Class Schedule

American Heart Association (AHA) Training 

Welcome to Manatee Technical College, Community Training Center, an Authorized AHA Training Center

Please be assured we follow all CDC and AHA rules and regulations while teaching during this pandemic. Each Student will have their own equipment and we limit the number of students to assure social distancing. You will have to wear a mask attending a class.  

We offer BLS Initial and Renewal courses, Heartsaver courses and ACLS and PALS update courses as usual. But in order to limit the number of hours in the class room we currently do not offer Initial or Full courses for ACLS and PALS. If you need an Initial ACLS or PALS course, you have the option to take a HeartCode course (blended learning) instead. 

Our Training Center provides Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training for healthcare professionals as well as First Aid and/or CPR AED training for schools, corporations, childcare providers or anyone else, who wants to know how to help in an emergency.

Our courses are taught by certified AHA Instructors with a lot of real world experience. Most of them work or previously worked as RN's, Paramedics or EMT's. We always provide small class sizes (not just during COVID-19) to ensure everybody receives the attention needed to understand all concepts and has the best chances to succeed.

For more information about the courses or to start registration, please select from the list below.

The Advanced  Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Update course is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies. In this Instructor-led course, which includes active participation in simulated cases, students will enhance their skills in the recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute arrhythmia, stroke and acute coronary syndromes (ACS).

During the course students must pass a written exam and skills tests in order to receive an AHA ACLS completion card. The completion card is valid for 2 years.

A pre-course Self-Assessment with a minimum score of 70% is required for this course. The link to access this pre-course can be found in your ACLS provider manual. You need to bring your Self-Assessment Certificate with you to the classroom.

In order to take an ACLS Update course you need to have a current AHA ACLS Provider card and bring it with you to the classroom. If your ACLS card is expired, you need to register for either an ACLS Provider course or a HeartCode ACLS course. 

The December class is the last class taught under the AHA 2015 Guidelines. Starting 2/1/2021 classes are taught according to the AHA 2020 Guidelines. If you sign up for the ACLS Update course in December and don't have a current ACLS Provider manual, we will provide you an ACLS manual for free.

Basic Life Support  (BLS) is the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest. This Instructor-led training course is designed to teach healthcare professionals how to perform high-quality cardiopulmunary resuscitation (CPR) individually or as part of a team. BLS skills are applicable to any healthcare setting. During this course students will learn rescue techniques for adults, children and infants. This course is intended for anyone who provides health care to patients in a wide variety of settings, both in and out of the hospital, and for anyone entering into a health career-related training program.

During the course students must pass a written exam and skills tests in order to receive an AHA BLS completion card. The completion card is valid for 2 years.

 

Basic Life Support (BLS) is the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest. This Instructor-led training course is designed to teach healthcare professionals how to perform high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) individually or as part of a team. BLS Skills are apllicable to any healthcare setting. During this course students will learn rescue techniques for adults, children and infants. This course is intended for anyone who provides health care to patients in a wide variety of settings, both in and out of the hospital, and for anyone entering into a health carreer-related training program.

During the course students must pass a written exam and skills tests in order to receive an AHA BLS completion card. The completion card is valid for 2 years.

In order to take a BLS Renewal course you need to bring a current AHA BLS card to the classroom. If your BLS card is expired or if you have a BLS card from an organization other than AHA , you need to register for either a BLS Provider course or a HeartCode BLS course.

 

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HeartCode ACLS is an alternative delivery method for an AHA Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) provider or update course.

HeartCode ACLS consist of two components:

  • comprehensive eLearning, in which students complete an online course in a self-directed manner at their own pace in the comfort of their home or any other place of their choosing. The online component of the HeartCode ACLS uses eSimulation technology to allow students to access and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings. To enter the course students must first complete a pre-course self assessment. Students will then be presented with a team dynamics lesson and 10 in-hospital patient cases, including 1 BLS case and 2 megacode cases. The cases may be repeated as many times as necessary to pass. After successful completion of all steps, including a written exam, students will recive an HeartCode ACLS completion certificate
  • an Instructor-led hands-on skills practice and skills testing session (~4-5 hours)

Students need to pass both components in order to receive an AHA ACLS completion card. The card is valid for 2 years.

 

This course is the hands-on practice and skills session only. You need to purchase and complete the HeartCode ACLS eLearning course prior to attending this course (https://ShopCPR.heart.org) and bring your completed AHA HeartCode ACLS Certificate to the classroom.

Basic Life Support (BLS) is the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest.

But what is HeartCode BLS?

Simply put, it is just another way to to complete a Basic Life Support (BLS) provider or renewal course.

HeartCode BLS consists of two components:

  • eLearning, in which the student completes an online course in a self-directed manner at their own pace in the comfort of their home or any other place of their choosing. The online component of the HeartCode BLS course uses a variety of learning assets - such as dramatizations, eSimulations, self-directed learning and interactive activities to teach students the knowledge and skills of BLS. After successful completion of all steps, including passing a written test, students will receive a HeartCode BLS course completion certificate.
  • an Instructor-led hands-on skills practice and skills testing session (~1-2 hours)

Students need to pass both components in order to receive an AHA BLS completion card. The completion card is valid for 2 years.

This course is the hands-on practice and skills testing session only. You need to purchase (https://ShopCPR.heart.org) and complete the HeartCode BLS eLearning course prior to this course and bring your completed AHA HeartCode BLS Certificate to the classroom.

HeartCode PALS is an alternative delivery method for an AHA Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) provider or update course.

HeartCode PALS consist of two components:

  • comprehensive eLearning, in which students completes an online course in a self-directed manner at their own pace in the comfort of their home or any other place of their choosing. The online component uses eSimulation technology to allow students to assess and treat patients in virtually healthcare settings.In this environment students apply their knowledge to real time decision making and skills development.To enter the course students must first complete the PALS pre-course self assessment. Students are then presented with 12 in-hospital patient cases and a team dynamics lesson.Cases can be repeated as many times as neccessary to pass. After completion of all steps, including a written exam, students will receive an AHA HeartCode PALS completion certificate.
  • an Instructor-led hands-on practice and skills testing session (~4-5 hours)

Students need to pass both components in order to receive an AHA PALS course completion card. The card is valid for 2 years.

This course is the hands-on practice and skills testing session only. You need to purchase and complete the HeartCode PALS eLearning course prior to this course (https://ShopCPR.heart.org) and bring your completed AHA HeartCode PALS Certificate to the classroom.

This course is designed for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a Heartsaver CPR AED completion card to meet job, regulatory or other requirements and to anyone who just wants to learn CPR and the use of an AED to be able to help in an emergency.

! If you work in health care profession (like Nursing, EMS, Fire Department or similar) this is not the correct course for you. You need to take the Basic Life Support course!

In this Instructor-led course students will learn how to recognize when somebody needs CPR, how to call for help and how to perform CPR and use an AED. Skills are taught using AHA's practice-while watching technique, which allows the Instructor to observe the participants and provide immediate feedback.

The most important goal of this course is to teach the student how to act in an emergency

  • recognize when something is wrong
  • getting help on the way by calling 911
  • perform CPR until someone with more advanced training arrives and takes over

During the course students must pass skills tests in order to receive an AHA Heartsaver CPR AED completion card. The card is valid for 2 years.

The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Update course is designed for healtcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of respiratory and/or cardiovascular emergencies and cardiopulmonary arrest in pediatric patients.

The goal of the PALS Update course is to improve outcomes for pediatric patients by preparing healthcare providers to effectively recognize and intervene in patients with respiratory emergencies, shock and cardiopulmonary arrest by using high-performance team dynamics and high-quality individual skills.

During the course students must pass a written exam and skills tests in order to receive an AHA PALS completion card. The card is valid for 2 years.

A pre-course Self-Assessment with a minimum score of 70 % is required for this course. The link to access this pre-course can be found in your PALS Provider manual. You need to bring the Self Assessment Certificate with you to the class.

In order to take a PALS Update course you need to bring a current AHA PALS card to the classroom. If you have an expired AHA PALS card, you need to register for either a PALS Provider course or a HeartCode PALS course.

 

Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and profiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

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