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American Heart Association
Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers(BLS-HCP)

Course Description

The BLS Healthcare Provider Course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely, and effectiver manner. The course is intended for certified or non-certified, licensed or nonlicensed healthcare professionals.

Courses Offered

Healthcare Provider

This course is intended for those who are certified/licensed healthcare providers or those who provide direct patient care. The course is video based with hands on interactive practice and skills stations. AHA Best Practice Guidelines are explained and reinforced. There is plenty of time for practice and questions. Approximately 4 hours.

Non-Healthcare Provider CPR

This course in intended for those that are not certified/licensed healthcare providers. This would include office staff, clerks, registration staff, transportation or general public. This course is video based and focuses on hands on practice. Focus is on proficiency. AHA Best Practice Guidelines are reinforced. There is plenty of time for practice and questions. Approximately 4 hours.

Alternative Renewal BLS

This option is for those attending an advanced ECC course such as PALS or ACLS. Due to the reinforcement of BLS skills and skills checks in advanced courses, an additional 1.5 hours at the end of the advanced class to cover the remainder of the curriculum of the BLS Healthcare Provider course. This option is highly recommended, especially if your BLS card is set to expire within 6 months, but is available to all attending an advanced course. There currently is a wait list for BLS classes between now and January. Attending this section alleviates the need to return to the educational lab on another day for a 4 hours class. This option also allows you to keep your certifications expiring at the same time so you do not have to keep up with 2 different renewal dates. Please let us know when registering if you desire to renew your BLS during your advanced course.

Online Renewal BLS

This option is for those who may not be able to attend a regular BLS course and does not require one of the advance AHA courses. Online renewal of BLS-HCP is done through the online AHA website. The course is divided into three parts with part 1 being the online didactic portion and parts 2 & 3 being the skills practice and evaluation here at the Life Support Education Lab. There is a cost for the online renewal that is paid to AHA for part 1. For additional information contact LSED.

Registration Costs

Please click here to go to the calendar and register for your class.

All BLS/CPR classes are free to the UTMB Community (Staff, Students, Physicians). If you are Non-UTMB, there is a $25 course fee to take a CPR class.

All course fees must be paid within 5 days of registration.

Call our cahier's office at 409-772-2503 for payment.

Student Expectations

You will be expected to:

  1. Be familiar with the AHA Guidelines 2010 recommendations
  2. Be prompt for class start times (or you may be asked to reschedule)
  3. Silence or place on vibrate all cell phones and pagers
  4. Complete all skills stations
  5. Pass the written exam at end of course with an 84 or higher

If you have any questions, call the Education Lab at 409-772-2823 or email cpredlab@utmb.edu.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purchase. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Successful participation in one of these classes alone does not imply certification to perform the skills learned in the class.

If you have any questions, email cpredlab@utmb.edu or call the Education Lab at 409-772-2823.