The purpose of the American Heart Association (AHA) Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course is to educate health care personnel working with adults on the risks, strategies and skills necessary to handle an adult victim of cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies. Simulated clinical scenarios provide the opportunity for hands on participation in a team setting. A written examination is required for successful completion.

Course Prerequisites

  • Proof of current (not expired) certification in AHA BLS for the Healthcare Provider (card must be provided to instructor before class).
  • Proof of completion of the AHA online pre-course assessment. Print of pre-course assessment score is to be presented to the instructor at first class session.
  • ACLS Renewal course participants must provide their current (not expired) ACLS certification card to the instructor before the start of class.

Course Completion Card

At the conclusion of this class, participants will receive an AHA ACLS for Healthcare Providers Course Completion Card, which is valid for two years.

Course Length

The ACLS Initial course is a two day course, for a total of 15–16 hours. Attendance at both days is required. The ACLS Renewal course is a one day course, for a maximum of eight hours (excluding a meal break).


Classes are offered on weekdays. Contact the Professional Development office for upcoming dates.

Course Materials

All ACLS participants are required to have the "AHA ACLS Provider Manual (May 2011 edition)" prior to the start of the course. Textbook is included in course fee.


ACLS Initial course: $260 which includes textbook
ACLS Renewal course: $185 which includes textbook
Payable by cash, money order or credit card (VISA, MC, Discover) at time of registration.


All class sessions are held at Clarkson College, located on 42nd and Douglas Streets in Omaha, Neb.

Cancellation Policy

Class fees are non-refundable. Refunds are not provided if an individual cancels, does not attend or does not complete the entire class.