ACLS & BLS Information

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) Information

Certification in ACLS and BLS are required for graduation.  BLS and ACLS classes for medical students will be provided by the UNMC Center for Continuing Education.

How do I sign up?
Most classes will be group assigned by the ESO:
• Incoming M1 students - classes scheduled the first week of class
• Rising M3 students - classes scheduled just before J-Term

M4 students (ACLS) will need to contact the EMS dept in the Center for Continuing Education (

For individual class needs:
Contact the EMS dept in the Center for Continuing Education (

What are the costs?
The College of Medicine will pay for 1 initial BLS class; 1 BLS recertification class, and 1 ACLS class for each medical student. Students contacting CCE directly will be required to give a current credit card number when they register for class. This credit card will only be charged if the student is not authorized to take a class, does not attend the scheduled class, does not return the manual, or if the material returned is damaged. Students who borrow a manual must return the manual to the instructor in its original condition at the conclusion of the class. Damaged/lost books or CDs will incur an additional charge.

What happens if I cancel?
Group scheduled classes cannot be cancelled.
Individually scheduled classes: Cancellations after class has started will not be accepted, and the student’s credit card will be billed. Bonafide cancellations may be called in 10 days prior to the start of class.

What if I take the class at somewhere other than the COM designated vendor?
If a student wishes to take BLS or ALS using a different vendor, they may do so, but it will be at the student's own expense. The COM does not reimburse students for classes at other vendors.