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. 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What is BLS HeartCode?

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.

What is blended learning?

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.

Who can take BLS HeartCode?

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.

How long does it take to complete the online BLS HeartCode?

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

How long is the BLS hands-on skills session?

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

What is required to attend a BLS hands-on session?

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.

Will my BLS Provider certification be any different?

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

What will I have to do in the BLS hands-on session?

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).

Will I have to take a written test?

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

Is the hands-on session included in the cost of the online course?

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