Now Offers HeartCode ACLS by the American Heart Association

Leading Provider of Healthcare Certification Adds New ACLS Course to Catalog of Accredited Online Classes for First Responders and Healthcare Professionals

Lincoln, NE, March 09, 2012 --( Health Education Solutions, a leading provider of online certification options for healthcare professionals and first responders, today announced that it has added American Heart Association HeartCode® Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Part 1 to its catalog of online courses.

HeartCode® ACLS by the American Heart Association (AHA) is the official, self-directed, comprehensive e-learning program from the AHA. Health Education Solutions offers Part 1, the cognitive portion of the course. Parts 2 and 3 – skills practice and check – must be completed with an AHA ACLS Instructor or a voice-assisted manikin (VAM) system. Students must complete all three parts in order to receive an AHA ACLS provider course completion card.

“Many healthcare and emergency response employers require their teams to not simply gain ACLS certification, but to specifically earn an AHA ACLS provider card,” said Melissa Marks, president of Health Education Solutions. “HeartCode® ACLS by the American Heart Association enables these busy professionals to conveniently complete the cognitive portion of the course in their own time and at their own pace.”

In the online, cognitive portion of the American Heart Association ACLS certification course, students will learn ACLS principles by reviewing 10 realistic patient scenarios that cover the ACLS algorithms, participating in a team dynamics lesson and taking a written exam. Students may incur an additional fee for parts 2 and 3 to complete the HeartCode® ACLS course.

For healthcare professionals and first responders whose employer does not require an AHA card for ACLS, Health Education Solutions offers an ACLS recertification course that can be completed in its entirety online. Click here for ACLS recertification information. Health Education Solutions additionally offers an alternate ACLS certification course, which reflects the 2010 AHA guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emergency cardiovascular care (ECC). For pediatric emergency care professionals, Health Education Solutions offers pediatric advanced life support (PALS) certification and recertification courses. These courses were developed in partnership with medical faculty at Union College in Lincoln, Neb.

Health Education Solutions offers ACLS practice tests and PALS practice tests to help professionals preparing for ACLS and PALS certification courses. The practice tests offer questions similar to those found on the actual certification exam. Free certification and recertification practice quizzes each offer three five-question sample tests. Full certification and recertification practice tests mirroring the actual certification exam, both complete with 50 timed multiple-choice questions, are available for $35. A portion of this fee can be applied to the purchase price of the full certification course.

Practice test-takers are immediately provided with answers to the questions that were incorrectly answered following the test to help them identify the areas that may need more study time and attention prior to the full certification exam.

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About Health Education Solutions
Health Education Solutions (HES) is a leading provider of continuing education solutions for healthcare professionals. HES, a subsidiary of Nelnet Inc. (NYSE: NNI), offers ACLS and PALS courses developed in partnership with medical faculty at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Shannon Fern

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Shannon Fern