American Heart Association

Heartsaver® First Aid Course

The 2015 Guidelines Update for First Aid reaffirms the goals of first aid: to reduce morbidity and mortality by alleviating suffering, preventing further illness or injury, and promoting recovery. The scope of first aid has been expanded, particularly for control of severe bleeding. First aid can be initiated by anyone, in any situation, and includes self-care.

AHA’s Heartsaver First Aid course provides the knowledge and skills that may help save a life. It offers the basics of first aid, consisting of the most common life-threatening emergencies, how to recognize them, how to call for help, and how to perform lifesaving skills. The most important goal of this course is to teach students to act in an emergency.


Heartsaver courses from AHA offer:

  • A cohesive, consistent experience for the learner
  • Best practices to give students the best possible learning experience and help them better retain information
  • Enhanced and realistic scenarios, while providing course and content flexibility.


Heartsaver courses are intended for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for job, regulatory (e.g., OSHA), or other requirements. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting.



  • First Aid Basics (duties, roles, and responsibilities of first aid rescuers, key steps of first aid)
  • Medical Emergencies (breathing, choking, allergic reaction, heart attack, stroke, and more)
  • Injury Emergencies (external and internal bleeding, wounds, sprain, broken bones, burns, and more)
  • Environmental Emergencies (bites and stings, cold- and heat-related emergencies, poisonings, and more)
  • Preventing Illness and Injury


Delivered in 2 formats to meet the needs of students and offer flexibility for instructors. All formats include the same learning objectives and result in the same course completion card.

  • Instructor-led Training

Heartsaver classroom courses feature group interaction and hands-on coaching and feedback from an AHA Instructor. Classroom courses may be conducted onsite at the company’s location or at a local training center in your area.

  • Blended Learning

Heartsaver blended courses include an online portion and a hands-on portion. The online portion can be completed at work, at home, or wherever you have internet access. The hands-on skills practice and testing session is conducted in-person with an AHA BLS or Heartsaver Instructor.


Course Duration

Approximately 3 hours



$85 per course participant


* Group pricing available