Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) for paramedics

ACLS for pre-hospital professionals

Course Info

Client Ambulance Services, Emergency Response Organisations
Skills Advanced cardiac life support

Course Description

ACLS for paramedics is a two-day scenario (case-based) continuing education course intended for trained and skilled healthcare providers who either direct or participate in cardiopulmonary emergencies and resuscitation efforts. This course, certified by the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI), is designed to provide students with an opportunity to enhance and refine knowledge and hands-on skill proficiency in emergency cardiovascular care.

All individuals who participate in an ASHI ACLS class must be previously trained, skilled, and be able to:

  • Perform high-quality basic life support (BLS);
  • Read and interpret basic electrocardiograms (ECG); and
  • Understand cardiovascular pharmacology, prepare and administer essential cardiovascular medications.

To successfully complete the course, participants need to pass the written evaluation and working in a team setting, competently direct the initial emergency care (including mechanical, pharmacological, and electrical therapy where applicable) for each of the following situations:

  1. High-quality BLS (CPR/AED);
  2. Respiratory arrest; and
  3. Cardiac rhythm management including pulseless VT/VF and two other rhythms.


Emergency cardiovascular care
Airway management
Resuscitation equipment
Cardiac anatomy and electrophysiology
Cardiac arrest rhythms
Acute coronary syndromes
Acute ischaemic stroke
Case studies
Skills practice and teamwork