I, too, am looking for and ACLS class in the area. I am also in an accelerated BSN program graduating this winter. Within my program I have already gone through critical care, theory and full simulation, lead by a woman who basically writes the ACLS book (if you will, but she kinda does). The class was amazing and she taught the ACLS program, condensed and appropriate for our level. Other classmates have gone to become certified, mainly because they work as EMTs or somewhere that it benefitted them immediately.
Anyway, I agree partly with the other posts. There is no way I could have started an ACLS program before school...it would have been so far over my head as I hadn't learned even the basics of pharm, protocols, pathophysiology, communication, push rates, injections, reading EKGs, ect...I'm looking into it now, because I feel I have the foundation, the basics, of the course under my belt and I'd like to have that edge on my resume when I graduate soon. Best of luck to you! As nurses, or soon to be nurses, we have to gather the information that is present and make the best decision. I'll be checking out the local classes...perhaps I'll see you there!