Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor
The American Heart Association Instructor course is designed to prepare AHA instructors to disseminate the science, skills, and philosophy of resuscitation programs to participants enrolled in AHA courses. There is no question that instructors are the key element in the AHA training network.
The practice of medicine is considered to be both an art and a science. In a similar vein, AHA training involves both “heart” and science. A good AHA instructor is able to teach information and skills and to generate enthusiasm and enlist support of the AHA course goals and objectives, motivating participants to act in emergency situations.
AHA instructors are the best tool the AHA has to fulfill its mission- to reduce disability and death caused by heart disease and stroke. The more skilled instructors the AHA ECC Programs have, the more participants will be trained in CPR and ECC. By increasing the number of bystanders prepared and willing to activate the EMS system and provide CPR, early defibrillation, and advanced life support, the AHA will be able to significantly reduce disability and death from heart attacks, cardiac arrest, and stroke.
BLS TARGET AUDIENCE
This course is intended for individuals competent and comfortable with Basic Life Support and Heartsaver skills. Instructor Candidates must hold current American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification and can teach Heartsaver and BLS curriculum upon completion of this program.
American Heart Association instructors must become established with a Training Center to teach courses.
Instructor Certification Process
1. Online BLS Instructor Essentials: An access code for the Online BLS Instructor Essentials course will be emailed to you upon registration. Complete this component prior to attending the instructor course.
2. Basic Life Support Instructor Training: BLS Instructor training is conducted by Safety First Medical Services Faculty. This is a face to face training which participants must attend at the scheduled time. Participants learn about the Mission of the American Heart Association, goals for Emergency Cardiovascular Care, affiliation with a Training Center, and the programs that they will be able to instruct as an AHA instructor. Participants will evaluate skills being performed by video to become familiar with the skills testing process.
3. Skills and Content Competency: Instructor candidates will attend a BLS Skills Testing session. The instructor candidate will be tested on BLS skills competency and will complete the written exams for Basic Life Support and BLS Instructor.
4. Observation: Instructor candidates observe BLS class(es) taught by Safety First Medical Services instructors until they feel comfortable teaching the course independently. This step can be conducted at SFMS Abu Dhabi office.
5. Monitoring: Instructor candidates teach a course independently under the supervision of Safety First Medical Services BLS Faculty. Faculty will evaluate instructor candidate performance against a rubric of requirements from the American Heart Association. Successful monitoring will result in issuance of a Heartsaver Instructor certification from the American Heart Association.
6. Affiliation: BLS Instructors may join an existing training site or establish a new training site. All instructors must be affiliated with an American Heart Association Training Center to issue certification cards for courses they instruct.
Online BLS Instructor Essentials access code, BLS Instructor Manual, BLS Instructor Training, Skills Competency Session, a pocket mask, monitoring at our training center, and instructor certification card are included in this course.
8 hours over one day
Valid for two years
3 monitoring classes
E- Certificate & e-card