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BLS Instructor

Course Overview

The ACLS Instructor Essentials Course is taught in a blended-learning format.  To become an AHA ACLS Instructor, candidates must complete the online portion, followed by the hands-on session, which is classroom based.  The online portion of the course contains both core content and discipline-specific modules to prepare the instructor candidates for the hands-on session. In the classroom, our Faculty will continue preparing instructor candidates to become AHA instructors by focusing on the in-depth material about the ACLS discipline that candidates will be teaching.

The hands-on session includes instruction, practice, and an exam, allowing instructor candidates to successfully use their instructor materials and skills. As a ACLS Instructor, candidates will also be able to teach the following courses:

FEATURES

  • BLS- Basic Life Support (for Healthcare Providers)
  • Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED
  • Heartsaver CPR AED
  • Heartsaver First Aid
  • Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED

Overview of the American Heart Association

  • AHA/ECC Missions and Policies
  • Overview of Instructor Competencies
  • Program Administration Manual
  • Training Center-Specific Policies

2015 Guidelines Science Instructor Updates

  • BLS Science Updates
  • Heartsaver Science Updates (optional)

BLS Product and Course Orientation

  • Life is Why Activity
  • High Performance Teams Activity
  • Skills Testing Checklist and Remediation
  • Heartsaver Courses
  • Instructor Exam
Course Content
  • Key changes in basic life support, reflecting new science from the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
  • Critical concepts in high-quality CPR
  • The American Heart Association Chain of Survival
  • 1-rescuer CPR and AED for adults, children and infants
  • 2-rescuer CPR and AED for adults, children and infants
  • Differences among adult, child and infant rescue techniques
  • Bag-mask techniques for adults, children and infants
  • Rescue breathing for adults, children and infants
  • Relief of choking for adults, children and infants
  • CPR with an advanced airway*

STEPS TO BECOMING AN INSTRUCTOR

  1. Be accepted by a AHA Training Center (Superior Life Support) by enrolling in an Instructor Course and completing an Instructor Candidate Application with that Training Center.
  2. Have current AHA Provider status in the discipline for that Instructor Essentials course and be proficient in all the skills of that discipline.
  3. Successfully complete the Instructor Essentials Course, including both the online and hands-on session
  4. Successfully be monitored teaching within 6 months of completing the hands-on session of the Instructor Essentials course.

PREREQUISITES FOR INSTRUCTOR CANDIDATES

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a current American Heart Association BLS Provider course completion card (no other BLS certifications will be accepted)
  • Be proficient in the skills of BLS
  • Complete the BLS Instructor Essentials Online
  • Be aligned with an American Heart Association Training Center

BLS INSTRUCTOR CARD

*Card valid for two years*

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ACLS EDU provides online, onsite, blended and classroom American Heart Association First Aid, CPR, AED, BLS, ACLS, PALS certification and recertification courses.