Basic Life Support (BLS)

2020 CPR Guidelines

The AHA’s BLS Provider Program has been revised to reflect brand-new science in the 2020 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC. This curriculum teaches basic life support skills for application in both healthcare settings and prehospital settings, with an emphasis on high-quality CPR, improvement of chest compression fraction, and high-performing team dynamics. The BLS Provider curriculum teaches rescue techniques for adults, children, and infants.

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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.


  • New science and education from the 2020 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC
  • The components of high-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
  • The AHA Chain of Survival for prehospital and in-facility providers
  • 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

Course Formats

Basic Life Support (BLS) can be delivered in 4 formats to meet the needs of students and offer flexibility for Instructors. All formats include the same learning objectives and result in the same BLS course completion card which is good for two years from content completion.

In-person, AHA Instructor-led classes remain the number one choice among most learners and deliver both the cognitive and psychomotor components in a classroom setting.

Blended learning merges the self-directed online HeartCode BLS eLearning cognitive information with either an in-person or virtual, AHA Instructor-led hands-on learning experience. With the blended learning option, learners can cover content at their own pace and even get CMEs!

To get started, purchase and complete the online HeartCode segment before attending our AHA Blended Learning BLS Skill Session.

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Basic Life Support (BLS)

The Basic Life Support (BLS) content is an AHA approved training option which offers a BLS for Healthcare Providers online option, AHA BLS Provider Manual, and supports emergency life support training content that is useful for both renewing Basic Life Support and first time BLS healthcare providers.