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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 BLS

Format

Blended Learning (online portion, followed by hands-on skills session) HeartCode 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.

HeartCode BLS is the AHA’s BLS blended learning delivery method. 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.

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 2 hours, depending on the experience of the student.

Full BLS Provider Course takes approximately 4.5 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing

BLS Renewal Course takes approximately 3 hours to complete, including skills practice and testing

*Course time based on 1 instructor: 6 students: 2 manikins

Completion Card

BLS Provider Course Completion Card, valid for two years

BLS Provider Course Completion Card, valid for two years

Accessibility

Accessible version available for students with hearing, vision, and/or motor impairments on ShopCPR.Heart.org.

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

CE/CME

Available – See FAQs for Details

Available – See FAQs for Details

FAQ

BLS ILT FAQ

Features

  • 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

  • Emphasis on high-quality CPR including a team dynamics classroom activity
  • Video-based course with real world scenarios

Student Materials

15-1010 BLS Provider Manual (includes BLS Reference Card)

OR

15-3102 BLS Provider Manual eBook (includes Digital BLS Reference Card)

Instructor Materials

15-1077 BLS Instructor Package with Renewal

15-1009 BLS Instructor Manual (includes Lesson Plans and the BLS Instructor CD)

OR

15-3103 BLS Instructor Manual eBook

15-1011 BLS Course DVD Set

15-1078 BLS Renewal Course DVD

15-1079 BLS Course DVD 3-Disc Set with Renewal

15-1414 BLS HeartCode Streaming Video

Additional course materials available for Instructors at AHA Instructor Network

15-1077 BLS Instructor Package with Renewal

15-1009 BLS Instructor Manual (includes Lesson Plans and the BLS Instructor CD)

OR

15-3103 BLS Instructor Manual eBook

15-1011 BLS Course DVD Set

15-1078 BLS Renewal Course DVD

15-1079 BLS Course DVD 3-Disc Set with Renewal

15-1414 BLS HeartCode Streaming 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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