Enrollment Process for BLS/ACLS/PALS Providers

Note: The process for signing up for live classes has not changed. 

As of January 2020, a new process for AHA enrollment for provider classes will launch on SABA. The following items have changed to make the process easier and faster: 

  • new more transparent names for the offerings
  • fewer steps required for enrollment in offerings

 Important highlights: 

  • The hands on portion determines the date of the class for which you sign up; however, the online module is still available immediately, even if the date chosen for the class is in the future. 
  • The online module must be completed: 
  1. PRIOR to your AHA expiration date 
  2. Within 30 days of starting the module or the module will have to be retaken. 
  3. Within 30 days prior to the hands-on portion. 
  • The online module does not have to be completed in one setting and may be stopped, paused or restarted at a later date. 
  • The learner may complete hands-on for both BLS & ACLS or BLS & PALS during same checkoff but please check out AHA FAQ’s for detailed combination possibilities and how to sign up for them at:  https://ced.muhealth.org/american-heart-association 
  • There is no difference between an initial or renewal for the online course portion; all AHA online courses will qualify for either. 
  • Note:  Live classes do still differentiate. 
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Please visit the calendar of AHA classes, the list of new AHA course names, detailed course descriptions & frequently asked questions (FAQs) and more! 

On the following charts to help you as you sign up.

BLS Example
ACLS/PALS Example

New AHA Course Names

Course Title Course ID
ACLS online-computerized manikin checkoff AHA810
ACLS online-Unit based Instruct checkoff AHA870
ACLS Live Initial Course AHA820
ACLS Live Renewal Course AHA830
ACLS Instructor Course AHA850
ACLS Instructor Renewal Course AHA860
BLS online-computerized manikin checkoff AHA710
BLS online-CED Instruct checkoff AHA740
BLS online-Unit based Instruct checkoff AHA770
BLS Instructor Course AHA750
BLS Instructor Renewal Course AHA760
BLS Online-ACLS Live Checkoff AHA780
BLS Online-PALS Live Checkoff AHA790
PALS online-computerized manikin checkoff AHA910
PALS online-Unit based Instruct checkoff AHA970
PALS Live Initial Course AHA920
PALS Live Renewal Course AHA930
PALS Instructor Course AHA950
PALS Instructor Renewal Course AHA960

AHA Course descriptions

 A few things to keep in mind: 

  • • There is no difference in initial or renewal for online courses, all AHA online classes will cover either. However, live classes do differentiate so sign up accordingly.
  • • The hands on portion date and time is what determines which online AHA class to choose. 
  • • Even if the date chosen for the class is in the future, the online portion will still be available immediately.
  • • These classes replace what was formerly called heartcode online.  
  • • Online classes may be started, stopped, paused or restarted. The user may stop the class to come back to at a later date to finish, but it must be completed prior to your AHA expiration date and within 30 days of starting the module. 
  • • The hands on portion must be completed within 30 days of the completion of the online module or the module will have to be retaken.
  • • Online classes are available 365 days a year, but hands on portion with CED live instructor is only on  pre-designated class dates (see calendar link below for dates & location). 
  • • The calendar for AHA classes are located at this link. https://ced.muhealth.org/sites/ced/files/AHA_BLS_ACLS_PALS_Calendar_2020_upd_Oct302019.pdf
  • • CED has a new location: 3215 Lemone industrial Blvd, lower level. ALL LIVE AHA CLASSES ARE AT THIS LOCATION IN ROOM 1023.
  • • Instructor courses are offered by approval only, when requirements have been met and attendance justifies a class, the AHA coordinator must be contacted to complete requirements and to obtain permission.
  • • Live class sign up process has not changed. For LIVE classes, if it is the first time ever taking the course with no previous provider certification, initial must be taken. If you have taken the course before and already have your provider card then the renewal course is appropriate. BLS is not offered as a live class. 

The names and explanations for the online classes are as follows:

BLS Online-computerized manikin checkoff: This class is to take BLS, renewal or initial, online with the hands on portion to be completed at the CED Learning center located at 3215 Lemone Industrial Blvd on one of the computerized manikins in what was formerly known as the “Heartcode”. 

BLS Online-CED Instruc checkoff: This class is to take BLS, renewal or initial, online with the hands on portion to be completed at CED Learning center located at 3215 Lemone Industrial Blvd with a live instructor. Even though online module can be started immediately after signing up, you must sign up for a class date when CED has scheduled live check offs for the hands on portion. The dates for BLS skills check offs are on the CED website>AHA>BLS/ACLS/PALS calender>2020. For your convenience the hyper link is listed above. 

BLS Online-Unit based instruct checkoff: This class is to take BLS, renewal or initial, online with the hands on portion to be completed on the hospital unit with a certified BLS instructor. The online portion is available immediately and the hands on portion will be performed sometime during the month that the user chooses. These classes will be listed only once a month in SABA, on the first day of every month. So for example, if the user wishes to be checked off for the hands on portion on their unit in the month of march, regardless of the day, they would choose the class date of 03/01/2020

BLS Online-ACLS live checkoff: This class is to take BLS, renewal or initial, online with the hands on portion to be completed DURING a LIVE ACLS class. The class time in SABA will be listed as after the live class time ends but that is for administrative purposes only. Please choose the date you will be taking the live ACLS class. To ensure our staff has the correct paperwork ready, approval is required after signing up but once approved, the online module will available immediately. The BLS check off will be DURING the class, you will not be required to arrive early or stay late to choose this option.  

BLS Online-PALS live checkoff: This class is to take BLS, renewal or initial, online with the hands on portion to be completed DURING a LIVE PALS class. The class time in SABA will be listed as after the live class time ends but that is for administrative purposes only. Please choose the date you will be taking the live PALS class. To ensure our staff has the correct paperwork ready, approval is required after signing up but once approved, the online module will available immediately.  The BLS check off will be DURING the class, you will not be required to arrive early or stay late to choose this option.

ACLS online-computerized manikin checkoff: This class is to take ACLS, renewal or initial, online with the hands on portion to be completed at the CED Learning center located at 3215 Lemone Industrial Blvd on one of the computerized manikins in what was formerly known as the “Heartcode” room. 

ACLS online-unit based instructor checkoff: This class is to take ACLS, renewal or initial, online with the hands on portion to be completed on the hospital unit with a certified ACLS instructor. The online portion is available immediately and the hands on portion will be performed sometime during the month that the user chooses. These classes will be listed only once a month in SABA, on the first day of every month. So for example, if the user wishes to be checked off for the hands on portion on their unit in the month of march, regardless of the day, they would choose the class date of 03/01/2020. 

PALS online-computerized manikin checkoff: This class is to take PALS, renewal or initial, online with the hands on portion to be completed at the CED Learning center located at 3215 Lemone Industrial Blvd on one of the computerized manikins in what was formerly known as the “Heartcode” room.

PALS online-unit based instructor checkoff: This class is to take PALS, renewal or initial, online with the hands on portion to be completed on the hospital unit with a certified PALS instructor. The online portion is available immediately and the hands on portion will be performed sometime during the month that the user chooses. These classes will be listed only once a month in SABA, on the first day of every month. So for example, if the user wishes to be checked off for the hands on portion on their unit in the month of march, regardless of the day, they would choose the class date of 03/01/2020. 

Frequently Asked Question’s

Hands-on related ?’s:

What if I want to take BLS Online and ACLS online how do I do that and only do ONE check off for both?

It depends on how you want to do your hands-on portion. For example if you want to do your hands on portion at CED on a computerized manikin….Decide which day you would like to do your hands on then you will sign up for BOTH the BLS online-computerized manikin checkoff and the ACLS online-computerized manikin checkoff that has that date. Show up to CED and do the hands-on portion, make sure you mention you are there to do both, that’s it!

What if I want to take BLS Online and PALS online how do I do that and only do ONE check off for both?

It depends on how you want to do your hands-on portion. For example if you want to do your hands on portion at CED on a computerized manikin….Decide which day you would like to do your hands on then you will sign up for BOTH the BLS online-computerized manikin checkoff and the PALS online-computerized manikin checkoff that has that date. Show up to CED and do the hands-on portion, make sure you mention you are there to do both, that’s it!

Can I do one checkoff if I take PALS online and ACLS online close to the same time but not BLS?

No, the hands-on portions for ACLS & PALS are different. You are not required to do the infant portion for ACLS and you are not required to do the adult portion for PALS. That is why two separate checkoffs are necessary. However, BLS CHECKOFFS do cover both infant and adults, that is why you can do one checkoff when either ACLS or PALS are combined with BLS.

Can a BLS instructor sign off my check off for ACLS or PALS?

Only if they are also an ACLS OR PALS instructor as well. AHA will not allow a BLS instructor to issue an ACLS card unless they are also an ACLS instructor. Same with PALS, AHA will not allow an instructor to issue a PALS card unless they are a certified PALS instructor. 

Do I have to have an ACLS instructor checkoff my hands-on portion of my ACLS since it’s the same as BLS?

Yes, it has to be an ACLS certified instructor as the AHA will not allow a BLS only instructor to issue an ACLS card.

Do I have to have an PALS instructor checkoff my hands-on portion of my PALS since it’s the same as BLS?

Yes, it has to be an ACLS certified instructor as the AHA will not allow a BLS only instructor to issue an ACLS card.

How do I know which class to sign up for? 

There are new course titles and descriptions launching as of January 1st, 2020. Please read the course description as they have been rewritten to clarify exactly which class you are signing up for. Below is a list AHA classes and their descriptions.