HeartCode ACLS Part 1 Online


What is it?

HeartCode is a Web-based, self-paced instructional program that uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings. In this environment, students apply their knowledge to real-time decision making and skills development. Debriefings and coaching are provided immediately after each simulation to facilitate learning. After completing the cognitive portion of the course, students practice and test their skills with an AHA Instructor or on a voice-assisted manikin (VAM) system. Upon successful completion of the cognitive and skills tests, students receive a course completion card.

This product is intended for healthcare professionals preparing for ACLS or seeking continuing education credits from the AHA.

Skills session (Parts 2 and 3) sold separately

HeartCode® ACLS FAQ

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Approximately how long does it take to complete HeartCode ACLS Part 1?

Part 1 can be completed in approximately 10 hours; however, unprepared or inexperienced students may require additional time. Also, the time to complete may be longer if students are using the program at a location where there is a firewall. Time to complete a skills practice and testing session (Parts 2 and 3) varies.

Is there a test score that must be achieved by students in order to successfully complete HeartCode ACLS Part 1?

Yes, students must score at least 84% on the online written test, which is consistent with all of AHA's healthcare courses.

Is HeartCode ACLS Part 1 only for renewals (updates) or can it be used for initial ACLS course completion as well?

This program is approved for both update and initial ACLS courses.

However, HeartCode ACLS Part 1 requires prior knowledge that will be applied in using the ACLS treatment algorithms. Unprepared or inexperienced students may require additional time to complete HeartCode ACLS Part 1. To be successful in any ACLS course, students should be able to identify ECG rhythms and should know pharmacology specific to cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiopulmonary emergencies before beginning the course. It is strongly recommended that students review the ACLS course materials contained within the program and complete the Precourse Self-Assessment prior to attempting the patient cases.

Can course material be accessed after the online portion is completed?

Yes, students may access all material included in the HeartCode ACLS Part 1 program for 24 months (two years) following activation of their key.

Does HeartCode ACLS Part 1 offer continuing education (CE/CME/CEH)?

Yes. Students who successfully complete the program may claim the following CE/CME/CEHs.

Is there a demo available for this course?

Yes. A demo for HeartCode ACLS Part 1 will be available on OnlineAHA.org.

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