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The Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers Classroom Course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.

Who should take this class?

This course is for healthcare professionals, nursing students, EMT students, and EMS who need to know how to perform CPR, as well as other lifesaving skills, in a wide variety of in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings.

While the CPR training certification for teachers in California is typically valid for two years, there is currently no requirement for teachers to renew their CPR certification when they renew their teaching credentials. However, we highly advise all school teachers to periodically update their CPR certification. Renewing CPR and first aid courses for teachers ensures that they stay current with the latest CPR training guidelines and tips, enabling them to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to offer life-saving assistance whenever necessary.

*Continuing Education (CE) Credits are available for Physical Therapy, RDA, RDH, DDS, and DMD licenses.  This course is approved for 4.0 contact hours.

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.

Course Covers

  • Key changes in basic life support, reflecting the new science from the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care

  • 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*

At the end of the Basic Life Support Course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of high-quality CPR and its impact on survival

  • Describe all of the steps of the Chain of Survival

  • Apply the BLS concepts of the Chain of Survival

  • Recognize the signs of someone needing CPR

  • Perform high-quality CPR for an adult

  • Describe the importance of early use of an automated external defibrillator (AED)

  • Demonstrate the appropriate use of an AED

  • Provide effective breaths by using a barrier device

  • Perform high-quality CPR for a child

  • Perform high-quality CPR for an infant

  • Describe the importance of teams in multirescuer resuscitation

  • Perform as an effective team member during multirescuer CPR

  • Describe the technique for relief of foreign-body airway obstruction for an adult or child

  • Describe the technique for relief of foreign-body airway obstruction for an infant


  • Video based course ensures consistency

  • Instructor led, hands on class format reinforces skills proficiency

  • Student manual comes with new Pocket Reference Card, designed to provide quick emergency information to the rescuer at any time.

  • Updated Science based content

Course Completion Card or Certificate

American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers Course Completion Card is valid for two years.

In the classroom, students participate in simulated clinical scenarios and learning stations. Students work with an AHA BLS Instructor to complete BLS skills practice and skills testing. Students also complete a written exam.

NOTE: SATURDAY students will receive their e-cards on the following Monday by 5pm (following Tuesday by 5pm, if Monday is a holiday).

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