I am starting nursing school in the fall. It's an accelerated program and, in an attempt to get ahead of the game, I was thinking about tackling my ACLS certification before classes start. I know ACLS certification really tough to get, especially for someone with a very limited medical background (I've only completed EMT training) but I thought I would give it a shot, anyway. I figure the worst that can happen is I fail, but I'll still learn something.
Here are my questions; does anyone know of specific locations/organizations that offer ACLS certification? The Red Cross does not and, although I have heard the American Heart Association does, I have not been able to find dates online. The only thing I found was a class at HCMC but that conflicts with my schedule.
Also, I have heard that it's really helpful to take EKG class before doing the ACLS. Has anyone done that? If so, where specifically did you go? I can't find EKG classes anywhere online. I've checked community colleges, hospitals, and non-profits but I keep hitting dead ends.