AHA ACLS Instructor Manual



The AHA ACLS Instructor Manual is required for any AHA ACLS instructor and contains the latest classroom-based and blended-learning lesson plans to teach how to treat cardiac arrest, stroke, myocardial infarction, and other lethal cardiovascular conditions.


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The American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor Manual is designed for use by AHA ACLS instructors. The most current AHA ACLS Instructor Manual is required for any instructor teaching ACLS.

The ACLS Manual for instructors consists of the following:

  • Updated guidelines and new science from the American Heart Association for CPR and ECC
  • Six sections divided into modules discussing concepts, preparation, teaching, testing, lesson plans, and HeartCode ACLS

This course teaches the importance of preventing cardiac arrest, high-performance teams, continuous high-quality CPR, systems of care, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, post-cardiac arrest care, acute dysrhythmias, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes (ACS)

To teach an AHA ACLS course, instructors will also need the AHA ACLS course videos that can be found in DVD format, or Streaming format.

What year is the most current AHA curriculum?

The AHA 2020 Advanced Cardiac (ACLS) Instructor Manual fits the new standards set by the American Heart Association. Every five years the ECC updates standards and guidelines for CPR and First Aid. Any older training videos or curriculum such as the 2015, or 2010 guidelines have been retired and should no longer be used. In 2025, the ECC will release new guidelines and the AHA may choose to update curriculum then as well.

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