Which Course Should You Be Taking?


Whether you are looking to sign-up for a course for yourself or a group of people, there are a few things to consider. Why are you looking to take a First-Aid or CPR course? What level of skills are you looking to obtain? We offer various types of instruction that pertain to your needs and certifications. The following are the differences between our Basic Life Support (BLS) and Heartsaver courses.

Basic Life Support (BLS)

Generally, those required to have BLS are in some field with a degree of liability or risk. Workers in the medical field, such as doctors, dentists, nurses, CNAs, medical assistants, etc., are all great examples of this type of field. Police officers, fire fighters, life guards and even school bus drivers are required to have BLS (though usually referred to as CPR) as part of their training because of the high level of risk within their profession. Some professionals are required to have BLS as a part of their licensure (which varies from state to state). Others are required by their association, state regulation or national regulation. However, most professionals are required to have a valid BLS certificate by their employer.  You will practice providing 1 and 2 rescuer CPR for adults, children and infants, as well as using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). You will also learn and practice how to relieve choking.

Heartsaver® CPR and AED

If you are an individual with little or no medical training, looking for a course completion for another job such as in a day-care or school, then you are looking for the Heartsaver course. Here, you will be taught the basics of First-Aid, CPR, AED and how to provide assistant safely and timely in an effective manner. In addition, we will show how to recognize cardiac arrest and be able to help until EMS assistance arrives.

Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED

This course builds on the Heartsaver® CPR/AED curriculum with additional modules covering First Aid techniques vital for workplace safety. You’ll learn how to respond to a life-threatening emergency in the workplace, home or anywhere people gather.