The Heartsaver Instructor Essentials Course is designed to prepare instructor candidates to teach AHA Heartsaver Instructorled and blended learning courses. This course educates instructor candidates on how to adequately use Instructor teaching materials, ensure that students meet learning objectives, offer student coaching skills, provide an objective skills performance evaluation, and follow AHA Instructor and course policies. The course covers core content and discipline-specific content required to teach AHA Heartsaver courses.
The Heartsaver Instructor Essentials Course is taught in a blended-learning format. AHA Heartsaver instructor candidates
must complete the online portion, followed by the hands-on session conducted by BLS Training Center Faculty.
Candidates who successfully complete the Heartsaver Instructor Essentials Course, as well as course monitoring, will receive
a Heartsaver Instructor card, valid for two years. Heartsaver Instructors are then able to teach all courses within the
Heartsaver Instructor Essentials Online is the self-directed, online portion of the Heartsaver Instructor Essentials Blended
Learning Course. It covers the components of the instructor cycle, including Prepare, Teach, Test & Remediate, Close, and Keep Current. It includes core information about instructing all AHA courses, important instructor competencies, and program administration, followed by more in-depth course-specific information for
- Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED
- Heartsaver First Aid
- Heartsaver CPR AED
- Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED
- Heartsaver Bloodborne Pathogens
Below are the detailed specifications for this product:
- Self-paced, accessible wherever Internet access is available
- Presented in two parts: Core and Heartsaver; both must be completed
- Includes interactive exercises and videos
- Includes Resource Center with access to AHA’s Program Administration Manual, the Heartsaver Instructor Candidate
- Workbook, the Heartsaver Instructor Essentials Classroom Checklist, and quick links to the AHA Instructor Network and cpr.heart.org
- Certificate of completion available to print when the online portion has been completed successfully; certificate must be presented for access to the hands-on, Faculty-led session
- Students have access to all information in the online portion for 24 months after activation of their key to help reinforce what they have learned
- Includes audio and subtitles for any students who may have a visual or auditory disability
- Continuing education credits available
Minimum technical specifications are available at https://www.onlineaha.org/technical_requirements.
This course must be completed by candidates who wish to become AHA Heartsaver Instructors. Also, all AHA Faculty
(Regional and Training Center) who teach Heartsaver Instructor Courses must complete the online portion of Heartsaver
Continuing Education (CE) Information:
The American Heart Association is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation
Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide
continuing education for the healthcare team.
AMA Credit Designation Statement - Physicians
The American Heart Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1
Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AAPA Credit Acceptance Statement – Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from
organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of
1.00 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
AANP Credit Acceptance Statement – Nurse Practitioners
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by
the ACCME. **AMA Credit must be claimed within 6 months of participation. CME/CE will no longer be available to claim after
the 6 months claiming period.
ANCC Credit Designation Statement – Nurses
The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 1.00 contact hour.
**ANCC Credit must be claimed within 6 months of participation. CME/CE will no longer be available to claim after the 6
months claiming period.
ACPE Credit Designation Statement – Pharmacists
ACPE Credit: 1.00 Contact Hour Universal Program Number: 0256-0000-17-004-H04-P
**ACPE Credit must be claimed within 30 days of participation. ACPE credit will no longer be available to claim after the 30-
day period has elapsed.
Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services
This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the
Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), for 1.00 Educator CEH, activity number 17-
**CAPCE credit must be claimed within 6 months of attendance. CME/CE credit will no longer be available to claim for this
activity after the 6 month claiming period.
All persons who develop and/or control educational content in CME/CE activities provided by the American Heart Association
will disclose to the audience all financial relationships with any commercial supporters of this activity as well as with other
commercial interests whose lines of business are related to the CME/CE-certified content of this activity. In addition,
presenters will disclose unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed in their presentations. Such disclosures will
be made in writing in course presentation materials.