Basic Life Support (BLS) Courses
Watch the 2015 AHA Heartcode BLS Demo
General Course Information

Course Goal: To provide a wide variety of healthcare providers with the skills to keep people alive until they reach the hospital or can be treated with more advanced measures.

Audience: Healthcare providers (i.e, physicians, nurses, EMTs, respiratory / physical / occupational therapists, PAs), first responders (i.e. police officers and fire fighters), and laypersons who work with the general public (i.e. school workers, fitness center, hotel or restaurant employees). 

Content: Critical concepts of high - quality CPR, AED and choking rescue techniques for adults, children and infants.

Certification: A course completion card is issued upon successful course completion.

Specific Courses

BLS Provider* Initial Course (Classroom - Based Format)

  • "Practice While Watching" skills teaching with Instructor & video in a classroom setting.

  • Skills practice, skills testing, and written exam with Instructor in classroom setting

  • Ideal for learners who prefer group interaction and feedback from an Instructor while learning skills

  • Approximate Course Length: 4 Hours

*Previously the BLS for Healthcare Providers course

BLS Provider* Course (Blended Learning Format)

  • Content taught in three parts.

  • BLS Heartcode Part 1: Case - based skills teaching and written exam completed by student online with printable certificate of completion (Part 1).

  • Skills practice (Part 2) and testing (Part 3) with Instructor in classroom setting.

  • Ideal for learners seeking a schedule – friendly alternative to traditional classroom instruction.  Not recommended for students seeking initial certification or renewal of expired certifications. 

*Previously the BLS for Healthcare Providers course

BLS Provider* Renewal Course (Classroom Based Format)

  • ​"Practice While Watching" skills teaching with Instructor & video in a classroom setting.

  • "Refresher" skills practice, skills testing, and written exam with Instructor in classroom setting

  • Ideal for learners who prefer group interaction and feedback from an Instructor while learning skills.  Renewal students must present an unexpired AHA BLS Provider card to sit for the BLS Renewal course. 

*Previously the BLS for Healthcare Providers course

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For full AHA course descriptions, please visit the AHA course matrix online: 

http://cpr.heart.org/idc/groups/ahaecc-public/@private/@wcm/@ecc/documents/downloadable/ucm_494957.pdf