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Blended BLS Heartcode Online with Skills


The AHA has developed HeartCode BLS to meet the recommendations in the 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC.

HeartCode BLS is the online portion of BLS blended learning that will adequately prepare students for hands-on practice and testing of BLS skills..  It 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 will attend a structured, Instructor lead, hands-on session that focuses on meaningful skills practice, debriefing, and skills testing.  HeartCode BLS is for healthcare professionals seeking an alternative method for completing an initial or renewal BLS Course.

    Course Content

  • Adult, child rescue breathing

  •  Adult, child CPR/AED – 1 Rescuer

  •  Adult, child CPR/AED – 2 Rescuers

  •  Adult, child relief of choking

  •  Adult, child bag-mask use

  •  Infant rescue breathing

  •  Infant CPR

  •  Infant relief of choking

  •  Infant bag-mask use


  • Series of online informational modules covering the required adult, child and infant CPR sequences

  • eSimulation

  • Immediate answer feedback

  • Self-paced learning, accessible anytime

  • Offers a range of learning, from basic checkpoint review to more extensive learning through optional sections

  • Available to users for reference up to 24 months after completing


American Heart Association BLS Course Completion Card valid for two years, after completing Parts 1, 2 and 3.

How it works: 
Students complete three parts:

Part 1 – Complete The HeartCode (BLS)  AHA website

Part 2 – Completed at Health Educational Services AHA Training Center

To complete skills practice with a certified AHA BLS Instructor, students must present Part 1 Certificate of Completion to complete Part 2.

Part 3 – Complete a skills test with an AHA BLS Instructor. The skills practice and skills testing session is sold separately or with the online access key.

Click the link below to sign up

*Blended BLS*

HeartCode ACLS with skills 

is a self-directed, comprehensive eLearning program that uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings. To enter the course, students must complete a precourse self-assessment. Students will then be presented with a team dynamics lesson and 10 In-hospital patient cases, including a BLS case and 2 megacode cases.

Upon successful completion of all the patient cases, students must pass the written exam with a score of 84%. Students then are able to attend the hands-on session required for full course completion.

After successfully completing the HeartCode ACLS Course, including the online portion, followed by the hands-on skills session, students should be able to

  • Apply the BLS, Primary, and Secondary Assessments sequence for a systematic evaluation of adult patients

  • Perform prompt, high-quality BLS, including prioritizing early chest compressions and integrating early AED use

  • Recognize and perform early management of respiratory arrest

  • Discuss early recognition and management of ACS and stroke, including appropriate disposition

  • Recognize and perform early management of bradyarrhythmias and tachyarrhythmias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome

  • Recognize and perform early management of cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including immediate post–cardiac arrest care

  • Model effective communication as a member or leader of a high-performance team

  • Evaluate resuscitative efforts during a cardiac arrest through continuous assessment of CPR quality, monitoring the patient’s physiologic response, and delivering real-time feedback to the team

  • Recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance

  • Discuss how the use of a rapid response team or medical emergency team may improve patient outcomes

  • Define systems of care

Additional Information

Course Materials


*Blended ACLS*

Blended PALS with skills

HeartCode® PALS is an online comprehensive eLearning program that uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings. In this environment, students apply their knowledge to real-time decision-making and skills development.

To enter the course, students must complete the PALS Precourse Self-Assessment. Students are then presented with 12 In-hospital patient cases and a team dynamics lesson. Cases may be repeated as many times as necessary to pass. Upon successful completion of all the patient cases, students must pass the multiple-choice exam with a minimum score of 84%.


Students who successfully complete the online portion of the course receive a certificate granting them access to a PALS Hands-on Session with an AHA PALS Instructor or with a voice-assisted manikin (VAM). Students must successfully complete both the online portion and the hands-on session to receive a PALS Provider course completion card.


  • Web-based, self-paced eSimulation instructional program for PALS cognitive training

  • Students apply knowledge to real-time decision-making and skills development

  • Debriefings and coaching are provided immediately after each simulation to facilitate learning

  • Access to the PALS Provider Manual, the 2015 Handbook of ECC, and 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC 

  • Access to all information in course for two years following activation of course. 


Course Content

  • Performing high-quality Child CPR AED and Infant CPR per AHA BLS recommendations

  • Differentiating between patients who do and do not require immediate intervention

  • Recognizing cardiopulmonary arrest early and beginning CPR within 10 seconds

  • Applying team dynamics

  • Differentiating between respiratory distress and failure

  • Performing early interventions for respiratory distress and failure

  • Differentiating between compensated and decompensated (hypotensive) shock

  • Performing early interventions for the treatment of shock

  • Differentiating between unstable and stable patients with arrhythmias

  • Describing clinical characteristics of instability in patients with arrhythmias

  • Implementing post–cardiac arrest management

*Blended PALS*

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