Airway Management is a unique program designed to give students the chance to learn, practice and demonstrate their ability in applying many airway skills used in resuscitation. Students increase their awareness of various airway products and skills required.The course is designed into units, and some are optional, so facilitators can present the units that meet the students’ needs.

The course provides training for:
  • Healthcare providers whose occupation or volunteer activities require airway management skills 
  • Professionals in the field of resuscitation and airway management
  • Skills video demonstrations reinforce proper technique
  • Simple course flow of skills demonstration, skills practice and skills testing
  • The course units cover required topics and offer optional topics based on needs
  • Video includes computer-generated animation
  • Classroom format is ideal for learners who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning skills

Purchase Options

AHA Training Centers

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AHA Approved Distributors

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Channing Bete Company

Laerdal Medical Corporation


Course Content

  • Bag-mask ventilation and airway adjuncts
  • Laryngeal mask airway
  • Esophageal-tracheal combitube
  • Endotracheal tube
  • Impedance threshold devise

Additional Information

80-1465    Airway Management Facilitator Manual

80-1455    Airway Management DVD

AHA Instructor Network (opens new window)

Classroom-based (instructor and video, with skills conducted throughout)

Instruction of all modules requires 5 hours.
Course length can vary depending on needs and the units taught.

Airway Management Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Q: Does the AHA determine the cost for all training courses and the accompanying course materials?

A: Costs for courses and materials are determined by Training Centers or Instructors and may vary. The AHA does not regulate price; however, provides its authorized distributors suggested retail pricing on course materials.

Certificate of Completion. This course does not provide AHA course card certification, but instead is designed solely to enhance students’ airway management skills.

In the classroom, an Airway Management Facilitator conducts video-guided instruction and skill demonstrations, and works with students to complete hands-on skills practice and skills testing.

Airway Management Course, ECC Training Centers:

The Airway Management course is designed to give students the chance to learn, practice and demonstrate their ability in applying many airway skills used in resuscitation.  Students increase their awareness of various airway products and skills required.  The course provides training for healthcare providers whose occupation or volunteer activities require airway management skills, and other professionals in the field of resuscitation and airway management. 

After participating in this activity, participants will be able to:
1. Demonstrate correct bag-mask ventilation
2. Demonstrate proper insertion of a laryngeal mask airway.
3. Demonstrate proper insertion of an esophageal-tracheal tube.
4. Demonstrate proper insertion of an endotracheal tube.
5. Demonstrate proper use of an impedance threshold device (ITD) with bag-mask ventilations and advanced airways.

Primary Audience:
• Physicians
• Physician Assistants
• Nurses
• Nurse Practitioners
• EMTs/Paramedics


• CECBEMS (EMS Practitioners) – November 14, 2014 – November, 2017


Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services
This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), for 4.75 Advanced CEHs, activity number 14-AMHA-F2-0241.

Disclosures for Airway Management Course:
I. Successful completion of this CE activity includes the following:
(1) Complete the classroom-based course, including participation in simulated cases. 
(2) Complete the post-course written test with a score of 70% or higher.
(3) Print the Certificate/Statement of Credit.

II. There is no additional fee for CME/CE credits for this activity. 

Disclosure Statement:
As a sponsor accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), the American Heart Association must ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its individually sponsored or joint sponsored educational activities.

Therefore, all faculty and authors participating in continuing education activities sponsored by the American Heart Association must disclose to the audience: (1) any significant financial relationships with the manufacturer(s) of products from the commercial supporter(s) and/or the manufacturer(s) of products or devices discussed in the activity, and (2) unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed in the activity.  The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent an author with a significant financial or other relationship from contributing but rather to provide participants with information with which they can make their own judgments.  It remains for the participants to determine whether the author’s interests or relationships may influence the content.

I. The following authors/faculty have declared NO financial interest(s) or affiliations:
 Louis Gonzales, NREMT-P
 Michael Lynch, NREMT-P
 Andrea Gabrielli, MD
 Tom Barnes, EdD, RRT, FAARC
Tom Aufderheide, MD
Terry Vanden Hoek, MD
Michael Shuster, MD
Charles Otto, MD
William Montgomery, MD, FAHA
James Robinson, NREMT-P
 Baxter Larmon, PhD, MICP
 Ahamed Idris, MD
Erik Soderberg, MS
Jo Haag, RN, MS
Brian Eigel, PhD

Unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices included in this activity:

Students with Special Needs:
The American Heart Association does not provide advice to Training Centers on ADA requirements or any other laws, rules or regulations.  Training Centers must determine accommodations necessary to comply with applicable laws.  AHA recommends consultation with legal counsel. 

Core curriculum change requests for accessibility purposes must be scientifically based and approved in advance in writing by the AHA ECC Science & Product Development department; otherwise a student must be able to successfully perform all course requirements (skills and written tests as indicated) to receive a course completion card.  Reasonable accommodations may be made, such as placing the manikin on a table at the height necessary for wheelchair-bound individuals. However the skills must be satisfactorily completed during the testing sessions.

Guidelines for accommodating students with special needs or disabilities may be found in the Program Administration Manual.