The Shelden Clinical Simulation Center offers two course options for ACLS for health care provider certifications.

ACLS Instructor-Led Training

ACLS is an advanced, Instructor-led classroom course that highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac arrest care. It also covers airway management and related pharmacology. In this course, skills are taught in large, group sessions and small, group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.

ACLS is designed to cover these concepts:

  • Proficiency and basic life support care
  • Recognizing and initiating early management of peri-arrest conditions
  • Identifying and treating ischemic chest pain and acute coronary syndromes
  • Recognizing other life-threatening clinical situations (such as stroke) and providing initial care
  • ACLS algorithms
  • Effective resuscitation team dynamics

Course Length: 11 hours and 45 minutes (two days)
Certification: 2 years
Fee: $350
Includes: ACLS Student Manual, high-fidelity education, one-way valve for class use and certification card.

HeartCode ACLS Blended Learning

HeartCode ACLS is the AHA’s blended learning delivery method for the AHA’s ACLS Course. Blended learning is a combination of eLearning, in which a student completes part of the course in a self-directed manner, followed by a hands-on session.

HeartCode ACLS is a self-directed, comprehensive eLearning program that uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual health care settings. To enter the course, students must complete a precourse self-assessment. Students will then be presented with a team dynamics lesson and 10 In-hospital patient cases, including a BLS case and 2 megacode cases. The cases may be repeated as many times as necessary to pass. Upon successful completion of all the patient cases, students will take a multiple choice exam and must pass with a minimum score of 84%.

This program is completed in three steps: the online cognitive program, skills practice and skills testing.

Step 1: Online Cognitive Program

  • You will be assigned a course by by University of Missouri
  • Course: HeartCode ACLS Blended Learning
  • Assigned to: (Learner Name)

Within the email there will be a link that will automatically enroll in your course. If you do not already have an account set up on, you will be asked to register prior to beginning your course.

  • Complete the program you have purchased. You do not have to do it all at one time. You may log out and log back in.
  • Print your completion certificate located at the end of your online program.
  • Once you have completed the Online Cognitive Program, you have 60 days to complete your skills test or the online portion becomes null and void. Please plan ahead so that you may complete this AHA requirement.
  • Bring the completion certificate with you to your skills check date. You must turn this in or your skills will not be checked at your appointment.

Step 2: Skills Practice

Upon completing your online course contact the Shelden Clinical Simulation Center by calling 573-884-0277 and making your appointment. You will then complete steps 2 and 3. This will take about 30 to 45 minutes of your time.

Step 3: Skills Testing

Following your skills practice session an instructor will observe your performance. They will be accessing for proper skills and technique during the testing scenario.

* For additional information, please contact the Shelden Simulation Center at

  • Course length: 4 - 6 hours of online training and 60 - 90 minutes of hands on training.
  • Certification: 2 years
  • Fee: $350