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Basic Life Support (BLS)

Classroom and blended-learning materials are in stock and ready for delivery!

New edition! 2015 GUIDELINESBasic Life Support (BLS) is the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest. This course teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both in-facility and prehospital settings. This course is designed for healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills.

Available languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese

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 its BLS concepts
  • recognize the signs of someone needing CPR
  • perform high-quality CPR on adults, children, and infants
  • describe the importance of early AED use and demonstrate using one
  • provide effective ventilations with a barrier device
  • describe the importance of teams in multirescuer resuscitation and perform as an effective team member during multirescuer CPR
  • describe the technique for relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infants.

Choose from classroom-based and blended-learning formats to expand your reach!

American Heart Association offers the BLS course in either a classroom-based or a blended-learning format, which gives you a complete, flexible training solution.

Classroom-based training is entirely Instructor-led. Students complete the entire course in one video-based classroom session with an Instructor, which covers course content, skills practice, and testing.

  • Hands-on instruction with an American Heart Association Instructor allows students to practice skills and ask questions throughout the course.
  • Students complete their training in a single convenient session.
  • Ideal for students with limited access to technology.
  • Students keep their provider manual for ongoing future reference.

Blended learning combines self-paced online training with an Instructor-led classroom session. Students first learn the course content online using HeartCode BLS. After passing the included online exam, they attend an Instructor-led, video-based classroom portion focused on skills practice, debriefing, team scenarios, discussions of local protocols, and skills testing.

  • The online portion allows students to complete exercises and learn at their own pace.
  • The classroom portion allows time for practice and discussion.
  • Students have access to HeartCode BLS for 24 months after activation, allowing them to revisit simulations and videos after they complete the course.

What products are needed for each format?

What students need for classroom-based training: BLS Provider Manual Print edition 15-1010 $13.25 OR eBook edition 15-3102 $13.25
Classroom-based training consists of a single classroom session of approximately 4 hours
What Instructors need for either training format: BLS Instructor Package 15-1012 $110.00 or purchase Instructor materials separately: BLS Instructor Manual Print edition 15-1009 $36.25 eBook edition 15-3103 $36.25 BLS DVD Set 15-1011 $75.00 
BLS Provider Course Completion Card Package of 24 15-1805 $55.00 
Single eCard 15-3001 $2.20 
BLS Instructor Course Completion Card Package of 24 15-1804 $55.00
*Instructor package includes Provider Manual, Instructor Manual, and DVD set.
What students need for blended learning: HeartCode(R) BLS 15-1400 $28.50
For blended learning, the online portion is self-paced, and length varies. Classroom portion is approximately 1.5 hours.

Now includes in-facility and prehospital tracks in one convenient course!

American Heart Association has combined the content previously included in the separate Healthcare Providers (HCP) and Prehospital Providers (PHP) courses! The new BLS course includes in-facility (hospital, clinic, or other healthcare facility) and prehospital tracks that present scenarios reflecting the different work environments of both types of providers, giving Instructors increased flexibility. To reflect the real-life rescues that participants are most likely to experience, Instructors simply choose one track or move from track to track, depending on the needs of the students in the class.

The in-facility track provides scenarios reflecting the work environment of:

  • physicians
  • nurses
  • respiratory, physical, and occupational therapists
  • physician's assistants
  • residents or fellows
  • medical or nursing students in training
  • aides, medical or nursing assistants, and other allied health personnel.

The prehospital track provides scenarios reflecting the work environment of:

  • paramedics
  • emergency medical technicians
  • police officers
  • firefighters
  • laypeople whose work brings them into contact with members of the public, such as school, fitness center, or hotel and restaurant employees.

All students must pass a written exam and skills test in order to qualify for a BLS Course Completion Card.

Product Selection Made Easier!

We've created a helpful chart to compare the product selections for the former course to those of the new and improved BLS course. As you can see:

  • the new and improved BLS course includes in-facility and prehospital provider tracks, so you no longer need to purchase separate prehospital course materials
  • the new HeartCode BLS combines the content covered in the three 2010 online products in a single product!
Former BLS (2010 Guidelines)
Audience focus: Healthcare Provider (HCP)
Delivery method: Classroom
Students use: BLS HCP Student Manual (item no. 90-1038) or eBook (item no. 90-1038EB)
Instructors use: BLS HCP Instructor Package (item no. 90-1037) or components sold separately
Instructors teach entire course
Time needed to complete: Approx. 4.5 hours
Delivery Method: Online (with skills check)
Students use: BLS HCP Online Part 1 (item no. 90-1403) OR HeartCode(R) BLS Part 1 (item no. 90-1404)
Instructors use: BLS HCP Instructor Package (item no. 90-1037) or components sold separately
Instructors teach skills practice and testing (parts 2 and 3)
Time needed to complete: Online training: self-paced (approx. 1-2 hours); Skills practice and testing: time varied
Audience Focus: Prehospital Provider (PHP)
Delivery Method: Only offered as Blended Learning (Online/Classroom)
Students use: BLS PHP Online Portion (item no. 90-1433)
Instructors use: BLS PHP Instructor Packet (item no. 90-1085) or components sold separately AND BLS HCP Instructor Manual (item no. 90-1036)
Instructors teach classroom portion with skills practice, discussion, and testing.
Time needed to complete: Approx. 4.5 hours total for the online portion (approx. 30-90 min.) plus the classroom portion --
New and Improved BLS! (2015 Guidelines)
Audience focus: Includes in-facility healthcare provider and prehospital provider tracks in the same product!
Delivery method: Classroom
Students use: BLS Provider Manual (item no. 15-1010) or ebook (item no. 15-3102)
Instructors use: BLS Instructor Package (item no. 15-1012) or components sold separately
Instructors teach entire course
Time needed to complete: Approx. 4 hours
Delivery Method: Blended Learning (online/classroom)
Students use: HeartCode(r) BLS (item no. 15-1400)
Instructors use: BLS Instructor Package (item no. 15-1012) or components sold separately
Instructors teach classroom portion with skills practice, scenarios, testing, and more.
Time needed to complete: Online portion: self-paced (approx. 1-2 hours); Classroom session: approx. 1.5 hours

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