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Accreditation

National ACLS Testing Center offers ACLS, BLS, PALS, and NRP certification and recertification. These training programs are approved to provide CEU credits in joint partnership with the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) and through the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) in partnership with Code3 CME.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of healthcare providers involved in the care of patients in cardiac arrest.

Educational Objectives

Each certification has distinct educational objectives.

ACLS

Upon completion of the ACLS certification course you will know how to manage and respond to nearly all cardiopulmonary emergencies. Upon completion of this training you will be able to:

  • Describe the BLS Primary Survey and ACLS Secondary Survey with critical actions.
  • Describe the important elements of effective resuscitation team dynamics.
  • Describe the clinical situations in which the following airway adjuncts may be used for airway management: oropharyngeal airway (OPA), nasopharyngeal airway (APC), bag-mask ventilation, and advanced airway.
  • Recognize VF and VT on the ECG.
  • Recall indications, contraindications, doses, and routes of administration for drugs recommended for refractory VF/Pulseless VT.
  • Follow the ACLS initial assessment and management recommendations in the ACLS algorithms.
  • Apply the 8 Ds of stroke care and explain why timely action is crucial.
  • Describe the major signs and symptoms of stroke.

BLS

Upon completion of the BLS certification course you will know how to manage and respond to nearly all cardiopulmonary emergencies. Upon completion of this training you will be able to:

  • Recall the basic steps of CPR for adults, children, and infants.
  • Demonstrate the basic steps of CPR for adults, children, and infants.
  • Perform rescue breathing for adults, children, and infants.
  • Administer breaths using a bag-valve mask device and pocket face mask.
  • Perform CPR as a lone rescuer or as a part of a 2-rescuer team.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate procedure and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).

PALS

Upon completion of the PALS certification course you will know how to manage and respond to nearly all cardiopulmonary emergencies. Upon completion of this training you will be able to:

  • Describe the timely recognition and interventions required to prevent respiratory and cardiac arrest in any pediatric patient.
  • Describe the systematic approach to pediatric assessment by using the initial impression, primary and secondary assessments, and diagnostic tests.
  • Describe priorities and specific interventions for infants and children with respiratory and/or circulatory emergencies.
  • Explain the importance of effective team dynamics, including individual roles and responsibilities, during a pediatric resuscitation.
  • Describe the key elements of post-resuscitation management
  • Perform effective high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when appropriate.
  • Perform effective respiratory management within your scope of practice.
  • Select and apply appropriate cardiorespiratory monitoring.
  • Select and administer the appropriate medications and electrical therapies when presented with an arrhythmia scenario.
  • Establish rapid capsular access to administer fluid and medications.
  • Demonstrate effective communications and team dynamics both as a team member and as a team leader.

NRP

Upon completion of the NRP certification course you will know how to manage and respond to nearly all cardiopulmonary emergencies. Upon completion of this training you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of cognitive knowledge of NRP concepts and interventions.
  • Support the goals and purpose of NRP Provider status.
  • Discuss and practice critical components of newborn resuscitation and demonstrate skills in correct sequence according to the NRP flow diagram and optimize neonatal outcome.
  • Recall and demonstrate NRP knowledge, skills, and teamwork, which may reduce neonatal morbidity and mortality by participating in a hands-on skills evaluation or online skills assessment.

Faculty

Dr. Christopher J. Bosche, MD, FACEP 
Mark Dzwonkiewicz, FP-C, LI 
Jason Haag 
Will B. Hendon 
Judson Smith, MHA, paramedic 
Janet Taylor

Credit Hour Information

EMS

All courses offered by the National ACLS Testing Center are accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) in partnership with Code3 CME.

Program NameCAPCE CodeCredit Hours
ACLS Certification 15-CODE-F3-2060 8 hours
ACLS Recertification 15-CODE-F3-2061 4 hours
BLS Certification 15-CODE-F3-2062 8 hours
BLS Recertification 15-CODE-F3-2063 4 hours
PALS Certification 15-CODE-F3-2064 8 hours
PALS Recertification 15-CODE-F3-2065 4 hours
Neonatal Resuscitation Certification 15-CODE-F3-2066 8 hours
Neonatal Resuscitation Recertification 15-CODE-F3-2067 4 hours
This continuing education activity is approved by Code3 CME LLC, a CAPCE accredited organization.
CAPCE represents only that its accredited programs have met CAPCE’s standards for accreditation. These standards require sound educational offerings determined by a review of its objectives, teaching plan, faculty, and program evaluation processes. CAPCE does not endorse or support the actual teachings, opinions or material content as presented by the speaker(s) and/or sponsoring organization. CAPCE accreditation does not represent that the content conforms to any national, state or local standard or best practice of any nature. No student shall have any cause of action against CAPCE based on the accreditation of the material.

Physicians / Physician Assistants

Credit Designation
The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates a maximum credit amount for each enduring material activity as follows:  

Program NameCredit Hours
ACLS Certification 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
ACLS Recertification 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
BLS Certification 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
BLS Recertification 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
PALS Certification 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
PALS Recertification 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
Neonatal Resuscitation Certification 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
Neonatal Resuscitation Recertification 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and National ACLS Testing Center. The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse Anesthetists

Credit Designation

Program NameCredit HoursCode NumberExpiration Date
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) - Provider Course 8.00 Class A CE Credits 1033980 10/31/2017
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) - Recertification 4.00 Class A CE Credits 1033981 10/31/2017
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) - Provider Course 8.00 Class A CE Credits 1033978 10/31/2017
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) - Recertification 4.00 Class A CE Credits 1033979 10/31/2017
Neonatal Resuscitation Programs (NRP) - Provider Course 8.00 Class A CE Credits 1033982 10/31/2017
Neonatal Resuscitation Programs (NRP) - Recertification 4.00 Class A CE Credits 1033974 10/31/2017

Accreditation Statement

These programs have been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anethetists for Class A CE credits.

Effective May 1, 2013, the AANA does not award CME credits for BLS certification or recertification courses. This change was made in response to a revision by the American Nurses Credentialing Centers (ANCC) with the goal of providing quality educational offerings that provide CRNAs supplemental courses that meet their level of licensure.

Nurses

Credit Designation

Program NameCredit Hours
ACLS Certification 8 hours
ACLS Recertification 4 hours
BLS Certification 4 hours
BLS Recertification 2 hours
PALS Certification 8 hours
PALS Recertification 4 hours
Neonatal Resuscitation Certification 8 hours
Neonatal Resuscitation Recertification 4 hours

Accreditation Statements
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Dentists

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates a maximum credit amount for each enduring material activity, as follows:

Program NameCredit Hours
ACLS Certification 8 ADA credits
ACLS Recertification 4 ADA credits
BLS Certification 4 ADA credits
BLS Recertification 2 ADA credits
PALS Certification 8 ADA credits
PALS Recertification 4 ADA credits
Neonatal Resuscitation Certification 8 ADA credits
Neonatal Resuscitation Recertification 4 ADA credits

This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint providership efforts between Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and ACLS Training Association.

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of the credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Concerns or complaints about a CE Provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/cerp.

Pharmacists

Credit Designation

The Postgraduate Institute of Medicine designates each of the following continuing education activities for the associated number of contact hours through the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Program NameContact HoursUniversal Activity Number
ACLS Certification 8 hours (0.80 CEUs) 809-999-16-215-H01-P
ACLS Recertification 4 hours (0.40 CEUs) 809-999-16-216-H01-P
BLS Certification 4 hours (0.40 CEUs) 809-999-16-217-H01-P
BLS Recertification 2 hours (0.20 CEUs) 809-999-16-218-H01-P
PALS Certification 8 hours (0.80 CEUs) 809-999-16-219-H01-P
PALS Recertification 4 hours (0.40 CEUs) 809-999-16-220-H01-P
Neonatal Resuscitation Certification 8 hours (0.80 CEUs) 809-999-16-221-H01-P
Neonatal Resuscitation Recertification 4 hours (0.40 CEUs) 809-999-16-222-H01-P

Accreditation Statement

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Type of Activity

Knowledge

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest or a commercial interest.

The National ACLS Testing Center faculty—Christopher J. Bosche, Mark Dzwonkiewicz, Jason Haag, Will B. Hendon, Judson Smith, and Janet Taylor—hereby state that they or their spouse/life partner have no financial relationships, relationships to products or devices, or other commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity of any amount during the past 12 months.

The PIM planners and managers—Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, RN, BSN and Jan Schultz, RN, MSN, CHCP—hereby state that they or their spouse/life partner have no financial relationships, relationships to products or devices, or other commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity of any amount during the past 12 months. 

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. 

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Disclaimer

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.