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Electives - Cardiology

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

During an elective, with the supervisor's pre-approval, time off to participate in ACLS or PALS is allowed.

ACLS and PALS cannot be taken during a required course (ACE or Geriatrics Clerkship)

Beginning with the Class of 2011: Students will need to pay for the course

Elective Number: 1640 (arranged)

Rotation Supervisor: 1222 JPA, 5th floor, room 5603

Evaluation: Submit copy of ACLS card in lieu of evaluation form

Restriction: You can only receive elective credit for one course, either ACLS or PALS

Duration: 2 days = 1 elective credit - if add form/email of acceptance is submitted to Jill Clarke prior to taking the class!!!

Available: TBA at: https://www.medicalcenter.virginia.edu/lslc

This elective is not available to visiting students.

Time to Report: TBA

Place to Report: TBA

Attendance: A student may not take time off during this rotation. ACLS cannot be taken during required courses (ACE or Geriatrics Clerkship)

Prerequisite: Participants are required to have a current CPR card before their ACLS card can be released. The following course card is accepted: American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider: (HCP)

If you need to renew your BLS for Healthcare Provider card contact the Life Support Learning Center (924-1765) to receive an access key to the AHA's Online HCP Renewal Course and to schedule a skills session.

Required preparatory reading: Pre-course assignments must be completed prior to class - ACLS Provider text and pretest -

Number of students per rotation: variable

Course Description: Upon successfully completing an ACLS course and for 2 years after, the provider should be able to:

  1. Recognize and initiate treatment for pre-arrest conditions that may lead to cardiac arrest, including acute coronary syndromes, respiratory failure, and stroke.
  2. Manage the first 10 minutes of an arrest due to ventricular fibrillation.
    • Provide BLS care, including proper operation of an AED.
    • Provide proper operation of a conventional defibrillator.
    • Provide advanced airway support of oxygenation and ventilation with secondary confirmation of tracheal tube placement.
  3. Correctly treat the additional arrest rhythms.
    • Ventricular Tachycardia (VT)
    • Pulseless Ventricular Tachycardia (PVT)
    • Pulseless Electrical Activity (PEA)
    • Asystole
    • Pulseless VT
  4. Discuss the appropriate use of transcutaneous pacing for symptomatic bradycardias and asystole.
  5. Identify and correctly use the rhythm appropriate medications consistent with ACLS algorithms.

Please note the cancellation policy on the registration forms and on the LSLC web site. Satisfactory completion of the course will earn 1 elective credit, if you completed an Add Form prior to beginning the course.