ACLS Initial Instructors Course

Please contact our main office at 417-269-4117 if you would like to attend this course.


Course Information


Description and Target Audience

This American Heart Association (AHA) workshop is designed to prepare current ACLS Providers to become ACLS Instructors. ACLS instructors are required to have an in-depth knowledge of and experience base in all 10 of the ACLS core cases as well as the ability to effectively deliver and discuss this knowledge. This course is appropriate for physicians, nurses, EMS and other current ACLS providers.


Steps to Becoming a ACLS Instructor After Registration is Complete

  1. You will receive a pre-course program called the “Instructor Essentials Course” (online format) in the mail 2 weeks prior to the date of this course. You will be expected to complete this before entry into the live course. You will not be permitted to enter the live course if you have not completed the pre-course program.
  2. You will attend the live course of your choice.
  3. You will make an appointment to be monitored at your first course within 90 days after the ACLS Instructor course. Arrangements will be made at the live course. Please do not schedule courses until after you have attended your instructor course.



All 3 must be completed before entry into the course.

  1. Copy of your current AHA “BLS for Healthcare Provider” card and “ACLS Provider Card” (front & back)
  2. Letter of recommendation (from supervisor, another instructor, or someone who has knowledge of your teaching ability)
  3. Please contact the Education Center prior to registration to affiliate with the CoxHealth Training Center. You must be pre-approved.



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

  • Discuss how to utilize ACLS course lesson maps.
  • Evaluate another student running a megacode while correctly using the skills testing checklist.
  • Discuss team concepts.
  • Discuss how to successfully remediate a student.
  • Demonstrate the teamleader role in a megacode according to the skills testing checklist.
  • Describe how to facilitate discussion of the 10 ACLS core cases.



Alisa Hill, NREMT-P
ACLS Training Center Faculty & Enterprise Educator
Cox College Interprofessional Simulation & Education Center

We reserve the right to substitute educators.



7:50-8:00 Registration and Welcome
8:00 – 8:10 Course Overview
8:10 –8:25 ACLS Course Design
8:25 – 8:55 Instructor Materials
8:55 – 9:10 Break
9:10 – 9:30 Technology, Equipment, Setup, Prerequisites
9:30 – 10:00 BLS Skills Testing, Changes, Lesson Maps
10:00 – 10:30 Respiratory Arrest
10:30- 11:15 Pulseless Arrest VF/VT
11:15 –12:00 Lunch (on your own)
12:00– 12:45 Acute Coronary Syndrome/Stroke
12:45 -1:15 Bradycardia/PEA/Asystole
1:15 – 1:45 Putting It All Together
1:45 – 2:00 Written Test /Remediation
2:00– 2:15 Break
2:15 – 2:45 Megacode Testing
2:45 – 3:45 Training Center Policies
3:45 – 4:45 Skills Testing/Written Test
5:00 Statements of Credit/Evaluations



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


Course Length

5-6 hour web based program, 8 hour live class program, and course monitoring at your first course.


Certification Length

2 years



  • $425.00
  • $125.00 for CoxHealth Employees

The fee includes the following:

  • AHA Instructor Essentials Course
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Instructor Manual
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Manual
  • AHA Program Administration Manual
  • Certification card

The fee also includes a $150.00 Training Center Membership fee. This fee covers instructor support for 2 years and required course monitoring visit.


Educational Credit

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

The credit is 3.5 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 6.5 contact hours. The Training Center number is 07710C.

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.