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Basic Life Support (BLS) – AHA

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 of the steps of the Chain of Survival and apply the BLS concepts 
Recognize the signs of someone needing CPR
Perform high-quality CPR for an adult, child, and infant 
Describe the importance of early use and demonstrate the appropriate use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) 
Provide effective ventilation using a barrier device 
Describe the importance of teams in multirescuer resuscitation 
Perform as an effective team member during multirescuer CPR 
Describe the technique for relief of foreignbody airway obstruction for an adult, child, or infant
  • The AHA’s BLS Course is designed for healthcare providers caring for patients both in prehospital, and in-facility environments.
  • Prehospital: First responders including EMTs, paramedics, fire fighters, and police officers 
  • In-facility: Providers who work in a hospital, clinic, or other healthcare facility (i.e., dentist office, skilled nursing, and assistedliving facilities)
  • Blended Learning (online portion, followed by hands-on session)
  • The online portion of HeartCode BLS can be completed in approximately 1 to 2 hours.
    Time to complete the hands-on session varies from 2 hours, 45 minutes, to 70 minutes,
    depending on the experience of the student.

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