Lifesaving Certification Requirements

* Residents with a capitol "R" refers to residents and fellows


As stated in the current UW Health Appointment Information for Residents and Fellows in Graduate Medical Education Programs document, appointment is contingent upon:


Certification of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Other Lifesaving Interventions

  1. BLS/CPR: All incoming Residents* are required to show current certification in basic life support or CPR before beginning training at UW Health. Certification must be kept up-to-date throughout training at UW Health.
  2. ACLS/PALS: Those Residents required to be certified in ACLS or PALS must also show current certification or be certified within the first three months at UW Health. Residents required to be certified in ACLS or PALS must keep their ACLS or PALS certification up-to-date throughout their training at UW Health, as well as their BLS/CPR certification.
  3. ATLS/Advanced PALS. Those Residents who must be certified in ATLS or Advanced PALS must achieve certification prior to the rotations or PG level for which it is required and must keep their ATLS or Advanced PALS certification up-to-date throughout their training at UW Health, as well as their BLS/CPR and ACLS/PALS certifications.
  4. Training Fees: Training sessions are held in the hospital throughout the year and are offered at no charge to the Resident. Fees for training obtained outside the UW Health Emergency Education Center program will not be reimbursed.
  5. Residents are released from other responsibilities to attend the training sessions for certification or re-certification.

More Information

  • Currently certified: As a new Resident, upload a PDF of the CPR card to the MedHub new hire portal or submit to  program coordinator.
  • If certification is needed (has lapsed or not previously certified) or re-certification is needed (certification is approaching expiration): As a current Resident, take the appropriate course and submit the card to the program coordinator.

Emergency Educational Center (EEC)


The Emergency Education Center provides the training for the lifesaving courses. EEC location

  • For current lifesaving certification cards, EEC only accepts AHA Healthcare Provider cards and/or Red Cross Professional Rescuer cards.
  • Current Residents: To schedule a certification class, detailed instructions are available on Med Hub/GME Resources/Life Saving
  • New Residents: To schedule any of these courses, check theMedHub new hire portal for the Lifesaving document to review.
    • CPR/BLS Guidelines
      • All residents must be CPR/BLS certified before beginning training. This certification must be kept in compliance throughout entire training at UW Health.
      • Course: This is a four-hour class. Select this course if certification has not expired.
      • Books are available at EEC or can be reviewed on the day of class.

CPR Requirement to Complete ACLS


The Resident must have a current CPR card to obtain ACLS certification. The CPR card must be available to show EEC personnel as proof, in case the Resident is not in the EEC database. If the Resident does not have a current CPR card, EEC will hold the ACLS certification card until CPR is current.


Certification Requirements By Department


View a list of CPR and Other Lifesaving Certification Requirements by Department (pdf)


Class Information