Advanced Cardiac Life Support for the Experienced Provider (ACLS EP)

Course IDCourse NameCourseCategoryCredit Hours
Life SupportAdvanced Cardiac Life Support for the Experienced Provider (ACLS EP)Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Continuing Education and Life SupportN/A

Description and Target Audience: This American Heart Association (AHA) course is designed to challenge students. An interactive format is used requiring a basic current understanding of ACLS algorithms and practice skills. Course emphasis is at an advanced level, so minimal time is devoted to didactic material. Students who are not current will have difficulty with this course. Any student who has completed an ACLS Provider Course can attend the ACLS-EP Course. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and EMS personnel are encouraged to attend.


At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize and initiate early management of peri-arrest conditions that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome.
  • Manage cardiac arrest until return of spontaneous circulation, termination of resuscitation or transfer of care.
  • Describe and perform the ABCD Surveys in ACLS and the expansion for ACLS-EP into the five quadrads approach.
  • Describe within scenarios, pre-arrest and arrest management of advanced cardiovascular and pulmonary causes.
  • Describe within scenarios, pre-arrest and arrest management of advanced electrolyte abnormalities.
  • Describe within scenarios, pre-arrest and arrest management of advanced environmental causes.
  • Describe within scenarios, pre-arrest and arrest management of advanced toxicologic emergencies.


Karen Young, RN, BSN, CNOR, Enterprise Educator, CoxHealth Education Center
CoxHealth Training Center ACLS Regional Faculty and ACLS Training Center Faculty, Springfield, MO
We reserve the right to substitute educators.


7:45-8:00 Registration
8:00 – 8:05 Welcome
8:05 – 8:35 ACLS Science Update for Guidelines 2010
8:35 – 9:35 CPR/AED Skills Practice and Testing
9:35 –9:45 Break
9:45– 10:00 Megacode & Resuscitation Team Concept
10:00 –11:00 Putting It All Together
11:00 –12:00 Megacode Testing
12:00– 12:30 Written Test
12:30-1:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 1:15 ACLS for the Experienced Provider Approach
1:15 – 2:15 Toxicology Case Studies
2:15 – 3:15 Environmental Case Studies
3:15 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 4:30 Cardiovascular Case Studies
4:30– 5:30 Electrolytes Case Studies
5:30 – 5:35 Statements of Credit/Evaluations

Testing: Written exam (50 questions) which must be passed with an 84%. One-on-one skills testing required.

Course Length: 8 hours

Certification Length: 2 years

Includes: Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider Manual and certification card.

Fee: $265.00

Educational Credit:

CoxHealth is accredited by the Missouri State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CoxHealth designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CoxHealth Education Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Missouri Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

  • 4.25 Contact Hours

CoxHealth – Prehospital Services is an approved provider of continuing education by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Unit of EMS. This activity has been approved for 8.0 contact hours. The Training Center number is 07710C.

This program has been approved for Cox employees for 4.25 trauma hours.

Accreditation approval only refers to this educational activity and does not imply endorsement of any commercial products by CoxHealth or any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services.

Participants will receive statements of credit at the end of the program when all requirements for credit have been met. Satisfactory completion of objectives will occur through course attendance. Therefore contact hours will be given only for hours the participant attends. In order to receive a statement of credit, all participants must sign-in at the registration desk, turn in a completed evaluation form at the end of the program, pass a written test, and demonstrate the skills necessary to complete this course.

Information presented during this activity represents the views and opinions of the presenters and does not necessarily constitute the opinion, endorsement of, or promotion by CoxHealth.

No sponsorship or commercial support has been received for this activity. No Off Label medications or medical devices will be discussed.

All speakers and planning committee members for this activity have indicated they do not have any conflicts of interest or significant financial affiliations with any pharmaceutical or medical device companies. American Heart Association created this activity.

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials; do not represent income to the Association.