Basic Life Support (BLS)

Basic Life Support (BLS) - 2 Year Certificate 

Recommended for: Physicians, Nurses, EMS Providers, Dentists, Pharmacists and other Healthcare Providers



The BLS 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.

In this instructor-led course, students participate in simulated clinical scenarios and learning stations. Students work with an AHA BLS Instructor to complete BLS skills practice and skills testing. Students will also complete a written exam.


Please note that this course was previously titled BLS for Healthcare Providers but was updated with the 2016 content release. In addition it is important to recognize that the American Heart Association no longer offers an update format (renewal/recertification) for the Basic Life Support course. 


Continuing Education


This continuing education activity is approved by the American Heart Association, an organization accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), for 2.50 Basic CEHs, activity number 16-AMHA-F3-0302.



There are no prerequisites for this course. 

Required Course Materials

Students are required to have access to the current American Heart Association Basic Life Support Provider Manual ((2016) ISBN: 978-1-61669-407-4) before, during and after the course and are required to present the manual at the start of class. During the registration process students will be given the option to purchase this book. If you own or have access to this book (before, during and after the course) you are not required to purchase the book from NDP. Additional information will be provided during the registration process. 



Please contact Cheryl Hilbrandt for group pricing and scheduling information. 

Contact Information


Cheryl Hilbrandt

Administrative Assistant, Training Division

(845) 876-0448 ext. 136

Casey Quake

Training Center Administrator

(845) 876-0448 ext.122

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.