BLS for Healthcare Providers
The 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.
In the classroom, students participate in simulated clinical scenarios and learning stations. Students work with an AHA BLS Instructor to complete BLS skills practice and skills testing. Students also complete a written exam.
This course is for healthcare professionals who need to know how to perform CPR, as well as other lifesaving skills, in a wide variety of in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings.
Healthcare providers that are typically required to take this course are physicians, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, physician’s assistants, residents or fellows, or medical or nursing students in training, aides, medical or nursing assistants, police officers, and other allied health personnel.
The 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.
- Updated Science based content: Reflects science and education from the 2020 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC
- Instructor led, hands on class format reinforces skills proficiency
- Emphasis on high-quality CPR including a team dynamics classroom activity
- Emphasis on high-quality CPR, improvement of chest compression fraction, and high-performing team dynamics.
- Video based course ensures consistency with real world scenarios
- Video-based course with real world scenarios that teaches basic life support skills for application in both in-facility and pre-hospital settings.
- In the 2020 BLS Provider course, Instructors conduct a pre-briefing with students immediately before the start of each simulation. The goals of pre-briefing are to establish a positive learning environment and to provide information about the session to students. In addition, teams will set goals for the case and discuss the goals they set in the pre-briefing in the debriefing. This will prepare students for success in the course.
- CPR Coach
- The CPR Coach is a new role within the resuscitation team. The CPR Coach role is designed to promote the delivery of high-quality CPR and allow the Team Leader to focus on other elements of cardiac arrest care, coordinate the various team members’ assigned tasks, and ensure that clinical care is delivered according to AHA guidelines.
The AHA’s BLS course reflects science and education from the American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).
- Key changes in basic life support, reflecting the new science from the 2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
- Critical concepts of high-quality CPR
- The American Heart Association Chain of Survival, specifically the BLS components
- High-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
- 1-Rescuer CPR and AED for adult, child and infant
- 2-Rescuer CPR and AED for adult, child and infant
- Use of an AED
- Differences between adult, child and infant rescue techniques
- Effective ventilations using a barrier device
- Bag-mask techniques for adult, child and infant
- Rescue breathing for adult, child and infant
- Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infants
- Relief of choking for adult, child and infant
- Importance of teams in multi-rescuer resuscitation and performance as an effective team member during multi-rescuer CPR
- CPR with an advanced airway*
- This is an introduction to the compression/ventilation rate and ratio for a patient who has an advanced airway in place. For more information on advanced airways, please refer to the Airway Management Course.
Course Materials for Students:
- 20-1102 BLS Provider Manual (does not include BLS Pocket Reference Card)
- Ship your purchased BLS Provider Manual ($5)
- 20-3102 BLS Provider Manual eBook (includes Digital BLS Reference Card)
- Please ask our PDRE Team for this electronic option of the eBook
- 20-1132 BLS Reference Card (sold/purchased separately)
- Ship your purchased BLS Pocket Reference Card ($2)
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.
- Initial Provider Course:
- Requires approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes to complete, including skills practice and skills testing.
- Renewal/Update Course:
- Requires approximately 3 hours, including skills practice and skills testing.
- Course time based on 1 instructor: 6 student: 2 manikins
- BLS Provider Manual
- A current 2020 BLS Provider Manual is required to attend the course
- You are required to have the current textbook for this course. If you already own one or have access to one before, during, and after the class, you do not need to purchase one here.
- Purchase the 2020 book from PDRE for $25 during online class enrollment or before the start of the course at our facility
- Please bring your book if you own the most up-to-date version
- Present your expired American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Card to be considered a renewing provider and pay a reduced price for the course
- We do not accept non-AHA provider cards
- Please sign up for PDRE’s accredited BLS for Healthcare Providers course and receive the most globally recognized AHA provider card
You are required to have the current textbook for this course. If you already own one or have access to one before, during, and after the class, you do not need to purchase one here.
- Initial (first-time/expired) Providers: $85
- $25 (2020 BLS Provider Manual)
- $60 (Classroom-based Course)
- Renewing Providers: $85
- $25 (2020 BLS Provider Manual)
- $60 (Classroom-based Course)
Course Certification and Duration:
Students who successfully complete the BLS Course, including the following components, will receive a BLS Provider Course Completion Card, valid for two years:
- Actively participate in, practice and complete all learning stations
- Complete the open-book written exam with a minimum score of 84%
- Pass the 2-Rescuer Adult BLS With AED
- Pass the 2-Rescuer Child and Infant BLS Skills Tests
BLS Provider (eCard or print):
- As of the recently updated AHA Guidelines and Recommendations in ECC and CPR, the AHA has released materials for the BLS Instructor Led Course. 2020 BLS materials include new BLS eCards and print course completion cards to be issued when teaching the new BLS Course.
Note: Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Educational Credits (CEUs) may be subject to professional occupation and may vary depending organizational and associational policies, terms, and conditions. AHA, AAP, and other education organizations and associations may be only currently offering CME and CEUs for specific and designated online courses.
- BLS Provider Course Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
- Accreditation Term:
- BLS ILT Full Classroom Course Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services
- This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), for 3.25 Educator CEHs, activity number 20-AMHA-F2-0083.
- BLS ILT Renewal Course Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services
- This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), for 2.75 Educator CEHs, activity number 20-AMHA-F2-0093.
- By claiming CAPCE credit, the claimant acknowledges the following: I understand that the American Heart Association as a requirement of CAPCE accreditation will submit a record of my course completions to the CAPCE AMS. I further understand that my course completion records may be accessed by or shared with such regulators as state EMS offices, training officers, and NREMT on a password-protected, need-to-know basis. In addition, I understand that I may review my record of CAPCE-accredited course completions by contacting CAPCE.
- CAPCE credit must be claimed within 6 months of attendance. CME/CE credit will no longer be available to claim for this activity after the 6-month claiming period.
- BLS Provider Course Continuing Education Accreditation for Other Healthcare Providers May Need Approved Online and Blended Learning for Continuing Education Credit and Hours.
Scheduling & Discounts:
- Register early because classroom-based courses fill-up quickly
- Enrollment is limited
- Course scheduling is subject to change without notice
- Please call us if you have any questions or for discounted group rates and seasonal promotions!
- Feel free to view our website for more information: https://www.yourcprmd.com
Frequently Asked Questions:
The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these 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 material, do not represent income to the Association.
Policies, terms, conditions, and prices may be subject to change without prior notice at any time depending on market value and vendor pricing in addition to yearly, seasonal and daily discounts and specials. Palm Desert Resuscitation Education (PDRE) reserves the right to update or modify these policies, terms, conditions and prices.
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