ACLS Hands-On Session

  • The ACLS hands-on session is part of the AHA's Blended Learning course. This is an alternative option from the traditional Instructor-Led ACLS Provider course. It is also an acceptable alternative for those needing an ACLS Initial class.
  • Students will first take an online course called ACLS HeartCode. This online course includes videos and simulations.
  • Upon completion, students will receive a certificate, and can find an AHA Training Center to conduct the ACLS Hands-On session.
  • After successfully completing both the online and hands-on session, students will receive their ACLS Provider certification.










Who is ACLS Blended Learning for?

Any advanced level healthcare provider such as a Paramedic, Nurse, or Physician may need ACLS certification. Also, if you're going to school for any of those licenses, you will likely need ACLS training.

What is ACLS certification used for?

Some licensing bodies and/or employers require an ACLS certification. Generally it's needed for individuals practicing in acute care settings such as EMS, Emergency Departments, Surgery Centers, and ICUs.

How does the ACLS Blended Learning class work?

After completing the online AHA HeartCode ACLS course, students will come to class to practice the skills of Adult CPR and Airway Management. Afterwards, students are tested on these skills.

What sets our ACLS Hands-On Sessions apart?

Our instructors make sure no one is left behind. We give you plenty of time to practice and answer any questions. This is a low-stress environment.

Why should you choose our ACLS Hands-On Session training?

This format offers a lot of flexibility for those with a busy schedule. Plus, you can count on us to never cancel classes, instructors are professional and kind, and classes are engaging and easy. You can also count on receiving your certification card fast!


ACLS HeartCodes is part 1 of 2 to complete the AHA's online blended learning option. It's a combination of video and esimulations which can be done on the student's own time and pace.

Blended learning means that part of the class is done online and part is done in person. The AHA blended learning courses offer all the cognitive portion of the class online, and then the student practices and demonstrates their skills during a hands-on session.

ACLS courses are for those in the medical field with jobs that require advanced emergency training. The ACLS HeartCode is an option for those people who prefer the convenience of doing the majority of their training online at their own pace.

Times vary by person, but the AHA says the online course will take on average 6.5-7 hours.

Depending on class size and the instructor, it will take approximately 1-1.5 hours to complete.

Students will need to complete the online ACLS HeartCode course. After completion, they will receive a certificate that they can present to the instructor performing the hands-on session.

No, the ACLS Provider certification you receive will be the exact same as if you had gone through an Instructor-Led course.

Students will be tested on their Adult BLS, basic Airway Management, and Megacode (up to instructor's discretion), but will have an opportunity to practice all before being tested.

No, the written test is taken online before coming to the ACLS hands-on session. Students will take several online esimulation megacodes. It is up to the discretion of the instructor whether they will have the student perform a hands-on megacode.

No, the hands-on session is sold separately. The AHA does not set or control the pricing set by each individual training center.