Course Description

The American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support (BLS) course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations, and provide early use of an AED. Reflects science and education from the American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).

HeartCode BLS is the AHA’s blended learning delivery method for the BLS Course. HeartCode blended learning delivers quality resuscitation education regardless of where providers are located and gives them more control to complete the course at their own pace. Providers first complete the online portion of HeartCode BLS and then complete a hands-on skills session with an AHA BLS Instructor or on a simulation station. Access to the BLS Provider Manual eBook is included with HeartCode BLS. You will be able to access the Provider Manual from within the course.

This course has 2 components: an online portion and an instructor-led classroom portion. You must purchase and complete the online portion first. See AHA Shop CPR website: https://shopcpr.heart.org/heartcode-bls

This sign-up is for the hands-on skills session only. This course includes practice time and testing. Students must come prepared for testing of skills.

Course Outline

What do students need to bring to the class?

Students are responsible for purchasing their AHA BLS Heartcode course and successfully completing before attending this class. Students may bring their electronic device with their digital copy of the 2020 AHA BLS Provider Manual.

Students must bring their certificate of course completion to be admitted to class.

Practice manikins and accessories will be available for the student to use during the class.

Students should wear loose, comfortable clothing. They will be practicing skills that require working on their hands and knees, bending, standing, and lifting

Learner Outcomes

What does this course teach?

This portion of the course demonstrates the BLS skills, allows students to practice hands-on skills, and provides testing. Upon successful completion of skills demonstrations, students receive their AHA BLS eCard.

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of the materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course material, do not represent income to the Association

Remediation for skills competency and/or written tests will be provided immediately following class completion time. If a student is still unable to successfully complete course requirements, after remediation is provided, certification ecard will not be received the day of class and further remediation options will be discussed with ETA Director. Additional costs may apply for remediation classes.


There are no refunds for this course and date changes are only allowable upon appeal with the program director. There are no exceptions.


Who should take this course?

Students who have successfully completed the AHA BLS Heartcode Online Course.

Students do not need to be a healthcare professional to take this course. Anyone can take the BLS course. However, the AHA’s BLS Course is designed for healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings.

Will students need previous knowledge or skills in the subject?

Students must complete the AHA BLS Heartcode online course prior to attending this hands-on session and come prepared for skills testing.

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