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Basic Life Support Course

The Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Basic Life Support (BLS) course is intended for health care professionals and pre-hospital providers. You’ll learn how to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide high-quality CPR to victims of all ages, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely manner.

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Gain experience with adult and infant practice manikins. Practice AEDs, bag-valve masks, and barrier devices. You’ll be monitored by NSU instructors, who will provide feedback throughout the course.

Upon successful completion of the BLS course, you'll be issued an American Heart Association (AHA) BLS provider card, valid for 2 years from the course completion date.

What You'll Learn

The Basic Life Support course covers:

  • Critical concepts of high-quality CPR
  • The AHA chain of survival for in-facility and prehospital providers
  • Importance of early use of an AED
  • Importance of teams and team member roles in multi-rescuer resuscitation
  • Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction for adults and infants (choking relief)


The BLS course is designed for health care professionals and pre-hospital providers who need to know how to perform high quality CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in prehospital and in-facility settings. Past course participants have included:

  • Dental Professionals 
  • Medical Sonographers
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Optometrists
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Students

Blended Course Format

If you need your BLS certification as soon as possible or if you just don't have enough time to attend a full class, our American Heart Association blended course format may be the best option for you. 

In the blended-course format, you’ll

  • learn the concepts of BLS in an online eLearning format to be completed at your own pace.
  • schedule an appointment with NSU's Division of EMS Education and Training to demonstrate your knowledge and skills on our practice manikins with an NSU instructor.
  • receive the same American Heart Association BLS provider card as our in-person course, upon successful completion of both the online eLearning and in-person skill evaluation.
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