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ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)

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The Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Course is designed to teach the skills needed to assess and administer care within the first 10 minutes of an adult cardiac arrest. Providers learn the skills needed to manage advanced cardiac life support scenarios: respiratory emergency, various types of cardiac arrest (simple VT/VF, complex VT/VF, PEA (Pulseless Electrical Activity) and asystole), pre-arrest emergencies: stable and unstable bradycardia and tachycardia, acute coronary syndromes and stroke.

Course Schedule, Fees and Registration Info

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To obtain your ACLS certificate, the Heart & Stroke Foundation requires a valid Heart & Stroke BLS course completion card taken within the past 12 months.

If you do not have a current Heart & Stroke BLS card, please register for our same day BLS+ ACLS combination course.

Course Location

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Bayview Campus)
Room # TBA

Course Time & Schedule

Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (BLS, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ⎥ ACLS, 10:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.)
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (ACLS, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

ACLS Provider + BLS (Weekend) Combo Courses
  • Jan 22-23
  • Feb 12-13
  • Mar 26-27
  • Apr 9-10
  • Apr 23-24
  • May 14-15
  • May 28-29
  • Jun 11-12
  • Jun 25-26
  • Jul 9-10
  • Jul 23-24
  • Aug 20-21
  • Sep 17-18
  • Oct 22-23
  • Nov 19-20
  • Dec 10-11
ACLS Provider + BLS (Exclusive RN) Combo Courses
  • March 5-6
  • Oct 1-2
ACLS Provider + BLS (Weekday) Courses
Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. (BLS, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ⎥ ACLS, 10:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.)
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (ACLS, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
  • May 5-6
  • Jun 2-3

Course fees:

  • Resident, RN, PA, Paramedic: $365
  • MD / Dentist: $555
  • 2015 ACLS Manual: $80

Please note to be successful, you must review the manual prior to the course.

Course Overview and Design

ACLS Provider Course emphasizes 3 major concepts:

  1. The crucial importance of high quality CPR to patient survival
  2. The integration of effective basic life support (BLS) with ACLS interventions
  3. The importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation

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

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

Students will practice the application of these and other skills in simulated cases and will practice both Team Leader and team member roles.

Intended Audience

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Course is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies.
  • This course is designed for personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and paramedics, as well as others who need an ACLS course completion card for their job or other requirements.

ACLS Course Prerequisites

  1. Must have a current Heart & Stroke Foundation BLS course completion card - taken within 12 months

    We offer same day BLS+ACLS combo courses.  If you do not have a valid Heart & Stroke BLS, sign up for same day BLS.  BLS offered at ACLS course is essentially a renewal course.  Heart & Stroke therefore requires you to complete the BLS Renewal Challenge prior to in-class BLS portion.Visit Heart & Stroke for more information(opens in a new window).

  2. Complete the pre-course self-ssessment. Requires a passing score of 70% or higher to print certificate.

Be Proficient in the following:

  • Performing high-quality BLS skills
  • Reading and interpreting electrocardiograms (ECGs)
  • Be able to identify rhythms associated with bradycardia, tachycardia, and pulseless arrest (ventricular fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, asystole).

Course Completion Card

  • ACLS Course Completion Card is issued by the Heart & Stroke Foundation
  • Completion card expires two years from date of issue
  • Completion card is accessible by logging onto student account on Heart & Stroke Portal

CME Credits

MAINPRO Credits (CFPC)
Eligible for 0.5 Mainpro-C credits per hour of participation. A copy of your certification card needs to be submitted. For more details, visit the College of Family Physicians of Canada Mainpro website.

MAINPORT Credits (RCPSC)
Eligible for credit under Section 2 (Self-Learning Activities) “Traineeship”. Enter the number of hours you participated in the course (these will be doubled in your credits). For more details, visit the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Mainport: website.


ACLS Recertification Courses

Course Schedule, Fees, and Registration Info

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  1. Must have a current Heart & Stroke Foundation BLS Provider certification- taken within the past 12 months
    We offer same day BLS+PALS ACLS combo courses.  If you do not have a valid Heart & Stroke BLS, sign up for same day BLS.  BLS offered at ACLS course is essentially a renewal course.  Heart & Stroke therefore requires you to complete the BLS Renewal Challenge prior to in-class BLS portion. Visit Heart & Stroke for more information (opens in a new window)(opens in a new window).
  2. Must have a current Heart and Stroke Foundation ACLS provider certification (a grace period of 3 months post-expiry is accepted)
  3. Complete the pre-course self-assessment. Requires a passing score of 70% or higher to print certificate.

 Be Proficient in the following:

  • Performing high-quality BLS skills
  • Reading and interpreting electrocardiograms (ECGs)
  • Be able to identify rhythms associated with bradycardia, tachycardia, and pulseless arrest (ventricular fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, asystole).

Course Location

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Bayview Campus)
Room # TBA

ACLS Recertification + BLS (Weekend) Combo Courses

S1 Saturday or Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (BLS, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. ⎥ ACLS, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)  

  • Sat Jan 15
  • Sun Jan 30
  • Sun Feb 27
  • Sat Mar 12
  • Sun Apr 3
  • Sat May 7
  • Sun Jun 5
  • Sat Jul 16
  • Sun Aug 14
  • Sat Sep 10
  • Sun Oct 16
  • Sat Nov 5
  • Sat Dec 3

ACLS Recertification + BLS (Weekday) Combo Courses

S2 Tuesday or Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (BLS, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. ⎥ ACLS, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

  • Feb 15
  • Apr 26
  • May 26
  • Jul 5
  • Aug 25
  • Oct 6
  • Nov 22
  • Dec 15

S3 Wednesday, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. (BLS, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. ⎥ ACLS, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.)

  • Mar 23
  • Jun 22
  • Sep 21

Course fees:

  • Resident, RN, PA, Paramedic: $320
  • MD / Dentist: $490
  • 2015 ACLS Manual:  $80

Please note to be successful, you must review the manual prior to the course.

Course Prerequisites

  1. Must have a current Heart & Stroke Foundation BLS Provider certification- taken within the past 12 months

    We offer same day BLS+PALS combo courses.  If you do not have a valid Heart & Stroke BLS, sign up for same day BLS.  BLS offered at ACLS course is essentially a renewal course.  Heart & Stroke therefore requires you to complete the BLS Renewal Challenge prior to in-class BLS portion.Visit Heart & Stroke for more information(opens in a new window).

  2. Must have a current Heart and Stroke Foundation ACLS provider certification (a grace period of 3 months post-expiry is accepted)
  3. Complete the pre-course self-assessment. Requires a passing score of 70% or higher to print certificate.

Be Proficient in the following:

  • Performing high-quality BLS skills
  • Reading and interpreting electrocardiograms (ECGs)
  • Be able to identify rhythms associated with bradycardia, tachycardia, and pulseless arrest (ventricular fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, asystole).

Course Completion Card

  • ACLS Course Completion Card is issued by the Heart & Stroke Foundation
  • Completion card valid for two years from date of issue
  • Completion card is accessible by logging onto student account on Heart & Stroke Portal

CME Credits

MAINPRO Credits (CFPC)
Eligible for 0.5 Mainpro-C credits per hour of participation. A copy of your certification card needs to be submitted. For more details, visit the College of Family Physicians of Canada Mainpro website.

MAINPORT Credits (RCPSC)
Eligible for credit under Section 2 (Self-Learning Activities) “Traineeship”. Enter the number of hours you participated in the course (these will be doubled in your credits). For more details, visit the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Mainport: website.


» ACLS for Experienced Providers (*** NEW)


ACLS Courses for University of Toronto PGY1 Residents

Course Schedule, Fees and Registration Info

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Course Location

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Bayview Campus)
Room # TBA

Course Time

Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Course Fees

The fees are $80.00 for the latest edition of the ACLS Provider Manual with the 2015 Guidelines which will be mailed directly to your mailing address upon receipt of your payment.

Please note to be successful, you must review the manual prior to the course.

Course Overview

In cooperation with the University of Toronto medical program education department, Sunnybrook is very pleased to offer excellent ACLS education at our world-renowned teaching facility.

With our affiliation with the University of Toronto, we are able to offer you ACLS education at very minimal cost. Your basic fees are 100 per cent paid by the university. Your only responsibility is to pay a nominal sum for the new edition of the ACLS Provider Manual with the updated 2015 guidelines.


Contact us:

Sandhya D'Souza, ALS Program Manager
Email: als.educators@sunnybrook.ca
Phone: 416-480-4943
Fax: 416-480-5325

ALS Program Office

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
H-wing, 2nd floor, Room H-265
2075 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M4N 3M5