Course Description

Basic Life Support (BLS) is the foundational course for healthcare professionals and trained first responders who provide care to patients in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings. BLS is the cornerstone program for healthcare professionals.

As the gold standard, Heart & Stroke’s BLS training courses teach the theoretical and hands-on skills needed to respond to medical emergencies and drives the best possible patient outcomes.

Infused with Heart & Stroke’s 2020 Guidelines for CPR and ECC, our new BLS program offers an engaging and flexible new way of learning. Powered by a new, user-friendly online platform, students will learn BLS in  a blended learning format (self-paced online learning combined with in-person, instructor-led skills training).

In this course, you will learn the fundamental skills of high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for victims of all ages. You will practice delivering these skills as a single rescuer and as a member of a multi-rescuer team.

The skills you learn in BLS will enable you to:

  • Recognize a cardiac arrest
  • Activate the emergency response system early
  • Respond quickly and confidently
  • Perform high-quality single-rescuer CPR and multi-rescuer team CPR

This course will ensure people in cardiac arrest have the best chance of survival. 

In-classroom training utilizes our newly upgraded QCPR manikins and is hosted at our state-of-the-art  Clinical Simulation Learning Centre (CSLC) facility in the Professional Faculties Building. Further, this course is customized with enhanced content, and is specifically designed to meet Faculty of Nursing instructor expectations. 

Course Details

After successfully passing the online component (typically approx. 1 - 2 hours), students attend a 2-hour in-person/in-classroom skills practice and evaluation session. Students have access to the online learning environment for 1 year.

For each registration a $5 donation will be made to the University of Calgary, Undergraduate Nursing Society.


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