Basic Life Support (BLS)

Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers

  • 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 (Initial and Renewal)
    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 initial certification course is approximately 4 to 4.5 hours in length, depending on the size of the class. The renewal certification course approx. 3hrs.

    Heart Code BLS
    This option is for those who may not be able to attend a regular BLS course. 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 with an OLSET instructor. For additional information contact OLSET at (409) 266-0074 or

  • What to Bring to Class

    1. UTMB ID Badge (if applicable)
    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 exceptions!
    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 Office of Life Support Education and Training at 409-226-0074 or email