Frequently Asked Questions
What topics are covered in the BLS for
Healthcare Provider course?
- Adult rescue breathing
- Adult CPR & AED (1 & 2 rescuer)
- Adult choking management
- Child/infant rescue breathing
- Child/infant choking management
- Child CPR
What if my employer does not accept "online"
Keep in mind that what most employers mean by "online" courses is 100% online based BLS courses, which you can
find on the internet. For good reason most employers will not accept those type of courses since they do not verify
that you have actually learned the skills through in-person skills evaluation. Our online BLS certification courses
are a form of "blended training", which has both online and in-person training components. This is very different
from an "online" course. Also, the certification card that you receive from your local training center after
completing your skills test will be the exact same card you would receive in a 100% classroom based course. So,
unless you tell them, your employer will not even know that you took a portion of the course online. :-)
Who can take these BLS courses? Are they just for
Anyone can take the American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider course. In the past the AHA
called this a renewal only course and required previous classroom based training. However, as of the
beginning of 2008 the AHA specifies that the online BLS for Healthcare Provider course is intended for training
of either first-time or renewing providers. As before, an in-person skills test is also
required in order to receive a certification card.
What is the process for the AHA BLS for
The online portion of the course contains mandatory checkpoints that must be successfully completed before a
student is allowed to access the final written test. There are also exercises available for review, plus additional
optional video clips that can be accessed for skills demonstrations. The confident student may opt to bypass the
reviews and go immediately to the required checkpoint scenario. The student who answers a question incorrectly is
redirected to the beginning of that checkpoint and given the option for review. Afterward he reattempts the
checkpoint. Each checkpoint must be completed with 100% accuracy.
If a student is unsure of an answer to a question in the checkpoint, he can select the "Brief Review" option.
When he has completed the review, he returns to the checkpoint. After completing all the checkpoints, the student
is directed to the online written posttest. Following successful completion of the online portion, the student
prints a certificate that he takes to the skills session.
Should a student not be able to successfully complete either version of the posttest, they will be instructed to
print the course homepage. This page will document which parts of the program have been completed. The student
should take this page to their scheduled skills session. The instructor providing the skills check will provide for
additional remediation as needed, in accordance with the current Program Administration Manual.
Is a skills test required?
Absolutely. The skills test is what makes blended BLS training superior to 100% online courses offered by other
online companies. Validation of your hands-on skills is required for certification.
How is a skills session scheduled?
A local AHA Training Center must be contacted to arrange a skills check. To locate a local skills testing
center we ask that you first go to http://www.americanheart.org/eccclassconnector. If you are not able to locate a skills testing
center after checking online, please feel free to contact My CPR Pros at 704.302.1055 to get the phone
numbers of current skill testing centers in your area. Please keep in mind that each skill testing center may
charge an additional fee for the skills test and that that fee varies from center to center. Typical rates run
from $40-$75 for skills testing.
What makes up the skills check?
The skills check, which must be completed by an instructor, includes those skills required in a standard BLS for
Healthcare Providers course:
- Integrated relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (FBAO) in the responsive and unresponsive adult
victim and rescue breathing and use of a bag-mask device
- Integrated adult 1- and 2-rescuer CPR and AED use and use of a mouth-to-mask device
- Integrated relief of FBAO in the responsive and unresponsive child, 1- and 2-rescuer CPR, and rescue
breathing and use of a bag-mask device
- Integrated relief of FBAO in the responsive and unresponsive infant, 1- and 2-rescuer CPR, and rescue
breathing and use of a bag-mask device
Can course material be accessed after the
online portion is completed?
You will have access to the online course material for 12 months from the day of enrollment to refer to the
course material for review and knowledge updates.
How long to I have to complete the skills
testing portion of the course?
Students are allowed up to 60 days after the completion of online part of the course to complete the skills
How long does it take to complete?
Students generally require 1-2 hours to complete the online portion of the course.
Does the program require special computer or support
- Browser: MS Internet Explorer 5+ or Netscape 6
- QuickTime Plugin 4.0+ (Pre-installed in most browsers)
Who should I contact if there are problems
with the online course?
If you don't receive your login instructions within 1 business day, please contact My CPR Pros
However, if you are having technical difficulties with the online course itself you will need to
contact the course provider directly. We have provided their contact information below.
American Heart Association (course developed by Scitent, Inc.)
9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday - Friday.
Online BLS for
Healthcare Provider Course
(valid for both initial
& BCLS renewal training)
This fee is does not include required skills testing.