Four Important Things to Know About ACLS Certification
Posted On: 6/30/2010
ACLS certification enables you – the healthcare professional – to provide life-saving measures to an individual experiencing a medical emergency. ACLS certification online allows students to complete all but the skills assessment at their pace and convenience. To finish the ACLS certification process, students must complete a hands-on skills evaluation session with an American Heart Association-approved ACLS instructor.
According to Michael Huckabee, Ph.D., PA-C, Director of the Physician Assistant Program and professor of Physician Assistant Studies at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, potential students should understand some additional information about ACLS certification before beginning the course.
- You must be BLS certified before becoming ACLS certified.
The certification and training associated with ACLS, or advanced cardiac life support, builds on what is learned in BLS (basic life support) training. Therefore, before you’re able to effectively provide ACLS to a patient, you must first have mastered BLS.
- ACLS certification is often required for healthcare professionals.
An ACLS certification is commonly mandatory for healthcare professionals, including nurses, EMTs, physicians, paramedics and mid-level providers, among others. Depending on your work environment, pediatric advanced life support (PALS) certification may also be required. If you work in a family practice or emergency department where patients of all ages are seen, certification in both ACLS and PALS may be relevant.
- ACLS certification is accepted across multiple healthcare professions.
Because it’s vital that all emergency responders are on the same page in a cardiac emergency situation, the ACLS certification standards extend across various healthcare fields and professions. When all healthcare professionals are ACLS certified, and therefore understand the same goals and procedures, emergency patient care is more coordinated and efficient.
- It’s possible to get ACLS certified and recertified online.Since an ACLS certification is mandatory in many healthcare professions, Health Education Solutions, the leading provider of continuing education solutions for health care professionals, offers its students the option of becoming ACLS certified, and recertified, online using 13 self-paced modules.
Health Education Solutions offers BLS courses as well as ACLS certification online designed for healthcare professionals seeking initial and ongoing recertification. Both ACLS courses were developed in partnership with Union College.
The information included in this article is based on the 2005 guidelines for CPR, first aid and advanced cardiovascular care. Read more about how the 2010 guidelines impact ACLS training online.
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