ACLS 1-Day (Heartcode)

ACLS 1Day HeartcodeHeartCode ACLS is a Web-based e-learning product that uses microsimulation technology to present realistic patient scenarios. Students are presented with the 10 ACLS Core cases in hospital-based scenarios. While interacting with the program, students assess each patient, formulate a treatment plan based on ACLS guidelines, and provide treatment. Successful completion of the Web-based cognitive component, paired with skills verification provided by an AHA ACLS Instructor meets the requirements for the issuing of an AHA ACLS Provider card to the participant.

ACLS provider training is essential for all critical care healthcare professionals involved in the provision of emergency cardiac care.

Please note: there is NO TEACHING of practical skills during the face-to-face component of this course. Therefore, we recommend this course only for those already competent in the practical skills such as Non-Invasive Airway Management, Bag-Mask Ventilation, CPR and Manual Defibrillator operation. If you require instruction and practice of these critical skills, we recommend you take the 2-day ACLS course.


It is intended for healthcare professionals who provide critical care to patients in a wide variety of settings, including in-hospital and pre-hospital locations.

You should have passed the 2-Day ACLS course before. It is NOT recommended to do the 1-Day ACLS course as your first ACLS certification.

These healthcare providers may include (but are not limited to) Consultants, Registrars, Senior House Officers, General Practitioners, Dentists, Clinical Nurse Managers, Nurses, Paramedics,  Cardiac Technicians, Cardiac Rehabilitation Staff, Respiratory Therapists..

Eligibility Checklist

Healthcare professional
Basic Life Support Certification eg. BLS Healthcare Provider or equivalent
Previous ACLS Certification is mandatory

Course content


  • VT / VF with CPR and an AED
  • Respiratory Emergencies
  • Refractory VT / VF
  • Pulseless Electrical Activity
  • Asystole / Ethical Aspects of Resuscitation
  • Stable and Unstable Tachycardia
  • Bradycardia
  • Acute Coronary Syndromes
  • Acute Ischaemic Stroke


3 hours face-to-face, 6 hours online

Criteria for successful completion

  • Completion of the pre-course Heartcode Program, including the MCQ
  • Demonstrate efective manual defibrillation and non-invasive ventilation with a BVM
  • Pass an ACLS Megacode Test as Team Leader.
  • Demonstrate competence in the performance of Basic Life Support (BLS) skills such as one and two rescuer CPR, incorporating the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).


Participants who successfully complete the course, including the skills evaluation, will receive an American Heart Association / Irish Heart Foundation ACLS provider course completion card (credential). This accreditation is recognised in over 50 countries throughout the world


Our highly-experienced Instructors come from an Irish healthcare setting and all remain in day-to-day clinical practice. They are regarded as experts in their field and have a proven ability to teach. CODE BLUE is a registered and approved Irish Heart Foundation / American Heart Association training site. Course certificates can only be issued to approved and registered training sites where the currently certified Instructors carry full public and professional liability insurance.

Course materials

The following materials are delivered to the candidate by email 4 weeks prior to the course date

  • Heartcode activation key
  • Heartcode instructions
  • Directions to face-to-face venue

Online component?

American Heart Association website


  • Acute Coronary Syndromes video
  • Acute Ischaemic Stroke video
  • ACLS Science Overview video
  • Heartcode Programme

CPD/CEU credits?

All Code Blue courses are eligible for CPD/CME points. The exact number of points you can claim depends on what your occupation/speciality is.

This course is eligible for up to 3 hours of face-to-face CPD and 6 hours of online CPD

More information on Medical Council and An Bord Altranais

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