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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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Course Location

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Bayview Campus)
E Wing, 3rd Floor, Room # TBA

Course Time

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

2018 ACLS Weekend Course Schedule

* The courses marked (RN) are exclusively for RNs, but RNs may attend any other regular course.

  • JANUARY 20-21
  • FEBRUARY 10-11
  • MARCH 3-4 (RN)
  • MARCH 24-25
  • APRIL 7-8
  • APRIL 21-22
  • MAY 12-13
  • MAY 26-27
  • JUNE 2-3
  • JUNE 16-17
  • JULY 7-8
  • JULY 21-22
  • AUGUST 11-12
  • AUGUST 25-26
  • SEPTEMBER 15-16
  • OCTOBER 13-14 (RN)
  • OCTOBER 20-21
  • NOVEMBER 10-11
  • DECEMBER 1-2

Course fees:

  • Resident, RN, PA, Paramedic: $365
  • MD / Dentist: $555

*Please add $80 to above course fee 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 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

  • Must have a current Heart & Stroke Foundation BLS course completion card
  • 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 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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Course Location

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Bayview Campus)
Full Day Recert: E Wing, 3rd Floor, Room # TBA (Saturday or Sunday)
Weekday Recert: A Wing, Ground Floor, Room # AG 245d (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Course Time

Full Day Recert : 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Saturday or Sunday)
Weekday Recert: 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Tuesday and Wednesday)

2018 ACLS Full Day Recert Schedule

  • SATURDAY, JANUARY 13
  • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11
  • SATURDAY, MARCH 10
  • SUNDAY, APRIL 15
  • SUNDAY, MAY 6
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 9
  • SATURDAY, JULY 14
  • WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8 (note: this course runs from 8am-3pm)
  • SUNDAY, AUGUST 19
  • SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
  • SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21
  • SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3
  • SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9
2018 ACLS Weekday (Tuesday and Wednesday) Recert Schedule
  • JANUARY 30-31
  • FEBRUARY 27-28
  • MARCH 20-21
  • APRIL 24-25
  • MAY 22-23
  • JUNE 19-20
  • JULY 24-25
  • AUGUST 21-22
  • SEPTEMBER 11-12
  • OCTOBER 2-3
  • NOVEMBER 27-28
  • DECEMBER 11-12

Course fees:

  • Resident, RN, PA, Paramedic: $320
  • MD / Dentist: $490

*Please add $80 to above course fee 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 Prerequisites

  • Must have a current Heart & Stroke Foundation ACLS provider course completion card (a grace period of 6 months post-expiry is accepted)
  • 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)
E Wing, 3rd Floor, Room # TBA

Course Time

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

2018 ACLS Weekend Course Schedule

  • JANUARY 20-21
  • FEBRUARY 10-11
  • MARCH 24-25
  • APRIL 7-8
  • APRIL 21-22
  • MAY 12-13
  • MAY 26-27
  • JUNE 2-3
    • JUNE 16-17
    • JULY 7-8
    • JULY 21-22
    • AUGUST 11-12
    • AUGUST 25-26
    • SEPTEMBER 15-16
    • OCTOBER 20-21
    • NOVEMBER 10-11
    • DECEMBER 1-2

    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