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ACLS Recertification Online - Really?

Published February 27, 2013 5:53 PM by Pat Veitenthal
It doesn't happen often, as my friends will tell you, but I find myself without an opinion on something. I'll give you a minute to absorb that...

Now that I am no longer affiliated with an institution since retirement, I've realized that I will actually have to PAY for any classes I want to take. For example, if I want to continue my cruise job, I will need to re-certify my ACLS before the end of May. To do that, I will need to actually find someone and pay them to re-certify me. I've never paid for a class like that before. The boss has always covered it from the budget.

I have heard that there are actually online classes, so I started a search, and found several ranging in price from $129 to $179. The trouble is, I really have no idea if it's worth it or not.

What exactly will I be getting from an online ACLS class? Am I just paying for a bootleg card? Does the AHA recognize this type of re-cert? And more importantly, will my cruise line?

Obviously I still need to do some more research, and when I decide, I'll let you know how it all worked out. But in the meantime, I am open to suggestions. Anyone?









posted by Pat Veitenthal


Being an ACLS instructor, I strongly support the one day renewal class. It reinforces the team approach & you retain more because of "muscle memory" Now, saying that, I know you are an old :) ACLS expert. And doing the didactic is great because its online, bit our providers have to do the megacode in person with a team. Thus, the only time invested is the time you arrange to do the realtime megacode testing. Good luck my dear friend and remember ABC vs. CAB.

Leigh Ann , RN MSN CNS CCRN February 27, 2013 8:42 PM

We are required to use the hospital's online ACLS that is recognized by AHA. I personally hate it. While it is something I can do at home in my off (unpaid) hours, I don't get the critical feedback I find most useful for my style of learning. If you know your ACLS and the updates, and you've been doing this for years I don't see a problem for you. If you are new to ACLS I think this is far from the best learning experience. I guess it depends upon your situation, level of experience and learning style. How's that for a long non-answer?

Susan, RN February 27, 2013 6:17 PM

Our institution in the past allowed online renewal every other time, but now they say anytime. Most of the programs are not recognized by the AHA, and, as an educator, I still strongly encourage my nurses to get a hands on renewal. The actual scenarios cannot be replaced with an online review.

Sarah February 27, 2013 6:11 PM
Rockville MD

Taking the course online may appear to be an attractive option if it is less expensive and can be done in your own home.  However, half of the learning process with ACLS lies in the practice sessions when the instructors offer explanations, guidance, and you actually perform what you've been taught.  Taking shortcuts here can put someones life at risk.  Conversely, If a physician took an online course on how to perform a LAP Choley but has not practiced it would you allow them to perform the procedure on you?

Susan, Nursing - Staff RN, RWJUH February 27, 2013 6:09 PM
New Brunswick NJ

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    Pat Veitenthal, BSN, RN
    Occupation: Per diem nursing supervisor and cruise ship nurse
    Setting: Community hospital and cruise ships
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