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

BLS (4 hours)

The AHA’s Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Course reflects science and education from the 2015 Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC. It teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both prehospital and in-facility environments, with a focus on high-quality CPR and team dynamics.  

BLS Information

  • Course Date(s): 

June 24, 2019 & June 26, 2019 

July 10, 2019

July 17, 2019

July 24, 2019

  • Course Location: Community Room (1300) Health Science building
  • Course Time: 12:30 to 4 p.m.

ACLS (16 hours)

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.

ACLS Information

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

PALS (16 hours)

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.

PALS Information

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

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.

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.

Instructions for Registration and Attendance

  • To register, fill out the form below. 
  • Include the date of the course you would like to attend. 
  • Once completed, you will receive a registration confirmation e-mail that will be sent to the email you provided. (It may take up to three business days to receive this invite.)
  • Go the ATC Cashier's office (100 building), and pay for your class. Be sure to have your course information with you and tell the cashier at the counter. 

      Bursar/Cashier Office Hours of Operation:
      Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
      Friday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

  • Make a copy of the receipt and bring the receipt to your class date. This receipt is your ticket into the class. If you do not have the receipt or a copy of it, you will not be admitted to the course. 

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