Basic Life Support (BLS)

2015 CPR Guidelines

AHA’s BLS Course provides the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest. Updated to reflect new 2015 science, BLS teaches the concepts of high-quality CPR, improvement of chest compression fraction, and high-performing team dynamics.

BLS from AHA offers the advantages of: ~ Content representing the latest resuscitation science for improved patient outcomes ~ Realistic scenarios, simulations, and animations depicting rescuers, teams, and patients ~ Course and content flexibility for AHA Instructors and students, including adaptability to local protocols.

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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 2015 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.

Instructor-led training remains the number one choice among most learners and delivers both the cognitive and psychomotor components in a classroom setting.

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

Have you ever wondered if there's a healthcare CPR class near me? The virtual learning option moves the high-quality AHA BLS Provider classroom, instructor-led content from a traditional classroom setting to a virtual classroom setting. Now anyone anywhere can attend our AHA BLS class on any smart device during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The cyberlearning option takes advantage of the self-directed online HeartCode®BLS and moves the in-person, hands-on learning experience into a live, instructor-led virtual skill session. Now anyone anywhere can attend our AHA BLS instructor-led skill session on any smart device during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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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.