Can I get ACLS, PAL, and BLS certification before I graduate?

  1. And if so, do any of you have them already? Thanks for any responses.

    Oh, and I meant to say PALS, not PAL, but it wouldn't let me change it!!
    Last edit by Scrubz on Mar 6, '07
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  3. by   caliotter3
    Yes. You take BLS cert first. The other two will be difficult and require study first, but it is doable. You need ability to interpret EKGs before ACLS. Some places require you to take a separate course in EKGs first. It is a very good idea.
  4. by   Scrubz
    Quote from caliotter3
    Yes. You take BLS cert first. The other two will be difficult and require study first, but it is doable. You need ability to interpret EKGs before ACLS. Some places require you to take a separate course in EKGs first. It is a very good idea.
    Thanks for the advice! I've been doing some reading and see that it's highly reccomended that I get BLS certification first, so that's my first step. I plan on working ICU as soon as I graduate, and I just wanted to go ahead and get those certifications out of the way. Plus that stuff is really interesting to me so I'd probably have fun taking the classes! Thanks for the tips!!
  5. by   Lisa CCU RN
    Where do you go to take the classes?
  6. by   caliotter3
    Go to www.americanheart.org. You can find the location of providers of these courses there.
  7. by   Tweety
    Unless you're real good at interpreting arrhythmias you're not going to do well in ACLS and PALS. BLS for sure, (isn't that required for nursing school?), but I would wait until you learn rhythm strips, which will hopefully be part of your ICU classes during your orientation. There's the added bonus they will pay for it and might even teach it.

    Rhythm strips are part of the test in ACLS. It's nice to be ambitious, but there's no harm in waiting. Most places don't require them of new grads.

    opps, I see someone else said the same thing. My point being this is all hard to do while you're taking other classes, and you want to do ACLS and rhythms justice.

    Good luck in whatever you decide.
  8. by   EricJRN
    The other advantage to waiting would be that your employer will likely pay for the classes once you're working, as opposed to paying the fees (usually ~$250 for ACLS or PALS around here) yourself.
  9. by   Scrubz
    Thanks for the advice.
  10. by   ladyinred667
    Quote from Tweety
    BLS for sure, (isn't that required for nursing school?),
    I was going to ask the same. I had to get my BLS before I started the nursing program, and I had to renew it this year or else I wouldn't have been able to continue in clinicals.
  11. by   CT Pixie
    I had to get my BLS before my LPN classes started.
  12. by   Scrubz
    I'm CPR certified, but I don't have BLS certification.
  13. by   emtb2rn
    CPR = BLS. Just make sure it's "CPR for the Healthcare Provider" (aka Pro CPR).

    Getting into an ACLS class without being an EMT-P, RN, PA or MD can be tricky. I was accepted into a course as an EMT-B because the instructors knew me (guess who ran the mega-code :spin: ).
  14. by   West_Coast_Ken
    Quote from scrubz
    and if so, do any of you have them already?
    our nursing program requires bls so of course we all have that. the local hospital offers acls at a reduced rate ($30 for students) so i took that after last semester and it was involved for sure and i don't feel i am competent but it's a process and i am more knowledgeable than if i hadn’t taken the class and understand more of what i need to focus on to get proficient.

    our college offers a pals class (also $30) so i’ll be completing that soon, too.

    i think it’s a good idea to jump in and get all you can depending on your circumstances. for me i have the time and the cost was minimal so i jumped on both acls and pals. i hope this shows “initiative” and all that jazz to a prospective employer when i graduate this may.

    regards,

    ken
    Last edit by West_Coast_Ken on Mar 7, '07 : Reason: typo

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