Frequently Asked Questions – (FAQ)

How long is my certification good for?

Once you have completed a BLS Provider, CPR or First Aid course your certification card is valid for 2 years.

How do I know which course to take?

If you work in the healthcare industry then you will need to take a BLS  Provider course. The BLS provider course is designed for RN’s, EMT’s, Paramedics, CNA’a, LVN’s, RDH’s, Dental & Medical assistants. If you are not in the healthcare industry then you might want to take a Heartsaver AED or CPR course. The Heartsaver courses are designed for the lay rescuer. If you are not sure what course to take than you can call our office at 480-239-2707 and/or ask your institution which they require.

What happens if my card is expired?

If your card is expired then you need to re-take another course. Your certification expires on the last day of the month shown on your card.

Why is it a good idea to order a text book?

The guidelines for CPR have changed. The textbook you received the last time you took an American Heart Association course has expired. If you have taken a course before April of 2015 then you need to take a new course to be current with the new science and have the required textbook. The text books all come with quick reference pocket guide. Which makes a great study guide to follow along with class or individually.

Why does the New AHA BLS Card Say BLS Provider and Not BLS Healthcare Provider?

The audience-specific identifiers have been removed because the new BLS Course is designed for healthcare providers caring for patients both in and out of a hospital/in-facility setting. For example, the course DVD includes tracks for both prehospital and in-facility healthcare providers. Instructors may choose a track depending on the type of provider they are teaching or can alternate between tracks to meet the needs of both types of providers.

Who is the intended audience for the BLS Course?

The AHA’s BLS Course is designed for healthcare providers caring for patients both in prehospital and in-facility environments.

What is the AHA’s BLS Course?

The AHA’s new BLS Course provides the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest. Updated to reflect new science and education in the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC, this course teaches basic life support skills for application in both in-facility and prehospital settings, with a focus on high-quality CPR, improvement of chest compression fraction, and high-performing team dynamics. The AHA’s new BLS Course offers • 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