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Blended Learning Updated to Reflect the 2015 CPR & ECC GuidelinesHeartCode BLS uses a variety of eLearning assets such as dramatizations, eSimulations, animations, self-directed learning, and interactive activities to teach students BLS knowledge and skills.

After completing the online portion, students attend a structured BLS Hands-On Session with an AHA Instructor. This session focuses on meaningful skills practice, debriefing, team scenarios, discussions of local protocols, and skills testing. Where available, students may also complete the hands-on session with a voice-assisted manikin (VAM).

HeartCode BLS is for healthcare professionals seeking an alternative method for completing an initial or renewal BLS Course.

  • Updated science and education reflecting the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC
  • Includes in-facility and prehospital tracks; student chooses his/her track before starting the HeartCode BLS Online Portion
  • Enhanced learning experience through eSimulations, life-like animations, video scenarios, and knowledge checks
  • Accessible version available for students with hearing, vision, and/or motor impairments on only.

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



Go to to register and complete online courses.

Course Content

  • New science and education from the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC
  • The components of high-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
  • The AHA Chain of Survival for prehospital and in-facility providers
  • Important early use of an AED
  • Effective ventilations using a barrier device
  • Importance of teams in multirescuer resuscitation and performance as an effective team member during multirescuer CPR
  • Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infants

Additional Information

Instructor Materials

  • 15-1012 BLS Instructor Package, includes:
    • BLS Instructor Manual
    • BLS Provider Manual
    • BLS Course DVD Set
  • 15-1009 BLS Instructor Manual (includes Lesson Plans and the BLS Instructor CD)
  • 15-3103 BLS Instructor Manual eBook
  • 15-1011 BLS Course DVD Set

Additional course materials available for Instructors at AHA Instructor Network (opens new window)

Student Materials

  • 15-1400 HeartCode BLS
  • 15-1421 HeartCode BLS (Accessible version available for students with hearing, vision, and/or motor impairments on only.)

  • Blended Learning (online portion, followed by hands-on session)
  • The online portion of HeartCode BLS can be completed in approximately 1 to 2 hours. Time to complete the hands-on session varies from 2 hours, 45 minutes, to 70 minutes, depending on the experience of the student.

AHA BLS Provider Course Completion Card; valid for two years.