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BLS Certification Classes

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After successfully completing the BLS Course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the importance of high-quality CPR and its impact on survival
  • Describe all the steps of the Chain of Survival
  • Apply the BLS concepts of the Chain of Survival
  • Recognize the signs of someone needing CPR
  • Perform high-quality CPR for an adult, child, and infant.
  • Describe the importance of early use of an automated external defibrillator (AED)
  • Demonstrate the appropriate use of an AED
  • Provide effective ventilation using a barrier device
  • Describe the importance of teams in multi-rescuer resuscitation
  • Perform as an effective team member during multi-rescuer CPR
  • Describe the technique for relief of foreign-body airway obstruction for an adult, child, and infant.

Students now have the option to complete the class online or in a classroom setting.

The AHA’s BLS Course is designed for 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. 

BLS certifications are now sent to your email at the end of class and are valid for 2 years. You can view, print or share your certification anytime from your private account.

2 Ways to Complete BLS Certification Classes

Online BLS Classes

Online CPR Classes

In summary, blended online learning is a combination of eLearning, in which a student completes part of the course in a self-directed manner online, followed by a hands-on session. The hands-on session is completed in person with an AHA Instructor.
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In-Person BLS Classes

100% Classroom Training

In brief, 100% classroom training means students are with an AHA instructor for their entire learning experience. These classroom courses are great for students who learn best in a classroom environment with other students. These courses are taught by AHA Instructors, who administer both the cognitive portion of the course and hands on skills practice and testing.
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Frequently Asked Questions

In this case, the acronym BLS means Basic Life Support.

Basically, you must attend a BLS classroom training course or an online blended course.

Yes. First, you must successfully complete the American Heart Association Heartcode BLS online portion. Then, you must attend a skills session with an American Heart Association instructor.

Typically, a BLS certification class does not cover first aid training. Therefore, you would need to complete the first aid training separately.

You will receive your BLS certification once you complete the skills session or classroom training.

Because BLS skills can be easily forgotten, you must renew your BLS Certification every 2 years.

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