Advanced Life Support (ALS) protocols

Learn proactive responses for acute arrhythmias, cardiac arrest (including post-cardiac arrest care), acute coronary syndromes and acute stroke.


Advanced life support assessment

Build on BLS skills to provide further life support treatment in emergencies.

Critical thinking & problem solving

Working with a team in emergency scenarios is critical. Learn how to do so productively.

Electrical interventionss

Work with electrical intervention technology and understand when it’s needed.

In-person psychomotor skills practice

Learn to build muscle memory to be able to physically act effectively in emergencies.

Pharmacologic knowledge

Learn which pharmaceuticals to give in emergencies and how to care for patients treated with them.

Respiratory emergencies

Build on the necessary actions to take in emergency scenarios when someone cannot breathe.

Rhythm interpretation

Learn how to determine what treatment is needed based on the patient’s cardiac rhythm.



Through HealthStream, the program can be delivered in an online format with skills verified on an hStream-compatible high-fidelity manikin, a blended approach of online education and in-person skills verification, or a fully live format led by an instructor.

Prerequisite for enrollment is proficiency in BLS skills.


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What’s the difference between ALS vs. BLS?

Basic Life Support (BLS) is the foundational base of resuscitation training for healthcare professionals including nurses, physicians, EMS professionals, and other healthcare and public safety personnel.

The Advanced Life Support (ALS) program further concentrates on the skills learned in BLS. ALS classes train healthcare providers to care for adult patients who are experiencing life-threatening emergencies such as cardiac arrest, acute coronary syndrome or stroke.

What’s the difference between ALS vs. ACLS?

Advanced Life Support (ALS) is often used interchangeably with the term Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS). Advanced Life Support is the name of the ILCOR taskforce that produces Consensus on Science with Treatment Recommendations in this subject area. Red Cross ALS goes beyond a cardiac focus.