Advanced cardiovascular life support pretests, also called precourse self-assessments, are located on several websites including Heart.org, UMN.edu and ACLSonlinerenewal.com. The pretest evaluates heart rhythm and medication knowledge. It helps individuals determine if they need more preparation before taking an ACLS course, states the American Heart Association.
ACLS classes are intended for health care providers who are directly involved in caring for patients experiencing cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiac emergencies, states the American Heart Association. Some of the skills covered in the course include heart rhythm identification, airway management, and identification and management of respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest, acute coronary syndrome and stroke.