If you’re debating between an offline classroom ACLS course and an online certification program, there are various factors to consider before registering for one or the other. Some professionals are looking for an intensive hands-on training experience with a course that moves at a swift pace, while others are seeking a more leisurely program that better fits their busy work lives.
Online courses can take more time than classroom classes, but the intense pace of offline classes can be overwhelming for many first-time certifiers. Web-based courses allow trainees to learn at their own pace. Medical employees who are seeking renewal for their current ACLS certification usually choose the online option because they can spend more time on the content they have difficulty with and skip over the information they already know by heart.
The best way to make a decision between an offline class and an online course is to think about which learning style works best for you and weigh the advantages and disadvantages of both methods. Here is a list of some advantages and disadvantages of taking an ACLS classroom-based course:
Cost: There are different prices for both online and classroom courses, but local classes usually cost more because the medical equipment and trained instructor must be paid for. Online courses can be a more economical option, plus authentic online organizations also offer money-back guarantees if you’re not satisfied (offline classes are usually non-refundable).
Time Commitment: Some offline courses can take up to 16 hours to finish. Depending on the individual’s previous experience, an online course can easily take less than 10 hours to complete
Interaction with a qualified instructor: AHA classes are given by trained ACLS instructors who can offer personal one-on-one attention to trainees. They provide professional instruction to help you get through the AHA material.
AHA Accreditation: Most local training classes are endorsed by the American Heart Association, and medical employers may also reimburse your expenses for these intensive 2-day classes. In contrast, it is more difficult to find a legitimate online source providing official, AHA approved certification.
Realistic training and application: Professionals may get to use real AEDs, ECGs, and other advanced medical equipment to practice their new skills. They can also work on patient dummies to simulate real clinical scenarios.
Practice with team dynamics: Trainees are able to practice the different team roles highlighted in ACLS training with their peers and instructor. Classroom courses allow professionals to become familiar with different team roles in an interactive group setting.