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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 2
Hours: 2 lecture per week (24 total per quarter)
Advisory: Not open to students with credit in RSPT 60B.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Repeatability: Not Repeatable
Formerly: RSPT 60B

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss airway care procedures and demonstrate cardiac life support proficiency.
  • Explain how defibrillators function and their effect on the heart.


Preparation for Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification for health care providers who will be directing or participating in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. Students will practice skills through active participation in simulated cases in order to enhance skills associated with diagnosis and treatment of cardiopulmonary arrest, acute arrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes (ACS).

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Recognize and initiate early management of peri-arrest conditions that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
B. Demonstrate proficiency in providing basic life support (BLS) and the use of an AED device
C. Recognize and manage respiratory arrest
D. Recognize and manage cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including immediate post-cardiac arrest care
E. Recognize and initiate early management of ACS, including appropriate disposition
F. Recognize and initiate early management of stroke, including appropriate disposition
G. Demonstrate effective communication as a member or leader of a resuscitation team and recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance

Course Content

A. Management of peri-arrest and cardiac arrest
1. BLS survey
2. ACLS survey
3. Circulation
4. Airway care
B. BLS and AED
1. Proper hand placement for CPR
2. Prioritizes effective chest compressions
3. Power on AED
4. Follows prompts and attaches electrode pads
5. Analyze rhythm
6. Maintains a safe environment
7. Delivers shock if advised by prompt
C. Respiratory arrest
1. BLS survey
2. ACLS survey
D. Cardiac arrest
1. Normal sinus
2. Sinus bradycardia and sinus tachycardia
3. Ventricular asystole and agonal rhythms
4. Ventricular fibrillation
5. Premature ventricular contraction
6. Pulseless electrical activity
7. Atrial fibrillation and flutter
8. Atrioventricular block
a. First-degree AV block
b. Second-degree AV block
1) Type 1 (Wenckebach)
2) Type 2
c. Third-degree AV block
9. Junctional complexes
a. Premature junctional
b. Junctional escape complexes and rhythms
10. Tachycardia
a. Paroxysmal supraventricular
b. Wide-complex tachycardia of uncertain type
c. Ventricular tachycardia
11. ACLS algorithms for core cases
a. Purpose of algorithms
b. How to use algorithms
12. Participates in a mega code as a member and a team leader
a. Communicates effectively with the team
b. Performs duties according to assigned role
13. Special resuscitation situations
a. Hypothermia
b. Near drowning
c. Electric shock
d. Cardiac arrest associated with pregnancy
e. Toxicological cardiac emergencies
14. ACLS medications
a. Oxygen administration
b. Routes of drug administration
1) IV route
2) IO route
3) ET route
c. Vasopressors
1) Epinephrine
2) Atropine
3) Antiarrhythmic agents
a) Amiodarone
b) Lidocaine
c) Magnesium sulfate
d. Adenosine
15. Defibrillation and cardiac pacing
a. Defibrillators
b. Importance of early defibrillation
c. Standard defibrillators
d. Automated external defibrillation
16. Transcutaneous pacing (TCP)
1. Prehospital management
2. Hospital based management
F. Suspected stroke patient algorithm
1. Cincinnati prehospital stroke scale
2. 8 D's of stroke care
3. Fibrolytic therapy
G. Effective communication and team dynamics
1. Role of the team leader
2. Role of the team member
3. Communication

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

Defibrillator with the computer capability to produce various cardiac rhythms. Airway care equipment. Simulation mannequin and equipment. Computer with online capabilities.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Methods of evaluation may include:
A. Quizzes
B. Final exam
C. ACLS certification exams
D. AHA ACLS scenario based evaluations

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Lecture presentations and classroom discussion using clinical simulation scenarios.
B. In-class Mega code stations with a team leader and other supporting roles.
C. Students will perform hands on demonstrations within group lectures.

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Manual. Dallas, TX: American Heart Association, 2016.


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Each week the student will be assigned reading that correspond to subject matter discussed; reading assignments will be approximately 20-40 pages per week.



Respiratory Technologies and Emergency Medical Technologies