Our Courses

The AHA publishes the Guidelines for CPR and ECC, which set the standard for lifesaving first aid and CPR protocols and products around the world and make up the basis for our own lifesaving course materials used to teach first aid CPR and advanced cardiovascular care to millions of healthcare providers, caregivers and community members each year.

This year

15 million people

learn first aid, CPR and advanced care with AHA products.

Updated with 2020 Science

Basic Life Support

Basic life support (BLS) training reinforces healthcare professionals’ understanding of the importance of early CPR and defibrillation, performing CPR, choking relief, using an AED, and the role of each link in the Chain of Survival.

Updated with 2020 Science

ACLS Provider Course

The ACLS Course is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care, and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, and paramedics, as well as others who need an ACLS course completion card for job or other requirements.

ACLS for Experienced Providers

For experienced healthcare professionals who direct or perform BLS and ACLS skills, read and interpret ECGs, understand ACLS pharmacology and who regularly lead or participate in emergency assessment and treatment of prearrest, arrest or postarrest patients.

Updated with 2020 Science

PALS Provider Course

A series of simulated pediatric emergencies help teach a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics.

Heartsaver® CPR AED

For anyone with limited or no medical training who needs to learn CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory or other requirement.

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Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED

For anyone with limited or no medical training who needs first aid, CPR and AED training to meet job, regulatory or other requirements.

Family & Friends® CPR

Ideal for anyone who wants to be prepared to save a life, this program teaches Hands-Only™ CPR, child and infant CPR with breaths, AED use and choking relief.

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2020 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers

The 2020 Handbook of Emergency Cardiovascular Care for Healthcare Providers is a vital reference tool for healthcare providers. It is often included on hospital crash carts and frequently accessed in the field by first responders.

Updated with 2020 Science

2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care

The 2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (2020 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC) is the ultimate reference text for professionals. This book is designed for personnel in emergency, intensive care and critical care departments; emergency medical care providers; and regulators and policy makers. No library should be without this text.

Be the difference for someone you love

In a cardiac arrest, every second counts. A cardiac arrest can happen anywhere, often while at home, at work or at play. And the victim is likely to be someone you know and love. Every minute CPR is delayed, a victim’s chance of survival decreases by 10%. Immediate CPR from someone nearby can double – even triple – their chance of survival.

PEARS Provider Course

This course teaches healthcare providers caring for pediatric patients the foundational skills needed to assess, recognize, and participate in the initial management of respiratory and/or cardiovascular emergencies and cardiopulmonary arrest.

From the heart

« In a recent course, a student who was renewing their provider Heartsaver first aid course, told me “with what I learned last time, I could have saved my wife who was choking”. His face showed charm and pride in the work done… and mine also. They are magical moments in which is put in evidence how some simple well learned actions change the lives of people. »

Fabian Gelpi

American Heart Association Instructor, Argentina

« We train Basic, Advanced and Pediatric courses under the American Heart Association with constant, encouraging recognition from our candidates. We trust the quality, scientific studies and well-structured course content provided by AHA. Our goal is to provide high quality and effective resuscitation training to candidates »

Dr. Vincent W.T. Ho

Director of Caritas Medical Centre Resuscitation Training Centre (CMCRTC). Hong Kong

« The Portuguese “Republican National Guard (GNR)” now uses the Guidelines of American Heart Association for military basic life support training of all operatives and advanced life support for its healthcare nurses and doctors. In that way our police can serve and protect the population in expanded ways, providing the most up to date care in safety and security. »

Capt. Ricardo Gomes

GNR, Portugal

« We feel we can do better, we feel we can be the difference by training thousands of persons in Basic, Advance and Pediatric life support with the quality and rigor from American Heart Association courses. »

Pedro Caldeira

RN, Ocean Medical Faculty, Portugal

« In a recent course, a student who was renewing their provider Heartsaver first aid course, told me “with what I learned last time, I could have saved my wife who was choking”. His face showed charm and pride in the work done… and mine also. They are magical moments in which is put in evidence how some simple well learned actions change the lives of people. »

Fabian Gelpi

American Heart Association Instructor, Argentina

« We train Basic, Advanced and Pediatric courses under the American Heart Association with constant, encouraging recognition from our candidates. We trust the quality, scientific studies and well-structured course content provided by AHA. Our goal is to provide high quality and effective resuscitation training to candidates »

Dr. Vincent W.T. Ho

Director of Caritas Medical Centre Resuscitation Training Centre (CMCRTC). Hong Kong