Inova Health System is pleased to offer a wide variety of American Heart Association classes that are open to the community.


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Heartsaver Course Descriptions

Heartsaver AED

  • The American Heart Association Heartsaver AED course covers AED, CPR and use of barrier devices for adults.
  • Considerations to determine proper age for use adult skills for CPR and AED is:
      • Children who have reached puberty are considered adults for the purposes of CPR and AED.
  • A skills test is required.
  • Successful completion of these skills according to AHA Guidelines is required to pass this course.  All necessary material is contained in the student workbook.
  • After successful completion of this class, a card valid for two years will be issued.
  • 2 hour course

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Heartsaver AED with Infant CPR Skills

  • The American Heart Association Heartsaver AED with Infant CPR Skills course covers AED, CPR and barrier device use for adults, children and infants.
  • You will also learn choking relief skills for children and infants.
  • A skills test is required.
  • After successful completion of this class, a card valid for two years will be issued.
  • 4 hour course

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Heartsaver First Aid

  • This American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid course teaches how to manage illness and injuries in the first few minutes until professional help arrives.
  • Course content includes:
    • First Aid Basics
    • Medical Emergencies
    • Injury Emergencies
    • Environmental Emergencies
  • Skills practice and testing is conducted by an AHA Instructor
  • Successful completion of these skills according to AHA Guidelines is required to pass this course.  All necessary material is contained in the student workbook.
  • After successful completion of this class, a card valid for two years will be issued. 
  • 3 hour course

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Heartsaver First Aid with CPR and AED

  • This American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid with CPR and AED course teaches how to manage illness and injuries in the first few minutes until professional help arrives.
  • Course content includes:
    • CPR for Adult, Child and Infant 
    • AED use for Adults and Children
    • Use of a barrier device while doing CPR
    • Choking relief for all age groups
    • First Aid Basics 
    • Medical Emergencies
    • Injury Emergencies
    • Environmental Emergencies 
  • A skills test for First Aid, CPR & AED is part of the course.
  • Successful completion of these skills according to AHA Guidelines is required to pass this course. All necessary material is contained in the student workbook.
  • After successful completion of this class, a card valid for two years will be issued.
  • 7.5 hour course

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Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED

  • The Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED course is designed to meet the regulatory requirements for child care workers in all 50 United States. It teaches child care providers and others to respond to and manage illnesses and injuries in a child or infant in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. It covers the four steps of first aid and first aid skills such as finding the problem, stopping bleeding, bandaging and using an Epinephrine pen, as well as child CPR AED, infant CPR and adult CPR AED, and how to us a child and infant mask barrier device. These topics are included in the course:
  • Pediatric First Aid Basics
    • Bleeding and bandaging
    • Allergic reactions
    • How to use an epinephrine pen
    • Asthma
    • Drowning
    • Bites and stings
    • Burns
  • CPR AED and Choking
    • CPR and AED for children
    • How to help a choking child
    • CPR for infants
    •  How to help a choking infant
    • CPR and AED for adults 
    • How to help a choking adult 
  • Skills testing is required to pass this course
  • After course completion criteria are met, a card valid for two years will be issued
  • 1-Day Course (7.5 hours)

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BLS Course Descriptions

BLS for Healthcare Providers

  • This American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers Course for audiences such as EMS personnel, doctors, nurses, dentists, etc., who are required to have a credential documenting successful course completion.
  • Core materials include:
    • 1-rescuer and 2-rescuer CPR/AED for Adult, Child and Infant
    • Difference between Adult, Child and Infant rescue
    • Use of Bag-mask techniques for Adult, Child and Infant
    • Rescue breathing for Adult, child and Infant
    • Relief of choking for Adult, Child and Infant
    • Introduction to CPR with an Advanced Airway
  • Successful completion of a written test and skills test are required to pass this course.
  • Successful completion of these skills according to AHA Guidelines is required to pass this course.  All necessary material is contained in the student workbook.
  • After course completion criteria are met, a card valid for two years will be issued.
  • 5 hour course

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BLS for HCP Renewal

  • This American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers Course for healthcare professionals who need to know how to perform CPR as well as other lifesaving skills in a wide variety of in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings.  this includes audiences such as EMS personnel, doctors, nurses, dentists, etc., who are required to have a credential documenting successful course completion who have previously taken a BLS for HCP class.
  • It is recommended that students taking the BLS Renewal have a current American Heart Association BLS for HCP card.
  • If a student does not have a current BLS for HCP card, they may take this class but if they do not pass there will not be an opportunity granted for remediation of skills or written test and the student will need to register for a BLS for HCP Provider Course at the full cost of the provider course.
  • Successful completion of a written test and skills test are required to pass this course.  
  • Successful completion of these skills according to AHA Guidelines is required to pass this course.  All necessary material is contained in the student workbook.  
  • After completion criteria are met, a card valid for two years will be issued.
  • 4 hour course
  • Please bring your current BLS for HCP card with you to class in case remediation is needed. Without proof of a current BLS for HCP card, no remediation will be provided.

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Certification Skills Course for the AHA BLS Online Renewal Course

  • The American Heart Association BLS Online Renewal Course is a two part course.
  • The first part of a two part course is completed online and it reviews and tests the cognitive course content required for successful completion of the BLS for HCP course.
  • Only the American Heart Association approved course can be taken as the first part of this course - www.onlineaha.org
  • The skills check off session is the second part of this course that tests these skills:
    • 1-rescuer and 2-rescuer CPR/AED for Adult, Child and Infant
    • Use of a bag-mask
    • Use of an adult and pediatric face mask
    • Skill Certification takes one half hour
  • It is recommended that students taking the AHA BLS Online Renewal Course have a current BLS for HCP card.
  • If a student does not have a current BLS card, they may take this class but if they do not pass there will not be an opportunity granted for remediation of skills or written test and the student will need to register for a BLS Provider Course at the full fee for the BLS for HCP class.
  • Please bring your current BLS for HCP card with you to class in case remediation is needed. Without proof of a current BLS for HCP card, no remediation will be provided. 
  • Your certificate of completion of the online course is required and must be presented in order to have your skills checked off.
  • Successful completion of these skills according to AHA Guidelines is required to pass this course.  All necessary material is contained in the American Heart Association BLS for HCP Online Course.
  • After course completion criteria are met, a card valid for two years will be issued.

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BLS Instructor Course

  • The American Heart Association BLS Instructor Course prepares Instructor Candidates to teach the BLS Provider and Renewal courses, Heartsaver courses, and Family and Friends courses.
  • Instructor candidates must have excellent skills and have a recommendation from an instructor to attend this course.
  • Requirements for this course include:
    • Current American Heart Association BLS for HCP card
    • Letter of recommendation
    • Alignment with an American Heart Association Training Center
    • Heartsaver First Aid card if candidate is not a health care provider
    • Excellent CPR skills to be demonstrated before the course
    • Completion of the Core Instructor Course prior to the classroom BLS Instructor Course
  • After successful completion of the Core Instructor Course, BLS Instructor Course and monitoring teaching a BLS for HCP course the instructor candidate will be considered successful in the course completion and an Instructor card will be issued by the candidates chosen AHA Training Center.

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Family and Friends Course Descriptions

Infant CPR

  • This American Heart Association Family and Friends course teaches Infant (birth to 12 months) CPR skills - obstructed airway skills are also taught. 
  • This course is designed for those people who would like to learn the above skills but who do not have a need for a certification card. 
  • Please do not bring children to class.
  • 2 hour course

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Family and Friends CPR

  • This American Heart Association Family and Friends course teaches Adult, Child and Infant CPR skills and obstructed airway skills. 
  • This course is designed for those people who would like to learn the above skills but who do not have a need for a certification card. 
  • Please do not bring children to class.
  • 3 hour course

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ACLS Course Descriptions

Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider 2-Day Course 

  • This two-day American Heart Association ACLS Provider Course is designed for healthcare professionals to enhance their skills in the treatment of the adult victim of a cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies.  Emphasis is placed on the importance of basic life support CPR to patient survival.  Effective basic life support along with advanced cardiovascular life support interventions and the importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation are the core concepts of this course. 
  • This course emphasizes these areas:  
    • Proficiency in basic life support care
    • Recognizing and initiating early management of periarrest conditions
    • Managing cardiac arrest 
    • Identifying and treating ischemic chest pain and acute coronary syndromes 
    • Recognizing other life-threatening clinical situations (such as stroke) and providing initial care
    • ACLS algorithms
    • Effective resuscitation team dynamics
  • Skill testing and written testing are required to pass this course.
  • After course completion criteria are met, a card valid for two years will be issued.
  • 2- Day Course

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Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider Update 1- Day Course 

  • This one day American Heart Association ACLS Provider Update Course is designed for healthcare professionals to update their skills in the treatment of the adult victim of cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies. 
  • This course expects that you have knowledge in these areas that require only review to complete the course*:
    • Proficiency in basic life support care
    • Recognizing and initiating early management of periarrest conditions
    • Managing cardiac arrest
    • Identifying and treating ischemic chest pain and acute coronary syndromes
    • Recognizing other life-threatening clinical situations (such as stroke) and providing initial care
    • ACLS algorithms
    • Effective resuscitation team dynamics
  • Skills testing and a written test are required to pass this course*.
  • After course completion criteria are met, a card valid for two years will be issued.
  • 1- Day Course
    *It is recommended that students taking the ACLS Provider Update Course have a current American Heart Association ACLS Provider card.
    • If a student does not have a current AHA ACLS Provider card, they may take this class
    • If the student does not pass the course there will not be an opportunity granted for remediation of skills or written exam
    • The student will need to register for an ACLS Provider Course (2-Day) at the full cost of the provider course

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HeartCode ACLS eLearning Program

  • The Skills Check Off portion of the HeartCode ACLS eLearning Program is for those students who have completed the HeartCode ACLS Part 1 web-based program.
  • The HeartCode ACLS Part 1 web-based program is a self-paced instruction program that uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings.  In this environment, students apply their knowledge to real-time decision making skills development.  Debriefings and coaching
    are provided immediately after each simulation to facilitate learning.  The online program presents 10 interactive, adult, in-hospital cases to teach the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support treatment algorithms.
  • After completing the cognitive portion of the course, students practice and test their skills with an AHA ACLS Instructor.
  • Students must bring their certificate of completion of the online course with them in order to have their skills checked off.
  • Upon successful completion of the cognitive (online course completion certificate issued online) and skills tests, students receive a course completion card.
  • 1- hour for Skills Check Off
  • 10 hours (approximately) for HeartCode ACLS Part 1 (online program)

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Advanced Life Support for the Experienced Provider

  • The goal of the ACLS EP Course is to improve outcomes in complex cardiovascular, respiratory and other emergencies (e.g., metabolic, toxicologic) by expanding on core ACLS guidelines and encouraging critical thinking and decision-making strategies. Through instruction and active participation in case-based scenarios, learners enhance their skills in the differential diagnosis and treatment of prearrest, arrest and postarrest patients.
  • Completion of your ACLS Provider Course will be done prior to expanding your knowledge through learning and practicing these skills:
    • Applying the expanded systematic approach (ACLS-EP Survey) to patient assessment, evaluation and management
    • Cardiovascular Emergencies
    • Cerebrovascular Emergencies
    • Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology Emergencies
    • Effective communication within a resuscitation team and recognition of the impact of team dynamics on overall team performance
    • High Quality CPR 
    • Post-Cardiac Arrest Care
    • Respiratory and Metabolic Emergencies


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PALS Course Descriptions

Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider 2-Day Course

  • This two-day American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support Course is designed for healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children.  These include personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, paramedics and others who need a PALS course completion card for a job or other requirements.  Emphasis is placed on the importance of life support with pediatric life support interventions and the importance of effective instruction and communication during resuscitation. 
  • This course includes:  
    • 1 and 2- rescuer child CPR and AED use
    • 1 and 2- rescuer Infant CPR
    • Management of respiratory emergencies
    • Rhythm disturbances and electrical therapy
    • Vascular Access
    • Resuscitation team concept
    • Cardiac, respiratory and shock case discussions and simulations
    • Systematic Approach to Pediatric Assessment
    • Effective resuscitation team dynamics
  • Skills testing and written testing are required to pass this course.
  • After course completion criteria are met, a card valid for two years will be issued.
  • 2- Day Course

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Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider Update 1- Day Course

  • This one-day American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider Update Course uses a scenario-based team approach to teach pediatric emergency respiratory management or cardiac arrest. This PALS course is for healthcare professionals who initiate and direct advanced life support in pediatric emergencies training to update their skills.
  • This course expects that you have knowledge in these areas that require only review to complete the course*:
    • Proficiency in 1 and 2-rescuer Child CPR and AED use
    • Proficiency in 1 and 2-rescuer Infant CPR
    • Management of respiratory emergencies
    • Rhythm disturbances and electrical therapy
    • Vascular Access
    • Cardiac, respiratory and shock discussions and simulations
    • Systematic Approach to Pediatric Assessment
  • Skills testing and a written test are required to pass this course*
  • After course completion criteria are met, a card valid for two years will be issued
*It is recommended that students taking the PALS Provider Update Course have a current American Heart Association PALS Provider card.
    • If a student does not have a current AHA ACLS Provider card, they may take this class
    • If the student does not pass the course there will not be an opportunity granted for remediation of skills or written exam
    • The student will need to register for an ACLS Provider Course (2-Day) at the full cost of the provider course

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HeartCode PALS eLearning Program

  • The Skills Check Off portion of the HeartCode PALS eLearning Program is for those students who have completed the HeartCode ACLS Part 1 web-based program.  There is a fee for the skills check off and the key code needed to complete the online portion of the class.
  • The  HeartCode ACLS Part 1 web-based program is a self-paced instruction program that uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings.  In this environment, students apply their knowledge to real-time decision making skills development.  Debriefings and coaching
    are provided immediately after each simulation to facilitate learning.  The online program presents 12 pediatric hospital-based, patient cases with up to four healthcare providers that are presented through eSimulation.
  • After completing the cognitive portion of the course, students practice and test their skills with an AHA PALS Instructor.
  • Students must bring their certificate of completion of the online course with them in order to have their skills checked off.
  • Upon successful completion of the cognitive (online course completion certificate issued online) and skills tests, students receive a course completion card.
  • 1.5- hour for Skills Check Off
  • 6-9 hours (approximately) for HeartCode PALS Part 1 (online program)

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