American Heart Association (AHA) Courses
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, multirescuer resuscitations, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner. This course is intended for medical care providers: EMT’s, paramedics, nurses, doctors, dental assistants, and 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 the most widely accepted course 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 – 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 a Heartsaver CPR class.
The 2016 version of BLS course combines the 2011 version of BLS for Inhospital Providers with the 2014 version of Prehospital Providers, into one course, with the same BLS Provider certification (good for 2-years) 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. All AHA Heartsaver courses provide certification for 2 years (except BloodBorne Pathogens – only a 1-year certification per OSHA rules). The target group would include fitness center staff, day care providers, teachers, personal trainers, coaches, employees in most workplaces, caregivers, church staff, etc.
Information on AHA online courses.
Both the BLS for Healthcare Providers course and all Heartsaver courses 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 to 1 3/4 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 skills session for $35 anywhere (your place), almost anytime, or for $25 prior to one of our scheduled classes.
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Q. What about 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, so we will provide you a “during class” book. Generally, the First Aid courses have content to look up/refer to in class, and the CPR, BLS. and 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 $15-18, and not carry home a book. For this reason, we’ve decided to make available the course books during your class, optional to purchase for $15.00. 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). A “new in 2014” item – AHA has “eBooks” available for their courses ($13.25 for BLS for Healthcare CPR, and $13.95 for Heartsaver), obtain your ebook from https://ebooks.heart.org/ .
We can 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 for either organization.
All CPR/AED and First Aid courses are two-year certification courses, except Bloodborne Pathogen, which is one-year certification (that’s a nationwide OSHA requirement).
American Heart Association
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”.