Course Description

The Heartsaver Total course from the American Heart Association (AHA) is designed for anyone with little or no medical training who needs first aid and/or CPR training and a course completion card for job, regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other regulatory or licensing requirements. This course is an instructor-led in-person classroom training that features group interaction, hands-on coaching, and feedback from an AHA Instructor.

Course Outline

What does this course teach?

The course covers:

  • Adult CPR and AED use
  • Opioid-associated Life-threatening Emergencies
  • Child CPR and AED Use
  • Infant CPR
  • Choking in an Adult, Child, or Infant

At the end of the Heartsaver Total Course, students will be able to:

  • Describe how high-quality CPR improves survival
  • Explain the concepts of the Chain of Survival
  • Recognize when someone needs CPR
  • Perform high-quality CPR for an adult, child, and infant
  • Describe how to perform CPR with help from other bystanders
  • Give effective breaths by using mouth-to-mouth or a mask for all age groups
  • Use an AED on an adult and child
  • Describe when and how to help a choking adult, child, and infant
  • Describe how to help someone with drug overdose emergencies
  • Describe techniques that help prevent drowning emergencies
  • List the priorities, roles, and responsibilities of first aid responders
  • Describe the key steps in first aid
  • Remove protective gloves (a skill students will demonstrate)
  • Find the problem (a skill students will demonstrate)
  • Describe the assessment and first aid actions for the following life-threatening conditions heart attack, difficulty breathing, choking, severe bleeding, shock, and stroke
  • Use an epinephrine pen (a skill students will demonstrate)
  • Control bleeding and bandaging (a skill students will demonstrate)
  • Recognize elements of common injuries and illnesses
  • Describe risks of smoking and vaping and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle

Learner Outcomes

Who should take this course?

Heartsaver courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared to act in an emergency at work or home. This course is designed for anyone with little or no medical training who needs CPR, first aid training, and a course completion card for job, regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements.

Heartsaver course prepares students for the most common types of first aid emergencies. It equips them with CPR skills for adults, children, and infants. It also allows for flexible delivery, all with the most relevant AHA science and information.

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.


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


Will students need previous knowledge or skills in the subject?

Anyone can take the Heartsaver course. There are no prerequisites.

What do students need to bring to the class?

Students are responsible for purchasing their copy of the Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Workbook. The print or eBook is acceptable. Practice manikins and accessories will be available for the student to use during the class.

ISBN: 978-1-61669-827-0 (print)

978-1-61669-819-5 (digital eBook).

The approximate cost is $2.50 not including any applicable taxes or shipping and handling fees required by the vendor. The workbook can be purchased through any vendors that sell AHA products or through the AHA website at https://shopcpr.heart.org/all-products?aha_product_type=97&associated_course=111&audience=59&language=73

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

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