American Heart Association (AHA) Courses
For Healthcare Providers
AHA 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, provide CPR, use an AED, multi-rescuer resuscitations, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner. Our AHA BLS courses are intended for medical care providers: EMT’s, paramedics, nurses, doctors, dental assistants, and also medical/dental/nursing students.
This AHA BLS course is the most common CPR certification, and AHA BLS has become the “gold standard” in CPR courses for medical clinicians, and is by far are the most widely accepted courses by nursing schools, hospitals, dentist offices, medical clinics, and treatment providers. We’re not saying non-medical people can’t successfully take and complete this course – since many have taken it and done well. It’s more complete than the AHA Heartsaver course, and you’re tested on use of BVM, and 2-rescuer /team rescue CPR, which is not taught in our Heartsaver CPR courses. Our course schedule.
The 2016 version of AHA BLS course combines the 2011 version of BLS for Inhospital Providers course with the 2014 version of Prehospital Providers, into one course, with the same AHA BLS Provider certification (good for 2-years) card, and we offer “end-of-class” cert. card!
AHA Heartsaver courses teaches CPR, use of AED, and relief of choking (all ages) in every course.
There are options for Adult CPR and AED, First Aid only, Adult First Aid/CPR/AED, or Child/ Infant CPR/AED, or Adult/Child/Infant CPR & AED. This grouping of courses is designed for lay responders, or non-medical professionals. Every AHA Heartsaver course provides certification for 2 years (except BloodBorne Pathogen course – which is only a 1-year certification per OSHA rules). The target group would include fitness center staff, day care providers, teachers, personal trainers, coaches, and also employees in most workplaces, caregivers, church staff, etc. Our Heartsaver course schedule.
Nursing or medical students, EMT students, dental clinic staff, etc. – should take the AHA BLS for Healthcare Provider course and not the Heartsaver course. (and only an AHA BLS course, most others, including Red Cross BLS, are not accepted).
Information on AHA online courses.
Both the AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers course and each AHA Heartsaver course can be taken on your home computer, usually for $25 to $30. To receive certification, you must follow (within 60 days) with a hands-on skills practice and skills check with manikins and an AHA instructor. This is official AHA training, with official AHA BLS Provider or AHA Heartsaver cert. card. It is a little faster than a classroom class. It takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours for the AHA online course and 40 min. or so for skills practice and skills test. You register and access the AHA online courses at onlineAHA.org. We can do AHA BLS skills session for $45 anywhere (your place), almost anytime, or for $30 prior to one of our scheduled classes.
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Q. What about AHA books in your classes? Do I need a book, do I have to buy a book?
Lengthy answer, but, generally all 3 major emergency response training organizations (oh, that’s American Heart Assn., American Red Cross, and National Safety Council) require you to have a book available during any of their in-person training courses. We will have a loaner book for you in class, or a new book for purchase, if you choose to purchase one. Generally, the BLS Provider course and First Aid course has content to look up/refer to in class, and the CPR.AED courses do not.
If you complete an online class, from any of them, the online content is available to you, so you do not need any book. We’ve found that most students prefer to save $15-19, and not carry home a book. For this reason, we’ve decided to make available the AHA course books during your class, optional to purchase for $17.00 (except $19 for 1st Aid/CPR). You can also purchase AHA books (before a class or afterwards) from either of the 3 AHA-approved distributors (for $13.25-$15.95 plus shipping), namely Channing-Bete, Laerdal, or Worldpoint). AHA has “eBooks” available for all of their courses ($13.25 for BLS for Healthcare CPR, and $13.95 for Heartsaver), obtain your ebook from https://ebooks.heart.org/ .
All of our published, or public courses are official American Heart Association courses, with same-day certification! However, for a private business, on request, we can also also teach/certify the American Red Cross lay responder courses, and National Safety Council courses for emergency response, including BloodBorne Pathogens for General Industry, and BloodBorne Pathogens for Tattoo Artists.
We can also do the hands-on (with manikins) CPR skill checks (also called Blended Training) for either organization.
All CPR/AED and First Aid courses are two-year certification course, except Bloodborne Pathogen, which is one-year certification course (because that’s a nationwide OSHA requirement).
Again, the weekly, public courses shown on our schedule, are all official American Heart Assn. courses.
AHA Disclosure: “Use of AHA materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the Association”.