The BLS Instructor Essentials Course teaches information needed to instruct AHA’s BLS for Healthcare Providers and Heartsaver® classroom courses and to conduct skills practice and skills testing sessions for BLS for Healthcare Providers and Heartsaver eLearning courses. These courses include:
· BLS for Healthcare Providers
· BLS for Healthcare Providers Online Part 1
· HeartCode® BLS Part 1
· Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED
· Heartsaver CPR AED
· Heartsaver First Aid
· Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid
· Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Online Part 1
· Heartsaver CPR AED Online Part 1
· Heartsaver First Aid Online Part 1
BLS Instructor Essentials covers planning and preparation for courses, instructing courses, conducting written exams and skills testing and keeping your BLS Instructor status current. It includes approximately 30 minutes of general information about instructing AHA courses, followed by course-specific information.
Prior to taking this course, candidates must have a current course completion card in BLS for Healthcare Providers. Candidates also must have aligned with an AHA BLS Training Center that is accepting new BLS Instructors. Following successful completion of the BLS Instructor Essentials Course, candidates also must:
· Attend the in-person, skills practice-driven, Faculty-led BLS Instructor Course
· Be monitored by Faculty teaching their first course
Upon successful completion of all steps, candidates receive a BLS Instructor card, valid for two years.
· Self-directed; available 24/7
· Certificate of completion available to print upon successful completion; certificate must be presented at the inperson BLS Instructor Course
· Access to course content for 12 months following activation of course key
· Course takes approximately two hours to complete
This course must be completed by candidates who wish to become AHA BLS Instructors.
Continuing Education Information:
Continuing Medical Education Accreditation - Physicians
The American Heart Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Heart Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Continuing Medical Education Accreditation – 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 2.25 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.
Continuing Education Accreditation - Nurses
The American Heart Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 2.25 contact hours.
Continuing Education Accreditation – Pharmacists
The American Heart Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE Credit: 2.25 Contact Hours or 0.225 CEUs. Universal Program Number: 0256-0000-13-677-H04-P.
Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services
This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS), for 2.25 Educator CEHs, activity number 13-AMHA-F3-0189.