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HeartCode Instructional Program

HeartCode Instructional Program

HeartCode is a web-based, self-paced instructional program that uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings. In this environment, students apply their knowledge to real-time decision making and skills development. Debriefings and coaching are provided immediately after each simulation to facilitate learning.

After completing the cognitive portion of the course, students practice and test their skills with an AHA Instructor or on a voice-assisted manikin (VAM) system. Upon successful completion of the cognitive and skills tests, students receive a course completion card.

This program is for healthcare professionals seeking an alternative (non-classroom) method for completing an initial or renewal BLS for Healthcare Providers Course.  For more information or to register, click here


  • 14 BLS video lessons and two video tutorials
  • Updated science-based content
  • Interactive adult, child, and infant cases presented through eSimulation technology
  • Debriefing and corrective actions provided after each simulation case
  • Access to course for 2 years following activation of course key
  • Access to BLS for Healthcare Providers Student Manual and 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
  • Printable BLS for Healthcare Providers Pocket Reference Card

Reminder: Students must complete their skills testing within 60 calendar days of completing the computer based cognitive portion, which is indicated as the completion date on the certificate.

HeartCode BLS typically takes approx. 90 minutes to complete compared to the length of a traditional class.