Length of Certification
Our online courses are taught by AHA-certified instructors and satisfy most professional requirements. The video modules in this online BLS certification course include:
- First aid training
- Techniques for chest compressions and rescue breathing for adults, children, and infants
- Basic life support for victims of shock, drowning, and drug overdoses
- AED for adults, children, and infants
- Choking for adults, children, and infants
- Dealing with stroke victims
- Bloodborne pathogen training
Who Should Take This Course?
This BLS online course is generally appropriate for those who work in a health care setting and may be called upon to perform CPR, basic first aid, or other services on a fairly regular basis. Many health care professionals may choose to receive their BLS certification online because of the ease and convenience of our courses. Professionals who may need this certification or recertification include:
- LDN’s and RN’s
- Certified nurses
- Physicians and physician’s assistants
- Personal trainers
What is BLS Certification?
BLS stands for “Basic Life Support.” While both BLS and CPR certification are sometimes listed as requirements for certain jobs, there is essentially no difference between the two. However, the term “BLS certification” is more likely to be used in health care settings.
Basic life support refers to keeping airways open and supporting breathing and circulation — just as CPR is designed to do. BLS certification requires a relatively short amount of training, and it teaches students how to resuscitate or stabilize a victim of sudden cardiac arrest or respiratory failure. People who need basic life support (or CPR) could be stroke patients, drowning victims, people experiencing drug overdoses, electroshock victims, heart attack victims, or anyone who has had their heartbeat or breathing interrupted.
Basic Life Support certification is the most basic level of CPR you can earn. The training you’ll receive when earning your BLS certification online usually applies to adults; children have special requirements, and those who work with children are often required to take child-specific CPR training.
In the past, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation was a big part of BLS for health care providers; however, the American Heart Association has recently announced that hands-only CPR — involving only chest compressions — is just as effective in ensuring optimal outcomes for adults. Children still require mouth-to-mouth.
Basic life support is often provided outside of hospitals — a high percentage of accidents and cardiac arrests that require it, for example, occur in the home. Most of the time, bystanders deliver basic life support while waiting for an emergency response team. However, a variety of professionals — everyone from nurses and doctors to nursery care providers and tattoo artists — are required to know basic life support.
This BLS for health care providers class is not just for professionals. You do not need prior medical training in order to provide basic life support. All you need to do is attend a class or watch a video.
While anyone can learn BLS, most people don’t — unless it’s required for a job. This is a clear public health problem because many cardiac arrests and other accidents occur outside a hospital setting. While it can take first responders an average of eight to 12 minutes to arrive on the scene of an accident, victims often have only minutes to get basic life support before brain damage starts to occur.
The delay facing victims who need the treatment is deadly — the American Heart Association suggests as many as 200,000 deaths could be prevented each year if victims got treatment sooner. Studies suggest that people who receive BLS from a bystander while waiting for paramedics have a doubled or even tripled chance of survival.
The good news is that you don’t need to undergo a long, complicated training process to learn to deliver basic life support. You can watch a quick video on your own time, at home — and receive your certification. With basic life support certification online training, it’s quick and easy to learn how to save a life — and someday, someone’s life may depend on you.
Last updated by Dr. Mary Williams, RN. DC. (7/15/2014)
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