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Can I get an accredited ACLS and BLS online?

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I am interested in obtaining these 2 certifications. Does anyone know if a trustworthy website that offers these certificates after taking online exams and courses?

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akulahawkRN has 3 years experience as a ADN, RN, EMT-P and works as a Emergency Department RN.

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While you can probably get the academics out of the way online, you should still do the skills portion in person. Certainly for ACLS (first time taking it) you should take the class in person. BLS is BLS, for the most part, so if you've already gotten the certificate in the past, you shouldn't have much trouble taking the classroom portion online and do the skills at a testing center. I really can't stress enough taking ACLS in person the first time. I've had it something like 3 or 4 times now... it's kind of a merit-badge course for me by now, but the first time you take it, it's a little intimidating.

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NursingBro has 5 years experience.

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While you can probably get the academics out of the way online, you should still do the skills portion in person. Certainly for ACLS (first time taking it) you should take the class in person. BLS is BLS, for the most part, so if you've already gotten the certificate in the past, you shouldn't have much trouble taking the classroom portion online and do the skills at a testing center. I really can't stress enough taking ACLS in person the first time. I've had it something like 3 or 4 times now... it's kind of a merit-badge course for me by now, but the first time you take it, it's a little intimidating.

Thanks I am actually going to to part 1 online at OnlineAHA.org - Medical Online Training | American Heart Association and I have to do part 2 and 3 locally by a certified ACLS aha instructor. I just emailed a local instructor with more info.

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I wouldn't recommend taking these online. Most employers want these to be American Heart Association certifications. Most AHA certifications have a test to pass and also a hands on skills portion. This demonstrates that you can be competent in following the protocols.

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akulahawkRN has 3 years experience as a ADN, RN, EMT-P and works as a Emergency Department RN.

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The link is to the AHA. They have an online version of those two courses where you take the academics online and do the rest in person with an instructor. The card you're given if you pass is identical to the card you'd get if you took the course in person. That being said, I would highly recommend at least doing ACLS in person the first time.

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The link is to the AHA. They have an online version of those two courses where you take the academics online and do the rest in person with an instructor. The card you're given if you pass is identical to the card you'd get if you took the course in person. That being said, I would highly recommend at least doing ACLS in person the first time.

I will! Thanks for the recommendation.

Now about IV Therapy. Do you know if I should get this online and do you know any websites? I found this one:

IV Therapy Certification | NAPNES

But when I am about to checkout it mentions this:


  • STEP 1 - NAPNES 3 Year Registration $100 ($50 for Military/Veterans)
  • STEP 2 - NAPNES Certification Course Payment $295
  • STEP 3 - Course Registration

Wow that is too much money for me :nailbiting:. Hopefully someone can lead me to a cheaper alternative.

I am a new LVN but later in the future after I am an RN with a BSN I plan to get into the emergency room or any type of work that involves non stop intensive care.

I just want to be well prepared and I want to learn as much as possible.

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If you can, I'd advise you take a PEARS course prior to the PALS course. It's a nice introduction to Peds in crisis. I am ACLS/PALS/PEARS/BLS and IV certified. Certainly makes you more marketable. Contact your BON for accepted IV courses available.

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