Frequently Asked Questions

The BLS Provider Course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner. The course is intended for certified or noncertified, licensed or nonlicensed healthcare professionals.
These two courses and types of cards are equivalent. In February 2016, AHA changed the title of the course from "BLS for Healthcare Providers" to "BLS Provider." The "BLS for Healthcare Providers" course references curriculum from guidelines published in 2010 (and previously). The "BLS Provider" course references curriculum from guidelines published in 2015. This update also changed the title on the student manual and the credential card issued after class. "BLS for Healthcare Providers" cards were discontinued by AHA on 04/15/2016. Any courses taught with the 2015 science will result in a "BLS Provider" credential card.
Cascade is an authorized Training Center by the American Heart Association in all 50 states to provide BLS training. (AHA TC: WA15590)
This course is for healthcare professionals who need to know how to perform CPR, as well as other lifesaving skills, in a wide variety of in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings.
•2015 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care •Critical concepts of high-quality CPR •The American Heart Association Chain of Survival •1-Rescuer CPR and AED for adult, child and infant •Bag-mask techniques for adult, child and infant •2-Rescuer CPR and AED for adult, child and infant •Team Dynamics •Mouth-to Mouth Breaths, Rescue Breathing, Breaths with an advanced airway*, Opioid-Associated Life-Threatening Emergency •Relief of choking for adult, child and infant * This is an introduction to the compression/ventilation rate and ratio for a patient who has an advanced airway in place. For more information on advanced airways, please refer to the Airway Management Course.
The BLS Provider course requires approximately 3-4 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing.
Upon successful course completion, including demonstration of skills competency and passing the required skills tests and a written test, students receive an official American Heart Association BLS Provider course completion card, valid for two years. In February 2016, AHA changed the title of the course from BLS for Healthcare Providers to BLS Provider. This also changed the title on the credential card issued after class. BLS for Healthcare Providers cards were discontinued by AHA on 04/15/2016. These two types of cards are equivalent.
The minimum passing score for the written test is 84%.
15-1010 BLS Provider Student Manual (includes Pocket Reference Card), published 02/2016.