American Heart Association Courses


Did you know that Aiken Technical College is an AHA Training Site under the AHA Training Center at Lowcountry Regional EMS Council.

Courses Offered

Online Learning Option 

To complete the AHA Provider certification you will need to attend a Skills Exam held at ATC. See the Pricing Chart for course costs.  For the online learning modules, the AHA does have a separate charge for the online module that is not collected by ATC. Once you successfully complete the Skills Exams you will be issued the appropriate AHA Certification E-Card.

This is a Blended Learning class. Click the appropriate link to purchase the on-line learning module. You need to complete the on-line learning module before completing the Skills Exam. At the end of the on-line learning module, you will be issued a certificate of completion. THIS IS NOT YOUR PROVIDER CERTIFICATION. Bring a copy of this certificate of completion to the Skills Exam.

Due to COVID-19, the online learning option is the only method of instruction available at this time. Due to the lack of options, ATC has lowered the cost of Skills Testing for the BLS certification to $5.00.

During the Spring 2021 semester, testing sessions will take place in 15 minute blocks on Friday afternoons. Skills Testing for ACLS and PALS will be scheduled as needed upon request. ACLS and PALS Skills Testing takes aprox. 90 minutes. Practice sessions can be scheduled if needed prior to testing. Please make ACLS or PALS skills testing requests via email

New ATC Nursing Program students: There are two days available for BLS Skills testing of new ATC Nursing students. Testing sessions will take place in 15 minute blocks on January 6 & 7 from 9 am to 3 pm for Nursing students. Please follow the directions below for completing the online learning module, paying the ATC Cashier's office, and Scheduling your appointment. Practice maniquins will be available for students prior to your appointment. 

Below are the steps to become certified in BLS CPR at ATC. If you are in need of ACLS or PALS, simply follow the same Steps listed below but replace "BLS" with ACLS or PALS.

  1. Complete and pass the AHA Online Blended Learning Module for “Heartcode BLS”.
  2. Print a copy of your “Certificate of Completion” from the AHA Online Blended Learning Module
    1. Bring your Certificate of Completion with you to your appointment.
  3. Pay $5.00 to the ATC Cashier’s office for the BLS Provider Blended Skills Test (ACLS & PALS prices remain the same as listed below)
    1. Cashier’s office is closed on Fridays
    2. Bring the receipt to your appointment
  4. Arrive to your appointment on time and prepared.
    1. If you are missing any items, you will not be able to complete the skills testing.
    2. A manikin will be available for students to practice skills prior to testing.
    3. Once you complete the testing, your e-card will be e-mailed to you.

To schedule, a Skills Exam select Schedule Now

Skills Testing takes place in the Health Sciences Building, Room 1400 unless otherwise specified. 

BLS Online Course

ACLS Online Course

PALS Online Course


BLS (4 hours)  (This class is not available at this time due to COVID-19. Please see the online learning option below.)

The Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Course sets the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest. This course will provide content representing the latest resuscitation science for improved patient outcomes - realistic scenarios, simulations and animations depicting rescuers, teams and patients. This course is being offered to healthcare professionals, as well as anyone who needs to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills.

Cost: $35

Course Overview

  • Course Date(s): TBD
  • Course Location: TBD
  • Course Time: TBD

All classes are limited to 6 people per class and are held on ATC's Campus.

Please see the Online Learning option below to obtain your BLS Provider certification sooner.

ACLS (16 hours)
*For Healthcare Professionals Only

Medical professionals who respond to cardiovascular emergencies in and out of the hospital enhance their treatment knowledge and skills through the AHA’s Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) training courses. AHA’s ACLS offerings highlight the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac arrest care. They also cover airway management and related pharmacology.

Cost: $150.00

Course Overview

  • Course Date(s): TBD
  • Course Location: TBD
  • Course Time: TBD

PALS (16 hours)
*For Healthcare Professionals Only

The AHA’s Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC. This classroom, Instructor-led course uses a series of videos and simulated pediatric emergencies to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation, and team dynamics. The goal of the PALS Course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes.

Cost: $150.00

Course Overview

  • Course Date(s): TBD
  • Course Location: TBD
  • Course Time: TBD


Course Costs

AHA Courses

Basic Life Support (BLS) Full Class $35.00
Basic Life Support (BLS) Blended Skills $15.00
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Full Class $150.00
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Blended Skills $50.00
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Full Class $150.00
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Blended Skills $50.00
BLS/ACLS/PALS Instructor Orientation (price is for each indidvidually)   $75

Due to COVID-19 accommodations, the online learning option is the only method of instruction available at this time. Due to the lack of options, ATC has lowered the cost of Skills Testing for the BLS certification to $5.00. ACLS and PALS Skills Testing prices remain unchanged. 


How to Become an AHA Instructor

Becoming an American Heart Association instructor is easy after consulting with an American Heart Association Training Center to find out whether the Training Center (TC) is accepting new instructors and the TCC's (Training Center Coordinator) preferred course delivery.

The steps are simple – get started today!

  1. Be accepted by your local AHA Training Center before enrolling in an Instructor Course and have a completed Instructor Candidate Application on file with that Training Center.
  2. Have current AHA provider status in the discipline for that Instructor Course and be proficient in all the skills of that discipline. Disciplines include ACLS, BLS, PALS, PEARS and Heartsaver.
  3. Successfully complete the discipline-specific classroom Instructor Course.
  4. Successfully be monitored teaching your first course within six months of completing the discipline-specific classroom Instructor Course. Training Center Coordinators can require additional monitoring.

Once you become an Instructor, you will have access to the most current emergency cardiovascular care science, course updates, training resources and tools through the online AHA Instructor Network. You will also be able to post class dates and times to reach more students through our public website.

BLS Instructor Essentials Online

ACLS Instructor Essentials Online

PALS Instructor Essentials Online


AHA Instructor Community: Your Forum of Instructor Peers

Once you become an AHA Instructor, you will have immediate access to our Instructor Community, a networking site where you can connect with your fellow AHA Instructors to exchange knowledge, information and expertise, or to ask us questions directly. Our hope is that you explore the site and begin to share ideas, discuss the latest trends in CPR training and give us feedback so we can partner with you to provide outstanding training and save more lives.

What can you do in the AHA Instructor Community?

  • Participate in or start discussion forums
  • Post and comment on blogs
  • Chat with colleagues, share stories and photos, ask and answer questions
  • List local events and view AHA national events
  • Access resources to promote your CPR and ECC training
  • Earn “badges” based on your activity in the community
  • Connect with friends
  • Join groups based on your Instructor discipline(s)
  • And more! We’ll continually adjust the site to add new features based on your input.

While the Instructor Community is your space, we will be listening to your opinions so that we can learn more about your needs and wants as a provider of lifesaving training.

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