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BLS for Healthcare Providers

  • The American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Provider is CPR course designed for healthcare providers. BLS stands for Basic Life Support and the course teaches how to perform CPR on Adult, Child and Infant victims as well as how to relieve victims of choking, and use an AED.
  • American Heart Association BLS classes are meant for anyone with a medical license or those in school for a healthcare profession. Sometimes, individuals that interface frequently with healthcare professionals may be required to have this level of CPR training.
  • If you are not a licensed healthcare professional or are not required to have a BLS certification, please check out our non-healthcare CPR certification classes.










American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) is a professional-level medical care class that will give you the confidence to act quickly during a cardiac or respiratory emergency. With proper training, you can save a life while you wait for advanced care providers to arrive.

During this class, you will learn how to execute the core components of emergency care, including CPR, choking relief, and automated external defibrillator (AED) operation. This class will help you know what to do immediately after a crisis which can be the difference between life and death for someone.

If you’re looking for an AHA BLS provider course that healthcare providers trust to certify their skills and make them feel confident then Prime Medical Training is the ideal partner for you. Our instructors will insure the highest training standards in a friendly classroom environment.


BLS stands for Basic Life Support. It is the CPR class required for healthcare providers.

BLS is what they call the level of CPR for healthcare providers. It is the highest level of CPR that you can get. Classes referred to as simply “CPR” are generally for non-healthcare professionals who still require a CPR certification.

No. We do offer basic free CPR training at events and workshops throughout the year, but these are geared more for community awareness.

The best resource is directly on the AHA’s website. They use to update guidelines every five years, but in 2017 they began moving to a continuous evidence evaluation process to make updates as close to real-time as possible. There is also have a hard copy book available for purchase.

If you’re looking to do your BLS renewal online, the official course title is called “HeartCode BLS”. Individuals can purchase the online course from Prime Medical Training or from one of AHA’s distributors. Afterwards, must complete the skills portion at a local authorized AHA training center to receive a certification.

No, the AHA does not provide an official BLS practice test. There are resources on the internet from third party providers that offer practice test questions. The official BLS written exam that you will take is 25 questions, you must make an 84% or higher to pass.

Every AHA training center and individual instructor sets their own price for BLS classes. The AHA says “Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.” You can view Prime Medical Training’s current BLS certification cost on our class registration page.

There are several study guides available online. A simple Google search for "AHA BLS study guide" gives several resources. However, most students find it unnecessary to study beforehand.

When you sign up for our AHA BLS class, you will be given the option to purchase the BLS for Healthcare Providers book. You can pick the book up early or wait to get it when you come to class. We ship books by request only.

Yes. The AHA revised the name when they released the 2015 guidelines. “BLS Provider” is more inclusive of all types of individuals who may need a BLS certification.

No. Individuals taking a BLS class typically already have a medical background that includes First Aid knowledge. If you need a First Aid certification, you will need to take that class separately by signing up on our class registration page.

That depends on what you do and what your job requires. If you have any kind of state medical license, you will need BLS regardless of whether or not your job requires a BLS certification. Those who do not have a medical license but their organization or work requires a CPR certification would want to take the basic CPR class.

Yes. The BLS certification offered by Prime Medical Training is an AHA approved course. Prime has been designated as an authorized AHA training center.

This article explains what to do if you lost your CPR card. Essentially, those who initially received an eCard via email can login to the AHA and retrieve it. If you initially received a traditional paper card, you will either need to contact the instructor who taught your class or the training center the instructor was aligned with at the time they taught your class. You may be charged a fee for replacement paper cards.

Yes. BCLS stands for Basic Cardiac Life Support. That is an old title which was replaced by BLS for Healthcare Providers. When the AHA released the 2015 guidelines, they revised the name again to BLS Provider.

Yes. These are two separate classes. Sometimes the courses may be offered back to back but they are still individual courses that each require physical and written testing. Taking an ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) class does not automatically give you BLS certification.

It is recommended that a BLS certification be renewed every 2 years. Some employers require refresher training, though, as often as every 3 months.

BLS healthcare training is the foundational program for healthcare professionals. By enrolling in this course, you will learn how to care for patients in in-facility and prehospital emergencies. It will enable you to achieve the best possible outcomes for your patients.

Unlike typical classroom-based courses, a BLS class for healthcare providers consists of interactive videos, lectures, and hands-on training. However, you will still take a written exam at the end of the session to determine whether you’re ready to apply your learning in real-life settings or not.

Our American Heart Association (AHA) healthcare provider BLS classes usually last two to four hours, not including breaks. This timeframe covers a six-student session with two manikins and one instructor. Classes with more students may take longer.

After completing your class, you will immediately receive a BLS healthcare provider certification and a temporary wallet card via email. Two to three days after getting your digital copy, you will receive your certification card by mail.

The BLS course is ideal for healthcare professionals and first responders who can save lives during cardiac and respiratory emergencies. These specialists include doctors, nurses, dentists, paramedics, and firefighters.

No, you don’t need BLS healthcare provider training annually. Once you complete your class, you will receive a certification and wallet card — these distinctions are valid for two years. If necessary, you can renew them every two years before they expire.

We offer BLS healthcare provider certification courses in three locations: Knoxville, Johnson City, and Memphis. Rest assured, you will experience our gold standard services no matter which center you attend.