ACLS Programs Offered at the Clinical Simulation Centre

The Heart and Stroke Foundation Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) course is the required certification for anyone working in areas such as an emergency department, intensive care unit, or cardiac care unit.

The two day ACLS course covers the treatment of: acute coronary syndromes, stroke and TIA, tachycardia, bradycardia, and the cardiac arrest protocols for V-fib/V-tach, PEA, and asystole. There are also one day refresher certification courses offered on the second day of each full two day course. These sessions are normally offered every spring and fall. The Queen's ACLS instructors are emergency medicine resident physicians, advanced care paramedics, and emergency or cardiac care nurses.

This course offers a unique opportunity to learn the techniques of ACLS in an outstanding simulation lab facility and from instructors who have tremendous experience providing advanced cardiac life support.

A current Heart and Stroke BLS certification is a mandatory prerequisite for this course, as mandated by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The CSC will be running a two and a half hour Heart and Stroke BLS recertification course prior to all ACLS and PALS courses. Please check our courses page to register (cost $70 including manual).

There is also a 1 day ACLS re-certification course offered on the 2nd day.

ACLS certification is valid for 2 years.

Upcoming courses:


Yet to be scheduled.


If you wish to contact someone concerning these sessions, please contact Myrna Horton at myrna.horton@queensu.ca