Online Blended HeartCode Classes for Healthcare Professionals (BLS CPR)
This year it seems like everything, from work and school to our social lives, has found an online platform. CPR classes are no exception! The HeartCode blended BLS course from the American Heart Association combines the best of in-person skills training with the flexibility and safety of online tools. This article goes over all the details of HeartCode BLS CPR—who should take it, what you’ll learn, and all the benefits.
Who Needs BLS CPR?
Basic life support (BLS) is a specialized type of CPR course designed specifically for health care workers and some other specialized personnel. People like nurses, emergency medical technicians, ski patrollers, dentists, firefighters, and more use BLS to respond quickly and effectively during an emergency. Most people who work outside of these kinds of settings don’t need BLS and a general CPR or CPR and First Aid course is just fine.
Most people who need a BLS certification will know—it’s often required for a specific job or license. If you’re not sure if BLS is right for you, ask your employer (or one of the friendly staff at Professional CPR).
What is HeartCode?
So, what do you learn in a HeartCode BLS course—and how do you learn it?
HeartCode BLS courses contain all the same information as a traditional BLS course. Whether you work pre-hospital or in-facility, you’ll learn important concepts like:
- The BLS Chain of Survival
- Recognizing an emergency
- Teamwork in multi-rescuer resuscitation
- Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction in adults, children, and infants
You’ll also learn hands-on skills like:
- High-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
- Proper AED use
HeartCode courses are broken into two sessions: an online portion and an in-person portion. The online portion is a self-paced, 1-2 hour module. Students need to register through the American Heart Association website to gain access to the course, which includes a digital e-book, skills simulations, and a multiple-choice exam. Once you pass the exam, print off your certificate and it’s on to the next session!
Next, you’ll sign up for a in-person skill session. This 1-2 hours session gives you an opportunity to learn and demonstrate hands-on skills with live feedback so you can feel confident in your CPR. Once the session is complete, you’re done!
Check out this page for more information on how to sign up.
What Are the Benefits of Blended Learning?
Signing up for two different sessions might seem like extra work. But HeartCode blended BLS CPR courses offer a lot of benefits. Here are some of the pros of blended learning:
One of the biggest perks to online learning is the flexibility. Self-paced modules give you an opportunity to learn at your own speed—and on your own time. And weekly skills sessions mean you don’t have to wait to finish your certification.
#2. Access to Materials
When you register for your online session, you gain access to a digital e-book, as well as downloadable algorithms, illustrations, and other resources. Students can access these materials any time for two years to refresh their memory.
#3. High-quality Curriculum
HeartCode courses follow the American Heart Association BLS curriculum, which means the most up-to-date, accurate, and high-quality information. Students will earn an AHA BLS certification card that lasts two years.
#4. Increased Safety
In this day and age, social distancing is key to keeping ourselves and each other safe. Blended learning limits the amount of time spent with others and allows you to stay safe at home while you learn.
HeartCode Blended Courses: Wrapping Up
Blended CPR courses mean that you have more flexibility to choose when and where you learn—without sacrificing any of the quality. HeartCode BLS courses offer a way to get the full AHA curriculum in a time of social distancing, and Professional CPR makes it easy to get it done.
Ready to sign up? Find a skills session at one of Professional CPR’s three locations today!