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Course Descriptions

BLS Courses

BLS Provider: Instructor-Led Training (Replaces BLS for   Healthcare Providers) Note: This is an "All classroom course". Does not include online course completion.

The 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.

The BLS (Instructor Led) Course is approximately 4 1/2 hours long including all required lessons, if taught using the recommended Instructor-to-student ratio of 1 Instructor to 6 students.

In the Instructor-led course, students participate in simulated clinical scenarios an learning stations. Students work with an AHA BLS Instructor to complete BLS skills practice and skills testing. Students also complete a written exam.

         • Updated science and education from the new 2015 AHA 
            Guidelines Update for CPR & ECC

         • Instructor-led, hands-on class format reinforces skills
            proficiency

         • Emphasis on high-quality CPR including a team
           dynamics classroom activity

         • Video-based course with real world scenarios


BLS Provider
Renewal:
Instructor-Led Training (Replaces BLS for   Healthcare Providers Renewal) Note: This is an "All classroom course". Does not include online course completion. This course requires completion of the BLS course previously.

The AHA has added a BLS Renewal Course option for BLS providers to complete BLS training and receive a BLS Provider course completion card. The BLS Renewal Course is a video-based, ILT course that features accelerated content. It is designed specifically for providers with a BLS Provider course completion card and allows for time efficiency while teaching both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills in both in-facility and pre-hospital settings.

BLS Skills Only

BLS Skills Only class if for persons that have completed the American Heart Association (AHA) coursee "HeartCode BLS"  This course is intended for providers who have successfully completed the online portion of BLS training (HeartCode BLS I). Direct assessment of a student’s performance of BLS skills.  The BLS Skills Class is approximately 2 hours.  Note: Students must have completed AHA online class prior to practice and skills testing. Cost of the AHA online course does NOT include the cost of this skills class!


BLS Skills "Accelerated"

BLS Skills "accelerated" class is for persons that have completed the American Heart Association (AHA) course "HeartCode BLS online"  and is only intended for providers who are experienced in the skills of basic life support, are renewing their AHA BLS course completion card, and have successfully completed the online portion of AHA BLS HeartCode online course. Use of a feedback device or manikin is required for the accelerated HeartCode BLS Competency Course to ensure high-quality CPR with the direct assessment of a student’s performance of skills.  The Accelerated BLS Skills Class is approximately 1 hour.

Note: Students must have completed AHA online BLS class (HearCode BLS I) prior to practice and skills testing. Cost of the AHA BLS online course does NOT include the cost of this skills class!


Heartsaver® Courses

Heartsaver courses are designed for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for job, regulatory (for example, OSHA), or other requirements. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting. For many Heartsaver courses, students receive a course completion card that is valid for 2 years.  Fitness Instructors, Teachers, Social Workers, etc.  Heartsaver classroom courses are video based, are instructor led, and feature group interaction and hands-on coaching and feedback from an American Heart Association Instructor. Skills are taught with the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique that allows students to practice skills as the video guides them. Classroom courses may also be conducted on-site at a company’s location.


Heartsaver® CPR AED

This course will teach you to recognize cardiac arrest, get emergency care on the way quickly, and help a person until more advanced care arrives to take over. The course also covers adult choking and naloxone. 100% classroom training means students are with an AHA Instructor for their entire learning experience. Heartsaver® CPR AED is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult CPR & AED use and how to relieve choking. Optional Modules: Child CPR and AED use and infant CPR may be added. This course teaches skills with the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback, and guide the students’ learning of skills.  This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory, or other requirements. Note: Does not require online course completion.

Features

  • Video-based course ensures consistency 
  • Instructor-led, hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency 
  • Course is updated with the new science from the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
  • Optional modules in child CPR and AED use and infant CPR, including child and infant choking
  • Optional exam

Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED

This course is designed to meet OSHA requirements and covers first aid basics and CPR and AED skills for adults, children, and infants. 100% classroom training means students are with an AHA Instructor for their entire learning experience. Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrives. Skills covered in this course include first aid; choking relief in adults and CPR/AED. Optional Modules: CPR/AED for Children and Infants may be added. This course teaches skills with the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback, and guide the students’ learning of skills. This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory, or other requirements.
  • Optional modules in child CPR and AED use and infant CPR, including child and infant choking
  • Optional exam

     Heartsaver® Pediatric First Aid CPR AED 

The Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Course is designed to meet the regulatory requirements for child care workers in all 50 United States. It teaches child care providers and others to respond to and manage illnesses and injuries in a child or infant in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. The course covers the Four Steps of Pediatric First Aid and modules in Pediatric First Aid, Child/Infant CPR AED and optional modules covering Adult CPR AED, and Asthma Care Training.  The modular classroom-based course is designed to be flexible and allow Instructors to teach either Pediatric First Aid, CPR AED or both.  Students may also wish to consider the combination or blended class:  AHA Online course plus the Classroom Skills & Practice course.

Students that do not have a MOPD-ID number may attend this class. If you wish to signup for MOPD-ID for free please go to:  https://www.openinitiative.org/

     Heartsaver® First Aid

Designed to meet OSHA regulations, this course covers first aid basics, consisting of the most common life-threatening emergencies, how to recognize them, how to call for help, and how to perform lifesaving skill. 100% classroom training means students are with an AHA Instructor for their entire learning experience.   Heartsaver® First Aid is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills to respond to and manage an emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services arrives. Students learn duties and responsibilities of first aid rescuers; first aid actions for medical emergencies, including severe choking, heart attack, and stroke; and skills for handling injury and environmental emergencies, including external bleeding, broken bones and sprains, and bites and stings. This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in first aid to meet job, regulatory, or other requirements.

Features

  • Video-based course ensures consistency
  • Instructor-led, hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency
  • Student Workbook comes with Heartsaver First Aid Quick Reference Guide that summarizes first aid actions for many injuries and illnesses
  • Course is updated with the new science from the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care

Heartsaver Classroom Length:

Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED: approximately 7 hours (including optional-lessons and breaks, Child-Infant). Adult only 5 hours
Heartsaver CPR AED: approximately 4 ½ hours (including optional lessons and breaks, Child-Infant). Adult only 2 hours; 1 hour Child; 1 hour Infant; Breaks 30 minutes.
Heartsaver First Aid: approximately 2 1/2 hours.

Heartsaver Pediatric AED CPR First Aid: Approximately 6 hours.


  Heartsaver® Blended Learning Courses

Heartsaver blended "Skills Only" training offers flexibility for employers, students, and Instructors. The eLearning (online) portion of the course is designed to teach students the cognitive information needed for first aid and/or CPR and AED training. Upon completion of the online portion, students must complete hands-on session with an AHA BLS or Heartsaver Instructor focused on meaningful skills coaching, practice, and testing. Note: If you purchase the online course directly from the AHA the Skills Course cost  is not included. An additional fee is required for the skills class only.


 Heartsaver Skills Only Class Length:


             Note: Students must have completed AHA online class prior to
        practice and skills
testing. Cost of the AHA online course does
        NOT include the cost of the skills class!


     Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED (all modules):
     90 minutes per student

Heartsaver CPR AED: 45 minutes per student

Heartsaver First Aid: 30 minutes per student

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED (all modules): 90 minutes per student  


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Family & Friends® CPR


       The Family & Friends CPR Course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only CPR, adult CPR with
      breaths, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR, and mild and severe airway block
      for adults, children, and infants. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment using the AHA’s
      research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides students with the most hands-on
     CPR practice time possible.

     Family & Friends CPR is for people who want to learn CPR but do not need a CPR course completion card
     to meet a job requirement. This course is ideal for community groups, new parents, grandparents,
     babysitters, and others interested in learning how to save a life
.

      Features

  •  Uses AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which improves learning and retention
  •  Classroom format works well for learners who prefer group interaction and feedback while learning skills
  •  Each student receives high-quality course materials for ongoing reference

    Course Content

    The Family & Friends CPR program teaches:

  • Adult Hands-Only CPR and AED
  • Adult CPR With Breaths (Optional)
  • Mild and Severe Airway Block: How to Help a Choking Adult (Optional)
  • Child CPR and AED (Optional)
  • Mild and Severe Airway Block: How to Help a Choking Child (Optional)
  • Infant CPR (Optional)
  • Mild and Severe Airway Block: How to Help a Choking Infant (Optional)

Course Format

    Family & Friends CPR is a classroom-based course that can be taught by an AHA Instructor or led by a
    facilitator (a community member, family member, or friend) who wishes to share the lifesaving skills of
    CPR with others. This course is video-led and includes skills practice throughout the course. Skills are
    taught by using the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows participants to
    practice on a CPR training manikin while skills are demonstrated in the course video.

    Course topics can be presented together or taught separately as stand-alone modules.

    Following are approximate times for each module:

  •  Adult Hands-Only CPR/Adult CPR with Breaths/AED/Choking: about 39 minutes
  •  Child CPR/AED/Choking: about 27 minutes
  •  Infant CPR/Choking: about 21 minutes
    This course does not provide a course completion card; however, students receive a tear-out
    participation card in their student manual or can download a certificate of participati
on.


2015 Spanish Family & Friends CPR Participation Card2015 English Family & Friends CPR Participation Card


Family & Friend CPR Agenda


American Red Cross


Baby Sitter Training with Pediatric AED CPR First Aid

Child and/or Infant Daycare Providers, Babysitters, Nannies

  • Child care workers
  • Nanies
  • Baby Sitters (11 years and older)
  • Teachers
  • Foster care workers
  • Camp counselors
  • Youth organizations
  • Coaches for children’s sports organizations
  • Others responsible for children including parents, grandparents, babysitters and guardians
Class includes classroom and hands on practice in baby sitting, child and infant CPR, AED and Pediatric First Aid. Optional Adult CPR may be included. The course is approved by the state to meet childcare facility requirements. Includes Child/Infant/Adult CPR AED and Pediatric First Aid.

If you do not required baby sitter training along with Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED,  you may wish to take the Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED course instead!


Babysitter’s Training Course Outline

Activity

Time

Introduction to the Course

10 minutes

Lesson 1: You’re the Boss: A Guide to Leadership

40 minutes

Lesson 2: The Business of Babysitting

40 minutes

Lesson 3: Safe and Sound on the Job

45 minutes

Lesson 4: Understanding Kids from 0 to 10

55 minutes

Lesson 5: From Feeding to Bedtime: Caring for Kids

60 minutes

Lesson 6: It’s  an Emergency: First Aid/CPR/AED

2 hours, 20 minutes

Total Approximate Course Time

6 hours, 30 minutes

     Midwest CPR Foundation
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