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Guide to AHA Online Courses: Blended Learning Explained

AHA Online Blended Courses at HealthForce Training Center
AHA Online Blended Courses at HealthForce Training Center

In today's fast-paced and ever-changing world, the demand for adaptable learning solutions has never been higher, particularly for those in the healthcare field. The American Heart Association (AHA) acknowledges the importance of addressing this need and provides a range of AHA online blended courses that aim to deliver thorough training in life-saving techniques. These online courses offered by the AHA provide the perfect blend of convenience and practical experience to help you master essential skills.

The following topics are covered in this article:

What are AHA Online Courses or Blended Courses?

AHA Blended - eLearning Certification

The AHA blended learning programs offer an efficient way to achieve certification, whether you are a beginner or need to renew your existing credentials. These courses adhere to the 2020–2025 guidelines and are part of the HeartCode and Heartsaver eLearning suite. After successfully finishing the course, participants will be awarded an official course completion card from the American Heart Association, which is widely recognized across the country.

Course Structure

AHA Online Courses are structured into three parts:

Part 1: Web-based eLearning

  • This cognitive portion can be completed online at your own pace.

  • It includes eSimulation technology that presents realistic patient scenarios.

  • Participants assess patients and formulate treatment plans in a virtual environment.

  • On completion, students receive a certificate, allowing them to proceed to the next stages.

Part 2: Skills Practice Session

  • After completing the online portion, participants must attend a skills practice session.

  • An American Heart Association-certified instructor is leading this session.

Part 3: Skills Test

  • The final step is a hands-on skills test, also administered by an AHA instructor.

  • Successful completion of this test qualifies participants for an AHA course completion card.

AHA Online Courses We Offer

BLS Blended

The Basic Life Support (BLS) blended course is designed for healthcare providers and other professionals who need to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings.

PALS Blended

The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course is aimed at healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children. This course builds on the foundation of BLS skills, emphasizing advanced interventions.

ACLS Blended

The Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) course is for healthcare providers who direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. ACLS emphasizes the importance of high-quality CPR along with advanced cardiovascular interventions.

First Aid CPR AED

This course covers first aid, CPR, and AED use. It is designed for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for job, regulatory, or other requirements.

Heartsaver CPR AED

Heartsaver CPR AED courses are intended for anyone with little or no medical training who wants to be prepared to act in an emergency in any setting.

Pediatric First Aid CPR AED

This course is ideal for childcare workers, teachers, foster care workers, camp counselors, youth organizations, and coaches, as well as for parents, grandparents, babysitters, and guardians.

Enrollment and Access

Online Access Code

Upon registration, an online access code will be emailed within 24 hours. It is crucial to complete the online portion before scheduling the skills test appointment. If you do not receive your online code within 24 hours, please contact us at 1-866-CPR-9593 or 1-866-277-9593.

Skills Test Appointment

For parts 2 and 3, participants must present their online completion certificate to their instructor. Ensure that you have purchased the online code and completed the online portion before attending the skills test.


Our online courses provide a flexible and comprehensive solution for acquiring vital life-saving skills. Whether you require initial certification or renewal, the blended learning format offers you the flexibility to complete the cognitive portion at your convenience and then showcase your skills in a practical setting. For more information or to sign up for a course, please visit our website or reach out to our hotline.

Are you prepared to improve your life-saving abilities? Sign up for an AHA Online Blended Course now and get your certification from the American Heart Association. For more information, please visit our website or give us a call at 1-866-277-9593.

Our AHA Online Courses offer the flexibility and comprehensive training necessary to ensure you are fully prepared to handle emergencies and make a difference in saving lives. 

AHA Online Courses Frequently Asked Questions

What are AHA Online Courses?

AHA Online Courses are eLearning programs offered by the American Heart Association that combine online cognitive learning with in-person skills practice and testing. These courses provide flexible learning options for obtaining or renewing certification in life-saving techniques.

How do AHA Blended Courses work?

AHA Blended Courses consist of three parts:

  • Part 1: Online Cognitive Portion - Complete the theoretical part online at your own pace using eSimulation technology.

  • Part 2: Skills Practice Session - Attend an in-person skills practice session with a certified AHA instructor.

  • Part 3: Skills Test - Complete an in-person skills test with an AHA instructor to demonstrate proficiency and receive certification.

What courses are available through AHA Online Blended Learning?

The available courses include:

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Blended

  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Blended

  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Blended

  • First Aid CPR AED

  • Heartsaver CPR AED

  • Pediatric First Aid CPR AED

How long is the certification valid?

AHA certification is typically valid for two years. After this period, healthcare providers must complete a renewal course to maintain their certification.

How do I access the online portion of the course?

Upon registration, you will receive an online access code via email within 24 hours. If you do not receive the code, contact us at 1-866-CPR-9593 or 1-866-277-9593. Complete the online portion before your skills test appointment.

Is there a refund policy for the online courses?

No, once the keycode is purchased, no refunds are allowed. Please ensure you are ready to commit to the course before purchasing.

Can I complete the course on any device?

Yes, the course is compatible with both PC and Mac. You can complete the online cognitive portion on any device that supports these platforms.

What do I need to bring to the skills test?

You need to print and present your online completion certificate to your instructor during your skills test appointment.

Who should take these courses?

These courses are suitable for healthcare providers and non-healthcare individuals who need to perform CPR and other life-saving skills. This includes doctors, nurses, EMTs, teachers, coaches, childcare workers, and more.

How do I schedule the skills test?

After completing the online portion, contact HealthForce Training Center to schedule your skills practice session and skills test. Ensure you have your online completion certificate ready for the appointment.

For more information or to enroll in a course, visit our AHA Online Blended Courses page or call 1-866-277-9593.

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