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ACLS Algorithms You Need to Know

Mackenzie Thompson

by Mackenzie

Life Saver, NHCPS

posted on Aug 23, 2016 at 3:25 am

YOU CAN’T PASS YOUR ADVANCED CARDIAC LIFE SUPPORT (ACLS) without studying and memorizing the ACLS algorithms first. ACLS algorithms were designed to help medical professionals working with adult patients best understand how to implement ACLS protocols into practice during emergencies. Having a strong background in algorithm memorization will ensure certification exam success!

Below are listed ACLS algorithms to study for your ACLSacls algorithms you need to know nhcps certification exam:

  • Adult Suspected Stroke Algorithm
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Adult Tachycardia With Pulse
  • Adult Bradycardia With Pulse
  • Adult Immediate Post-Cardiac Arrest Care
  • Adult Cardiac Arrest

Studying for the ACLS exam, like studying for any test, can be a demanding task. Our tips?

  • Study only one or two algorithms per day
  • Teach others what you have learned
  • Redraw and rewrite the algorithms on another sheet of paper
  • Take regular study breaks after 45 minutes of continual studying
  • Study in different spots such as your desk, a library or coffee shop
  • Take ACLS practice exams every day you study
  • Study in a group

Everyone learns differently, so experiment with different tactics. Test yourself and see which study techniques work best for you. Below, we’ve listed the algorithms straight from our own online ACLS course:


ACLS Algorithms You Should Know


Adult Suspected Stroke AlgorithmAcute Coronary Syndrome

Adult Coronary Syndrome Algorithm


Adult Suspected Stroke Algorithm

Adult Tachycardia with Pulse

Adult Tachycardia With Pulse


Adult Bradycardia with Pulse


Adult Bradycardia With Pulse

Adult Immediate Post-Cardiac Arrest CareAdult Immediate Post-Cardiac Arrest Care

Adult Cardiac Arrest

Other resources to help you pass your ACLS certification exam:


About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is a lover of world travel, photography, design, style and Chinese cooking. She is passionate about working towards a purpose, recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Media and Marketing, and is currently residing in Manhattan.

Contact Mackenzie at [email protected]


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