Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

March 11

March 11

March 11

April 8

April 8

April 8

Session 1: 8 to 10 a.m.
Session 2: 10 a.m. to Noon
Session 3: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Davis I Building, Suite 1200
Capacity: 16

In order to provide for social distancing and equipment cleaning, the course format and session times are scheduled for 2 hour blocks and course participants will be assigned a 30 minute increment to attend. One week prior to course you will receive an e-mail with your time slot for your skills check off.

The Davis I Building (PDF) is located next to the Golden 1 Credit Union.
Early registration is recommended (four months in advance). No waiting lists. Italicized class dates are full.
New course format will be coming in June, 2021. Information and dates will be posted soon.

Course description

The AHA HeartCode® blended learning program is a Web-based, self-paced instructional program that uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual health-care settings. In this environment, class participants apply their knowledge to real-time decision making and skills development. This program presents interactive hospital-based cases to teach ACLS knowledge, building on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills and the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. After completing the cognitive portion of the course, students practice and test their skills with an AHA Instructor.

HeartCode ACLS Part 1 is for health-care professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiovascular emergencies.

HeartCode ACLS Part 1 requires prior knowledge that will be applied in using the ACLS treatment algorithms. Unprepared or inexperienced participants may require additional time to complete. To be successful participants should be able to identify ECG rhythms and should know pharmacology specific to cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiopulmonary emergencies before beginning the course.

ACLS certification in 3 easy steps: 

  1. Complete the cognitive Web-based portion
  2. Complete the skills practice and testing session at CPPN with an AHA ACLS Instructor
  3. Receive an official AHA ACLS Provider electronic course completion card (ecard)

This course is for renewal and initial ACLS certification.

Course materials and features of the Heartcode Program

Prior to the course, participants must complete the HeartCode ACLS Part 1 eSimulation module. The HeartCode ACLS Part 1 module will be assigned to course participants 30 days prior to the class date via e-mail from elearning.help@heart.org. Please add this e-mail address to your contact list to ensure you receive this message. UC Davis Health personnel will receive their AHA online module on their UC Davis e-mail account per hospital policy. Features include:

  • Self-paced and accessible 24 hours a day
  • Pre-course self-assessment to gauge students’ knowledge and application of ECG recognition and pharmacology
  • Debriefings and coaching provided immediately after each simulation, with hyperlinks to the referenced section of the ACLS Provider Manual
  • Multiple choice, exam to test cognitive knowledge; program immediately identifies incorrect answers and provides a hyperlink to the appropriate section of the Provider Manual for instant remediation
  • Online access to the Provider Manual
  • Provides access to all information in the course for 2 years following activation of course key


Staff may also access the online provider manual without a login from the campus network. Staff who are off campus may use VPN or Citrix.

Prerequisites and preparation

  • Completion of the pre-test with a passing score of 70%
  • Certificate of completion of the ACLS HeartCode Part 1

When attending the practice and skills testing session, participants must bring their certificate of completion for the HeartCode ACLS to the course. Participants will not be allowed to complete the skills portion without the certificate.

Class attendance

Be courteous and on time. Students are expected to attend and participate in the entire course. Participants will not be allowed to attend the session if they are more than 5 minutes late. Late participants are considered a no show and any deposit or fee will be forfeited.


Wear loose, comfortable clothing or scrubs. You will be practicing skills that require working on your hands, bending, standing, and lifting. If you have physical conditions that might prevent you from participating in the course, please notify us prior to the course. The instructor will work to accommodate your needs within the stated course completion requirements.

C.E. contact hours

Upon successful completion of the online course, participants will receive up to 4.5 contact hours from the AHA.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP 26, for 2.0 contact hours.

Attendees will not receive C.E. credit if they are more than 5 minutes late; no partial credit can be awarded.


Please select a class date above and complete the registration form. If using a credit card, submit the registration form and phone in your credit card number to (916) 734-9790. If paying by check, please print the registration form, attach your check made payable to UC Regents dated for the date of the class, and mail to: 

Center for Professional Practice of Nursing
4900 Broadway, Suite 1630
Sacramento, CA 95820

Registrations are confirmed only if deposit or fee is provided with registration form. Registration includes an online key code for the module, skills practice and test session. Registration deposit/fee is inclusive of the online HeartCode module and skills check session. This is a flat rate and there is no cost breakdown for individual components of the course.

Registration deadline

Registration will close 7 days prior to the course date and all pending registrations requests will be cancelled. Walk-ins on the day of the class will not be accepted.

UC Davis employees

$165 deposit or registration fee.

Employees for whom the training is mandatory, must provide a deposit to confirm their registration. Upon completion of the course, the employee’s deposit will be returned and the appropriate department will be recharged the course fee.

Employees for whom the training is not mandatory, must pay the course fee at the time of registration.

Community registrants

$260 registration fee for community nurse, EMT/P, physician or other health care provider.

Refund policy

Cancellation must be requested fourteen days prior to the class date to receive a full refund. A $50 service fee will be charged after this date. The deposit or registration fee will be forfeited if the online course was accessed and the class is not rescheduled. If the provider cancels the course, a full refund will be provided.


Consistent with UC Davis policy, faculty are expected to disclose:

  1. Any significant financial interests or other relationships with manufacturers of commercial products and/or providers of commercial services discussed in their presentations.
  2. Any "off-label" uses for pharmaceutical and medical device products discussed in their presentations.

The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent speakers with significant financial or other relationships from making presentations, but rather to provide listeners with information on which they can make their own judgments. A complete faculty disclosure statement and acknowledgment of commercial support for this program will be included in the syllabus provided at the activity.

The AHA strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA.  Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

Persons with disabilities

Individuals needing special accommodations may call the Center for Professional Practice of Nursing at (916) 734-9790.


Parking is available in parking lots 14, 16, the staff parking structure and parking structure 3 with a UC Davis parking permit. A daily permit is available for purchase for $6 from the kiosks in lots 14 (2nd Ave. & 45th St.) and 16 (2nd Ave. & Stockton Blvd.).

Course directors

Samuel D. Turnipseed, M.D., professor
Division of Emergency Medicine

David Barnes, M.D., associate professor
Division of Emergency Medicine


Polly Butler, D.T.R.
Health Professions Education Specialist