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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York City Fire Department | Evaluated Learning Experience

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Instructor (INS 400)

Formerly Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Instructor Refresher (INS 400R)
Course Category: 

Version 1, 2, and 3: 16 hours (2 days).

Fort Totten, Bayside, New York.
Version 1: September 1993 - August 2007. Version 2: September 2007-September 2012. Version 3: October 2012 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1, 2, and 3: Upon successful completion of the AHA ACLS Instructor course, students will be able to: teach the AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support Original and Updated courses. New instructors will be able to: teach and coach students to recognize and initiate early management of peri-arrest conditions that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcomes; demonstrate proficiency in providing BLS care, including prioritizing chest compressions and AED, recognize and manage respiratory arrest, identify and manage cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including post-cardiac arrest; recognize and initiate early management of ACS and stroke, including appropriate disposition; and effectively communicate as a member or leader of a resuscitation team and recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance.


Version 1, 2, and 3: Major topics include: administration, teaching and learning in the American Heart Association ACLS course, the chain of survival, airway management, cardiac rhythms, defibrillation, cardioversion, transcutaneous pacing, intravenous cannulation, acute ischemic stroke, resuscitation methods, ethics and legal issues associated with ACLS and the withholding of care. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, classroom exercises, audio/visual materials, observation, and student presentation.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1, 2, and 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Educational Methods, Health Science, Emergency Medical Services Administration, Emergency Medical Services, or Fire Science Administration (9/03 - review conducted by the American Council on Education) (10/07) (5/12 revalidation) (7/17 revalidation) (6/22 revalidation). NOTE: Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor (INS 400), Certified Instructor Coordinator (INS 302), Certified Lab Instructor (INS 300), CPR Instructor (INS 200), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support Instructor (PALS) (INS 401) overlap in content. The maximum credit recommendation for any combination of these courses is 3 semester hours.