This one-day (8 hour) course, accredited by the American Heart Association, 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. Recognize and initiate early management of peri-arrest conditions that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in providing BLS care, including prioritizing chest compressions and integrating automatic external defibrillator (AED) use.
  3. Manage cardiac arrest until return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC), termination of resuscitation, or transfer of care.
  4. Identify and treat ischemic chest pain and expedite the care of patients with acute coronary syndromes.
  5. Recognize other life-threatening clinical situations, such as stroke, and provide effective initial care and transfer to reduce disability and death.
  6. 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 $150 ($110 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
  • 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, educates, and retains exceptional healthcare talent to serve the South Florida community. Program participants will be trained in the Baptist Health Way with a focus on quality, inclusion, compassion, and collaboration.

Eligibility Prerequisites

  • The American Heart Association developed the ACLS Renewal 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.
  • Must be familiar with performing the BLS Primary Survey and the ACLS Secondary Survey.
  • Wish to renew their certification.

Application Requirements

  • Possess a current ACLS provider card.
  • 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
  • When are applications accepted? If recertifying, register three months prior to expiration date.
  • When does the program start? Continuous throughout the year.

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