Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers
The BLS for Healthcare Providers course is designed to provide a wide variety of certified or noncertified, licensed or nonlicensed, healthcare professionals with the skills to keep people alive until they can be brought to a hospital or be treated with more advanced lifesaving measures.
The BLS course covers:
- adult and pediatric CPR
- two-rescuer scenarios and use of the bag-valve mask
- foreign-body airway obstruction (conscious and unconscious)
- automated external defibrillation (includes child AED update)
- special resuscitation situations
- other cardiopulmonary emergencies
- stroke and cardiac arrest
BLS training is intended for certified or noncertified, licensed or nonlicensed, healthcare professionals, including:
- emergency medical technicians
- respiratory, physical, and occupational therapists
- physician’s assistants
- residents or fellows
- medical or nursing students in training
- aides, medical or nursing assistants, and other allied health personnel
In addition, BLS training can be appropriate for first responders, such as police officers and firefighters, as well as for laypeople whose work brings them into contact with members of the public, such as school, fitness center, or hotel and restaurant employees.
Students must pass a written exam and skills test in order to qualify for a BLS for Healthcare Provider Course Completion Card.
Course length is approximately 4.5 hours. Part 1 (cognitive portion) can be taken in an instructor-led training session or on a self-directed basis as an online eLearning course. Students then practice their skills (Part 2) and are tested (Part 3) with a certified American Heart Association BLS instructor.
The Basic Life Support (BLS) for Prehospital Providers course covers the same objectives as BLS for Healthcare Providers, but is specifically designed to meet the needs of the EMS market. Consisting of both online and classroom components, this course leverages the “flipping the classroom” educational trend by exposing students to course material online before entering the classroom, and using class time for discussion and practice.
This course covers:
- critical concepts of high-quality CPR
- the American Heart Association Chain of Survival
- 1- and 2-rescuer CPR and AED for adult, child, and infant
- differences between adult, child, and infant rescue techniques
- bag-mask techniques for adult, child, and infant
- rescue breathing for adult, child, and infant
- relief of choking for adult, child, and infant
- CPR with an advanced airway
- high-performance teams.
This course is intended for prehospital, emergency-care professionals who have previously received training in BLS and CPR, including:
- emergency medical technicians (EMTs)
- advanced EMTs
- police officers
Students must complete the online portion, including passing the online exam with a score of 84% or higher, before attending the classroom portion. Successful completion of all sections results in a BLS for Healthcare Providers course completion card.
Course length is approximately 4.5 hours total for the self-paced online portion (approximately 30-90 minutes) plus the classroom portion.