HeartCode® Basic Life Support Part 1 is a Web-based, self-paced instructional program that uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings. In this environment, students apply their knowledge to real-time decision making and skills development. Debriefings and coaching are provided immediately after each simulation to facilitate learning.

After completing the cognitive portion of the course, students practice and test their skills with an AHA Instructor or on a voice-assisted manikin (VAM) system. Upon successful completion of the cognitive and skills tests, students receive a course completion card.

This program is for healthcare professionals seeking an alternative (non-classroom) method for completing an initial or renewal BLS for Healthcare Providers Course.

  • 14 BLS video lessons and two video tutorials
  • Updated science-based content
  • Interactive adult, child and infant cases presented through eSimulation technology
  • Debriefing and corrective actions provided after each simulation case
  • Access to course for 2 years following activation of course key
  • Access to BLS for Healthcare Providers Student Manual and 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
  • Printable BLS for Healthcare Providers Pocket Reference Card

Purchase Options

AHA Training Centers

Use our Find a Course tool to locate an AHA Training Center in your area that offers classroom and skills sessions.

AHA Approved Distributors

Visit one of our Distributors to purchase course materials.

Channing Bete Company

Laerdal Medical Corporation



Purchase and complete eLearning and blended learning courses

Go to OnlineAHA.org to register and complete online courses.

Course Content

  • Key changes in basic life support, reflecting new science from the 2010 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*

Additional Information

Instructor Materials

Instructors should refer to the document, “Training Memo: BLS HCP and Heartsaver eLearning Skills Practice and Testing Requirements 6/1/11.”

This document is posted on the AHA Instructor Network (opens new window) under Courses > HeartCode® BLS Part 1.

Student Materials

90-1404 HeartCode® BLS Part 1 Key

Part 1 can be completed in approximately 1 to 2 hours; time to complete a skills practice and testing session (Parts 2 and 3) varies.

eLearning (online lessons blended with hands-on skills session)

AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers course completion card, valid for two years. To receive a course completion card using this program, students must complete three parts: 

  • HeartCode BLS Part 1. Upon successful completion of the online portion, including the written exam, students receive a Part 1 certificate of completion, which must be presented for parts 2 and 3.
  • Part 2*, a hands-on skills practice session with an AHA BLS Instructor or using a voice-assisted manikin (VAM) system
  • Part 3*, a skills test with an AHA BLS Instructor or using a VAM system
*Parts 2 and 3 should be completed in one “skills practice and testing” session.

The skills practice and skills testing session is sold separately.

Frequently Asked Questions for HeartCode BLS Part 1

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.