and advanced airway equipment. The necessity of advanced equipment is determined by the care provider and whether bag-mask ventilation is adequate. The similarities and differences between the types of airway equipment are also discussed.

Airway Management

Basic Airway Adjuncts are discussed in this lesson. The three basic airway adjuncts are each defined. Along with in-depth descriptions, when to use the three basic airway adjuncts is also explained. 

Basic Airway Adjuncts

Basic Airway Techniques is the sixth lesson in chapter 4. This lesson discusses how to use the three basic airways. Tips on suctioning are provided as support to the explanation for the insertion and use of each separate airway. 

Basic Airway Techniques

This lesson discusses the routes of access. There are two routes, intravenous and intraosseous. During the lesson a review is given concerning the priorities for each route of access. 

Routes of Access

This lesson focuses on the use of Pharmacological Tools. The corresponding ACLS manual provides tables to aid in understanding the administration of these medications. The table is best suited to those already knowledgeable in the use of these medications and contains only adult doses. 

Pharmacological Tools

8 questions
Principles of Early Defibrillation
3 Lectures 06:11

Chapter 5 introduces the Principles of Early Defibrillation. The earlier the defibrillation occurs, the higher the survival rate. The use of the defibrillator in tandem with CPR administration is explained. Timing is provided in accordance with how best to administer care.

Principles of Early Defibrillation, Using an Automated External Defibrillator

The second lesson of chapter 5 discusses the Keys to Using an AED. Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, are likely found in public places often visited. It is an extremely useful tool and highly accessible, but proper use is of high importance. This lesson explains what one should and should not do when using an AED to ensure proper care.

Keys to Using an AED

The third lesson of chapter 5 continues with information about AED use. Specifically, it focuses on the criteria for applying an AED and its basic operation. Further information about when it is appropriate to use an AED is given and its operating steps are described individually.

Criteria to Apply AED and Basic AED Operation
Systems of Care
7 Lectures 15:28

Chapter 6 covers the systems of care. The first lesson in this chapter provides a review of what Systems of Care consists of. According to AHA guidelines, Systems of Care are a separate and important part of ACLS provider training.

Systems of Care

This segment discusses Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. This segment discusses successful CPR, which is achieved through using the Chain of Survival. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and this remains true regarding the Chain of Survival. Therefore it is imperative for each person to strive to make sure each link is strong.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

The third lesson is chapter 6 discusses Post-Cardiac Arrest Care. Integrated post-cardiac arrest care is the last link in the Adult Chain of Survival. The quality of this care is critical to ensure the best possible results for individuals who have been resuscitated. The different types of interventions are listed and explained in detail. 

Post-Cardiac Arrest Care

This segment discusses Acute Coronary Syndrome. This video is about providing care using the STEMI Chain of Survival. For individuals with ACS, proper care begins during the call to EMS, as first responders need to be aware of and look for signs of ACS. This in-depth lesson also has accompanying figures in the ACLS manual.

Acute Coronary

Acute Stroke is the topic of discussion in this lesson. Along with acute stroke, the Stroke Chain of Survival and goals of acute stroke are emphasized. Outcomes for individuals with stroke have improved significantly due to the implementation of Acute Stroke System of Care. Systems enhancements and increased knowledge of the subject have led to this improvement in stroke care.

Acute Stroke

This lesson reviews the makeup of a resuscitation team. The various roles and corresponding responsibilities of each team member are discussed. A team member must have a clear understanding of their respective role in order for the team to perform successfully. The ACLS manual has figures to aid in the explanation.

The Resuscitation Team

The final lesson of chapter 6 is Education, Implementation, Teams. This lesson teaches us about teams formed for cardiac arrest events as well as the alert criteria the team is to follow for cardiac arrest care. The administration of cardiac arrest care in hospitals is discussed at length, with the use of studies about survival rates as supporting evidence.

Education, Implementation, Teams

Systems of Care
6 questions
ACLS Cases
11 Lectures 37:09

Chapter 7 discusses respiratory arrest. The condition is defined and some of its causes are listed. This lesson goes into detail about CPR in these situations, and the ACLS manual Figure 21 provides further information about the ACLS Survey.

Respiratory Arrest

The second lesson of chapter 7 focuses on Ventricular Fibrillation, otherwise known as VF. It also discusses Pulseless Ventricular Tachycardia, often referred to as VT. Appropriate responses and uses of each in a hospital setting are explained.

Ventricular Fibrillation and Pulseless Ventricular Tachycardia

The third lesson in chapter 7 discusses Pulseless Electrical Activity and Asystole. Specifically, this lesson explains the rules to recognizing each of these. The differences are outlined and each ECG type is defined. It is important to note the differences in rules between each. The guidelines provided in this lesson are designed to ensure proper care when using ECGs. 

Pulseless Electrical Activity and Asystole

The fourth lesson in Chapter 7 covers the Adult Cardiac Arrest Algorithm. Guidelines are provided for ensuring CPR quality. There is a list provided for what to ensure when shock energy is being used. The corresponding ACLS manual Figure 29 provides a full adult cardiac arrest algorithm. 

Adult Cardiac Arrest Algorithm

This lesson discusses Post-Cardiac Arrest Care. The steps vary depending on the status of the person receiving care. The use of induced hypothermia is explained. Figure 30 in the corresponding ACLS manual can be used in accompaniment to this lesson.

Post-Cardiac Arrest Care

This is the sixth lesson in chapter 7. This lesson contains information pertaining to bradycardia, its symptoms and the types of bradycardia. Bradycardia is defined and how it should be treated is explained, according to the ACLS Survey. 

Symptomatic Bradycardia

This lesson discusses Tachycardia. Tachycardia can be classified as either stable or unstable. These classifications are defined and the symptoms of tachycardia are listed. 


This lesson covers how to care for symptomatic tachycardia. This type of tachycardia refers to a heart rate greater than 100 beats per minute. This in-depth lesson explains how to an assess an individual according to which symptoms are being experienced.

Symptomatic Tachycardia

This video discusses sinus tachycardia, atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation and irregular narrow complex tachycardia, otherwise known as A-Fib. The rules for each are provided. The corresponding ACLS manual also provides figures to aid in the understanding of adult tachycardia with pulse algorithm.

Stable and Unstable Tachycardia

This lesson, about Acute Coronary Syndrome, covers the syndrome, its symptoms and how to care for it. ACS is a collection of clinical presentations and it’s comprising factors are listed. ACS is classically recognized by one or more of a series of symptoms, of which a list is provided. The appropriate steps for administering care are discussed.

Acute Coronary Syndrome

The final lesson in chapter 7 covers Acute Stroke, its symptoms, and how care is provided. Stroke is defined as a condition in which normal blood flow to the brain is interrupted. The two variations of strokes are explained and the different ways in which care must be provided are discussed.

Acute Stroke

ACLS Cases
5 questions
ACLS Skills
4 Lectures 05:23
Adult Airway

Infant Airway

Infant 2 Person BLS

Airway Management
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About the Instructor
National Health Care Provider Solutions
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National Health Care Provider Solutions (NHCPS) is the premier online provider of ACLS, PALS, BLS and CPR, AED & First Aid certification and re-certification.

All proceeds from the NHCPS support the efforts of the Disque Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission of advancing health care education to the under-served in the US and abroad. With the support of NHCPS, life support training has been made possible to the underserved in areas such as Haiti, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Panama, and the United States.