Advanced Cardiac Life Support Course

ACLS training in the simulation lab


Upcoming Dates and Registration

Course Fees and Cancellation Policy 

Course Overview and Objectives

Intended Audience and Prerequisites

Course Duration and Expiration

Course Materials

ACLS Course Leadership



Upcoming Dates and Registration

2 Day Full Certification

June 15 & 16, 2017

September  9 & 10, 2017

November 23 & 24, 2017


1 Day Recertification

June 27, 2017

October 27, 2017


Online payments now available, along with VISA, Debit and Mastercard. 

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Course Fees and Cancellation Policy




*ACLS New Provider Course (2-Day)



*ACLS Renewal Course (1-Day)



**ACLS Instructor Course (2-Day)



2015 ACLS Program Manual



2015 ACLS manuals available through the LHEARN Centre upon request

*Includes parking pass & breakfast

**Includes parking pass, breakfast & Lunch

Please note full charges will be applied for any cancellations receieved less than 21 days prior to the course date.



Course Overview and Objectives

The course is designed to give students the opportunity to practice and demonstrate proficiency in the following skills used in resuscitation:

  • systematic approach
  • Intravenous (IV)/intraosseous (IO) access (information only)
  • High-quality BLS
  •  Use of medications
  • Airway management
  • Cardioversion
  • Rhythm recognition
  • Transcutaneous pacing
  • Defibrillation
  • Team dynamics


Students taking an ACLS course will learn how to:

  • Provide effective basic cardiac life support, including optimal chest compressions and use of automated defibrillators;
  • Choose appropriate ACLS algorithms to manage patients with no pulse or those with unstable/stable bradycardia and unstable/stable tachycardia;
  • Maintain a patent airway using basic and advanced techniques and equipment;
  • Operate manual defibrillator/pacing devices in a safe manner;
  • Act effectively as a resuscitation team member and leader.


Intended Audience and Prerequisites

The ACLS Course is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, and paramedics, as well as others who need an ACLS course completion card for job or other requirements. 

Providers who take the full ACLS Course, or ACLS Renewal Course, must have a current Heart and Stroke Foundation BLS course completion card, complete the mandatory Precourse Self-Assessment and be proficient in the following:

  •  Performing high-quality BLS skills through the use of the 2015 Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC
  •  Reading and interpreting electrocardiograms (ECGs)- Be able to identify--on a monitor and paper tracing--rhythms associated with bradycardia, tachycardia with adequate perfusion, tachycardia with poor perfusion, and pulseless arrest. These rhythms include but are not limited to:
  •  Normal sinus rhythm
  •  Sinus bradycardia
  •  Type I second-degree AV block
  •  Type II second-degree AV block
  •  Third-degree AV block
  •  Sinus tachycardia
  •  Supraventricular tachycardias
  •  Ventricular tachycardia
  •  Asystole
  •  Ventricular fibrillation
  •  Organized rhythm without a pulse
  •  Understanding ACLS drugs- have a basic understanding of the essential drugs used in:
  •  Cardiac arrest
  •  Bradycardia
  •  Tachycardia with adequate perfusion
  •  Tachycardia with poor perfusion
  •  Immediate post-cardiac arrest care


Students are given direction on how to access the Student website in their ACLS Provider Manual. The student website provides important supplementary information and videos, as well as a link to the Precourse Self- Assessment. The mandatory Precourse Self-Assessment requires a passing score of 70% or higher to print the certificate. Students can take the Precourse Self-Assessment as many times as needed to achieve a passing score. For any challenges or questions pertaining to the precourse self-assessment, please contact our office at and we will direct your inquiry to one of our qualified ACLS instructors.


ACLS Renewal course participants should have a current Heart and Stroke Foundation ACLS provider course completion card. When a provider is unable to present a course completion card, at the discretion of the instructor, a provider who frequently uses the skills and knowledge of ACLS in their workplace or related volunteer activities may be admitted. If that provider does not successfully complete the recertification course, without remediation, they will be required to attend a full certification course.


Course Duration and Expiration 

Provider Course-Approximate course duration: 12 hours 20 minutes

ACLS Renewal Course-Approximate course duration: 6 hours and 35 minutes 

The current recommended timeline for renewal of the ACLS course completion card is every 2 years. 


Standard New Provider Course (2-day course)

This course is designed for first-time participants and those who have taken their last course more than two years ago. This course will introduce participants to basic concepts and help them progress to the management of more complicated resuscitation scenarios.


Renewal Course (1-day course)  

This course is designed for participants who have taken ACLS within the last two years and who want a refresher of their knowledge and skills. This course provides updates on new guideline modifications and evidence-based changes to resuscitation practice. Most of the day will be spent in high-fidelity simulation resuscitation scenarios designed to help participants feel confident in their ability to apply ACLS algorithms and practices.


Customized ACLS Courses

These courses are intermittently scheduled based on demand and are designed to meet the special needs of groups of participants. Examples of customized courses include physician/expert provider ACLS refreshers, which explore more complex and unusual resuscitation scenarios, and ACLS for specific clinical settings, such as oral surgery offices or occupational settings. Those interested should contact our ACLS administration team for further information.

Course Materials

2015 ACLS manuals are available for purchase from the:


  • Provider Manual - print (RE5110E) or eBook (RE5110ED)
  • Pocket Reference Card - print (RE5570E) or digital (RE5570ED) - Included in Provider manual and sold separately. 


  • Poster Set (RE5590E) 
  • Emergency Crash Cart Card Set (RE5580E) 
  • 2015 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers - print (RE0120E) or eBook(RE0120ED) 


ACLS Course Leadership

Dr. Randy Wax, ACLS Medical Director

Dr. Wax is the Section Chief of Critical Care and Resuscitation Services at Lakeridge Health. He also practices as a Transport Medicine Physician with Ornge, the provincial air ambulance service. Dr. Wax has more than 15 years of experience teaching ACLS and serves on the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario ACLS Advisory Committee.

Michelle Cleland, ACLS Course Coordinator

Ms. Cleland is one of the most experienced ACLS instructors in Ontario and has taught thousands of providers throughout the province. Ms. Cleland is a nurse who specializes in Critical Care and Coronary Care and also serves on the Sunnybrook Critical Care Response Team. Ms. Cleland has obtained national certification with the Canadian Nurses Association in critical care, cardiovascular care, and neuroscience nursing.



LHEARN is an approved training centre for ACLS. Students who enrol in an ACLS course in the LHEARN Centre will have access to the following:

  • A non-intimidating learning environment;
  • Extensive use of high-fidelity simulation to create realistic resuscitation scenarios;
  • An interprofessional experience helping participants understand each other's roles during a resuscitation;
  • Constructive feedback on crisis management skills such as communication, situational awareness, use of resources, leadership and decision making;
  • Amazing instructors who have extensive teaching skills and clinical credibility through past and ongoing experience as resuscitation providers;
  • Adapting clinical scenarios to be relevant to course participants' practice (including pre-hospital, ED, ICU, floors, transport, dental offices and more).