The Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers classroom course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), use an automated external defibrillator (AED), and clear a blocked airway in a safe, timely, and effective manner.
The initial course requires approximately 4.5 hours to complete, including practice and assessment of learned skills. The renewal course requires approximately 4 hours, including practice and assessment of learned skills. The aforementioned course times are based on a single instructor with 6 students using 2 manikins.
During the class, students participate in simulated clinical scenarios and learning stations. Students work with an American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Instructor to practice BLS skills and assess learned skills. Students are also required to complete a written exam.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will receive an AHA BLS for Healthcare Provider Card that is valid for two years.