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American Heart Association (AHA) Programs

Through the Public Safety Institute, CCAC is a certified CTC (Community Training Center) where instructors can align. In addition, PSI offers American Heart Association training. All classes are taught by certified instructors who are trained in current techniques and includes practice on manikins. Any of these classes can be scheduled for an individual or an organization.

Heartsaver CPR/AED (for Non-Healthcare Providers)
This CPR Course teaches non-healthcare providers how to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies requiring CPR and how to properly use an AED or automated external defibrillator. Students also learn to treat choking and to recognize the warning signs of heart attack and stroke in adults and breathing difficulties in children. Courses are available for adult, child and/or infant patients. For more information email or call 412.788.7507.

Heartsaver First Aid
The First Aid course offers basic support for medical emergencies which include burns, heart attacks, strokes, seizures, wounds, fractures, sprains and environmental emergencies.

BLS Provider (also known as Professional Rescuer CPR)
This course is designed for prehospital or hospital healthcare personnel and includes use of the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), cardiopulmonary resuscitation on adults, children and infants, choking and foreign body airway obstruction as well as dealing with heart attacks, chest pain and cardiac arrest. This course is usually the required credential for healthcare professionals. Students must successfully complete practical skills testing and a written exam.

BLS Instructor
This course is designed for those current in American Heart Association Provider CPR who wish to become instructors. Students must have a current healthcare provider card. Schedule an appointment.
HeartCode ACLS
HeartCode ACLS is the blended learning delivery method for the AHA ACLS course. Blended learning is a combination of eLearning and hands-on practice. The student completes part of the course in a self-directed, comprehensive eLearning environment that uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings (Part 1), followed by hands-on skills practice (Part 2) and skills test with an AHA ACLS instructor (Part 3). Upon successful completion of all parts of the course, the student receives an AHA PALS course completion card, valid for two years.
This ACLS course highlights the standards and guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiac care as outlined by the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the American College of Cardiology.
General Prerequisites: 1) Current Paramedic, PHRN or Physician 2) Current CPR card.

ACLS Update Course (Recertification)
ACLS is an advanced instructor-led classroom course that highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac arrest csre. It also covers airway management and related pharmacology. In this course, skills are taught in large group sessions and small group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
At the conclusion of this program, you should be able to: identify information and strategies for preventing cardiac arrest in infants and children; recognize the infant at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest; utilize the necessary knowledge and skills to resuscitate and stabilize the infant or child victim of cardiopulmonary arrest.

Pediatric Advance Life Support Renewal
This 8.5 hour recertification course is designed to update the participant's skills and knowledge of pediatric advanced life support provider under direct instructor supervision. This course is limited to persons who have previously completed the full PAL provider course and desire to recertify their competency. BOOK REQUIRED: American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support.