According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular diseases are the most common cause of death worldwide and account for about one third of deaths. As our population ages, the prevalence of these diseases is expected to increase. This program will help prepare participants to handle these events and other life-threatening incidents.

The Basic Life Support (BLS): CPR and First Aid provider program is designed to provide course participants with foundational knowledge and to teach skills needed to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other lifesaving skills.

During this course, participants will become familiar with the signs and symptoms associated with cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack, and other conditions that may pose an immediate threat to life, such as shock, choking and external bleeding.

The first-aid component of this course addresses additional circumstances that may require intervention and assistance from emergency medical services (EMS).

Successful completion of the BLS: CPR and First Aid course includes demonstration of skill competency and successful performance on a knowledge assessment. Upon course completion, you will receive a provider card indicating that you have been trained in basic life support (including CPR) and first-aid measures.

Reading this material without instruction and skill practice will not make someone competent to provide CPR or first-aid assistance.