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


Blended Learning Option (online)

To complete an American Heart Association Provider certification, you must first complete an online, blended learning module. Once a student has completed the online, blended learning module, they must attend a Skills Exam held at ATC. See the Pricing Chart for course costs.  For the online learning modules, the American Heart Association has a separate charge for the online module not collected by ATC. At the end of the online learning module, you will be issued a certificate of completion. THIS CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION IS NOT YOUR PROVIDER CERTIFICATION. Bring a copy of this certificate of completion to the Skills Exam. Once you complete the Skills Exams, you will be issued the appropriate AHA Provider Certification E-Card.

Testing sessions to complete any Blended Learning online courses will occur on Friday afternoons unless other arrangements are made. Skills Testing for ACLS and PALS will be scheduled as needed upon request.  Practice sessions can be scheduled if required before testing. Please make ACLS or PALS skills testing requests via e-mail at mosherr@atc.edu

To schedule a Skills Exam, select Schedule Now

Below are the steps to become a certified provider in BLS, ACLS, or PALS.

  1. Complete and pass the AHA Online Blended Learning Module.
    1. BLS Online Course
    2. ACLS Online Course
    3. PALS Online Course
  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 the ATC Cashier's office for the Provider Blended Skills Test appropriate to the course you are completing. 
    1. Cashier's office hours of operation
    2. Bring the receipt to your appointment
  4. Arrive at 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 before 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. 


Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED (Blended Learning) 

AHA's Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED course provides the knowledge and skills that may help save a life. It also offers the basics of first aid for the most common life-threatening emergencies, covering how to recognize them, call for help, and perform lifesaving skills. Heartsaver courses from AHA offer a cohesive, consistent experience for the learner. Best practices to give students the best possible learning experience and help them better retain information. This course also has enhanced and realistic scenarios while providing course and content flexibility.

WHO SHOULD TAKE THE COURSE? Heartsaver courses are intended for anyone with LITTLE TO NO MEDICAL TRAINING who needs a course completion card for job, regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements.

These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting.

COURSE COVERS

  • Adult CPR and AED Use
  • Opioid-associated Life-threatening Emergencies
  • Child CPR and AED Use
  • Infant CPR
  • First Aid Basics
  • Choking in an Adult, Child, or Infant

Blended Learning Heartsaver blended courses include an online portion and a hands-on portion. The online portion can be completed at work, at home, or wherever you have internet access. The hands-on skills practice and the testing sessions are conducted in-person with an AHA BLS Instructor.

Below are the steps to become a certified provider of AHA's Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED course.

  1. Complete and pass the AHA Online Blended Learning Module.
    1. Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED
  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 the ATC Cashier's office for the Provider Blended Skills Test appropriate to the course you are completing. 
    1. Cashier's office hours of operation
    2. Bring the receipt to your appointment
  4. Arrive at 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 before 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 (4 hours) 

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

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 and 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.


ACLS (16 hours)

*For Healthcare Professionals Only

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

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, care systems, 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

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

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 critical concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation, and team dynamics. The PALS Course goal 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

Student      

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

Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Blended Skills

$30.00

BLS/ACLS/PALS Instructor Orientation (price is for each individually)

$75

Due to COVID-19 accommodations, the online learning option is the only method of instruction available at this time. 


How to Become an AHA Instructor

Becoming an American Heart Association instructor is easy after consulting with an American Heart Association Training Center to determine 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. 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. On this networking site, you can connect with your fellow AHA Instructors to exchange knowledge, information, and expertise or directly ask us questions. We hope that you explore the site and begin to share ideas, discuss the latest trends in CPR training and give us feedback to 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 to learn more about your needs and wants as a provider of lifesaving training.

 

 
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