Posted by Catherine Brinkley RN on Feb 15th 2014

FAQ - Which class do I choose?

If you have never taken the class before, you'll need to take a "Provider Class" this is known as an initial class. 

If you have taken the class before, and have a current, unexpired, American Heart Association provider card, then you can take an "Update" class or renewal course.

If you have taken the class before, but your card is expired, or you have a current card with someone other than the American Heart Association, you'll need to take the Initial Provider course. 

There are two options for getting ACLS, BLS and PALS certifications.

1). You can sit through the classroom course which includes videos, lecture, hands on practice, a written exam and a hands on skills testing session.

2). You can take the entire course online at When you complete the course, you'll need to print your certificate or take a picture of it and bring it with you to a Skills Session.  The online course is called Heartcode Part 1 and the hands on skills session is called Heartcode Parts 2 and 3 Skills Session, or just Skills session for that particular certification. For this option, there are two different fees. One in for the online course and the other is for the hands on testing session with an American Heart Association Instructor. 

If you took the Heartcode BLS Part 1, and need the skills testing portion - we have BLS Skills Sessions every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4 PM to 6 PM.   ACLS and PALS Skills Session dates can be found on our calendar, or by choosing the Skills Session for that class by going through the menu.