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 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 Dates: 

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

Feb 13th from 12:00 to 4:00pm  (Room 1335)

Feb 18th from 12:00 to 4:00pm  (Room 765)

Feb 26th from 12:00 to 4:00pm  (Room 1335)

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

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. To schedule, a Skills Exam select "Online Certification" in the "Register for a Course" menu.

BLS Online Course

ACLS Online Course

PALS Online Course


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



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.

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. 

Register for a Course

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