American Heart Association Courses


 All courses require pre-registration and are held at our Headquarters which is located at:

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100 Amherst Villa Road, Buffalo, NY 14225

To REGISTER or if you require assistance or have questions, please contact:

Director of Education, Denise Cuillo by email: dcuillo@mercyflight.org or call: 716-626-5808 ext. 1320.


Basic Life Support for the Health Care Provider (BLS-HCP CPR)
BLS-HCP trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations and provide early use of an AED.  In the instructor-led classroom course, students participate in simulated clinical scenarios and learning stations.  Students work with an AHA BLS Instructor to complete BLS skills practice and skills testing.  Upon successful completion, students will receive a Provider Card valid for two years.

**Schedule subject to change

January 27

June 19

September 5

December 13



Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

ACLS is a course that allows providers to enhance their skills in treating adult victims of cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies.  It is an advanced, instructor-led classroom course that highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac-arrest care.  It also covers airway management and related pharmacology.  In this course, skills are taught in group sessions and group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.  This course is designed for healthcare providers who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiovascular emergencies including: EMS, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units.  Upon successful completion, students will receive a Provider Card valid for two years.

Original Provider Course (2 Day Course)
**Schedule subject to change

January 16 & 17
May 1 & 2
November 20 & 21



Provider Recertification Course 
**Must have a current ACLS Provider card
**Schedule subject to change

February 24
April 12
August 21
October 10


Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
PALS is an advanced, instructor-led classroom course that uses a series of simulated pediatric emergencies to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics.  The goal of the PALS Course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes.  This course is designed for healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children including: EMS, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units such as physicians and nurses.  Upon successful completion, students will receive a Provider Card valid for two years.


Original Provider Course (2 Day Course)
**Schedule subject to change

January 12 & 13
May 17 & 18
October 19 & 20


Provider Recertification Course 
**Must have a current PALS Provider card
**Schedule subject to change

February 20
July 13
December 19



Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS)
PEARS teaches providers how to recognize respiratory distress, shock and cardiac arrest, and provide appropriate lifesaving interventions within the initial minutes of response until the child is transferred to an advanced life support provider.  The goal of PEARS is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured infants and children, resulting in improved outcomes.  PEARS is for healthcare providers including: EMTs, medical and surgical nurses, school nurses and any other healthcare provider who infrequently sees critically ill infants and children.  Upon successful completion, students will receive a Provider Card valid for two years.

PEARS courses are offered as requested by inquiry.


Heartsaver Course
Heartsaver Courses are for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card for their job, regulatory or other requirements.  These courses are also designed to meet OSHA requirements.  Upon successful completion, students will receive a Provider Card valid for two years.

Heartsaver courses include: Heartsaver First Aid, Heartsaver CPR AED, Heartsaver First Aid & CPR AED, Heartsaver Pediatric and Heartsaver Bloodborne Pathogens.  These courses are offered as requested by inquiry.


Family and Friends CPR
The Family and Friends CPR course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only CPR, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR and relief of choking in an adult, child or infant.  Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment by using the American Heart Association's research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides students with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible.  Family and Friends CPR is for people who want to learn CPR but do not need a course completion card in CPR for their job.  This course is ideal for schools and students, new parents, grandparents, babysitters and others interested in learning how to save a life.

Family and Friends CPR courses are offered as requested by inquiry.

 

AHA Instructor Courses
Instructor courses are offered as requested by inquiry.


Additional courses such as: Airway Management, ECG & Pharmacology, and Bloodborne Pathogens are offered as requested by inquiry.