BLS Hands-On Session

  • The BLS hands-on session is part of the AHA's Blended Learning course. This is an alternative option from the traditional Instructor-Led BLS Provider course.
  • This format is an alternative for those needing a BLS class for the first time.
  • Students will first take an online course called BLS HeartCode. This online course includes videos and simulations.
  • Upon completion, students will receive a certificate, and can find an AHA Training Center to conduct the BLS Hands-On session.
  • After successfully completing both the online and hands-on session, students will receive their BLS Provider certification.










Who is BLS Hands-On Session for?

Any healthcare provider (CNAs up through Doctors) will need a BLS certification. Also, if you're going to school for any of those licenses, you will likely need BLS training.

What is a BLS certification used for?

Some licensing bodies and/or employers require an BLS certification. Additionally, some non-healthcare individuals working in a healthcare setting may be required to take a BLS class.

How does the BLS Hands-On Session training work?

Students will first complete an online course through the AHA where they watch videos, do simulations, and take a written exam. Then, you'll come to an AHA Training Center to practice your Adult and Infant CPR skills and get your questions answered. Afterwards, you'll be tested on those skills.

What sets our BLS Skills Sessions apart?

Our instructors make sure no one is left behind. You'll have plenty of time to practice before being tested.

Why should you choose our BLS Skills training?

This is a great option for people that need flexibility for their schedule. We never cancel classes, instructors are professional and kind, and classes are engaging and easy. You can also count on receiving your certification card fast!


BLS HeartCodes is part 1 of 2 to complete the AHA's online blended learning option. It's a combination of video and esimulations which can be done on the student's own time and pace.

Blended learning means that part of the class is done online and part is done in person. The AHA blended learning courses offer all the cognitive portion of the class online, and then the student practices and demonstrates their skills during a hands-on session.

Generally, BLS Provider is for anyone going into or already working in the healthcare field. However, anyone can take a BLS class. The BLS HeartCode is an option for those people who prefer the convenience of doing the majority of their training online at their own pace.

Times vary by person, but the AHA says the online course will take on average 90-100 minutes.

Depending on class size and the instructor, it will take approximately 60 minutes to complete.

Students will need to complete the online BLS HeartCode course. After completion, they will receive a certificate that they can present to the instructor performing the hands-on session.

No, the BLS Provider certification you receive will be the exact same as if you had gone through an Instructor-Led course.

Student will be tested on your Adult and Infant BLS skills, but will have an opportunity to practice before being tested. Students also will participate in a 10 minute scenario called High Performance Team Activity (this is not a test).

No, the written test is taken online before coming to the BLS hands-on session.

No, the hands-on session is sold separately. The AHA does not set or control the pricing set by each individual training center.