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Classroom Updated to reflect Guidelines 2015 CPR & ECC100% classroom training means students are with an AHA Instructor for their entire learning experience.

Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED
is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrives. Skills covered in this course include first aid; choking relief in adults, children, and infants; and what to do for sudden cardiac arrest in adults, children, and infants.

This course teaches skills with the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback, and guide the students’ learning of skills.

  • Video-based course ensures consistency 
  • Instructor-led, hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency
  • Course is updated with the new science from the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care

Purchase Options

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AHA Approved Distributors

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Channing Bete Company Inc.

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Course Content

  • First aid basics
  • Medical emergencies
  • Injury emergencies
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Preventing illness and injury
  • Adult CPR and AED use
  • Opioid-associated life-threatening emergencies
  • Child CPR and AED use
  • Infant CPR
  • Optional modules in child CPR and AED use and infant CPR
  • Optional exam

Additional Information

After successfully completing this course, students should be able to

  • List the priorities, roles, and responsibilities of first aid rescuers
  • Describe the key steps in first aid
  • Remove protective gloves
  • Find the problem
  • Describe the assessment and first aid actions for the following life-threatening conditions: heart attack, difficulty breathing, choking, severe bleeding, shock, and stroke
  • Describe when and how to help a choking adult or child
  • Demonstrate how to help a choking infant
  • Use an epinephrine pen
  • Control bleeding and bandaging
  • Recognize elements of common injuries
  • Recognize elements of common illnesses
  • Describe how to find information on preventing illness and injury
  • Recognize the legal questions that apply to first aid rescuers
  • Describe how high-quality CPR improves survival
  • Explain the concepts of the Chain of Survival
  • Recognize when someone needs CPR
  • Perform high-quality CPR for an adult
  • Describe how to perform CPR with help from others
  • Give effective breaths using mouth-to-mouth or a mask for all age groups
  • Demonstrate how to use an AED on an adult
  • Perform high-quality CPR for a child*
  • Demonstrate how to use an AED on a child*
  • Perform high-quality CPR for an infant*
  • Describe when and how to help a choking adult or child
  • Demonstrate how to help a choking infant*
*Child and infant modules are optional.

CE/CME credits are not offered for this course.

Instructor Materials

  • 15-1023 Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Instructor Manual with Lesson Plans and Instructor CD
  • 15-1019 Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED DVD Set
AHA Instructor Network (opens new window)

Student Materials

  • 15-1018 Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Student Workbook with
- Heartsaver First Aid Quick Reference Guide*
- Heartsaver CPR AED Adult Reminder Card
- Heartsaver CPR AED Child & Infant Reminder Card

* 15-1022 Heartsaver First Aid Quick Reference Guide also sold separately

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

Upon completion of this course, students receive an American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED course completion card that is valid for 2 years.

During the course, an AHA Instructor conducts video-based lessons and works with students to complete their first aid, CPR and AED skills practice and testing.

Changes: February 21, 2017
Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Quick Reference Guide (PDF opens new window)
Print ISBN 978-1-61669-423-4, AHA Product Number 15-1022
Digital ISBN 978-1-61669-515-6, AHA Product Number 15-3118 

Changes: February 21, 2017

Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED DVD Set (PDF opens new window)
ISBN 978-1-61669-431-9, AHA Product Number 15-1019

Instructor Updates
Changes: April 2016
Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Instructor Manual (PDF opens new window 4/16)
Print ISBN 978-1-61669-430-2, AHA Product Number 15-1023
eBook ISBN 978-1-61669-511-8, AHA Product Number 15-3114

Student Updates
Changes: October 24, 2016
Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Student Workbook (PDF opens new window 10/24/16)
Print ISBN 978-1-61669-424-1, AHA Product Number 15-1018
eBook ISBN 978-1-61669-514-9, AHA Product Number 15-3117