The purpose of the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (BLS) course is to ensure that those with a duty to respond have the knowledge and skills necessary to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies. The course emphasizes active, hands-on learning and uses scenarios to help participants learn how to provide CPR, use an AED and relieve obstructed airways for adults, children and infants.
Participants with a duty to respond are usually required to have BLS certification. They include:
Healthcare providers: Nurses, Nursing Assistants, Dentists, Dental Assistants, Respiratory Therapists, Physical and Occupational Therapists, athletic trainers, Emergency Medical Technicians, pharmacists, etc.
Public safety personnel: law enforcement agents and firefighters.
Members of emergency response teams: ski patrollers and lifeguards.
The BLS course is offered as a Blended Learning course.
To save you classroom time, the class is composed of two parts: an online session, and a classroom skills session. Participants gain certification after successfully completing both parts of the course.
The online learning session takes up to 2 hours. The program is self-paced, so completion times vary. The online learning session must be successfully completed before participants can participate in the skills practice and assessment.
The skills session presents video segments, demonstrations, and assessment scenarios.
It is designed to be taught in 2 ½ hours for new students.
For those who are ready to be tested without any demonstrations or practice, the session can be as short as one hour. Proficiency in course content must be demonstrated.
The U.S. Armed Forces has an exclusive contract with the Red Cross to provide Basic Life Support certification.
If your employer or professional organization requires you to be certified only by a specified organization, ask them why.