Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR) Information and Calendar

The CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) Classes at Children’s of Alabama follow the American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Course Guidelines. There are two (2) types of courses offered coordinated by the Nursing Professional Development Department. 

  1. BLS Provider – available to all Children’s of Alabama Employees. (There is a $55 fee for NON-COA Personnel)
  2. BLS Instructor – open to anyone interested in becoming an instructor. (There is a $185 fee for NON-COA Personnel)

Click here to see a calendar of course dates and times

BLS for Healthcare Providers Certification Class

The American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Provider classes offered by Nursing Professional Development uses the HeartCode BLS Healthcare Provider program approved by AHA.

HeartCode BLS Online Portion – is an interactive computer module with patient case scenarios, mini games, test, evaluation and course completion certificate. It takes 60 – 90 minutes to complete.

HeartCode BLS Hands-on Session – incorporates practice while watching videos, hands on AED training, Team Dynamics along with skills testing of 1 & 2 rescuer CPR on adults and infants by a BLS Instructor. The session takes approximately 60 minutes to complete.  View the calendar link above for dates and times.

The AHA BLS Provider Card is issued when all parts are completed. Effective in 2018 all provider cards will be available electronically.

1. Registration Process

The following link will take you to the BLS Registration Form. Once the form is submitted, course information will be sent out 30 days prior to class. If the class is unavailable then an immediate notification will be sent..

2. Assignment 

  • The HeartCode BLS Hands-On Module in Children’s University will be assigned within 30 days of the “Hands On” Session”
  • This module will appear on your “View Transcript” tab in Children’s University within 24 – 48 hours after it has been assigned
  • Once finished with the module print the Completion Certificate

3. Hands-On Session

  • On the day of Hands-On arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your scheduled session to sign in
  • Be sure to bring the Online Portion Completion Certificate to your session
  • NOTE:  you will not be allowed to sign-in to the hands-on session without a printed certificate.

BLS for Healthcare Providers Instructor Course

The American Heart Association (AHA) BLS for Healthcare Providers Instructor course is offered the third month of each quarter. It is open to everyone that meets the AHA guidelines to be a BLS Instructor.

Pre-registration is required by submitting the following links below:

There is a $185 fee for NON- COA Personnel

Your completed forms, copy of your BLS card and fee (if applicable) should be submitted to Nursing Professional Development (4th floor Bradley Learning Center)

Click here to see the calendar of course dates and times.

Within 21 days of the course an email will be sent as notification of the pre-course on-line module, “Instructor Essentials” being available for completion. The completion certificate must be submitted on the day the course is attended.

Prospective instructors will need to pick up materials needed in Nursing Professional Development.

Instructor Renewal Information.

Instructor status has to be renewed every 2 years per American Heart Association guidelines. An instructor may renew their status by meeting all of the following crtiteria.

  • Maintained current provider status as evident by current provider card (or) demonstration of acceptable provider skills and successful completion of provider written examination
  • Submission of "AHA Instructor Renewal Checklist" with the dates of at least 4 classes taught within the 2 years of your instructor status.
  • Attendance at required updates as required within the previous 2 years
  • Be monitored teaching a Class and have an "Instructor Monitor Form" completed by a Training Center or Regional Faculty Member.

Your completed paperwork should be submitted to Elsie Anwah, in the Nursing Professional Development Department. The instructor card will be issued the month of your renewal.

Elsie Anwah, RN, MSN
Nursing Professional Development
Office: 205-638-9407
Fax: 205-638-6066

Nursing Professional Development, 205-638-9127,