2.00 Hour Online CourseCode: 15-1421
HeartCode BLS (Accessible) is the eLearning component of BLS blended learning for those who require WCAG 2.0 A and AA compliant features due to disabilities such as vision, hearing, or motor impairment.
Please contact your AHA Instructor or Training Center for more information regarding accessibility accommodations during the hands-on session required for full course completion.
How Does This Course Work?
This course uses the latest resuscitation science to teach BLS knowledge and skills through a variety of eLearning assets such as dramatizations, critical thinking scenarios, self-directed learning, and interactive activities. This method of learning provides training consistency, adaptability to different learning styles, and flexibility for the student’s and employer’s time. Students can work at their own pace applying their knowledge to real-time decision making and skills development. Blended training also supports the need for hands-on learning of psychomotor skills.
Once the cognitive portion of the course has been completed, students practice and test their skills with an AHA Instructor.
Hands-On Session (sold separately)
After completing the eLearning component, students will attend a structured Instructor-led course that focuses on meaningful skills practice, debriefing, team scenarios, discussions of local protocols and skills testing. Please contact your AHA Instructor or Training Center for more information regarding accessibility accommodation during the required hands-on session.
Who Should Take This Course?
The AHA’s Heartcode BLS 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 and who may require WCAG 2.0 and AA accessibility features.
What Does This Course Teach?
After successfully completing both the eLearning and hands-on session of the BLS 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 multirescuer resuscitation and perform as an effective team member during multirescuer CPR
- Describe the technique for relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infants
Frequently Asked Questions
What is HeartCode BLS (Accessible)?
HeartCode BLS (Accessible) is the AHA’s WCAG 2.0 A and AA compliant version of HeartCode BLS for users who may require an accessible version of the course due to vision, hearing, and/or motor impairments. HeartCode BLS (Accessible) and HeartCode BLS teach the same content and have the same learning objectives.
What are the key differences in HeartCode BLS (Accessible) and HeartCode BLS?
The two primary differences between HeartCode BLS (Accessible) and HeartCode BLS are in the program’s functionality and the way knowledge is reinforced.
Functionality features of HeartCode BLS (Accessible) include
- Keyboard navigation
- Alt text on images
- Audio descriptions
- General adherence to WCAG 2.0 A & AA compliance
The way knowledge is reinforced in HeartCode BLS (Accessible) is through critical thinking scenarios. Since the eSimulations used for this purpose in HeartCode BLS could not be converted to WCAG 2.0- compliant format, the AHA developed critical thinking scenarios to create an equivalent learning experience.
Additional differences in HeartCode BLS (Accessible) and HeartCode BLS:
Heartcode BLS (Accessible)
AHA Distributors, OnlineAHA.org
One track that includes both prehospital and in-facility scenarios
Two tracks for providers to choose from: prehospital and in-facility
Critical Thinking Scenarios
Access to Resources
Access to resources through course home page on OnlineAHA.org:
Access to resources within the course:
What are critical thinking scenarios?
Critical thinking scenarios are intended to provide students the opportunity to react to real world scenarios. They offer questions written from a second-person's point of view, placing the student in that person’s unique situation to determine actions in the situation. HeartCode BLS (Accessible) includes a total of 5 scenarios: 4 scenarios containing 6 questions and 1 scenario containing 5 questions, totaling 29 questions.
What specifically is taught in the HeartCode BLS (Accessible) Course?
The content and learning objectives for HeartCode BLS (Accessible) are the same as for HeartCode BLS. After successfully completing the online portion, followed by the hands-on session, 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
- Apply the BLS concepts of the Chain of Survival
- Recognize the signs of someone needing CPR
- Perform high-quality CPR for an adult
- Describe the importance of early use of an automated external defibrillator (AED)
- Demonstrate the appropriate use of an AED
- Provide effective ventilation using a barrier device
- Perform high-quality CPR for a child
- Perform high-quality CPR for an infant
- Describe the importance of teams in multirescuer resuscitation
- Perform as an effective team member during multirescuer CPR
- Describe the technique for relief of foreign-body airway obstruction for an adult or child
- Describe the technique for relief of foreign-body airway obstruction for an infant
Is the course completion card for HeartCode BLS and HeartCode BLS (Accessible) the same?
Yes, successful completion of the HeartCode BLS (Accessible) online portion, followed by successful completion of the Instructor-led, hands-on session, results in receipt of a BLS Provider course completion card.
Who is the intended audience for HeartCode BLS (Accessible)?
HeartCode BLS (Accessible) is the AHA’s WCAG 2.0 A and AA compliant version of HeartCode BLS for users who may require an accessible version of the course due to vision, hearing, and/or motor impairments.
Students should contact their AHA Instructor or Training Center for more information regarding accessibility accommodations during the hands-on session portion required for full course completion.
How long does it take to complete the online portion of HeartCode BLS (Accessible)?
The online portion of HeartCode BLS (Accessible) takes students approximately 90-100 minutes to complete, depending on their level of experience.
What is the length of the HeartCode BLS Instructor-led hands-on session?
The time for the Instructor-led hands-on session for HeartCode BLS ranges from 2 hours, 45 minutes to 3 hours, 10 minutes, depending on the agenda used by the BLS Instructor conducting the session. Students should contact their AHA Instructor or Training Center for more information regarding accessibility accommodations during the hands-on session portion required for full course completion.
Accessing HeartCode BLS (Accessible) (online portion)
How do students access the online portion of HeartCode BLS (Accessible)?
HeartCode BLS (Accessible) can be purchased on OnlineAHA.org from the HeartCode BLS course page. On this page, follow the link for the accessible version. Before purchasing, students should contact their AHA Instructor or Training Center for more information regarding accessibility accommodations during the hands-on session portion required for full course completion.
Once purchased, students will activate their key on OnlineAHA.org.
Can the online portion of HeartCode BLS (Accessible) be accessed after students successfully complete it?
Yes, students may access all material included in the online portion of HeartCode BLS (Accessible) program for 24 months following initial activation of their course key.
HeartCode BLS Online Portion Certificate of Completion
What is required for student entry into the HeartCode BLS Instructor-led hands-on session?
Upon successful completion of the online portion, including the course exam, students receive a certificate of completion, which they must present for entry into an Instructor-led hands-on session. Students should contact their AHA Instructor or Training Center for more information regarding accessibility accommodations during the hands-on session portion required for full course completion.
Q: How can BLS Instructors verify the authenticity of the HeartCode BLS (Accessible) online portion certificate of completion?
Instructors can verify certificates at https://elearning.heart.org/verify_certificate.
Instructor-led Hands-on Sessions
How should BLS Instructors prepare for conducting hands-on sessions for HeartCode BLS (Accessible)?
AHA Instructors conducting skills sessions for persons with disabilities should refer to page 62 of the AHA's Program Administration Manual (PAM) for information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act. The PAM is located on the AHA Instructor Network.
- Must have completed their 2015 Guidelines Instructor Update
- Must have a current copy of the BLS Instructor Manual (product #15-1009) and BLS Course DVD Set (product #15-1011). The BLS Instructor Manual includes information and Lesson Plans for blended learning, and the BLS Course DVD Set includes the HeartCode BLS DVD for Instructors to use during hands-on
- Should thoroughly review the official HeartCode BLS Training Memo posted on the HeartCode BLS Course page on the AHA Instructor Network.
- Are strongly encouraged to complete the BLS Product & Course Orientation (P&CO) available on the Instructor The P&CO familiarizes BLS Instructors with both Instructor-led and blended learning course delivery.
- Are also encouraged to become familiar with the HeartCode BLS online portion of the course
Where can I get more information about the AHA and web accessibility?
A: More information about the AHA and web accessibility can be found here.
What are the minimum technical requirements for HeartCode BLS (Accessible)?
A: Minimum technical requirements are available at https://elearning.heart.org/static/technicalspecs.
Can a student log in and out of the course?
Yes. Students can log in and out as many times as they choose. However, the written exam must be taken in one sitting. To log out, students must click the "Click here to logout" link located at the top of the page after login. When the student is ready to continue training, he/she can return to elearning.heart.org and login with his/her registered email and password.
How many times can a student take the course exam?
A student can take the exam as many times as needed until he or she passes. If a student logs out or suddenly loses the exam during completion, then the user can log back into the site to access and complete the exam; however, the exam will start from the beginning.
Customer Support Information
Q: Whom should I contact for technical assistance with HeartCode BLS (Accessible)?
Customers may contact the AHA Customer Support Center at 888-242-8883 or email@example.com for technical assistance. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Central Time.
Whom should I contact with questions related to the administration of the HeartCode BLS Course (Accessible)?
For questions about course administration, you may contact your AHA Account Manager or Account Specialist. AHA Instructors should always consult their TCC as their first point of contact. TCCs may also contact AHA TCC Support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does the 2015 Guidelines HeartCode BLS (Accessible) for offer continuing education (CE/CME)?
HeartCode Basic Life Support (BLS) Accessible
Joint Accreditation – 2/4/2016 – 2/3/2019
CAPCE – 2/4/2016 – 2/3/2019
Joint Accreditation Statements
The American Heart Association is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
AMA Credit Designation Statement - Physicians
The American Heart Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AAPA Credit Acceptance Statement – Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.75 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.
AANP Credit Acceptance Statement – Nurse Practitioners
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
**AMA Credit must be claimed within 6 months of attendance. CME/CE will no longer be available to claim after the 6 months claiming period.
ANCC Credit Designation Statement - Nurses
The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 1.75 contact hours.
**ANCC Credit must be claimed within 6 months of attendance. CME/CE will no longer be available to claim after the 6 months claiming period.
ACPE Credit Designation Statement – Pharmacists
ACPE Credit: 1.75 Contact Hours. Universal Program Number: 0256-0000-16-830-H01-P
**ACPE Credit must be claimed within 30 days of participation. ACPE credit will no longer be available to claim after the 30-day period has elapsed.
Continuing Education Accreditation – Emergency Medical Services
This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), for 1.75 Basic CEHs, activity number 16-AMHA-F3-0300.
By claiming CAPCE credit, the claimant acknowledges the following: I understand that the American Heart Association, as a requirement of CAPCE accreditation, will submit a record of my course completions to the CAPCE AMS. I further understand that my course completion records maybe be accessed by or shared with such regulators as state EMS offices, training officers, and NREMT on a password-protected, need-to-know basis. In addition, I understand that I may review my record of CAPCE-accredited course completions by contacting CAPCE.
**CAPCE credit must be claimed within 6 months of attendance. CME/CE credit will no longer be available to claim for this activity after the 6 month claiming period.
All persons who develop and/or control educational content in CME/CE activities provided by the American Heart Association will disclose to the audience all financial relationships with any commercial supporters of this activity as well as with other commercial interests whose lines of business are related to the CME/CE-certified content of this activity. In addition, presenters will disclose unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed in their presentations. Such disclosures will be made in writing in course presentation materials.
Technical Requirements for this course:
- Windows 7+
- Mac OSX +
- Internet Explorer 10+
- Safari for Mac
*Mobile devices with screens smaller than 7 inches are not supported
*Please refer to our Technical Requirements for specifics for this website.
Trouble Shooting Tips
- All course videos must be watched to completion before students can access the exam.
- All course scenarios must be passed before students can access the exam.
Please note: Scenarios can be taken more than once.