Course Format

Turning learners into practitioners

The American Heart Association offers multiple course delivery methods depending on the course content.

Courses that only involve cognitive learning can be completed 100% online. For courses that include psychomotor skills such as CPR, students must also complete a Hands-On Session after completing the eLearning portion of the course.

eLearning Courses

The American Heart Association offers eLearning and Blended Learning courses to provide complete, flexible training solutions. Students are able to complete online training at their own pace and in less time, while companies and healthcare organizations can overcome obstacles such as scheduling, reaching remote employees and diverse learning styles.

Hands-On Sessions for Skills Practice and Testing

For American Heart Association courses that include psychomotor skills such as CPR, students must complete a hands-on session to obtain an AHA course completion card. With AHA Blended Learning, students will practice and test skills to ensure competency during the Hands-On Session.

Hands-On Sessions are conducted by authorized AHA Instructors and focus on meaningful skills practice, debriefing, team scenarios, discussions of local protocols, and skills testing. Where available for HeartCode courses, students can conduct the hands-on session on a voice-assisted Manikin (VAM). The VAM serves as the Instructor and precisely measures the learner’s proper execution of the necessary psychomotor skills.

Locate a Hands-On Session

Hands-On Sessions are not included with the purchase of an online course. Students can locate an AHA Training Center offering these sessions by using the Find a Course tool or ECC Global Connector. They then can schedule and purchase a Hands-On Session from the Training Center they choose.