Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider CPR

What is Basic Life Support CPR?

Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider CPR is the American Heart Association (AHA) CPR Certification required by most healthcare professionals.


The BLS CPR course covers all of the same topics as the Heartsaver CPR course. Topics like CPR for adults, children, and infants. Scene safety, assessment, chest compression, and breathing techniques for all age groups. Use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED), special breathing techniques, and choking. 


The BLS CPR course also cover a few additional topics not included in the other course. Checking the pulse is added to assessment,using a bag-mask device, and differences for team rescue are explained. The language used in throughout the course is more technical and includes some medical terminology. 


Learn more about the topics included in Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider CPR here.

Who Needs Basic Life Support CPR?

Anyone can take BLS! You do not need to be licensed, or a healthcare professional, all are welcome! 


Some licensed professionals are required to take the BLS course to renew their license or to maintain employment. 


Including but not limited to:  Registered Nurses (RN), Emergency Medical Transport (EMT), Paramedic, Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Home Health Aid (HHA), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Psychiatric Technician, Occupational Therapist (OT), Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA), Pharmacist, Physical Therapist (PT), Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), Dentist, Dental Assistant, Dental Hygienist, and Personal Trainer.


Learn about how to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for completing BLS CPR here.

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.