Heart and Stroke - Basic Life Support (BLS) Program

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(Equivalent replacement to the course formerly known as BLS for Healthcare Providers)
Basic Life Support (BLS) is the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest. It is designed for healthcare providers and trained first responders who provide care to patients in a wide variety of settings and teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in pre-hospital and in-facility settings.

The new BLS Provider Course is equivalent to the BLS for Healthcare Providers (BLS for HCP) course it replaces. This 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. It includes adult, child, and infant rescue techniques. The BLS course includes realistic scenarios, simulations and state-of-the-art animations, and incorporates Heart and Stroke Foundation’s proven Practice-While-Watching video format to bring the science of the 2015 Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC to the front line practitioner.

At the time of launch there is no “Renewal course” for the new 2015 Guidelines BLS course. Renewal options will be communicated at a future date.


The following items are covered in this Heart and Stroke - Basic Life Support (BLS) Program class:

  • Importance of high-quality CPR and its impact on survival
  • Steps of the Chain of Survival and applying the BLS concepts of the Chain of Survival
  • Recognize the signs of someone needing CPR
  • Perform high-quality CPR for adults, children and infants
  • Importance of early defibrillation and use of an AED
  • Use of a barrier device to provide effective ventilations
  • Importance of teams in multi-rescuer resuscitation and performing as an effective team member during multi-rescuer CPR
  • Technique for relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) in adults, children and infants


4.5 hrs


The following are the prerequisite that a student is required to have before being allowed into this course:

  • Intended Audience:
  • This course is designed for healthcare providers and trained first responders who provide care to patients in a wide variety of both in-facility and prehospital settings or by those that require BLS certification and CPR training to enter into a healthcare-related training program.


Heath-Care Providers (HCP): Those who, as part of their job description as health-care providers, have a duty to respond to medical emergencies. Examples include health-care professionals (i.e., doctors, nurses and paramedics), respiratory and pulmonary technologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, dentists and dental hygienists, and student/educators in health-profession education programs.

hdgCertifications Earned

Upon successful completion of this program you will have earned the following tickets:

  • Students who successfully complete the course will receive an email that provides access to their BLS Provider eCard. This electronic proof of course completion can be accessed directly online, downloaded or printed for convenience. A formal printed course completion card from Heart and Stroke Foundation is available for an additional fee.
  • All Heart and Stroke Foundation Basic Life Support completion cards are valid for 1 year from the date of successful course completion.

hdgAdditional Information

Students must pass a written exam and skills test in order to qualify for a BLS for Healthcare Provider (C) course completion card.

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