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Basic Life Support (BLS) - CPR Courses

Courses Covered Below

BLS Instructor Led (CPR)

BLS Renewal (Instructor led)

BLS HeartCode (CPR)

BLS Accelerated HeartCode (CPR) 

BLS Instructor Led (CPR)

Instructor-Led Training: This is an in-classroom course taking approximately 4 hours. Students are required to have a BLS Provider Manual. Recommended for anyone wanting BLS training, especially those taking BLS for the first time.

In this four hour BLS course, participants are trained to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations, and provide early use of an AED. In the Instructor-led course, students participate in simulated clinical scenarios and learning stations. Students work with an AHA BLS Instructor to complete BLS skills practice and skills testing. Students also complete a written exam.

Features • Updated science and education from the new 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC  • Instructor-led, hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency  • Emphasis on high-quality CPR including a team dynamics classroom activity  • Video-based course with real world scenarios

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BLS Renewal (Instructor led)

This is an in-classroom, Instructor-led, course lasting approximately 2.75 hours. Students are required to take an online Pre-course Assessment. This renewal is recommended for experienced BLS Providers who have a current BLS Provider certification and need a renewal. It is not offered to first time Providers.

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BLS HeartCode (CPR)

HeartCode® BLS is a blended-learning course, i.e. an online part followed by an in-classroom part. Each part takes approximately 1.5 hours per student. Recommended for healthcare providers who have a current BLS Provider certification needing renewal and desire an alternative to the BLS Renewal Course. Not recommended for first time Providers.

HeartCode BLS uses a variety of eLearning assets such as dramatizations, eSimulations, animations, self-directed learning, and interactive activities to teach students BLS knowledge and skills.

After completing the online portion, students attend a structured BLS Hands-On Session with an AHA Instructor. This session focuses on meaningful skills practice, debriefing, team scenarios, discussions of local protocols, and skills testing. Where available, students may also complete the hands-on session with a voice-assisted mannequin (VAM).

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HeartCode BLS is for healthcare professionals seeking an alternative method for completing an initial or renewal BLS Course.

  • Updated science and education reflecting the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC
  • Includes in-facility and prehospital tracks; student chooses his/her track before starting the HeartCode BLS Online Portion
  • Enhanced learning experience through eSimulations, life-like animations, video scenarios, and knowledge checks
  • Accessible version available for students with hearing, vision, and/or motor impairments on OnlineAHA.org only.

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BLS Accelerated HeartCode (CPR)

Accelerated HeartCode BLS Competency Agenda recognizes that many students who complete the online portion of HeartCode BLS blended learning come to the skills performance session with some level of competency. The American Heart Association has created an accelerated agenda for students who believe they can demonstrate mastery of the skills associated with high-quality CPR. This competency-focused agenda is called the Accelerated HeartCode BLS Competency Agenda; it allows a learner to demonstrate competency and thus potentially shorten the time required to complete the instructor-led hands-on portion of HeartCode BLS.

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