2011 Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers eLearning Part 1 Course Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: What is BLS for Healthcare Providers eLearning Part 1?
A: BLS for Healthcare Providers Part 1 is a web-based, self-directed course that uses case-based scenarios and interactive lessons to teach students both single-rescuer and team basic life support for application in both in- and out-of-hospital settings. This course teaches participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations, provide early use of an AED and relieve choking. It includes adult, child, and infant rescue techniques.
This eLearning course provides an alternative to classroom training for healthcare professionals seeking an initial or renewal BLS for Healthcare Providers course completion card.
To help students gain proficiency in performing skills for full course completion, Part 1 is combined with a hands- on skills practice and testing session (Parts 2 and 3), where students have the opportunity for one-on-one practice time with an AHA BLS Instructor before testing. Basic Life Support Instructor before testing.
Q: What content is taught in the BLS for Healthcare Providers eLearning Part 1 Course?
A: Content covered in this course includes:
• Key changes in basic life support science from the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR & ECC
• Critical concepts of high-quality CPR
• The AHA Chain of Survival
• 1-Rescuer CPR/AED for Adult/Child/Infant
• 2-Rescuer CPR/AED for Adult/Child/Infant
• Differences between Adult, Child and Infant rescue techniques
• Bag-mask techniques for Adult, Child and Infant
• Rescue breathing for Adult, Child and Infant
• Relief of choking for Adult, Child and Infant
• CPR with an advanced airway
**This is an introduction to the compression/ventilation rate and ratio for a patient who has an advanced airway in place. For more information on advanced airways, please ask your instructor about the Airway Management Course.
Q: Who is the target audience for this course?
A: This eLearning course provides an alternative to BLS for Healthcare Providers classroom training for healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide variety of in- and out- of hospital settings. This audience includes nurses, physicians, EMS professionals, students in a healthcare program at a university/college, allied health professionals (physical therapists, occupational therapist, athletic trainers, etc.) and others seeking an initial or renewal BLS for Healthcare Providers course completion card.
Q: What is the format for this course?
A: BLS for Healthcare Providers eLearning Part 1 presents cognitive information through a series of case-based scenarios, videos and interactive exercises.
Upon successful completion of Part 1, including the online written test, a Part 1 Certificate of Completion is available for students to print.
This certificate must then be presented for parts 2 and 3, the hands-on skills practice and testing session* with an AHA BLS Instructor. Students will receive an AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers Course Completion card, issued by their Instructor’s Training Center, upon successful completion of all three parts.
Successful completion of this course includes three (3) parts:
Part 1, eLearning portion
Part 2*, a hands-on skills session with an authorized AHA BLS Instructor
Part 3*, a skills test with an authorized AHA BLS Instructor
• • • *Parts 2 and 3 should be completed in one “skills practice and testing” session.
Q: What are some of the unique features of the BLS for Healthcare Providers eLearning Part 1 Course?
A: Course features include:
• Includes 5 (five) case-based scenario exercises, interactive activities, videos and a written test
• Certificate of completion available to print when Part 1 has been completed successfully
• Progress bar at top of course screen and check-mark icons next to each exercise indicate students’ progress
• Course features tool for taking and referencing notes
• Course includes audio/video • “Drag and drop” tool reinforces steps and sequences
• Accordion-style content navigation allows for less scrolling
• Screen and text-sized options help meet diverse learning needs
• Settings allow user to turn on and off “Video Autoplay”
• Navigation controls allow user to move easily through content
• Includes downloadable:
o BLS for Healthcare Providers Pocket Reference Card
o Adult/pediatric algorithms
o Summary of steps
o 1-2 rescuer Adult BLS (with AED) skills testing sheet
o 1-2 rescuer Infant BLS skills testing sheet
• Includes eLearning access to the BLS for Healthcare Providers Student Manual
• Provides access to all information in eLearning course for 24 months following activation of course key
Q: What skills are tested during the skills testing session*?
A: During skills testing, students must successfully demonstrate competency performing the following skills:
• 1- and 2-Rescuer Adult BLS (includes CPR w/pocket mask, AED use and use of a bag-mask device)
• 1- and 2-Rescuer Infant BLS (includes CPR w/pocket mask and use of a bag-mask device)
*Parts 2 and 3 should be completed in one “skills practice and testing” session.
Q: Approximately how long does BLS for Healthcare Providers Online Part 1 take to complete?
A: Part 1 can be completed in approximately 1-2 hours; time to complete a practice and testing session (Parts 2 and
3) 1-2 hours.
Q: Does successful completion of the BLS for Healthcare Providers Course result in receipt of an AHA course completion card? If so, what card?
A: Yes, upon successful completion of all three parts, (eLearning course and in-person practice and testing session) will receive an AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers Course Completion card, issued by their Instructor’s Training Center. This card is valid for two years.
Q: Does BLS for Healthcare Providers eLearning Part 1 offer continuing education (CE/CME)?
A: No, CE/CME credits are not offered for this course, as BLS training is most often an educational requirement and a
basic qualification for employment.
Q: After completion of the eLearning course, how long does a student have to complete the skills practice and testing session?
A: Students are allowed up to 60 days after the completion of the online part of the course to complete the skills session.
Q: Can a student log in and out of the course?
A: Yes. Students can log in and out as many times as they choose. However, the written test must be taken in one sitting.
To log out, students must click the “Click here to logout” link located at the top of the page after login. When the student is ready to continue training, he/she can return to OnlineAHA.org and login with his/her registered email and password.
Q: Can course material be accessed after the eLearning portion is completed?
A: Yes, students may access all material included in the BLS for Healthcare Providers eLearning Part 1 program for 24
months following initial activation of their course key.