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The Basic Life Support Instructor Course is a 2 part program designed to prepare AHA instructors to disseminate the science, skills, and philosophy of resuscitation programs to participants enrolled in AHA courses. There is no question that instructors are the key element in the AHA training network.
The practice of medicine is considered to be both an art and a science. In a similar vein, AHA training involves both "heart" and science. A good AHA instructor is able to teach information and skills and to generate enthusiasm and enlist support of the AHA course goals and objectives, motivating participants to act in emergency situations.
AHA instructors are the best tool the AHA has to fulfill its mission- to reduce disability and death caused by heart disease and stroke. The more skilled instructors the AHA ECC Programs have, the more participants will be trained in CPR and ECC. By increasing the number of bystanders prepared and willing to activate the EMS system and provide CPR, early defibrillation, and advanced life support, the AHA will be able to significantly reduce disability and death from heart attacks, cardiac arrest, and stroke.
Students must have a current Basic Life Support (CPR/AED) for Healthcare Providers certificate prior to the start of class. You may register for a BLS for Healthcare Providers Refresher course by clicking here or complete the BLS for Healthcare Providers Online course and we will conduct skills testing with you during the Instructor program.
American Heart Association Basic Life Support Instructor Card which is valid for 2 years from the date of the course.
Approximately 16 hours to complete entire program - 4 hours for the BLS Instructor Essentials course (conducted online at home); 4 hours for the Instructor Course (conducted at the dates/times below), 4 hours to observe the instruction of a BLS course, and 4 hours to be monitored by TC Faculty teaching a BLS course. This is an approximation, actual certification tract varies.
Healthcare providers with clinical responsibilities in adult critical care settings including nurses, physicians, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, physician's assistants, residents or fellows, medical or nursing students in training, and other allied health personnel.
American Heart Association BLS Instructor Essentials program and Instructor Lesson Plans for BLS and Heartsaver courses.
A certification test is completed at the end of this program. Proficient demonstration of CPR skills and a score of 84% or higher on the written examination are required for certification. Students that do not achieve either of these will be re-mediated and allowed an additional attempt to test in class.
Upon completion of the instructor course, candidates must watch a BLS course and, when comfortable, be monitored by a Code One Training Center Faculty member teaching a program. Both course observation and course monitoring are included as part of the class. Being monitored at a non-Code One course will result in a $50 travel fee for the TC Faculty.