What Will You Become?
Iowa Western Community College

Cardiac Training

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

The American Heart Association's Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support course is totally redesigned for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the resuscitation of a patient, whether in or out of hospital. Through the ACLS course, providers will enhance their skills in the treatment of the adult victim of a cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies. ACLS emphasizes the importance of basic life support CPR to patient survival; the integration of effective basic life support with advanced cardiovascular life support interventions; and the importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation. ACLS is based on simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active, hands-on participation through learning stations where students will practice essential skills individually, as part of a team, and as team leader. Realistic simulations reinforce the following key concepts: proficiency in basic life support care; recognizing and initiating early management of peri-arrest conditions; managing cardiac arrest; identifying and treating ischemic chest pain and acute coronary syndromes; recognizing other life-threatening clinical situations (such as stroke) and providing initial care; ACLS algorithms; and effective resuscitation team dynamics.

These courses are offered in a traditional face-to-face format at least twice a year as well as a convenient online format offered at any time. The online format allows the student to participate in an interactive web-based course, including the course videos, lectures and practice labs and assessments. Once the online portion (Part A) is complete we will schedule a time to meet one-on-one with an authorized instructor for hands-on practice (Part B) and the skills demonstration (Part C). The online course is recommended for those who are re-certifying or familiar with the material.

Open to EMS Providers, RNs, PAs, and Physicians. 16 CEHs

Face-to-face Classes

There are no classes scheduled at this time please check back later.

Online Classes

Call (712) 325-3255 or email ce@iwcc.edu to easily set up your online course!

Advanced Cardiac Life Support for the Experienced Provider (ACLS-EP)

The ACLS Experienced Provider Course is for seasoned ACLS providers who wish to renew their provider status. This course provides a stimulus for clinicians and scientists to identify areas in resuscitation that deal with special circumstances. Very interactive and effective in exploring the difficult patient encounters and treatment modalities.

This course is suitable for providers who are re-certifying their ACLS certification. A valid BLS and ACLS card are required. 9 CEHs

Airway Management

The American Heart Association Airway Management Course is a new and unique program specifically designed to give students the opportunity to learn, practice and demonstrate many airway skills used in resuscitation. Healthcare providers whose occupation or volunteer activities require airway management skills, in addition to professionals in the field of resuscitation and airway management such as scientists, educators, researchers, and manufacturers of medical devices may find the course beneficial. The learning model for this course includes video-guided instruction, skills practice, and testing.

EKG Recognition and Pharmacology 

Specifically designed to address a key knowledge gap in Electrocardiogram (EKG) and Pharmacology, the American Heart Association's Adult EKG and Pharmacology Course is a new program focused on specific EKG recognition skills and drug treatment knowledge. This is a pre-course option for ACLS students and other healthcare providers, and is also for ACLS students who need to improve after the ACLS pre-course self-assessment test.

The course is divided into two modules one for EKG and one for Pharmacology which can be taught together or separately, depending on the need. Skills taught in the EKG module include heart anatomy, basic electrophysiology, normal EKG measurements and basic arrhythmias. The Pharmacology module covers basic ACLS drugs and usage; drugs, doses and routes of administration during cardiovascular emergencies; and integrating basic drug pharmacology into ACLS algorithms.

Open to EMS Providers, RNs, PAs, and Physicians.


This 8 hours course is specifically designed to prepare the student for American Heart Association's Advanced Cardiac life Support course. The focus is on ECG rhythm interpretation based on understanding the basic anatomy and function of the heart, electrophysiology, understanding normal ECG measurements and identifying basic arrhythmias. ECG interpretation will be incorporated with treatment, pharmacology, and ACSL algorithms, based on current AHA Guidelines for ACLS. This course is normally scheduled for 2 evening sessions (4 hours each).

Open to EMS Providers, RNs, PAs, and Physicians.

Pediatric ECG Recognition

Learn™ Rhythm Pediatric is a self-directed learning program designed for the general healthcare provider who needs basic ECG rhythm recognition skills, in addition to PALS students who do poorly on the PALS Pre-course SELF-assessment or want to review basic rhythm recognition skills. 

Open to EMS Providers, RNs, PAs, and Physicians.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the normal cardiac cycle
  • Identify correct electrode placement
  • Illustrate how to quickly estimate pediatric heart rates
  • Describe the characteristics of normal sinus mechanism
  • Describe an arrhythmia and how to identify an arrhythmia
  • Identify the core cardiac arrest rhythms
  • Identify ventricular arrhythmias
  • Identify non-shockable cardiac arrhythmias
  • Identify peri-arrest arrhythmias
  • Identify premature contractions
  • Review and correctly identify cardiac arrhythmias appropriately

Call (712) 325-3255 or email ce@iwcc.edu to easily set up your online course!