The AHA’s new BLS Course provides the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest. Updated to reflect new science and education in the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC, this course teaches basic life support skills for application in both in-facility and prehospital settings, with a focus on high-quality CPR, improvement of chest compression fraction, and high-performing team dynamics.
The AHA’s new BLS Course offers
Content representing the latest resuscitation science for improved patient outcomes
Realistic scenarios, simulations, and animations depicting rescuers, teams, and patients
Course and content flexibility for AHA Instructors and students, including adaptability to local protocols
How long is the AHA BLS course completion card valid?
The AHA BLS course completion card is valid for two years. The date of issue will be the day of the course. The expiration date will have a two digit day, a two month and a four digit year; therefore the course completion card expires on the last day of the month.
If you take a course on 02/01/2017, the card issue date would be 02/01/2017 and the expiration date would be 02/2019.
What delivery formats does the AHA offer for the BLS Course?
Three different course formats are available to accommodate the learning needs of individual students and offer flexibility for Instructors. All three course formats include the same learning objectives and result in the same course completion card. Course formats include:
Instructor-led training This option is led by an AHA Instructor in a classroom setting. Instructors deliver courses designed to include both the cognitive portion of training and the psychomotor component of thorough skills practice and testing.
Blended learning (HeartCode® BLS) Blended learning uses online technology not only to supplement but also to transform and improve the learning process. Successful blended learning can reach students with varying learning styles and in different environments. It is a combination of eLearning, in which a student completes part of the course in a self-directed manner, and a hands-on session.
Blending learning: A combination of eLearning, in which a student completes part of the course in a self-directed manner, and a hands-on session with an Instructor or on a voiceassisted manikin (if their institution uses this option).
Resuscitation Quality Improvement™ (RQI™) A unique ECC program designed specifically for training actively employed healthcare providers in clinical environments. Unlike the Instructor-led and/or blended course, the RQI program is a maintenance-of-competence platform designed for site-specific adoptions.
There is not a BLS renewal course/agenda. Since BLS skills – and competency and mastery of those skills – are the most important component of BLS training, course timing cannot be shortened for a renewal agenda. While the AHA did provide a renewal option for the 2011 course, it was only 30 minutes shorter than the full course.