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Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider

The AHA’s Basic Life Support (BLS) course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations and provide early use of an AED. Reflects science and education from the American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).

The intended audience for this course includes:

  • Medical personnel, such as physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, nurse assistants, dentists, physical therapists, pharmacists, and students entering the field.

  • Public safety personnel and other professional responders, such as paramedics, advanced emergency medical technicians (AEMTs), emergency medical technicians (EMTs), firefighters, law enforcement, emergency medical responders (EMRs), and students entering the field.

Basic Life Support (BLS) is available in two different training methods – Blended Learning and Instructor-Led Training. All BLS course options teach the same AHA science-based skills.  Upon successful completion of the course, students receive a BLS Provider Course Completion card, valid for two years.  After successfully completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Apply concepts of effective teamwork when caring for a patient experiencing a life-threatening emergency.

  • Integrate communication, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills during a high-performance BLS team response.

  • Apply a systematic, continuous approach to assess, recognize and care for adults, children and infants experiencing a life-threatening emergency.

  • Perform a rapid assessment for responsive and unresponsive adults, children and infants.

  • Effectively care for adults, children and infants experiencing a life-threatening injury or illness.

  • Effectively care for adults, children and infants in respiratory arrest or respiratory failure.

  • State the principles of high-quality CPR for adults, children and infants.

  • Identify BLS differences among adults, children and infants.

  • Provide high-quality chest compressions for adults, children and infants

  • Deliver effective ventilations to adults, children and infants using a pocket mask and bag-valve-mask (BVM) resuscitator.

  • Demonstrate effective use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) for adults, children and infants.

  • Provide high-quality BLS care for adults, children and infants in single- and multiple-provider situations.

  • Deliver effective back blows, abdominal thrusts and chest thrusts for adults, children and infants with airway obstruction.

  • State the principles of caring for a pregnant patient in cardiac arrest.

  • State the principles of care for a patient experiencing an opioid overdose.




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Compare BLS Course Options

Blended Learning HeartCode BLS
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Classroom BLS

Blended Learning (online portion, followed by hands-on skills session) HeartCode BLS uses a variety of eLearning assets such as dramatizations, eSimulations, animations, self-directed learning, and interactive activities to teach students BLS knowledge and skills.

HeartCode BLS is the AHA’s BLS blended learning delivery method. Blended learning is a combination of eLearning, in which a student completes part of the course in a self-directed manner, followed by a hands-on skills session.

Instructor-led, hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency

The BLS Instructor-led course teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both prehospital and in-facility environments, with a focus on High-Quality CPR and team dynamics.

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The online portion of HeartCode BLS can be completed in approximately 1 to 2 hours.

The time to complete the hands-on skills session varies from 60 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the experience of the student.

Full BLS Provider Course takes approximately 4.5 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing

BLS Renewal Course takes approximately 3 hours to complete, including skills practice and testing

*Course time based on 1 instructor: 6 students: 2 manikins


  • Includes in-facility and prehospital tracks; student chooses his/her track before starting the HeartCode BLS Online Portion​

  • Enhanced learning experience through eSimulations, life-like animations, video scenarios, and knowledge checks

  • Emphasis on high-quality CPR including a team dynamics classroom activity

  • Video-based course with real-world scenarios

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