This one-day (3.5 hour) course, accredited by the American Heart Association, provides the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for healthcare providers to perform CPR, to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and bag mask, and relieve choking in the adult and pediatric victim.

After completing this course, participants will be able to perform each of the following skills:

  1. Recall the basic steps of CPR for adults, children, and infants.
  2. Show the basic steps of CPR for adults, children, and infants.
  3. Give breaths with a bag mask.
  4. Perform rescue breathing.
  5. Explain the importance of early defibrillation.
  6. List the steps common to the operation of all AEDs.
  7. Demonstrate the proper placement of the AED electrode pads.
  8. Show how to relieve choking in the responsive and unresponsive victim.
Program Fee

The administrative fee for this program is $60 ($45 for current Baptist Health employees).

The American Heart Association

The American Heart Association

The American Heart Association (AHA) is a non-profit organization in the United States that funds cardiovascular medical research, educates consumers on healthy living and fosters appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke.
Claudia Sabogal-Rodriguez, MPHM, MSN, RN, CEN

Program Manager

Claudia Sabogal-Rodriguez, MPHM, MSN, RN, CEN
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    certified each year

Eligibility Requirements and Application Schedule

Our program attracts, educates, and retains exceptional healthcare talent to serve the South Florida community. Program participants will be trained in the Baptist Health Way with a focus on quality, inclusion, compassion, and collaboration.

Eligibility Prerequisites

  • Participants must be aged 16 or older as of the start of the program.
  • The AHA developed the  BLS Course for current healthcare providers and those in their collegiate programs (e.g. medical, nursing, emergency medical, or allied health personnel) whose daily occupation or volunteer activities demand proficiency in the knowledge and skills of Basic Life Support (BLS).
  • This course is designed for those who have not yet received an AHA HCP certification card or have allowed their certification to expire and are expected to respond and participate in a possible adult or pediatric cardiopulmonary arrest.

Application Requirements

  • Pick up or receive by mail the BLS for Health Care Providers textbook and read prior to class.
Acceptance and admission to the program is contingent on submission of all requested materials and meeting all eligibility requirements as determined by the program.

Application Timeline

  • Where do applicants go to apply? Send an email to
  • When are applications accepted? If recertifying, register 3 months prior to expiration date.
  • When does the program start? Continuous throughout the year.

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