Basic Life Support

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Basic Life Support

The Boston Children's Hospital BLS program is committed to supporting the CPR and First Aid efforts of the hospital and to providing courses that are accessible to the community within Boston and the surrounding areas.

Heartsaver AED

This Heartsaver Course teaches the basic skills of Adult, Child and Infant CPR and how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). Students also learn about using barrier devices in CPR and how to help someone is choking. The course teaches how to recognize the signs of four major emergencies: heart attack, stroke, cardiac arrest and foreign-body airway obstruction.

  • Course offerings: 4th Wednesday of every month, 5-9pm

  • Cost: $80.00 (includes manual)

BLS for Healthcare Providers

During this four hour course participants will learn the skills of CPR for victims of all ages and will practice CPR in a team setting.  Participants will also learn how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and how to relieve choking (foreign-body airway obstruction). The skills taught in this course will enable the participant to recognize emergencies such as sudden cardiac arrest and know how to respond to them.

  • Course offerings: 3rd Tuesday of every month, 5-9pm

  • Cost: $90.00 (includes manual)

Heartcode BLS

 This course is comprised of two parts. First, participants complete a cognitive based online course.  Then the participants must demonstrate their physical CPR skills with one of our BLS instructors during a designated thirty minute time slot.  This course allows for minimal practice time before skills evaluation and is intended for the experienced provider.

  • Course offerings: 3rd Wednesday of every month with thirty minute time slots from 3-5pm.

  • Cost: $65.00 includes an online key sent via email

First Aid Courses

First Aid training provides the skills to effectively assess and maintain life from the critical minutes immediately following an emergency until the arrival of emergency medical services personnel.

  • American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid Course—Adult

    • Course offerings: (upon request with a guaranteed minimum of four participants)

    • Time: 5-9pm

    • Cost: $80.00 (includes manual)

  • American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid Class—Pediatric

    • Course offerings: (upon request with a guaranteed minimum of four participants)

    • Time: 5-9pm

    • Cost: $80.00 (includes manual) 

BLS Instructor Course

The BLS Instructor Course is designed to prepare the AHA BLS Instructor to disseminate the science, skills and philosophy of resuscitation programs to participants enrolled in AHA courses. BLS Instructor candidates must have current BLS for Healthcare Providers certification.

  • Course offering: to be announced

  • Cost: $195.00 (includes Instructor manual)

Contact us

For additional information call 617-355-2649, or send an email to

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