Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (ARC)

Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (ARC)

Classroom Course with an American Red Cross Instructor

Program Highlights and Enhancements

The BLS program content was updated to include policy statements, evidence reviews and guidelines from:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
  • American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG)
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care (AHA ECC)
  • Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC)
  • Obstetric Life Support™ (OBLSTM)
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and the American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM)
  • Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) 
BLS Blended Learning Course

Basic Life Support ​​Program Overview

The American Red Cross Basic Life Support (BLS) course is designed to train healthcare
professionals including nurses, physicians, EMS professionals, and other healthcare and public safety personnel to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, children and infants.

Content in this program is consistent with:

  • The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) 2020 International
  • Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
  • Science with Treatment Recommendations.
  • The American Red Cross Focused Updates and Guidelines 2020. 

Basic Life Support (BLS) Course Cost


​BLS Provider Course Estimated Time

4 hours

Basic Life Support (BLS) Course Learning Objectives

• Apply concepts of effective teamwork when caring for a patient experiencing a life-threatening emergency.
• Integrate communication, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills during a high-performance BLS team response.
• Apply a systematic, continuous approach to assess, recognize and care for adults, children and infants experiencing a life-threatening emergency.
• Perform a rapid assessment for responsive and unresponsive adults, children and infants.
• Effectively care for adults, children and infants in respiratory arrest.
• State the principles of high-quality CPR for adults, children and infants.
• Identify BLS differences among adults, children and infants.
• Provide high-quality chest compressions for adults, children and infants.
• Deliver effective ventilations to adults, children and infants using a pocket mask and bag-valve-mask (BVM) resuscitator.
• Demonstrate effective use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) for adults, children and infants. 
• Provide high-quality BLS care for adults, children and infants in single- and multiple-provider situations.
• Deliver effective abdominal thrusts, back blows and chest thrusts for adults, children and infants with airway obstruction.
• State the principles of care for a patient experiencing an opioid overdose.