Basic Life Support for Prehospital Providers (BLS PHP) is the first of its kind in the AHA’s lifesaving training portfolio, designed specifically to meet the needs of the EMS market.

BLS PHP consists of both online and classroom components, leveraging the “flipping the classroom” trend. A combination of online and in-classroom training improves the learning experience and provides greater flexibility for students and Instructors, while still delivering hands-on instruction that enhances performance and improves outcomes in the field.

While tailored for prehospital providers, this course covers the same objectives as BLS for Healthcare Providers, and successful completion results in a BLS for Healthcare Providers course completion card.

Primary Audience: Prehospital, emergency care professionals including emergency medical technicians (EMTs), police officers, fire fighters, paramedics and advanced EMTs (AEMTs)

Secondary Audience: Athletic trainers, any/all other first responders

  • Course is tailored to providers working in the field. All scenarios are modeled after real-life experiences that they may actually face.
  • High-quality team CPR focus teaches how to conduct a code with teams ranging from 2-6 people.
  • Introduces the concept of post-case debriefing to BLS Instructors.
  • Develops Core Course Segments that provide the opportunity for Medical Directors to tailor the course to local response protocols.

Purchase Options

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Course Content

  • The most current science from the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC
  • 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

Additional Information

Instructor Materials

  • BLS PHP Instructor Supplement (includes Instructor CD)
  • BLS PHP Classroom DVD
  • BLS PHP Instructor Packet (includes Instructor Supplement and CD, classroom DVD and one key to online portion)

Student Materials

BLS for PHP Online Portion (students will receive their key directly from an AHA Training Center after registering for the course)

Students complete the BLS for PHP Online Portion, which presents all cognitive information. Students then attend the in-classroom portion, led by an AHA BLS Instructor. The classroom portion features Instructor-led discussions, debriefing, coaching and support for hand-on skills.

Upon successful completion of all course components, students receive a BLS for Healthcare Providers course completion card, valid for two years.