The American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers class teaches individuals how to recognize and respond to life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR to victims of all ages, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.

It is intended for individuals who provide health care to patients in a wide variety of settings, including in-hospital and out-of-hospital. For certified or noncertified, licensed or non-licensed health care professionals.

The course is led by an AHA BLS instructor. Students watch demonstration videos and participate in simulated clinical scenarios to reinforce skills proficiency. A written exam is given to all class participants to evaluate your knowledge-base.

Renewal Course Prerequisite

A current (not expired) AHA BLS certification card must be provided to the instructor prior to course start.

Course Completion Card

At the conclusion of this class, participants will receive an AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers Course Completion Card, which is valid for two years.

Course Length

The initial course length is a minimum of five hours.
The renewal course length is a minimum of three and a half hours.


Classes are offered on select Saturdays and weekdays (morning, afternoon and evening). Contact the Professional Development office for upcoming dates.

Course Materials

All participants are required to have the "AHA Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (March 2011 edition)" textbook prior to the course. Textbook is included in the course fee.


Initial BLS course with textbook: $80
Renewal BLS course with textbook: $65
Payable by cash, money order or credit card (VISA, MC, Discover) at time of registration.

Cancellation Policy

Notification is required a minimum of five business days prior to class date to cancel or reschedule. No refunds are provided for an individual who does not show, is unable to complete, fails the course or cancels less than five business days prior to start of class.


All class sessions are held at Clarkson College, located on 42nd and Douglas Streets in Omaha, Neb.