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Continuing Education for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
Pharmacy CE
ACPE Accredited Continuing Education for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians

Cracking the Code: An Introduction to Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support – 1 CE

Activity Overview

While basic life support is a requirement for vaccination certification, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) is frequently only taught for those in the hospital setting. However, any healthcare provider can be in a situation where a Code Blue happens and increased understanding of the entire process (beyond basic life support) can significantly enhance a pharmacist’s ability to integrate with the interprofessional team that will care for this patient.

This activity reviews core concepts related to cardiogenic shock management to provide a foundation for more advanced discussion of medications and devices, with particular focus on the role of the pharmacist in managing unique but high-risk mechanical support systems used in this patient population requiring this treatment.

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

1. Formulate a treatment plan for patients with cardiovascular emergencies utilizing the ACLS algorithms
2. Discuss the role of targeted temperature management (TTM) in cardiac arrest
3. Identify the role of the pharmacy professional on an ACLS team

Pharmacy Technician Learning Objectives

1. Familiarize common treatment plans for patients with cardiovascular emergencies
2. Define targeted temperature management in cardiac arrest
3. Identify the role of the pharmacy professional on an ACLS team

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Accreditation Statement

ACPEAchieveCE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

AchieveCE is also accredited by the Florida Board of Pharmacy (provider no. 50-20641). This course is approved by CE Broker, with CE Broker No. 20-912072.

Faculty Information

Andrea Sikora, PharmD, MSCR, BCCCP, FCCMis a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy. She is currently a KL2 Scholar funded by the National Institutes of Health and Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance. She completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and her PGY2 Critical Care Residency at the University of North Carolina Medical Center. Her practice and research interests include optimizing pharmacy practice in critical care, hemodynamics, biomarkers in critical illness, and mentorship.

Financial Support Disclosure

This activity was developed by AchieveCE free of any commercial support.  Andrea Sikora, PharmD, MSCR, BCCCP, FCCM has no actual or potential conflicts of interest to disclose.

Content Complexity

  Level 2. Basic Application of Skills and Concepts

Delivery Type

Home Study Monograph



1.0 Contact Hour


Disease State Management/Drug Therapy

Target Audience

Pharmacy Technician

Activity Type


Universal Activity Number


Pharmacy Technician: 

Activity Release Date

May 2, 2022

Activity Expiration Date

May 2, 2025



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Requirements for Credit

Participants must score a passing grade of 70% or higher on the activity post-test and complete an activity evaluation. There are no time limits and unlimited test-taking attempts. Credits will be reported automatically to CPE Monitor and/or CE Broker if your license information is entered properly in your profile.

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If you are licensed under a board supported by CE Broker, feel free to log into your CE Broker account to view your reported courses or to contact their support staff.

Hardware Requirements

Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Mac OS X 10.1 or higher
iOS 10+, Android 4.3+

Software Requirements

Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
Adobe Acrobat Reader

Network Requirements

Broadband Internet Connection:
T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
4G cellular connection

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