The Shelden Clinical Simulation Center offers three course options for BLS for health care provider certifications.

Instructor-Led Course

The AHA’s BLS Provider Course reflects science and education from the 2015 Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC. It teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both prehospital and in-facility environments, with a focus on high-quality CPR and team dynamics.

In the Instructor-led course, students participate in simulated clinical scenarios and learning stations. Students work with an AHA BLS Instructor to complete BLS skills practice and skills testing. Students also complete a written exam.

  • Course length: 4.5 hours
  • Certification: 2 years
  • Fee: $75
  • Includes: BLS for Health Care Providers Student Manual, one-way valve for class use and certification card

Blended eLearning

HeartCode BLS uses a variety of eLearning assets such as dramatizations, eSimulations, animations, self-directed learning, and interactive activities to teach students BLS knowledge and skills. After completing the online portion, students attend a structured BLS Hands-On Session with an AHA Instructor. This session focuses on meaningful skills practice, debriefing, team scenarios, discussions of local protocols, and skills testing. HeartCode BLS is for healthcare professionals seeking an alternative method for completing an initial or renewal BLS Course.

This program is completed in three steps: the online cognitive program, skills practice and skills testing.

Step 1: Online Cognitive Program

  • You will be assigned a course by by the University of Missouri
  • Course: HeartCode BLS
  • Assigned to: (Learner Name)

Within the email there will be a link that will automatically enroll in your course. If you do not already have an account set up on, you will be asked to register prior to beginning your course.

  • Complete the program you have purchased. You do not have to do it all at one time. You may log out and log back in.
  • Print your completion certificate located at the end of your online program.
  • Once you have completed the Online Cognitive Program, you have 60 days to complete your skills test or the online portion becomes null and void. Please plan ahead so that you may complete this AHA requirement.
  • Bring the completion certificate with you to your skills check date. You must turn this in or your skills will not be checked at your appointment.

Step 2: Skills Practice

Upon completing your online course contact the Shelden Clinical Simulation Center by calling 573-884-0277 and making your appointment. You will then complete steps 2 and 3. This will take about 30 to 45 minutes of your time.

Step 3: Skills Testing

Following your skills practice session an instructor will observe your performance. They will be accessing for proper skills and technique during the testing scenario.

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  • Course length: 1 - 2 hours of online training and 30 - 45 minutes of hands on training.
  • Certification: 2 years
  • Fee: $75