Life Support Courses

Basic Life Support (BLS)

Who should take the course?

The American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support course is designed for healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings.

Course Covers

  • The components of high-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
  • The AHA Chain of Survival for prehospital and in-facility providers
  • Important early use of an AED
  • Effective ventilations using a barrier device
  • Importance of teams and team dynamics in multirescuer resuscitations
  • Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infants

Course Delivery

Instructors deliver the cognitive learning and the skills practice and testing in a classroom setting. At the end of the course, students are provided a course completion card when they achieve a minimum score of 84% or greater on a 25-question written exam and demonstrate proficient BLS skills performance.

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Basic Life Support Course

  • Designed for individuals without current BLS certification or those who appreciate an in-depth learning experience
  • Course length: Approximately 4 hours

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Basic Life Support Renewal Course

  • Designed for experienced Basic Life Support providers who hold a current BLS provider card
  • Course length: Approximately 2.5 hours

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Browse Courses by Location

The CoxHealth Education Center offers courses at the following locations:


CoxHealth Education Center at Cox North
1423 N Jefferson Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802

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Hollister Blue Sky Classroom
207 Blue Sky Lane
Hollister, MO 65672

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Cox Monett Education Lab
801 N Lincoln Ave
Monett, MO 65708

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CoxHealth at Home
2318 East 32nd Street, Suite C
Joplin, MO 64804

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*Courses for Joplin CoxHealth at Home employees only.

Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course 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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