As described by the American Heart Association: The American Heart Association’s Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support course is totally redesigned for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the resuscitation of a patient, whether in or out of hospital. Through the ACLS course, providers will enhance their skills in the treatment of the adult victim of a cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies. ACLS emphasizes the importance of basic life support CPR to patient survival; the integration of effective basic life support with advanced cardiovascular life support interventions; and the importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation.

ACLS is based on simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active, hands-on participation through learning stations where students will practice essential skills individually, as part of a team, and as team leader. Realistic simulations reinforce the following key concepts: proficiency in basic life support care; recognizing and initiating early management of pre-arrest conditions; managing cardiac arrest; identifying and treating ischemic chest pain and acute coronary syndromes; recognizing other life-threatening clinical situations (such as stroke) and providing initial care; ACLS algorithms; and effective resuscitation team dynamics.

Course Requirements: Course registrations close 10 days before the course’s scheduled start day.

Grand Rapids Course Schedule: This course is offered at the American Red Cross building: 1050 Fuller Ave NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503 in room L4.
May 19, 2017: 9AM – 6PM
May 26, 2017: 9AM – 6PM
June 16, 2017: 9AM – 6PM
August 25, 2017: 9AM – 6PM
September 22, 2017: 9AM – 6PM
November 17, 2017: 9AM – 6PM
December 8, 2017: 9AM – 6PM


Course Fee:

  • ACLS – Refresher $175

Class size limited to 18 participants

Do you also need to renew BLS Provider certification? Save time and money and renew it while you’re here for ACLS!

Here’s how:

  1. Visit
  2. Select “Courses”
  3. Select “HeartCode BLS”
    (The cost of the online course is $28.50 and takes approximately 3 hours to complete.)
  4. Bring your certificate of completion to your ACLS class. Your instructor will conduct a skills evaluation. Life EMS charges $35 for the skills evaluation when completed the same day as an ACLS class.
  5. Once your practical skills evaluation is complete, we will provide your BLS card the same day!




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I understand that I am responsible for payment of ambulance services. The annual $39 membership fee for Life Care Plus limits my out-of-pocket cost related to ambulance transports covered by insurance ($59 membership fee for those without insurance coverage) for medically necessary ground ambulance transportation provided by Life EMS.

I understand that my membership is effective upon receipt of full payment and signed membership contract, and coverage is through April 30th of the year following my sign-up.

I understand that Life Care Plus is not insurance and that Life Care Plus will bill for payments from my insurer or third party agency, (e.g. Medicare, BCBS, etc.) including any supplemental or complementary insurance. If the insurance company sends me a check for services rendered by LIFE EMS AMBULANCE, I agree to promptly forward that check to LIFE EMS AMBULANCE. I hereby authorize payment directly to LIFE EMS for ambulance services otherwise payable to me. I authorize any holder of medical or other information about me, to release to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), its agents, other insurance carriers, or LIFE EMS, any information needed to determine these benefits in the past, now or in the future.

I understand that Life Care Plus Membership Services are restricted to “medically necessary ambulance service”, defined as the specific need for ambulance service transportation to and from a hospital within the LIFE EMS service area in Kent, Ottawa, Kalamazoo, Newaygo, Lake, Ionia/Belding, Mason, Allegan counties, Georgetown/Hudsonville/Jamestown areas and NE Van Buren County (specific coverage area description available from the LIFE EMS business office), where use of alternate forms of transportation (wheelchair van, private car, taxi) would be medically inappropriate given the patient’s condition. LIFE EMS may require physician certification of the medical necessity of ambulance transport. I understand this membership can be terminated by LIFE EMS if it has evidence of abuse of this program. Ambulance transport to such places as a physician’s office is not covered.

I understand that if long-distance, non-emergency ambulance services are required outside the LIFE EMS service area, additional fees may be charged to me by LIFE EMS.

Wheelchair/Mobility Transportation and other services are available at special “member only” discounted rates. Please contact the business office for details.

The Life Care Plus program covers those residing in your household. A “household” is defined as self and spouse, or single parent, their children under the age of 21 years living at the same address, or a single individual household. I UNDERSTAND THAT I MUST USE THE SERVICES OF LIFE EMS AMBULANCE IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS.

I understand that my initial membership payment covers the time period from the date on which Life EMS receives my signed contract and my full payment, and continues until April 30 of the year following my sign-up. Membership fees are not refundable, even if I attempt to terminate during a term.

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