The American Heart Association CPR Instructor Course is currently a two part course:
- Part 1 will be held at Holy Name Medical Center. We will cover information such as course organization, policies of the AHA a card processing, administration of a course, advertising, equipment cleaning, changes in CPR and why they occur, skills testing, a written test and more.
- Part 2 involves being monitored teaching your first class.. This evaluation must be done within 6 months after completion of part 2.
- In addition to the steps above, all participants must posses a valid BLS for Healthcare Provider certification card. Once all steps are successfully completed, the participant will become an American Heart Association BLS CPR Instructor and able to conduct classes on their own.
The AHA Instructor Course teaches the methods needed to effectively instruct others in resuscitation courses. The AHA requires that Instructor be at least 16 years of age for the Heartsaver and BLS Instructor courses.
Who Should Attend
The Ideal instructor candidate is motivated to; teach, facilitate learning and ensure students acquire the skills necessary for successful course completion. The ideal instructor candidate views student assessment as a way to improve individual knowledge and skills.
All Prospective participants in an instructor Course must
- Have current Provider status in BLS Health Care Provider
- Have the most recent edition of the AHA Provider Manual for the discipline they wish to teach.
The following are the steps to become an AHA Instructor
- Complete the instructor candidate application. (Please call our office for the form and to discuss eligibility)
- Must be aligned with an AHA Training Center (Taking the course at HNMC aligns you with HNMC Training Center)
- Complete the discipline specific Instructor Course
- Be successfully monitored by the primary Training Center.
This course is designed to prepare qualified instructors to teach CPR, use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and how to relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner. It will include a review of essential skills and BLS concepts, equipment use, and AHA instructor expectations.