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The Ochsner Community Training Center signed a contract with the American Heart Association (AHA) to be an authorized Training Center in 1998.

Our mission is to strengthen the Chain of Survival in the population we serve by providing high quality, effective life support training worthy of regional and national recognition.

We provide support and quality control to more than 1,200 American Heart Association instructors as well as more than 40 training sites covering a geographical area including Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

Courses for Ochsner Health Staff and Non-Ochsner Physicians to Complete skills testing on a RQI Skills Station (VAM Cart)

VAM Cart

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Courses for Community Individuals for AHA Instructor-Led skills testing to be held at Ochsner CTC at the Ochsner Elmwood campus location ONLY:

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AHA Certification eCard

You will be able to re-print the eCard from this website for AHA classroom courses or AHA Instructor-Led skills testing that is available for two years from the issue date. This is not available for AHA RQI Quarterly eCards or AHA RQI Heartcode Complete course eCards.


Meet our Staff:

Kay Eddleman, manager
BLS instructor, training faculty

Melanie Blenkarn, program coordinator, primary contact for AHA Instructors
BLS instructor, training faculty

Jana Hepting, special services coordinator, primary contact for CPI
BLS instructor, training faculty

Earl Wilson, CTC trainer and AHA course director
ACLS, BLS, PALS instructor, training faculty

Stacy Boudreaux, administrative assistant, trainer

Disaster Preparedness

In the event of a disaster and/or mandatory evacuation, all classes and HeartCode skills check-offs will be canceled until further notice.

During the emergency if you need to contact the Community Training Center you can do so by emailing us at

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