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Basic Life Support (BLS)

Basic Life Support (BLS) is the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest. This course teaches both single-rescuer and team-based basic life support skills for application in both in-facility and prehospital settings.

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

Who should take BLS?

BLS is for any healthcare provider or first-responder who needs to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills. The course provides prehospital and in-facility tracks, and an accelerated renewal course is available for providers who have BLS experience and need to recertify.

BLS is the basic CPR and lifesaving course for:

  • Paramedics
  • EMTs
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Pharmacists
  • Respiratory, Physical, and Occupational Therapists
  • Interns and Residents
  • Medical and Nursing Students
  • Firefighters
  • Police Officers

Course Content

Concepts and skills covered in BLS include:

  • high-quality CPR
  • AED use
  • choking relief
  • ventilation techniques
  • opioid-associated life-threatening emergencies.

Students who successfully complete the course will 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 the BLS concepts of the Chain of Survival
  • 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.

BLS is a credentialed course.

Providers who successfully complete the BLS course receive a course completion card valid for two years.

Available in classroom-based and blended-learning formats, as well as a classroom-based renewal course.