American Heart Association Certification
SKILLS PRACTICE AND TESTING
Your instructor will work with you to make sure you're comfortable performing the following skills:
- Chest Compressions
- Pocket-mask ventilations
- Bag-mask ventilation
- Use of the AED
You'll then be given an "in-hospital" adult BLS scenario so you can practice these skills in sequence. Following this opportunity to practice, your instructor will test your skills by asking you to perform the scenario without any assistance or intervention from the instructor.
Once the adult check-off is complete, you'll then follow the same process for the infant skills and scenario.
Upon successful completion of your BLS Skills Session, you will have earned your 2-year American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers certification.
You must demonstrate a solid, practical grasp of the mechanics involved in Basic
Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS). The examiner will
provide you with information regarding the scenario and will respond to your questions. Facts about the case will be provided.
The examiner should not provide guidance during the examination. If in the interest of moving the scenario forward, the examiner must provide feedback that guides the examinee, the examiner should mark the examinee's performance as “Needs Improvement” and the examinee should perform the skills check again. The examiner should inform the examinee what steps need improvement before rechecking ACLS
Students who successfully complete the online portion of the course receive a certificate granting them access to a PALS Hands-on Skills Session with an AHA PALS Instructor, or with a voice-assisted manikin (VAM) or Simulation Station. Students must successfully complete both the online portion and the hands-on skills session to receive a PALS Provider course completion card.