HeartSaver CPR certification course is specifically designed for the lay responder seeking to be prepared in the case that something traumatic were to happen. This American Heart Association course is designed to meet the needs of the student and/or their organization

The BLS for Healthcare Providers Course is designed to teach the skills of CPR for victims of all ages (including ventilation with a barrier device, a bag-mask device, and oxygen), use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (FBAO). It is intended for participants who provide health care to patients in a wide variety of settings, including in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings. These healthcare providers may include (but are not limited to) 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, and other allied health personnel. The course is also designed for anyone who is required to take a healthcare provider course for employment. The course is a prerequisite for AHA advanced courses in resuscitation, including advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS), pediatric advanced life support (PALS), and BLS instructor courses.


  • Security and airline personnel
  • camp counselors
  • police and firefighters
  • teachers and day-care workers
  • aerobics teachers/physical-fitness trainers
  • other individuals who want or need first-aid training.

The instructor-led course is approximately 6.5 to 7.5 hours, with skills testing by an American Heart Association instructor during the course. The self-directed online course is approximately 2.5 hours for the cognitive portion (Part 1), variable for the skills practice session (Part 2), and 45 minutes for skills testing (Part 3). (Note: Parts 2 and 3 must be completed with a certified American Heart Association instructor.)