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AHA Course Descriptions

American Heart Association Courses

The Ochsner Community Training Center offers, provider courses, Instructor courses and HeartCode on-line courses.

Classroom Courses

  • AHA Traditional ACLS, BLS, and PALS classroom courses available as needed. Both Provider and Instructor courses offered.

HeartCode ACLS / HeartCode BLS/HeartCode PALS

  • Cognitive portion offered on-line at your own pace. Skills check-off available by appointment. Call 504-842-6684 to schedule.

For information on when and where the classroom provider and Instructor courses are held, click on Course Calendar link.

The Ochsner Community Training Center is an authorized AHA Training Center.

Basic Life Support

The goal of the Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers Course is to train participants to save lives of victims in cardiac arrest through high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The American Heart Association designed the BLS for Healthcare Providers course to prepare healthcare professionals to know how to perform CPR in both in-and out-of-hospital settings. This course trains participants to promptly recognize cardiac arrest, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations and provide early use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), as part of a team and individually. This course also teaches how to relieve choking. The course includes adult, child and infant rescue techniques.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support

The goal of the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Provider Course is to improve outcomes for adult patients with cardiac arrest and other cardiopulmonary emergencies through provider training. The (ACLS) Provider course is designed for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. Through didactic instruction and active participation in simulated cases, the students will enhance their skills and clinical decision-making abilities for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiopulmonary arrest, acute arrhythmia, stroke and acute coronary syndromes.

Students are taught to use the following important concepts:

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Survey
  • High-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • ACLS Survey
  • ACLS Algorithms
  • Effective resuscitation team dynamics
  • Immediate post-cardiac care

Pediatric Advanced Life Support

The goal of the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Course is to improve the quality of care to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes. In the PALS course, the student will reinforce and enhance their skills in the treatment of pediatric arrest and periarrest patients through active participation in a series of simulated pediatric emergencies. These simulations are designed to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms and effective resuscitation team dynamics.

HeartCode On-line Course

The HeartCode ACLS and BLS courses give the participant the option of completing these courses on their own time and at their own pace. These courses are offered in two parts. Part one is completed via a computer and covers all of the information offered in the traditional classroom course. The text book is embedded in the course for easy reference. Part two is a skills check-off performed in one of two ways: either with an AHA instructor or via a Voice Assisted Manikin (VAM simulation). In either case, the participant must be able to successfully complete the skills in order to receive the AHA completion card. For more information on these courses contact the Ochsner CTC at 504-842-6684.

Purchasing Information

To purchase the AHA ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) HeartCode On-Line Course, or for more information, call the Ochsner Community Training Center at 504-842-6684.

All you need is a major credit/debit card and a current email address to purchase via telephone. We will schedule a skills check-off for you with an AHA Instructor at the time of the purchase. Once you successfully complete Part one and Parts two & three, you will be issued a two year AHA provider card.

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