Course Overview

The American Heart Association BLS Course is the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest.

The course is designed to provide a wide variety of certified and non-certified, licensed and non-licensed, healthcare professionals with the skills to keep people alive until they can be brought to a hospital or be treated with more advanced lifesaving measures.

The skills you learn in this class will enable you to recognize and respond to cardiac arrest, and activate the emergency response system early.

Course Details
4 hours

This course covers these topics

  • How to perform high-quality CPR in a wide variety of settings
  • How to respond to choking emergencies
  • Chain of Survival
  • Appropriate use of AED
  • Providing effective ventilation

This course is intended for

  • Students who provide health care to patients and need CPR training in a health career-related setting.
  • Emergency room, family and other physicians
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
  • Paramedics
  • Intensive-Care and Critical-care providers

Suggested text and learning

Students are required to bring the 2015 BLS Provider Manual to class. You may purchase a paperback manual as an add-on when you register for your class on our website.  You can also call, email, or stop by our Downtown Santa Cruz location to purchase your book from our student store. The AHA also has a eBooks available for purchase for ACLS, BLS & PALS!

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Phillip D.


Aspiring entrepreneurs take on a task way beyond themselves just because they were at the top of their craft in a totally different ball game; humility and balls is all I have to say. Good for them regardless how financially well they’ve become or not. We should all take notes Santa Cruz on what bravery looks like

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Linda B.


I’m not a fan of online surveys.

I attended my ACLS recertification class and BLS Challenge yesterday, and enjoyed being in a classroom and learning.

I’m glad to see that in-classroom classes are mandatory for certifications and re-certifications. Effective teams are important in healthcare, and one of the best ways to work on team dynamics is participating in person. (ZOOM classes IMHO do not necessarily provide the best learning outcomes.)

The instructor. Alex Williams, did a great job providing realistic practicums for each individual student, knowing their backgrounds and what they would encounter in their clinical practice. He is also very knowledgable on the critical thinking skills for a successful resuscitation.

Facility bathroom needs work with the toilet paper dispenser (could not load the paper) and the soap dispensers not working. There was no stand alone (hand pump) soap dispenser or hand sanitizer.

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Martha N.


Good Afternoon Defib

I had my BLS course yesterday . Service was great. The receptionist greeted me with a smile ..

Facility was clean . One thing I would say is that it was cold and other students agreed as well . I always enjoy Bob F. his instruction makes the class enjoyable. He is easily approachable when I have questions or concerns and very knowledgeable.

See you in two years  

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Jared B.


Excellent classes and staff!

Aki is very knowledgeable, supportive, and helpful!

You will have a stronger resume when you put Defib This classes on it!

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