Basic life support courses, first aid training, American Heart Association, CPR AED training


Basic Life Support is available in two different training methods – classroom training and HeartCode® blended learning. All BLS course options teach the same AHA science-based skills and result in the same AHA BLS Course Completion Card.

Both the Basic Life Support and HeartCode® BLS courses:

  • Use AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which improves learning and retention.
  • Include a classroom format that works well for learners who prefer group interaction and feedback while learning skills.
  • Provide each student with high-quality course materials for ongoing reference.
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Who should take these courses?

The AHA’s Basic Life Support (BLS) courses are designed for healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings. This can include nurses, physicians, nursing students, EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, in-facility providers, and others.

What do these courses teach?

  • High-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants.
  • The AHA Chain of Survival, specifically the BLS components.
  • Important early use of an AED.
  • Effective ventilations using a barrier device.
  • Importance of teams in multi-rescuer resuscitation and performance as an effective team member during multi-rescuer CPR.
  • Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infants.

Basic Life Support


The AHA’s 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. The course reflects science and education from the American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC).

This 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.

This 4-hour in-person course will include a Course Completion Card (valid for 2 years) and Course Workbook.

HeartCode® BLS (Online + In-Person Skills Check)


HeartCode BLS is a blended learning course that combines online learning with hands-on CPR skills practice. Students complete the online portion of the course at their own pace, anytime and anywhere they have Internet access. Students then attend a hands-on skills session with an AHA instructor to ensure CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) skills competence.

HeartCode’s lifelike animations and eSimulations allow students to treat patients virtually and receive immediate feedback. The online learning format improves retention and helps students develop critical thinking skills they can use at the patient’s bedside.

The HeartCode BLS course provides healthcare organizations with a flexible and efficient method for training large numbers of students across different care settings and varied locations. Most importantly, HeartCode BLS delivers high-quality training that prepares students for real resuscitation events and increases their confidence for responding in the most stressful emergency situations.

This course includes an online portion (completed at your own pace), a 1-hour in-person skills check-off, Course Completion Card (valid for 2 years) and Course Workbook.

Training Inquiry

Independent Nursing Care is partnered with the American Heart Association and can provide access to custom training solutions for your organization.

We offer both blended learning and on-site instructor-led classroom First Aid CPR training solutions for your workforce.

We also provide CPR courses to the public.