ACLS Certification vs. ACLS Recertification

Posted by Adam Rapp | ACLS

Oct 7, 2019

How to determine whether you need to take an ACLS Certification or ACLS Recertification course.


At the surface, our online ACLS Certification and ACLS Recertification courses are very similar. Both courses cover the same material, and successfully completing each course results in the same thing – becoming ACLS certified. However, there are three primary differences that will factor into which course is right for you.



  

Who it is intended for:

  

The initial ACLS Certification course is built for those who have never completed an ACLS course in the past. Conversely, the ACLS Recertification course is geared for the more experienced ACLS provider who has completed and held an active ACLS certification at some point. Even if that particular certification has expired, one would only need to sign up for the recertification course in order to reactivate their ACLS certification.

 

ACLS Certification vs. Recertification | eMedCert

  

Course format:

  

Both of our ACLS courses are broken down into 14 core sections of interactive training material with a small set of review questions at the end of each section. The biggest difference between our ACLS Certification and ACLS Recertification courses lies in how the course is formatted. The certification course follows a Directed Course Model, while the recertification course follows a self-guided course model. For the ACLS Certification course, this means all of the section review questions must be completed prior to attempting the final exam. For the recertification course, all of content and review questions are readily available, but not required – one can go straight to the final exam if they so choose.

  

Both final exams are composed of multiple choice and true/false questions. The ACLS Certification exam consists of 50 questions, while the ACLS Recertification exam consists of 40 questions. Each require a score of 80% or higher in order to pass the exam. We do not require an on-site skills assessment for either course.

  

CME Hours:

  

Continuing medical education (CME) credits are available with all of our courses. eMedCert is an approved provider of continuing education per the California Board of Registered Nursing and as an approved provider of continuing education through our partnership with the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM), we are able to provide ACCME-accredited AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s), ANCC contact hours, ACPE contact hours, and ADA credit(s).



  

The following CME credits are available upon successfully completing our ACLS Certification or ACLS Recertification courses:

  

Physician Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

ACLS Certification: 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

ACLS Recertification: 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

  

Continuing Nursing Education (ANCC)

ACLS Certification: 8.0 Contact Hours

ACLS Recertification: 4.0 Contact Hours

 

Continuing Nursing Education (ANCC)

ACLS Certification: 8.0 Contact Hours

ACLS Recertification: 4.0 Contact Hours

  

Dental Continuing Education (ADA)

ACLS Certification: 8.0 ADA Credits

ACLS Recertification: 4.0 ADA Credits

      

For more information, feel free to check out our  Continuing Education page.


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