BLS (Basic Life Support)
American Heart Association BLS Certification
The AHA BLS (Basic Life Support) Provider course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations, and provide early use of an AED (automated external defibrillator).
The following topics are covered:
- High-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
- The AHA Chain of Survival, specifically the BLS components
- 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/children, and infants
- Special considerations
This Basic Life Support class is also available as a blended learning course (online BLS training followed by an in-person Skills Session). Click here for American Heart Association HeartCode BLS Blended Learning.
Healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings, including but not limited to physicians, dentists, nurses, EMTs, paramedics, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, physician assistants (PAs), dental assistants, medical students, nursing students, residents, fellows, medical trainees, aides, medical assistants, nursing assistants, police officers, and security officers.