With the exception of Pediatric residents who will receive PALS information directly from their program, all other incoming housestaff are required to take American Heart Association (AHA) approved BLS & ACLS courses at their own expense and maintain certification throughout their training. Programs that require additional life support certification(s) will directly notify their housestaff.

You must fax/email/mail me front and back copies of your BLS & ACLS certification cards by the May 13th deadline.  Online courses are acceptable, however we will only accept certifications from authorized American Heart Association training centers, so please be careful when selecting your courses. Non-receipt of these certifications will delay your start date!


Below is a link to a local Fresno BLS/ACLS certification site:



Below is a link to AHA approved online courses, please keep in mind that online courses require/include a Hands-On Skills Session to be completed at designated training sites:





To ensure that it’s an AHA approved course, you will need to specifically ask the training center if the card issued upon completion of the course will have an official AHA logo on it (see samples below).