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Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Hendrick Medical Center provides two types of learning experiences for ACLS: a two-day "live" traditional ACLS provider course and the HeartCode Self Learning ACLS course; and a “live” one-day recertification class.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider Course

The traditional ACLS provider course is a 16-hour class offering hands-on learning experiences, as well as case scenarios and lectures. Instructors who participate are from a wide variety of backgrounds including critical care nursing, emergency medicine and paramedicine. The classes are structured in a non-threatening learning environment with a focus on the individual's learning needs. Physician and nursing continuing education credit is provided, although nurses may only be awarded credit for the two-day certification course in keeping with Texas Nurses Association (TNA) guidelines.

Advantages of the ACLS Provider Course

  • Hands-on learning experiences
  • Individual attention by instructors
  • Variety of learning scenarios
  • Student friendly environment
  • Latest medical advancements included in teaching
  • Continuing education credit
  • Training according to standardized national curricula

ACLS Provider Course Guidelines

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HeartCode Self-Learning ACLS Course

The HeartCode Self-Learning ACLS Course is the only self-paced computer-based learning system that is AHA approved for ACLS course completion.

The HeartCode Self-Learning ACLS Course is designed as a self-paced learning system for the AHA ACLS course. Students can practice their ACLS techniques and receive automatic skills evaluation based on their performance. With the HeartCode System, students can test their techniques and receive AHA ACLS course completion or renewal cards.

Benefits of the HeartCode Self-Learning

  • 24-hour availability of training
  • Training according to standardized national curricula
  • Training until mastery
  • Increased retention
  • Self-paced learning
  • Documentation of learning

HeartCode ACLS Certification and Re-certification Guidelines

To sign up and to schedule orientation to the computer, contact Kelly Runyan at 325-670-2739. Orientation takes approximately 30-45 minutes. Other details about the course will be explained during orientation.

For more information about the HeartCode Self-Learning ACLS Course, contact Kelly Runyan at 325-670-2739.