Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

We offer ACLS to all levels of advanced providers including physicians, registered nurses, paramedic, CRNA’s, pharmacists, and other health professions. Upon completion of the ACLS Provider Course, a successful learner will know how to approach cardio-respiratory emergencies using the systematic ACLS Approach. Properly trained resuscitation team members will have the skill necessary to manage the adult cardiac arrest patient and minimize the confusion and chaos that sometimes occurs during medical emergencies. Learning and practicing the ACLS approach helps learners feel more comfortable about individual roles and about facing future resuscitation challenges.

This course includes lectures and skills in the following areas:

  • Endotracheal intubation
  • Dual Lumen airway device
  • Review of ECG interpretations
  • Arrest and Pre-Arrest treatments
  • Team approach to treatments
  • Review of Pharmacology
  • Acute Stroke
  • Coronary Syndromes
Precourse Requirements
  • Complete/Pass the ACLS Precourse Self-Assessment on the ACLS Student Website.  Go to code: acls15. Print your certificate and bring it with you to class. Students will not be admitted into the course without certificate of completion.
  • Complete a BLS Course or be able to perform high-quality BLS, including the use of an AED according to the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC.
  • Understand the 9 cases in the ACLS Provider Manual.
  • Understand the ACLS Algorithms for the cases in the ACLS Provider Manual.

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Other ACLS Refresher Options
  • Having a tough time fitting ACLS refreshers into your schedule?
  • Can’t afford to take time away from your work to stay certified?
HeartCode® ACLS Refresher

The HeartCode® Interactive Learning System is a computer-based self-learning system approved by the American Heart Association.

  • Includes all lessons from the ACLS textbook
  • Reflects all AHA Guidelines
  • Results in an AHA course completion card
  • Includes case-based instruction methodology
  • Includes dynamic patient simulation
  • Allows you to work at your own pace

*An ACLS instructor will be available for questions during the training

The HeartCode ACLS provides an alternative training solution for the busy professional. It’s the only e-Learning system where a successful outcome results in an AHA course completion card.

This self-directed ACLS learning program allows participants to practice techniques at their own pace and to receive feedback and evaluation of their skills in the comfort of their own home and at times that are convenient to them. This new program includes all AHA guidelines and updates for ACLS.

The software also contains accredited continuing education modules for the experienced healthcare provider.

Participants purchase a keycode to use on the American Heart Associaton’s e-learning website. They then have 32 hours (non-continuous) to complete the ACLS cases and a written test. After successful completion of the written exam, a certificate is printed. Participants then call to set up an appointment for a practical skills test. The skills test takes an average of 30–45 minutes.

Contact us for more information in Fargo - 701.364.1750 or Bismarck - 701.323.6843.


Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), developed by the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, focuses on critical issues in pediatric resuscitation for health care providers. There is a very clear emphasis on priorities in assessment and management of the ill or injured child. The practical application of cognitive and psychomotor skills in pediatric resuscitation situations are emphasized in case presentations, PALS instructors, representing multidisciplinary specialties, with expertise in the care of children will present information in a lively and user friendly format. Participants in the PALS course will have an opportunity to practice emergency techniques such as intraosseous needle insertion, ventilating a child with a bag valve mask, intubation, and cardioversion/defibrillation of a child.

Target Audience
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Paramedics
  • Other health care professionals
  • Complete/Pass the PALS Precourse Self-Assessment on the PALS Student Website. Go to Code: pals15. Print your certificate and bring it with you to class. Students will not be admitted into the course without certificate of completion.
  • Participants must possess a current Basic Life Support/CPR for Health Care Providers card. A copy of your current CPR card must be submitted with your registration form. 
PALS Course Skills

Upon completing the PALS course, the participant will be able to:

  • Define conditions which put a child at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest
  • List parameters which indicate cardiovascular compromise in the pediatric patient
  • Describe strategies for preventing cardiopulmonary arrest in children
  • Demonstrate skill in establishing and maintaining an airway in children
  • Discuss the sequence and priorities of pediatric resuscitation

Contact us if your medical group would like to schedule your own course.

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Contact us for more information in Fargo - 701.364.1750 or Bismarck - 701.323.6843.

Fargo American Heart Association Training Center

Sanford Health EMS Education serves as an AHA Training Center for the Fargo area. We support instructors for the AHA in all of the courses that they authorize. We provide training for instructors and then are the main point of contact between those instructors and the AHA.

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 The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such  course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA