Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED Online Part 1 is a Web-based, self-directed course. The course teaches students critical skills and knowledge needed to respond to and manage a first aid or sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives. Content includes how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies, as well as perform CPR and use an AED.

This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in first aid, CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory or other requirements.

  • Can be completed at work, home or wherever Internet access is available
  • Can be used for initial or renewal training
  • Includes interactive exercises and videos
  • Certificate of completion available to print when Part 1 has been sucessfully completed
  • Includes online access to the Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Student Workbook
  • Students have access to all information in the online course for 24 months following activation of their course key

Purchase Options

AHA Training Centers

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Purchase and complete eLearning and blended learning courses

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

Course Content

  • Key changes reflecting the new science from the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
  • First aid basics
  • Medical emergencies
  • Injury emergencies
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Adult CPR and AED use
  • Optional modules in child CPR and AED use and infant CPR
  • Optional written test

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 > Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Online.

Student Materials

90-1401  Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Online Part 1

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

Successful completion of the Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Online Course includes three (3) parts:

  • Part 1 online; can be completed in approximately 11/2 -2 1/2 hours
  • Parts 2 and 3, hands-on skills practice and testing session with an authorized AHA Instructor. 

Time to complete skills practice and testing sessions vary.

Heartsaver Online FAQ

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.

Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED Online Course
TERMINATION DATE:  March 31, 2016

Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED Online is a 2.5 hour online, self-directed course that uses interactive lessons and videos to teach you comprehensive First Aid, CPR, and AED knowledge.  This program is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs an AHA course completion card. 

After participating in this activity, participants will be able to:
1. List the priorities, roles and responsibilities of the first aid rescuer.
2. Describe the key steps in first aid.
3. Remove protective gloves. (Skill you will demonstrate)
4. Find the problem. (Skill you will demonstrate)
5. Describe the assessment and first aid actions for the following life-threatening conditions: heart attack, difficulty breathing, choking, severe bleeding, shock, and stroke.
6. Use an epinephrine pen. (Skill you will demonstrate)
7. Control bleeding and bandaging. (Skills you will demonstrate)
8. Recognize elements of common injuries.
9. Recognize elements of common illnesses.
10. Describe how to find information on preventing illness and injury.
11. Recognize the legal questions that apply to first aid rescuers.
12. Describe how high-quality CPR improves survival.
13. Explain the concepts of the chain of survival.
14. Recognize when someone needs CPR.
15. Perform high-quality CPR for an adult.
16. Perform as a team member during multi-rescuer CPR.
17. Give effective breaths using mouth-to-mouth or a mask for all age groups.
18. Demonstrate how to use an AED on an adult.
19. Perform high-quality CPR for a child.
20. Demonstrate how to use an AED on a child.
21. Perform high-quality CPR for an infant.
22. Demonstrate how to use an AED on an infant.
23. Describe when and how to help a choking adult or child.
24. Demonstrate how to help a choking infant.

Primary Audience:
• General audience
• Industry professionals (i.e. occupational health, safety engineers, non-healthcare professionals

• IACET (General Audience) – March 20, 2013 – March 31, 2016


Continuing Education Accreditation – General Audience
The American Heart Association has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102; (703) 506-3275. In obtaining this approval, the American Heart Association has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider accreditation status, the American Heart Association is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The American Heart Association is authorized by IACET to offer 0.3 CEUs for this program.

Disclosures for Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED Online:
I. Successful completion of this CE activity includes the following:
(1) Complete the online program. 
(2) Complete the online course test with a score of 84% or higher (optional).
(3) Complete the Course Evaluation form.
(4) Print the certificate of completion.

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