Advanced cardiovascular life support, or ACLS, self-assessment tests are available at Heart.org and UMN.edu. The self-assessment test reviews topics such as heart rhythm identification and proper use of medications, explains the American Heart Association. Students use the self-assessment test to determine their readiness to take the ACLS course.
ACLS classes are intended for health care providers who care for patients experiencing cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiac emergencies, states the American Heart Association. The classes cover basic life support skills, airway management, recognition of cardiac and pulmonary arrest, and management of acute coronary syndrome and stroke. Involving classroom instruction, skills practice and skills testing, the initial class takes around 10 to 12 hours to complete.