American Heart Association Certification Courses

PREPARE FOR EMERGENCY CARE WITH AHA CERTIFICATION COURSES.

Whether you are a Creighton University student with an eye on a future health care career or a health care professional in need of important lifesaving credentials, Creighton has the American Heart Association (AHA) certification courses you need. Through your AHA courses at Creighton, you’ll gain the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to respond in emergency situations.

Experienced Instructors

You will benefit from expert instructors who will go beyond delivering basic course information to sharing their experiences in the field with you.

First-rate Equipment

From life-like manikins to AEDs, you will have access to state-of-the-art equipment so you’re prepared to pass your skills test—and to respond to life-threatening situations.

Flexible Offerings

Some of your coursework may be offered online. Creighton is conveniently located for on-campus trainings.

Affordable Courses

All of our AHA courses are competitively priced.

Find your course and register by opening the tabs below.

Basic Life Support (BLS)

Our Basic Life Support (BLS) course follows the American Heart Association’s nationally recognized program. Through this course, you will gain muscle memory as well as critical thinking and problem solving skills so you are ready to respond to life-threatening emergencies. You will learn how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and safely and swiftly assist a choking victim.

Cost

The course fee is $70. This does not include the cost of the AHA manual. You must buy the manual prior to the start of the course. You may purchase directly from AHA or from the vendor of your choice.
Please review the manual prior to the start of the course. 

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Whether you’re looking to earn initial BLS certification or to renew your certification, register now for upcoming courses. 
AHA no longer distinguishes between Renewal and Initial for BLS. Any participant needing BLS certification may attend any course listed. Course fee is $70.

 

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Initial

The AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Initial course offered through Creighton follows the most-up-to-date AHA guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. The course stresses continuous, high-quality CPR and builds on the lifesaving skills you’ve learned in BLS. This course is for those who haven’t taken an ACLS course in the past, who are uncomfortable with ACLS content and skills or who have let their ACLS provider card expire.

You must complete a pre-course assessment and share your score with the instructor on the first day of class. If you have a current ACLS card that you’re looking to renew, please register for Creighton’s ACLS Renewal course.

Cost

The course fee is $265. This does not include the cost of the AHA manual. You must buy the manual prior to the start of the course. You may purchase directly from AHA or from the vendor of your choice.
Please review the manual prior to the start of the course. 

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Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Renewal

The AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Renewal course offered through Creighton is for health care professionals. You must complete a pre-course assessment and share your score with the instructor on the first day of class. If you have not taken an ACLS course or are uncomfortable with the content or do not have a current ACLS card, please register for the ACLS Initial course.

Cost

The course fee is $175. This does not include the cost of the AHA manual. You must buy the manual prior to the start of the course. You may purchase directly from AHA or from the vendor of your choice.
Please review the manual prior to the start of the course. 

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Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Initial

The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Initial course offered through Creighton follows the American Heart Association’s nationally recognized program. As a pediatric health care professional, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills you need to efficiently and effectively manage critically ill infants and children. This course is for those who have not attended a PALS course, are uncomfortable with PALS content and skills or who have let their PALS card expire. If you have a current PALS card that you want to renew, please register for Creighton’s PALS Renewal course.

Cost

The course fee is $265. This does not include the cost of the AHA manual. You must buy the manual prior to the start of the course. You may purchase directly from AHA or from the vendor of your choice.
Please review the manual prior to the start of the course. 

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Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Renewal

The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Renewal course offered through Creighton is for health care professionals who have completed a PALS course and feel comfortable and confident with the course content. You are required to complete a pre-course assessment and share your score with the instructor on the first day of class. If you have not previously taken a PALS course, feel uncomfortable with the content or do not have a current PALS provider card, please register for the PALS Initial course.

Cost

The course fee is $175. This does not include the cost of the AHA manual. You must buy the manual prior to the start of the course. You may purchase directly from AHA or from the vendor of your choice.
Please review the manual prior to the start of the course. 

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HeartCode BLS

The AHA’s HeartCode® BLS course offered through Creighton is for health care professionals and others who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide range of in-facility and pre-hospital settings. You’ll earn up to 1.75 hour(s) of CME/CE/CEH credits.

Up-to-Date Information

This course replaces the BLS for Healthcare Providers Online Part 1 (#90-1403), HeartCode BLS Part 1 (#90-1404), and BLS for Prehospital Providers Online (#90-1433) 2010 Guidelines courses.

Latest Technology

You’ll use eSimulation technology to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings. You’ll gain BLS knowledge and skills by using a variety of eLearning assets, such as dramatizations, eSimulations, animations, self-directed learning and interactive activities. This method of learning provides training consistency, adaptability to different learning styles and flexibility for you and your employer’s time. Work at your own pace while applying your knowledge to real-time decision-making and skills development. Blended training also supports your need for hands-on learning of psychomotor skills.

In-Person Skills Session

After completing the eLearning component, you will attend a structured, instructor-led course at Creighton that focuses on meaningful skills practice, debriefing, team scenarios, discussions of local protocols and skills testing.

Outcomes

After you successfully complete both the eLearning and hands-on session of the HeartCode BLS course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the importance of high-quality CPR and its impact on survival
  • Describe all of the steps of the Chain of Survival and apply the BLS concepts of the Chain of Survival
  • Recognize the signs of someone needing CPR
  • Perform high-quality CPR for adults, children and infants
  • Describe the importance of early use of an AED and demonstrate its use
  • Provide effective ventilations by using a barrier device
  • Describe the importance of team dynamics in multirescuer resuscitation and perform as an effective team member during multirescuer CPR
  • Describe the technique for relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infants

 

Cost

HeartCode BLS Parts 2 and 3: $35

That fee does not include the cost of the AHA manual. You must buy the manual prior to the start of the course. You may purchase directly from AHA or from the vendor of your choice.

Please review the manual prior to the start of the course.

Schedule a Session

Creighton facilitates HeartCode BLS Parts 2 and 3. To schedule a session, please call us at 402.280.1280. You may purchase HeartCode BLS Part 1 from online vendors, including OnlineAHA.org.

 

HeartCode ACLS

The AHA’s HeartCode® ACLS course offered through Creighton is a self-directed, comprehensive eLearning program. You’ll use eSimulation technology to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings. You will be presented a team dynamics lesson and 10 in-hospital patient cases, including a BLS case and 2 megacode cases. After successfully completing the patient cases, you must pass the written exam with a score of 84 percent. You are then able to attend the hands-on session required for full course completion.

Highlights

The HeartCode ACLS course features:

  • Updated science and education reflecting the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC
  • Enhanced learning experience through eSimulations, life-like animations and realistic scenarios
  • Advanced, evidence-based resuscitation education and skills critical to the Chain of Survival
  • Enhanced course structure and scenarios to ensure immediate preparedness in real-world situations
  • Continuing education credits available

 

Cost

HeartCode ACLS Parts 2 & 3 is $132.50

Schedule a Session

Creighton facilitates HeartCode ACLS Parts 2 and 3. To schedule a session, please call us at 402.280.1280. You may purchase HeartCode ACLS Part 1 from online vendors, including OnlineAHA.org.

BLS/CPR Instructor Course

This hands-on course will teach you how to share the lifesaving knowledge of CPR.

This course covers how to instruct American Heart Association BLS classes. It will take approximately four hours of classroom time. Participants will also be required to monitor a course prior to receiving an instructor card. More information on course monitoring will be discussed during class time. Register here

Please come ready with copies of your BLS Instructor Essentials* completion certificate and your BLS provider card.

Cost

$250

*Prior to the on-campus course you will need to complete the BLS Instructor Essentials Course. This will take approximately 1.5hrs and will be the base knowledge for the classroom portion. There is a $30 fee paid directly to AHA for this portion of the course.

Questions: 402.280.1284 or emilyhodges [at] creighton [dot] edu

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