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Basic Life Support (BLS) Course Options

Basic Life Support (BLS) is available in two different training methods – blended learning and classroom training. All BLS course options teach the same AHA science-based skills and result in the same AHA BLS Course Completion Card.

Is AHA BLS the right course for me?

BLS is geared towards prehospital providers, like EMTs, paramedics, fire fighters, and in-facility hospital providers. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a course completion card, valid for two years. Please contact your employer to ensure that you are selecting the correct course.

For information about BLS Renewals, contact your Training Center.


Compare BLS Course Options

Blended Learning HeartCode® BLS

classroom

Classroom BLS

Format

Blended learning is a combination of eLearning, in which a student completes part of the course in a self-directed manner, followed by a hands-on skills session.

HeartCode BLS Online is the online portion of BLS blended learning that will prepare students for hands-on practice and testing of BLS skills.

Instructor-led, hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency

The BLS Instructor-led course teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both prehospital and in-facility environments, with a focus on High-Quality CPR and team dynamics.

Course Completion

Complete the online portion + hands-on skills session with an AHA Instructor, or with a voice-assisted manikin (VAM) or Simulation Station

Contact an AHA Training Center in your area to sign up for an Instructor-led class

Time

The online portion of HeartCode BLS can be completed in approximately 1 to 2 hours.

Time to complete the hands-on skills session varies from 60 minutes to 90 minutes, depending on the experience of the student.

Full BLS Provider Course takes approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes to complete, including skills practice and skills testing

Completion Card

BLS Provider Course Completion Card, valid for two years

BLS Provider Course Completion Card, valid for two years

Accessibility

HeartCode BLS Online is WCAG 2.1 AA compliant.

Contact your Training Center to inquire about their facility’s accommodations.

CE/CME

Available

Available

FAQ

HeartCode BLS FAQ - 2020 Guidelines

BLS ILT FAQ - 2020 Guidelines

Features

  • The learner has a choice of completing a pre-hospital or in-hospital contextualized track.
  • The course content is presented in the form of self-directed learning content, probes and Cognitive Assessment Activities. It uses a personalized adaptive algorithm that sets learners on the most efficient path to BLS mastery.

  • Emphasis on high-quality CPR, improvement of chest compression fraction, and high-performing team dynamics.
  • Video-based course with real world scenarios that teaches basic life support skills for application in both in-facility and pre-hospital settings.

Student Materials

20-1102 BLS Provider Manual (includes BLS Reference Card, product 20-1132)

OR

20-3102 BLS Provider Manual eBook (includes Digital BLS Reference Card, product 20-3123)

20-1132 BLS Reference Card

20-3123 BLS Digital Reference Card

Instructor Materials

20-1137 BLS Instructor Package with Digital Video

20-1104 BLS Instructor Package with DVD Set

OR

20-3103 BLS Instructor Manual eBook

20-1105 BLS Course DVD Set

20-1414 BLS Course Digital Video

Additional course materials available for Instructors at AHA Instructor Network

20-1137 BLS Instructor Package with Digital Video 

20-1104 BLS Instructor Package with DVD Set

20-1103 BLS Instructor Manual

OR

20-3103 BLS Instructor Manual eBook

20-1105 BLS Course DVD Set

20-1414 BLS Course Digital Video

Additional course materials available for Instructors at AHA Instructor Network

Ready to take a Basic Life Support (BLS) class?

The AHA offers options for how you can purchase BLS. You can take a full classroom course, take a blended learning course (HeartCode BLS + a hands-on skills session training), or purchase additional course materials. Choose from the options below.

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