AHA Instructor Courses

AHA Intructor Course. BLS Intructor, ACLS Instructor, and PALS Instructor

To clarify, these courses may be taken singularly, or in combination. For example, you may choose to simply become a BLS Instructor, or an instructor for BLS plus ACLS, and etc. Furthermore, to be eligible for any AHA instructor course, candidates should posses a current license as a healthcare practitioner. In particular, preferred certifications include: MD, RN, NP, PA, or paramedic licensure. Most notably, teaching life-saving skills is not only rewarding, but becoming a BLS, ACLS, and PALS Instructor is also great for:

  • Building your resume while supplementing your income
  • Creating a business in conjunction with your healthcare career
  • Becoming a champion of life-saving knowledge and skills

Nurses Educational Opportunities (NEO) is not a Training Center, but rather a Training Site. However, the demand for American Heart Association (AHA) Instructors remains high; with this in mind, NEO has partnered with HealthPro Education to provide AHA Instructor courses in Costa Mesa, that being the case, any questions or inquiries should be directed to the professional staff of HealthPro Education at info@hpec.org.

Requisites Prior to the Class

Please complete the following prerequisites prior to attending the Instructor-Led portion of the Course.
  • To begin with, complete the Instructor Candidate Application. Click here to download the application.
  • Secondly, include a current copy of your BLS, ACLS, or/and PALS Provider Cards; as well as a copy of your resume, to include recent clinical license information.
  • Next, complete the BLS, ACLS, and/or PALS Online Essentials Course.

Email these documents to info@nursesed.net, afterwards you will receive the Instructor Packet via your Email.

Requisites After the Class

Upon completion of the in-classroom session, instructor candidates will need to:
  • Successfully pass the provider and instructor exam given during the in-classroom session, or arrange for remediation.
  • Become successfully aligned with HealthPro’s TC, or accepting Training Center by completing the TS Contract and payment of management dues.
  • Register online with the AHA Instructor Network.
  • Teach a BLS, ACLS, and/or PALS class within 3 months with monitoring by an AHA Training Center Faculty.
  • Receive your BLS, ACLS and/or PALS Instructor Cards (valid for two years).

Required Material

OPTION 1: At a minimum, to attend the instructor course you must have the current instructor manual for each discipline. Each instructor manual is $50.00. When choosing this option you will have to purchase the course DVDs at a later time. However, instructor candidates must purchase these materials prior to being approved.

OPTION 2:  You can purchase the entire instructor package for each discipline, which includes the instructor manual, course DVD and a copy of the student manual. Each  Instructor Package is $225.00.

BLS Instructor Course Description

The Basic Life Support, or BLS, Instructor Course is presented in a blended learning format that includes an online portion, followed by a classroom-based lesson. To become a BLS Instructor, candidates must complete a 1-day, 8-hour course, plus the BLS Instructor Essentials, a self-directed online lecture.

The BLS Instructor Essentials contains core content on how to use the AHA’s teaching materials. In addition, this online course includes detailed information on the AHA’s BLS course policies. Overall, the BLS specific modules will prepare the candidate for the classroom-based session.

In the classroom lesson, HealthPro’s Faculty will continue preparing instructor candidates to become AHA instructors. Candidates will learn how to appropriately teach BLS; as well as the HeartSaver CPR, AED and First-Aid courses for non-healthcare providers. To summarize, instructor candidates will learn how to successfully use their instructor materials and skills to teach Basic life Support (BLS); even more, the hands on session includes instruction, practice, Training Center specific policies, and an exam.

After completing the BLS Instructor Essentials and the BLS Instructor Classroom course, instructor candidates must be monitored instructing a course. During this time, instructor candidates will have the opportunity to demonstrate the following: BLS teaching, student testing, assessment and remediation. Finally, Instructors will have access to the AHA Instructor Network, which includes; current emergency cardiovascular care science, course updates, and training resources.

Step 3: Schedule Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor Course

ACLS Instructor Course Description

The Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, or ACLS, Instructor Course is presented in a blended learning format that includes an online portion, followed by a classroom-based lesson. To become an ACLS Instructor, candidates must complete a 2-day, 12-hour course, plus the ACLS Instructor Essentials, a self-directed online lecture.

The ACLS Instructor Essentials contains core content on how to use the AHA’s teaching materials. In addition, this online course includes detailed information on the AHA’s ACLS course policies. Overall, the ACLS Instructor Essentials will prepare the candidate for the classroom-based session.

In the classroom lesson, HealthPro’s Faculty will continue preparing instructor candidates to become AHA instructors. To summarize, the classroom-based lesson includes; instruction, practice, Training Center specific policies, and an exam. During the hands-on portion of the course, candidates must demonstrate satisfactory performance using lectures, scenarios, interactive case presentations, skill presentations, and proper use of video-mediated learning.

Once the Instructor course is completed, the Instructor candidate is required to return to NEO/HealthPro or one of HealthPro’s affiliated sites, for course monitoring and instruction. During this time, instructor candidates will have the opportunity to demonstrate the following: ACLS teaching, student testing, assessment and remediation. Finally, Instructors will have access to the AHA Instructor Network, which includes; current emergency cardiovascular care science, course updates, and training resources.

Step 3: Schedule Advanced Cardiovascular (ACLS) Instructor Course

PALS Instructor Course Description

The Pediatric Advanced Life Support, or PALS, Instructor Course is presented in a blended learning format that includes an online portion, followed by a classroom-based lesson. To become a PALS Instructor, candidates must complete a 2-day, 12-hour course, plus the PALS Instructor Essentials, a self-directed online lecture.

The PALS Instructor Essentials contains core content on how to use the AHA’s teaching materials. In addition, this online course includes detailed information on the AHA’s PALS course policies. Overall, the PALS Instructor Essentials will prepare the candidate for the classroom-based session.

In the classroom lesson, HealthPro’s Faculty will continue preparing instructor candidates to become AHA instructors. To summarize, the classroom-based lesson includes; instruction, practice, Training Center specific policies, and an exam. During the hands-on portion of the course, candidates must demonstrate satisfactory performance using lectures, scenarios, interactive case presentations, skill presentations, and proper use of video-mediated learning.

Once the Instructor course is completed, the Instructor candidate is required to return to NEO/HealthPro or one of HealthPro’s affiliated sites, for course monitoring and instruction. During this time, instructor candidates will have the opportunity to demonstrate the following: PALS teaching, student testing, assessment and remediation. Finally, Instructors will have access to the AHA Instructor Network, which includes; current emergency cardiovascular care science, course updates, and training resources.

Step 3: Schedule Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Instructor Course