Basic Life Support for healthcare providers (BLS)

Basic Life Support for healthcare providers (BLS)

Basic Life Support (BLS) for healthcare providers refers to life-saving techniques and procedures designed to support and sustain life in an emergency. Upon completing this course, participants can perform the initial steps of cardiopulmonary resuscitation in victims of all ages, basic airway manoeuvres and rescue breathing with and without adjuncts. Candidates will be proficient in using bag-valve resuscitators and the technique of automated external defibrillation. Participants will be able to demonstrate how to manage choking in conscious and unconscious adults, children and infants and be aware of special considerations such as scene and rescuer safety, standard precautions, head, neck and spinal injuries and the recovery position.


  • 5.5 Hours 

Target Audience:

The Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers Course is open to any healthcare worker with a voluntary or professional duty to respond to a cardiac or respiratory emergency.

Course Structure:

The Course is taught in a relaxed, video-based practice-while-watching interactive adult-learning environment. The focus is on active participation with ample opportunity to practice and apply these skills in simulated scenarios.

Assessment Type:

An 80-page American Heart Association, BLS for Healthcare Providers Manual and CD containing video clip demonstrations and 132 pages of supplementary information is supplied before course participation. Each candidate will receive an American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers Certificate upon successfully completing the Course. The BLS for Healthcare Provider Course is a compulsory entry requirement for international advanced life support courses such as ACLS, PALS, ANLS, AMLS, as well as certain national post-graduate qualifications such as the Diploma in Primary Emergency Care (DipPEC) of the College of Emergency Medicine of South Africa.


  • Accredited by the American Heart Association (AHA).
  • 10 Continuing Education Units
  • 1 BLS Ethics via the HPCSA.

Instructor/Student Ratio

  • 1:9