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American Heart Association Courses

SIEMT is an approved American Heart Association training center, offering the most educational and convenient CPR, ACLS, and PALS courses in the area for professionals, businesses, and the general public. Our courses teach the current and comprehensive review of resuscitation science, systems, protocols, and education defined by the AHA guidelines.

  • CPR/AED/BLS

    Healthcare Professional course

    The AHA’s BLS Course is designed for healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings. This course will teach participants:

    • The AHA Chain of Survival, specifically the BLS components
    • Important early use of an AED
    • Effective ventilations using a barrier device
    • Importance of teams in multi-rescuer resuscitation and performance as an effective team member during multi-rescuer CPR
    • Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infants
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  • First Aid

    Community course

    The AHA First Aid course provides first responders with training in basic first aid procedures including the first aid skills recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in a format that can be delivered in a single day. This course also offers an elective module for environmental type emergencies. This course is intended for all individuals who have a duty to respond to a first aid emergency because of a job responsibilities or regulatory requirements including: security officers, airline personnel, camp counselors, teachers, day-care workers, physical fitness instructors/trainers, and any other individual who wants or feels they have the need for first aid training. The course is approximately 4 hours including skills testing by a certified American Heart Association instructor. The online self-paced version is between 1-2 hours and between 1-2 hours for the skills assessment and test.

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  • Family & Friends CPR

    Community course

    This program teaches how to perform CPR on adults, children, or infants and how to help an adult, child or infant who is choking. This class is perfect for family members, friends, and members of the general community who want to learn CPR, but do not need a course completion card (such as with the Healthcare Provider Course). This program can also be a con-credentialed option for middle and high school students. The course length is approximately 1 to 2 hours with skills performance evaluation by a certified American Heart Association instructor.

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  • ACLS Initial

    Healthcare Professional course

    This course is designed for the healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies and for personnel in emergency response. This course will teach participants:

    • Basic life support skills, including effective chest compressions, use of a bag-mask device, and use of an AED
    • Recognition and early management of respiratory and cardiac arrest
    • Recognition and early management of peri-arrest conditions such as symptomatic bradycardia
    • Airway management
    • Related pharmacology
    • Management of ACS and stroke
    • Effective communication as a member and leader of a resuscitation team
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  • ACLS for the Experienced Provider

    Healthcare Professional course

    For those who are proficient in performing BLS and ACLS skills, reading and interpreting ECGs, understanding ACLS pharmacology; and who regularly lead or participate in emergency assessment and treatment of prearrest, arrest, or post arrest patients. This course will teach participants:

    • Demonstrate proficiency in providing BLS care, including prioritizing chest compressions and integrating use of an AED
    • Recognize and manage respiratory arrest
    • Recognize and manage cardiac arrest until termination of resuscitation or transfer of care, including post–cardiac arrest care
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  • ACLS Recertification

    Recertification course

    As a healthcare provider, saving lives requires you to follow the constantly changing and evolving ACLS guidelines, best practices, and certification requirements. To encourage continued learning and set a high standard, you are required to complete your ACLS recertification every two years. This course will measure, maintain and build your AHA BLS knowledge and skills. Obtaining your AHA ACLS recertification is the key to being able to continue your career at saving lives. Requirements are a current ACLS provider card, current CPR health care provider card.

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  • PALS Initial

    Healthcare Professional course

    For healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children and for personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units. The PALS Provider Course aims to improve outcomes for pediatric patients by preparing healthcare providers to effectively recognize and intervene in patients with respiratory emergencies, shock, and cardiopulmonary arrest by using high‐performance team dynamics and high‐quality individual skills. The course includes a series of case scenario practices with simulations that reinforce important concepts. After successfully completing this course, students will be able to

    • Perform high‐quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) per American Heart Association (AHA) basic life support (BLS) recommendations
    • Differentiate between patients who do and do not require immediate intervention
    • Recognize cardiopulmonary arrest early and begin CPR within 10 seconds
    • Apply team dynamics
    • Differentiate between respiratory distress and failure
    • Perform early interventions for respiratory distress and failure
    • Differentiate between compensated and decompensated (hypotensive) shock
    • Perform early interventions for the treatment of shock
    • Differentiate between unstable and stable patients with arrhythmias
    • Describe clinical characteristics of instability in patients with arrhythmias
    • Implement post–cardiac arrest management
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  • PALS Recertification

    Recertification course

    Staying on top of your PALS recertification will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to save lives. This course is designed for the health care provider needing PALS recertification and will provide the latest information and best practices concerning pediatric advanced life support. Requirements are a current PALS provider card, current CPR health care provider card.

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  • CPR Instructor Program

    Instructor course

    This class is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of teaching basic life support to a variety of audiences. Successful completion of this course allows the participant to teach CPR and offer AHA completion cards to lay rescuers and healthcare professionals. This program consists of two at home sessions where students complete an online based “CORE Instructor Program,” followed by 12 hours of hands-on classroom training detailing administrative policies, the practice-while-watching systems, manikin maintenance, CPR and first aid skill evaluation, and other course logistics. After successful complete of this program the instructor candidate must be monitored by teaching during a live CPR class under the supervision of a faculty member.

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  • American Heart Association Instructor Course

    Instructor course

    The AHA Core Instructor Course is a prerequisite for all new instructor’s adding another discipline to their teaching credentials. In addition to new instructors, this course can be taken at any time by a current instructor to enhance their teaching skills.

    • The is a flexible course that can be delivered online or through a DVD for self-directed learning.
    • This course is only available through the AHA Training Center (please feel free to contact us should you be interested in this program).
    • In order to take this course, you must hold a currently valid AHA provider credential.
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