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Basic Life Support


Course Description 


The Basic Life Support (BLS)* teaches skills using the American Heart Association’s proven Practice-While-Watching technique, which allows Instructors to observe students, provide feedback and guide students’ acquisition of skills.  With their student manual for the course, students receive the new Pocket Reference Card, designed to provide quick emergency information to the rescuer at any time. 


Successful completion requires the student pass both a written and skills evaluation. Students receive the BLS for Healthcare Providers course completion card good for 2 years.


Please Note:  The American Heart Association no longer designates initial versus renewal for BLS courses.  All courses are taught in the same time frame and course content.



Course Covers

  • Critical concepts of high-quality CPR

  • The American Heart Association Chain of Survival

  • 1-Rescuer CPR and AED for adult, child and infant

  • 2-Rescuer CPR and AED for adult, child and infant

  • Differences between adult, child and infant rescue techniques

  • Bag-mask techniques for adult, child and infant

  • Rescue breathing for adult, child and infant

  • Relief of choking for adult, child and infant,

  • CPR with an advanced airway

Course Format

  • Instructor led or BLS classroom training deliver both the cognitive portion of training and the psychomotor component of thorough skills practice and testing in a classroom setting.

  • Blended Learning - HeartCode® BLS Includes a combination of eLearning, in which a student completes part of the course in a self-directed manner online, followed by a hands-on session.  Click here for more information on Blended learning.

  • BLS Skills check off- this course is for those have already purchased and completed the AHA online BLS HeartCode.  The online certificate must be printed and presented to the instructor upon arrival at the classroom for skills check off.


Intended Audience

This course is designed for healthcare providers such as EMS personnel, physician assistants, doctors, dentists, nurses, and respiratory therapists who must have a credential (card) documenting successful completion of a CPR course.

If blended training is preferred, the classroom portion can be taken online with skills validation done by individual appointment. Click here to learn more about our blended learning (hyperlink to blended learning) option.

BLS classroom and blended learning courses can also be offered at your location for your staff or at our classroom by appointment.










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Initial BLS

Skills only BLS

American Heart Association BLS CPR

American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers Course Completion Card is valid for two years.  In the classroom, students engage in simulated clinical scenarios and learning stations. Students work with an American Heart Association BLS Instructor to complete BLS skills practice and skills testing. Students also complete a written exam.

* (Previously known as BLS for Healthcare Providers)

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