ACLS Certification or Recertification Information

ACLS certification is good for two years. If you are taking this course for the first time you also will need to complete a BLS (Basic life support) course along with the ACLS course. A resident can utilize money from their education fund to be reimbursed for ACLS certification. A resident must turn in their receipt to the residency program coordinator or Sue Raschka within 50 days of purchase to receive reimbursement.

You have several ways to complete your ACLS certification process:

For ACLS provider certification you need to take an AHA ACLS Recognition/Renewal Class (whichever is appropriate for your situation) or do the AHA HeartCode ACLS online program. Froedtert Health only recognizes provider cards from American Heart Association (AHA) ACLS programs.

Froedtert Hospital courses:

  • For new/expired providers, the Recognition Course is one full day and one half day of instruction and practice.
  • For current/unexpired providers, the Renewal Course is one full, 8-hour day.

Written and Mega Code skills testing are done at the end of the class. You will receive your provider card after passing both. Cost of the class for non-Froedtert staff (including MCW) is $250. Please contact if you would like to be enrolled in a class, and the registration form will be sent to you.

AHA HeartCode ACLS online program:
The online program is done at your pace on your own time (estimated to take 9-11 hours to complete), prior to attending the Mega Code sessions in person. If you choose to do the online option, there are 3 parts to the program.

Part 1: Online portion. The online program itself is purchased on your own through AHA at a current cost of $110.00. Print your completion certificate and bring a copy with you to your practice and testing session. There cannot be more 60 days between the completion date of Part 1 and completing Parts 2 and 3.

Parts 2 & 3: Mega Code practice and testing session (these are completed on the same day). Mega Code sessions last approximately 3 hours at a cost of $225.00, payable by cash or check payable to “Froedtert Hospital.”

Upon successful completion of the above listed parts, you will receive your Provider Card. If you would like to schedule a date to complete Parts 2 and 3, please contact

You can access the online program (search for item 90-1405) from any of the following sites:

Channing Bete

If you have any further questions, please contact

At the VA:
You may take the ACLS course at the VAMC if you will be supervising the CODE-4 Team during your rotation at VAMC. There is no fee for interns and residents who are renewing their ACLS certification. This course is available to trainees whose ACLS certification has not lapsed or expired. For those trainees who do not have active ACLS certification, the fee is $250 for full certification. Each course is open to four residents at a time, and the resident must be credentialed by and rotating at the VAMC. Current BLS certification is required prior to attending the ACLS class at VAMC. For more information or to register for a course, contact Rosemary Stetzer at or call her at (414) 384-2000, ext. 41868.

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