• American Heart Association CPR
  • dental hygienists and dentists need BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR
  • Students practice on manikins

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, 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. BLS for Healthcare Providers

This BLS course (new material in 2016) is most common CPR certification, and BLS has become the “gold standard” in CPR courses for medical clinicians, and is by far the most widely accepted course by schools, hospitals, and treatment providers. We’re not saying non-medical people can’t successfully take and complete this course.  They can and have.  It’s more complete than the AHA Heartsaver course, and you’re tested on use of a bag-valve mask (BVM), and 2-rescuer CPR, which is not taught in Heartsaver class.


AHA Heartsaver courses teaches CPR, use of AED, and relief of choking (all ages) in every course.HS CPR AED

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. Target group would include fitness center staff, day care providers, teachers, personal trainers, coaches, employees in most workplaces, caregivers, church staff, etc.

Nursing or medical students, EMT students, dental clinic staff, etc. – should take the BLS course and not the Heartsaver courses.


AHA Training Provider Information on AHA online courses.

Both the BLS for HCP course and all Heartsaver courses can be taken on your home computer, usually for $22 to $28, and when followed up with hands-on skill practice and testing, can get your certification card faster.  It takes 1 to 1 1/2 hours for the AHA online course and 45 min. or so for skills practice and testing.  You register and access the AHA online courses at


AHA booksQ. 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 Amer. Heart Assn., Amer. Red Cross, and Nat’l Safety Council) require you to have a book during any of their in-person training courses, so we will provide you a “Loaner book” to use in class, or we’ll have books for you to purchase and take home.  Generally, the BLS and First Aid courses have content to look up/refer to in class, and the CPR, and AED courses do not.

If you complete an online class, from any of them, the online content is available to you, so they don’t suggest you need a book. None of the course books are available in eBook format, (for or tablet, Kindle, etc.). For this and other reasons, we’ve observed that most students do not desire to purchase the book. We will be glad to sell you a book before or after the class (for $17.00) if you want a book.  Rest assured, you will have access to a book during the class.  You can also purchase AHA books (before a class or afterwards, for $3.50-$13.95 plus shipping) from either of the 3 AHA-approved distributors, namely Channing-Bete, Laerdal, or Worldpoint).



Nat’l Safety Council (NSC) and Amer. Red Cross (ARC) coursesNSC and ARC logo

We can also teach/certify the American Red Cross lay responder courses, and National Safety Council courses for emergency response.

We can also do the hands-on manikin 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 (an OSHA requirement).



American Heart Association (AHA)

American Red Cross (ARC)

National Safety Council (NSC)

American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI)


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”.