Carolinas HealthCare System

Life Support & CPR Continuing Education

All courses are offered through the Center for Life Support Education (CLSE). Some of the programs at Carolinas College of Health Sciences require CPR certification before attending classes. Offered are American Heart Association (AHA) approved basic and advanced life support training. These courses are open to employees of Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS), students at CCHS, and the general community.

  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BCLS). See description for renewal information
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Instructor Classes: ACLS, BCLS and PALS
  • Community courses are available by calling the CLSE at 704-355-5699

Basic Life Support for the HealthCare Provider (BCLS)

Textbook included. No prerequisite required. This course is designed for anyone needing healthcare provider CPR certification. This course provides information on adult and pediatric CPR including two-rescuer scenarios and use of the bag-valve mask. The course also covers foreign-body airway obstruction, automated external defibrillation (AED), special resuscitation situations, and other cardiopulmonary emergencies. Skills tests must be passed on all of the above content during the class. A written test must also be passed with a score of 84% or better to receive certification. This course meets the requirements for CPR certification for all Carolinas College of Health Sciences academic programs.

BCLS Renewal for HCP (BCLS Re)

Participants must show a current BCLS provider card in class. The textbook is included as part of registration.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider (ACLS-P)

Textbook included. Participants must have a current BLS healthcare provider card. The course covers resuscitation of cardiac arrest, MI and CVA patients, including medications, electrical therapy and airway management.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support Renewal (ACLS-Re)

Participants must show a current BCLS provider and ACLS provider card in class. The textbook is not included as part of registration. You must have current ACLS text. The text is available for purchase from CTC.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider (PALS-P)

Textbook included. Participant must have current BLS healthcare provider card. Course covers pre-resuscitation, resuscitation and post-resuscitation procedures for the pediatric population. Included are basic life support, airway and ventilation, vascular access, fluid therapy and medications, cardiac rhythm disturbances, trauma resuscitation, and newborn resuscitation.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support Renewal (PALS-Re)

Participants must show a current BCLS provider and PALS provider card in class. The textbook is not included as part of registration. You must have current PALS text. The text is available for purchase from CTC

BCLS, ACLS or PALS Instructor

Instructor and provider materials are included in the cost of these one-day courses. The BLS instructor course also has a required session prior to the class as a prerequisite. These courses prepare participants to teach both provider and renewal courses. Participant must have current provider card in the appropriate discipline. An instructor candidate application form must be submitted with course registration for all instructor courses. The form must be signed by CTC faculty or by manager/educator.

ECG for ACLS: Determining Lethal Cardiac Rhythms

This is an all-day class specifically for those who need additional training on reading ECG’s and understanding the pharmacology associated with ACLS. This material is no longer covered in depth within the ACLS course; it is knowledge that is expected as the participant enters ACLS. This class has been very well received. We are using the new American Heart Association book entitled "ECG and Pharmacology." The book is included in the cost of the course.

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