The American Heart Association's Basic Life Support (BLS) course is designed to provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to recognize and respond to life-threatening emergencies, including cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, and choking.
This course covers key concepts such as the importance of high-quality CPR, the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and the recognition and management of respiratory and cardiac emergencies. Students will learn how to assess a patient's condition, provide basic life support interventions, and communicate effectively with other members of the healthcare team.
The BLS course includes both theoretical and practical components, with hands-on training in basic life support techniques, including chest compressions, rescue breathing, and the use of AEDs. The course is taught by certified instructors who are experienced in providing emergency medical care and who follow the latest guidelines and recommendations from the American Heart Association.
Upon completion of the BLS course, students will receive a certification that is valid for two years. This certification is recognized by healthcare facilities and organizations throughout the United States and can be a requirement for certain healthcare professions. Overall, the BLS course is an essential training program for healthcare professionals who need to be prepared to respond to life-threatening emergencies in their daily practice.
Blended Learning (online portion, followed by hands-on skills session) 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.
HeartCode BLS is the AHA’s BLS blended learning delivery method. Blended learning is a combination of eLearning, in which a student completes part of the course in a self-directed manner, followed by a hands-on skills session.
Our course curriculum conforms to American Red Cross, American Heart Association, American Safety and Health Institute, National Safety Council, Emergency Cardiovascular Care, International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation, Department of Transportation and Department of Health guidelines.
The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.