Basic life support, or BLS, is a certification obtained by taking a course in life-saving techniques. No matter what medical profession you are in—nurse, nursing student, paramedic, dentist, EMT—there are many reasons your employer may want you to become certified in basic life support. Here are the basic steps for how to get your BLS certification.
Find a Class
The first step in obtaining your BLS certification is finding a class that works with your schedule and budget. Find out what your employer or profession requires—some medical professionals need to obtain a specific type of BLS training and update it every two years. Look through the courses offered by the American Heart Association to figure out which type is best for you. If you are not in the medical profession, you may be able to take a CPR class instead of a BLS class. Figure out the exact type of certification needed and find the course that fits that description.
Register and Attend
Now that you have found the kind of course you need, look to register with the organization you have chosen. There are many options available, so find what works best for you. Some classes may require you to fill out preliminary paperwork or bring some materials to class. Be sure to look over this information before attending the first session so you are prepared and able to complete your BLS training on time.
Receive Your Certificate
After you have completed the training and passed any comprehension tests, you are eligible to receive your certificate. If you are in a hurry and need your certificate printed quickly, contact your teacher or course provider to fast track the process. Once you have secured your certificate electronically or physically, send it over to your employer for approval. If you have any difficulty in the process, contact your supervisor directly to ensure that you have completed everything needed.
Now that you know how to get your BLS certification, consider taking your BLS class with us here at Frontline Health. We offer American Heart Association BLS provider certification in NYC and health courses and certifications for all kinds of professionals. The knowledge learned in these sessions will equip you to quickly and calmly help others in many emergency situations.