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ACLS and PALS classes in Boston?

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by sully75 sully75 (Member) Member

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Hi there,

Looking to switch jobs potentially and don't have time to wait to take ACLS at my current job. I'd like to pay somewhere to take it. Any suggestions for a place to take it in MA, preferably the Boston area? I can pay, of course.

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Hi, you can take the courses at the MNA (massnurse.org) for free if you are a member, and for a fee if you are not a member.

I recently saw an advertisement for online CPR, PALS, and ACLS. I think it was cpr.com.

Also, check with the teaching hospitals like BWH or Mass General.

Hope this helps. I am also in the process of doing the same. If I have any definite results on when and where, I will repost these findings for you. Good luck!

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you can use the american heart association (aha) course finder to locate a community training center.

from this site you can either search your entire state, or limit it to a selected zip code. do not check the "view scheduled classes" box as this will only list posted courses and not training centers. you will be required to select a course from a list on the next page which will then provide you a list training centers offering the selected course.

while acls, bls, and pals are most commonly associated with the aha, there are other organizations that have produced one or both of these programs. i have previously posted some basic information regarding some of these programs in the following links:

acls (514975) - nursing for nurses

pals certification (429242) - nursing for nurses

again, i must emphasize that i know nothing of any of these programs except the aha.

another important point when selecting a course is to ensure that it is based upon the 2010 american heart association guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiac care. while the aha has not yet released all of the updated course material they have been teaching the new material since the 1st of april.

good luck in your future plans.

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sbostonRN specializes in Med/Surg, Rehab.

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I completed my ACLS certification at Mass General today actually. They have courses about once a month. You take the lecture portion over 6-8 hours one day, then the practical and exam portions two weeks later. If you are recertifying you only need to go the second day.

http://www.massgeneral.org/emergencymedicine/education/acls.aspx

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NeoPediRN has 6 years experience and specializes in Pediatrics, ER.

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Go to:

http://www.educational-c3.com/

The instructor is ******** and offers classes in Wakefield, MA, Windham, NH, and Portsmouth, NH. My hospital requires PALS through her company and I've taken it twice there. She's awesome, fast, and really picks your brain.

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DisneybearRN has 1 years experience and specializes in informatics.

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I love CPRWorld in Canton. ****** the instructor rocks!

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I was looking into taking a class at CPRWorld so I'm glad it's getting good reviews. Do they send you material to review/study before the class starts or any exams to take before you arrive? I've never taken ACLS before. Thanks!

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You can have the material sent to you prior to the class, but it's really not necessary. The instructor is excellent and will go over what you need to know and the test contents. You will even remember what you need to know after the class. She is very repetitive in what you need to know (the important stuff) and lets you take notes. Good luck!

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Hi Guys! I'm taking an ACLS course at CPR World in a few weeks. Do I need to study a lot beforehand? It's my first time taking ACLS and I'm really nervous!! I'm just a little worried that I'm in over my head eeek

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Hi Lima--I actually take mine tomorrow and Fri so I can update you once I have finished. I've never taken the class before so I have been reviewing the material just to be safe. The instructor didn't say it was neccesary but I figured I would just in case. Haven't taken it yet though so maybe someone else can help you out. Good luck!!

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lima11 just so you know my ACLS course was a little bit hard and some experianced nurses did not past the course. I read the book about a month in advance and studied all of the algorithims. I memorized them and had no problem passing the course.

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