Life Support Courses

Clarkson College is an approved American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center. AHA Certification Courses are designed to teach health care professionals and non-health care professionals the skills of Basic Life Support (CPR) and relief of foreign body airway obstruction and the use of an external defibrillator (AED). 

AHA two-year certification courses are intended for those who must meet licensure or credentialing requirements. However, certified or non-certified individuals are eligible to enroll in the AHA Basic Life Support and First Aid courses. The Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Course is for those will provide their knowledge and skills for the patient in critical care within the first 10 minutes of cardiac arrest.

LS 100 Basic Life Support Course: Initial
LS 101 Basic Life Support Course: Renewal

The initial BLS health care provider course teaches CPR skills for helping victims of all ages (including doing ventilation with a barrier device, a bag-mask device and oxygen); use of an automated external defibrillator (AED); and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (FBAO). It’s intended for participants who provide health care to patients in a wide variety of settings, including in-hospital and out-of-hospital for certified or noncertified, licensed or non-licensed health care professionals. Upon successful completion of the written examination, the course participant will receive a two-year American Heart Association (AHA) certification card.

The renewal BLS health care provider course renews health care providers who are current in American Heart Association health care provider training. The course provides a review of current AHA guidelines for basic life support. Suc­cessful completion of the course requires the participant to be able to demon­strate skills learned and pass the AHA examination for health care providers.

Health care provider courses are offered regularly at the Clarkson College cam­pus. The staff will also make arrangements with organizations and businesses to provide training on-site (dependent upon instructor availability).

LS 051 Family & Friends CPR AED

This American Heart Association, Instructor led course is designed to teach small or large groups of lay rescuers the basics of CPR, AED use; and relief of choking. Students receive a participation card, there is not a certification provided for this course.

LS 060 Heartsaver Bloodborne Pathogens

The Heartsaver Bloodborne Pathogens course is designed to meet OSHA requirements for bloodborne pathogens training when paired with site or facility specific training. It can be utilized as a stand alone course, or added to first aid or CPR training. Students receive a participation card, there is not a certification provided for this course.

LS 095 Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Course

The Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED course provides the skills to effectively assess and maintain life from the critical minutes immediately following an emergency, until the arrival of emergency medical services personnel. The course also provides corporations with a complete health and safety training solution for First Aid, CPR and AED. A two year certification is provided upon successful completion of this 2 hour course.

LS 095 Heartsaver First Aid Course

the Heartsaver First Aid course provides training in basic first aid procedures - including first aid skills recommended by OSHA. This course is ideal for anyone who has a duty to respond to a first aid emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements, as well as for others who want or need first aid training. A two year certification is provided upon successful completion of this 5-6 hour course.

LS 200 Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS): Initial
LS 201 Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS): Renewal

The American Heart Association's Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support course is for health care providers who direct or participate in the resuscitation of a patient, whether in or out of hospital. Through the ACLS course, providers will enhance their skills in the treatment of the adult victim of a cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies. ACLS emphasizes the importance of basic life support CPR to patient survival; the integration of effective basic life support with advanced cardiovascular life support interventions; and the importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation. 

ACLS is based on simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active, hands-on participation through learning stations where students will practice essential skills individually, as part of a team, and as team leader. Realistic simulations reinforce the following key concepts: proficiency in basic life support care; recognizing and initiating early management of peri-arrest conditions; managing cardiac arrest; identifying and treating ischemic chest pain and acute coronary syndromes; recognizing other life-threatening clinical situations (such as stroke) and providing initial care; ACLS algorithms; and effective resuscitation team dynamics.