The Basic Life Support (BLS) provider course certification is for healthcare providers at the first responder level and above (e.g., Nurses, Firefighter/EMT/Paramedics, Dental Hygienist, Respiratory Technicians, Physicians, Residents, students within the medical field, etc...). This course is the minimal job required certification by most healthcare employers. This course teaches individual and team dynamics to ensure basic life support in the episode of sudden cardiac arrest and respiratory arrest in all age groups. It is helpful but not required for students to have some prior knowledge of healthcare experience in the emergency setting. For students that have taken the Heart-Code BLS course online through the American Heart website, please specify you are signing up for the skills session only. (UPDATE: As of June 28th, 2016, American Heart Association no longer offers a BLS Renewal course. The BLS Provider course is the correct course to sign up for whether you have a current card or it is your first-time taking the course).
*The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in CPR, BLS, ACLS, and PALS, and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the American Heart Association.*
BASIC LIFE SUPPORT FOR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
ADVANCED CARDIAC LIFE SUPPORT (ACLS)
HEARTSAVER CPR FIRST & AED
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is intended for healthcare providers working in the pediatric emergency setting or in a related medical field who will have contact with pediatric patients (e.g., emergency rooms, urgent care clinics, pediatricians). PALS is a classroom based instructor led course that focuses on the individual and team building approach for pediatric emergencies (e.g., cardiac/respiratory arrest, mega-code, post arrest care, and related pharmacology). The AHA’s PALS Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC .This course also covers several components of Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and each student is expected to have a working knowledge of said courses to complete the class. You must provide a current AHA BLS Provider card in order to take this course. For students that have taken the Heart-Code PALS course online through the American Heart website, please specify you are signing up for the skills session only.
Heartsaver First Aid CPR & AED is the appropriate course for non-medical professionals. This course certification will cover all job requirements that is typically expected of Teachers, Life-guards, Personal trainers, Daycare employees, Etc... The duration of the course can range from 3-4 hours depending on the skill level and amount of practice a student requires. There is an optional written exam and skills check-off if required by your employer. This course will cover basic airway techniques and hands on CPR for adult, child, and infants along with AED and first aid. There are different course options depending on the certification you are seeking. At the end of the course you will have a certification card good for two years from the date of issuance. (see sample pictures to the right). Type your paragraph here.
The Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) provider course certificationis for healthcare providers with experience and advanced training in the medical field of both pre-hospital and in-hospital care (e.g., Paramedics, ICU/PCU/ER Nurses, Respiratory Technicians, Physicians, etc...). This course involves individual and team dynamics for recognizing, managing, and treating patients who are experiencing cardiac, respiratory, and medical emergencies that can lead to sudden arrest. The student will learn the algorithms to treat patients in cardiac and respiratory arrest along with related pharmacology for pre and post-arrest care. This course covers a vast amount of information in a short amount of time. Each student will be expected to perform high-quality BLS as it is a prerequisite to take ACLS. Students are expected to have a prior knowledge of interpreting EKG rhythms and related pharmacology to complete the course. You must provide a current AHA BLS Provider card in order to take this course. For students that have taken the Heart-Code ACLS course online through the American Heart website, please specify you are signing up for the skills session only.
PEDIATRIC ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT (PALS)