Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support

The purpose of the American Heart Association (AHA) Advanced Cardiovascular 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

  • Proficiency in BLS skills and high quality CPR.
  • 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.

Certification Course Card

At the conclusion of this class, participants will receive an AHA ACLS Providers course card, which is valid for two years.

Course Length

The ACLS Initial course is a two day course, for a total of 12 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. Click the how to Register link above for current course dates. More dates may be available, contact the Professional Development office for additional information.

Course Materials

All ACLS participants are required to have the "AHA ACLS Provider Manual (2016 edition)" prior to the start of the course. Textbook is included in course fee.


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.

Professional Development Office

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST

Professional Development Office
101 South 42nd Street
Omaha, NE 68131-2739
PH 402.552.3396 or 402.552.6148 TF 800.647.5500

Professional Development Office Entrance