Basic Life Support (BLS)

Basic Life Support (BLS)

  • 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 effective manner. The course is intended for certified or non-certified, licensed or non-licensed healthcare professionals.
  • Basic Life Support Course
    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. The class is approximately 4 to 4.5 hours in length, depending on the size of the class.

    Online BLS
    This option is for those who may not be able to attend a regular BLS course. Online renewal of BLS status 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 demonstration here at the Life Support Education Department. There is a cost for the online renewal that is paid to AHA for part 1. Please note: UTMB does not reimburse staff members for the AHA part 1 course.  Skills practice and demonstration are offered free of charge for UTMB staff members. For additional information contact LSED at (409) 772-2823 or

  • All BLS/CPR classes are free to the UTMB Community (Staff, Students and Physicians).

    What to Bring to Class

    1. UTMB ID Badge
    2. Current BLS Card or eCard printed out
    3. Current appropriate text book for your class. "AHA Basic Life Support Manual, 2020 Edition."
  • You will be expected to:

    1. Be prompt for class start times. No one will be allowed into class once the first video portion of the class has begun.  No expectations.
    2. Read the appropriate Provider Manual for the assigned class.
    3. Demonstrate mastery of BLS skills during the course.
    4. Pass the written exam at end of course with an 84% or higher. All exams are open resource (open book & notes).

    If you have any questions, call the Education Lab at 409-772-2823 or email