This two-day (16 hour) course, accredited by the American Heart Association, is for the first-time certification or renewal post cert-expiration. In this course, you will enhance your skills in treating arrest and peri-arrest patients through active participation in a series of simulated cardiopulmonary cases. 

After completing this course, participants will be able to perform each of the following skills:

  1. Recall the basic steps of CPR for adults.
  2. Show the basic steps of CPR for adults.
  3. Give breaths with a bag mask.
  4. Perform rescue breathing.
  5. Explain the importance of early defibrillation.
  6. List the steps common to the operation of all external defibrillators.
  7. Demonstrate the proper placement of the defibrillator pads.
  8. Recognize and initiate early management of peri-arrest conditions that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome.
  9. Manage cardiac arrest until return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC), termination of resuscitation, or transfer of care.
  10. Identify and treat ischemic chest pain and expedite the care of patients with acute coronary syndromes.
  11. Recognize other life-threatening clinical situations, such as stroke, and provide effective initial care and transfer to reduce disability and death.
  12. Demonstrate effective communication as a member or leader of a resuscitation team and recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance.
Program Fee

The administrative fee for this program is $210 ($160 for current Baptist Health employees).

The American Heart Association

The American Heart Association

The American Heart Association (AHA) is a non-profit organization in the United States that funds cardiovascular medical research, educates consumers on healthy living and fosters appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke.

John Mouw
Program Manager John Mouw
Claudia Rodriguez
Program Administrator Claudia Rodriguez 786-467-3263 CPRAdmin1@BaptistHealth.net
  • 2,000

    participants certified each year
  • 10%

    average increase between pretest and posttest scores
  • 98%

    first-time pass rate


Eligibility Requirements and Application Schedule

Our program attracts, trains and retains excellent healthcare professionals to serve the South Florida community. Program participants will be trained to be collaborative, culturally competent and patient- and family-centered professionals who follow the guiding principles of service, quality, knowledge and diversity.

Eligibility Prerequisites

  • The American Heart Association developed the ACLS Course for currently active healthcare providers (e.g. medical, nursing, emergency medical, or allied health personnel) whose daily occupation or scholastic activities require proficiency in the knowledge and skills of ACLS.
  • Must be an active healthcare provider whose training and scope of practice requires a knowledge base that includes the foundations of ACLS knowledge and skills.
  • Must have a grasp of basic ECG interpretation.
  • Must possess knowledge of pharmacological concepts and competent administration of drugs used during ACLS.
     

Application Requirements

  • Pick up or receive by mail the ACLS for Health Care Providers textbook and read prior to class.
  • Complete the online ACLS pretest prior to attending class. For non-Baptist Health employees, the online pretest website location is available on the first page of textbook.
Acceptance and admission to the program is contingent on submission of all requested materials and meeting all eligibility requirements as determined by the program.

Application Timeline

  • Where do applicants go to apply? Send an email to CPRAdmin1@BaptistHealth.net
  • When are applications accepted? Continuous throughout the year.
  • When does the program start? Continuous throughout the year.
     

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