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Advanced Cardiac Life Support Courses (ACLS)

North York General Hospital

Toronto, ON

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) is an instructor-led, advanced course, builds on the foundation of basic life support (BLS) skills. It emphasizes the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR and takes healthcare provider training to the next level- highlighting the importance of high-performance team dynamics and communication, systems of care, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute dysrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes. 


The Heart and Stroke Foundations ACLS Course offers:

  • The latest resuscitation science for improved patient outcomes

  • Realistic scenarios, simulations, and animations depicting rescuers, teams, and patients

  • Course and content flexibility for Heart and Stroke Foundation Instructors and students, including adaptability to local protocols

Intended Audience

The Heart and Stroke Foundations ACLS Course is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, and paramedics, as well as others who need an ACLS course completion card for job or other requirements. 


It is highly recommended that only those who will use the skills of ACLS within their scope of practice take the ACLS Course. All students who meet the prerequisites and successfully pass the ACLS course will receive a course completion card. Receipt of a course completion card does not grant permission to practice the skills learned

All registrants must have a current Heart & Stroke Foundation BLS Certification.

Course Duration

ACLS Provider Course2 days 

ACLS Renewal Course - 1 day

Successful completion of the course

In order to successfully complete either course, participants need to demonstrate proficiency in the skills stations (specifically: team leader for cardiac arrest/megacodes, single rescuer CPR/AED, respiratory arrest and Bag-valve mask ventilation) as well as obtain a minimum of 84% on the written exam which is administered at the end of the second day. Please see our remediation policy for additional information.

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