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American Heart Association Certification Courses

Baystate Health AHA Training Center

We are your source for information about American Heart Association (AHA) courses offered at Baystate Health.

Baystate Health requires most team members to achieve certification in one or more of several AHA courses as part of a basic foundational resuscitation knowledge and skill set.

We offer more than one version of each course.

Review the courses below and if you have questions about which course is right for you, please ask your manager/educator or contact us.

Basic Life Support (BLS)

American Heart Association (AHA) class

The AHA’s BLS course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations and provide early use of an AED. Reflects science and education from the American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC). (Description from the American Heart Association website)

1. Initial BLS Course

For students who have never taken a BLS course OR whose certification has expired

You should expect to spend around 4.5 hours in the classroom with our excellent instructors.

2. Renewal BLS Course

For experienced students who need to renew their BLS certification

You should expect to spend around 4 hours in the classroom with our instructors.

3. HeartCode BLS Course

Primarily for experienced students, but sometimes used by novices

This is a blended course that includes both online and in-person learning. Most of the didactic portion happens online as a self-paced learning experience. After completion of the online portion, you should expect to spend around 2 hours in the classroom for a skill assessment session.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

AHA ACLS class

The AHA’s ACLS course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. Reflects science and education from the American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC). (Description from the American Heart Association website)

1. Initial ACLS Course

For students who have never taken a ACLS course OR whose certification has expired

You should expect to spend around 15 hours in the classroom over the course of 2 days with our excellent instructors.

2. Renewal ACLS Course

For experienced students who need to renew their ACLS certification

You should expect to spend around 8.5 hours in the classroom with our instructors.

3. HeartCode ACLS

Primarily for experienced students, but sometimes used by novices

This is a blended course that includes both online and in-person learning. Most of the didactic portion happens online as a self-paced learning experience. After completion of the online portion, you should expect to spend around 2 hours in the classroom for a skill assessment session.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

PALS is geared towards healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children and for personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units.Reflects science and education from the American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC). (Description from the American Heart Association website)

1. The initial PALS Course

For students who have never taken a PALS course OR whose certification has expired

You should expect to spend around 17 hours in the classroom over the course of 2 days with our excellent instructors.

2. Renewal PALS Course

For experienced students who need to renew their PALS certification

You should expect to spend around 9 hours in the classroom with our instructors.

3. HeartCode PALS

Primarily for experienced students, but sometimes used by novices

This is a blended course that includes both online and in-person learning. Most of the didactic portion happens online as a self-paced learning experience. After completion of the online portion, you should expect to spend around 2.5 hours in the classroom for a skill assessment session.

Course Schedule

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