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HeartCode® Blended Learning

Courses & Learning

Streamlining Resuscitation Training

Organizations today are faced with many challenges for training and managing learners with diverse backgrounds and learning needs. Incorporating eLearning into your resuscitation training offers consistency in educational content and higher convenience in training delivery.

Deeply rooted in the latest science, the HeartCode blended learning programs from the American Heart Association (AHA) and Laerdal Medical offer an online delivery method for cognitive learning that meets the needs of today's learners.

The Learner Journey

The AHA’s blended learning courses are made up of an eLearning component and skills training. To receive an AHA Course Completion eCard, learners complete the eLearning portion at their convenience followed by Instructor-led skills practice and testing at an AHA Training Center.



New 2020 Guidelines – Upgraded HeartCode Courses

HeartCode is evolving. The AHA released new 2020 Guidelines for CPR & ECC on October 21, 2020. Using this cutting-edge new science, the HeartCode courses have been upgraded to a new edition featuring the most advanced adaptive learning algorithm.

  • The AHA's HeartCode programs feature an innovative True Adaptive learning experience using a personalized algorithm that adapts in real time to the learner’s specific expertise.
  • All content reflects the 2020 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC
  • Consistent learning objectives across programs​
  • Responsive design ensures compatibility on mobile devices and tablets​
  • All curricula are contextualized for an in-hospital and pre-hospital learning experience​
  • Streamlined Cognitive Assessment Activity cases allow learners to apply their knowledge to a scenario-based patient case  ​
  • All curricula are web-accessible through inclusive design (WCAG 2.1 AA)
  • Ease of use for more learners – works on all common browsers
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HeartCode Blended Learning Courses

Basic Life Support (BLS) Training

The AHA’s BLS course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations, and provide early use of an AED.

The course is designed for healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings.


Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing the BLS Provider Course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the importance of high-quality CPR and its impact on survival
  • Describe all of the steps of the Chain of Survival and apply the BLS concepts of the Chain of Survival
  • Recognize the signs of someone needing CPR
  • Perform high-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
  • Describe the importance of early use of an AED and demonstrate its use
  • Provide effective ventilations by using a barrier device
  • Describe the importance of team dynamics in multi-rescuer resuscitation and perform as an effective team member during multi-rescuer CPR
  • Describe the technique for relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infant


Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Training

The AHA’s ACLS course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of preventing cardiac arrest, early and continuous high-quality CPR, and high-performing teams.

The course is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies and for personnel in emergency response.

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing the ACLS Provider Course, students should be able to:

  • Define systems of care
  • Apply the BLS, Primary, and Secondary Assessments sequence for a systematic evaluation of adult patients
  • Discuss how the use of a rapid response team (RRT) or medical emergency team (MET) may improve patient outcomes
  • Discuss early recognition and management of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), including appropriate disposition
  • Discuss early recognition and management of stroke, including appropriate disposition
  • Recognize bradycardias and tachycardias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
  • Perform early management of bradycardias and tachycardias that may result in cardiac arrest or complicate resuscitation outcome
  • Model effective communication as a member or leader of a high-performance team
  • Recognize the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance
  • Recognize respiratory arrest
  • Perform early management of respiratory arrest
  • Recognize cardiac arrest
  • Perform prompt, high-quality BLS including prioritizing early chest compressions and integrating early automated external defibrillator (AED) use
  • Perform early management of cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including immediate post–cardiac arrest care
  • Evaluate resuscitative efforts during a cardiac arrest through continuous assessment of CPR quality, monitoring the patient’s physiologic response, and delivering real-time feedback to the team

RQI: Resuscitation Quality Improvement
The AHA’s RQI programs replaces skills decay with verified competence and saves more lives through low-dose, high-frequency training. The quarterly RQI curriculum delivers cognitive eLearning and self-directed skills training to achieve mastery learning of high-quality resuscitation skills.


HeartCode Complete
The AHA’s HeartCode Complete programs deliver consistent quality resuscitation training through a more flexible delivery method. By combining eLearning with self-directed hands-on skills sessions on a two-year training cycle, providers and administrators gain more control of their time, schedule, and resources.

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