Criticare Medical Institute’s Instructor School

BLS Instructor Course
American Heart Association

Criticare Medical Institute offers the American Heart Association BLS Instructor Certification in Atlanta – AHAThis page gives you a general overview of becoming an American Heart Association BLS Instructor.

Information about the BLS Instructor Certification American Heart Association Course:
The BLS Course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies. The candidate will learn to give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations and provide early use of an AED. The candidates will participate in simulated clinical scenarios and learning stations. Students work with an AHA BLS Instructor to complete BLS skills practice and skills testing. At the end of the course the candidates will also complete a written exam. The BLS certification in Atlanta-AHA certification class is updated to reflect 2020 ECC and CPR Guidelines.


Becoming an AHA instructor is, by far, a noteworthy achievement. It demonstrates that you know the content and have shown the ability to deliver vital course material to your students. We know, however, that becoming an instructor could be daunting to some, but our team of faculty is well-known for dispelling concerns; in other words, we mentor and support you every step of the way! The support we provide is so that you’re able to “find your voice” when teaching a course and watch your students succeed. Becoming an instructor is one of the most satisfying aspects of healthcare education, “watching your students’ get it'” and hearing stories of how the people you have taught have contributed significantly to saving a life. We foster an environment that nurtures our students, instructor candidates, and faculty. Also, many become instructors, so they don’t forget the material- especially if your exposure to ‘codes’ is “far and few between,” or it has been a while since your last provider course.

The first question to ask is… Do you want to be an BLS or a Heartsaver instructor? (or a ACLS PALS Instructor ? – any combination is ok with us, but we have to ensure that you have the pre-requisites for the instructor course.

What is the difference between Heartsaver Instructor (First Aid & CPR) & BLS Instructor?

The main difference is the disciplines you can teach. If you are a safety or non-medical provider then the Heartsaver Instructor is the best option for you. For a BLS Instructor you need to be a healthcare provider at minimum and can teach Heartsaver (First Aid CPR AED) in addition to BLS courses to healthcare providers.

To enroll in a BLS Instructor course  you will need to ensure you have the following:

  • A current unexpired AHA provider card in your chosen discipline (i.e., an Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED, ACLS, a BLS, or a PALS provider card).
  • A strong command of the course content for the course you wish to teach. (i.e., Knowing the textbook is great for all entry-level instructors)
  • A copy of the provider textbook for your chosen discipline (i.e., ACLS Textbook, BLS Textbook, or PALS Textbook)
  • A Training Center/Site that is willing to accept and align with you as an instructor (we’re currently accepting instructors/instructor candidates, should you not have a Training Center to align).
  • A positive and friendly attitude, with a willingness to teach.

Already an instructor? Wanting to renew or join our center? Call our office for transfer/renewal forms. 


What’s involved in the instructor process?

1.    Complete an instructor candidate application

Once you register for your instructor course, we will email you a packet to complete. The Instructor Candidate Application is located in this packet. We encourage you to complete this packet in its entirety and bring it with you to your Instructor Course.

2.    Hold a current AHA PROVIDER card in the discipline you wish to teach. Click here to register for one if you don’t already

This is the card you were issued when you took your BLS course; upon registering for the course, we will email you a confirmation; please reply to this email with a copy of the front and back your provider card. Please bring a copy (front & back) of your provider card to your Instructor’s Course.

3.    Complete the AHA’s Instructor Essentials Course (Sold Separately)

Upon receiving your registration, the link to purchase this will be provided, This needs to be completed before your instructor course (and a copy needs to be emailed to us prior to attending the course).

4.    Attend an Instructor Course for either BLS (1 -day in duration) 

Click here to register for the BLS Instructor Course. Upon arrival at the instructor course, you will be tested on your BLS provider skills  and written exam(s). You must pass the test (in your discipline) to continue in the instructor program. It’s a good idea to review the provider course and/or maybe take a renewal course before your instructor course.

5.    Be successfully monitored – teaching your first course within six months of attending the instructor course. 

6.    Take the Instructor Course Exam and pass with 84%. 

Tip: the content will be found during the Instructor Course, the Online Instructor Essentials Course, and both the Instructor Manual & the Provider Manual. The provider manual is not included in the tuition for this course (if you took an online program, you might need to access that program to access the provider course content).

How can get monitored i.e. teach after I complete the Instructor Process?

  • Upon completing the instructor program, completing your monitoring requirement(s), and being recommended for instructor status by our faculty, you will be permitted to teach the BLS programs in the discipline you have completed (BLS)
  • BLS Instructors: you’re permitted to teach courses at our location (or yours). As a BLS Instructor, you may maintain your clients and teach your clients; however, we do not permit you to teach clients who belong to our Training Center or another instructor in our organization.


Audience: RNs, APNs, PAs, LPNs, MDs, DOs, EMTs, Paramedics, Techs, and more.

If you are willing to teach and have a positive attitude, maybe an instructor program is right for you!



Upon completing this course, you will be issued an American Heart Association (AHA) Instructor Card in the discipline you wish to teach BLS Instructor.
How much is the course tuition, and what’s included:

  • The tuition for the BLS
  • Included in the tuition:
    • Instructor Course,
    • Access to the Online Instructor Essentials Course,
    • Monitoring session(s),
    • Instructor onboarding packet,
    • Instructor Alignment with our Training Center
    • Access to our Online Instructor Portal for those teaching BLS courses,
    • Supportive Faculty
    • Contact Hours (nursing)

To complete this course, you must:

  • Register and pay for the course.
  • Complete the online BLS Instructor Essentials Course portion (issued at your instructor course)
  • Bring the required items (see below) to the course.
  • Successfully demonstrate skills for BLS
  • Pass the written exam for the provider course with 84% or greater
  • Complete the monitoring requirements for your course (BLS x 1 monitoring minimum)
  • Complete the Instructor Course Exam with an 84% or greater
  • Complete the post-course evaluation.

* Occasionally, some instructor candidates may need more monitoring sessions than the above number. 










Bring with you to the course: 

  • Your printed online Instructor Essentials Course completion certificate.
  • Photo ID (i.e., driver’s license).
  • Instructor Packet (completed)
  • Copy of your BLS  provider card for the instructor course you are enrolled in.
General Agenda: (sample) order is subject to change.

  • Registration/Sign-In/Welcome/Introductions
  • BLS Provider Written Exam (must score 84% or greater). (prepare by reading the provider textbook/online AHA program from your course)*
  • BLS Provider Skills Exam (must pass). (prepare by reading the provider textbook/online AHA program from your course)*
  • Break
  • Instructor Manual Overview
  • Instructor Essentials Online Course Access Issued
  • Role-Play: Watch while practice – Instructor candidates role-play to teach other instructor candidates in the group, using the video and/or lesson maps as a guide
  • Break
  • Training Center Specifics / Paperwork Verification
  • Schedule Monitoring Evaluation (Monitoring/Instructor Course Written Exam)
  • Summary & Evaluations
  • Adjourn

*Please note: The instructor course provides the information on how to instruct an AHA course (whether it be ACLS, BLS, or PALS). The instructor course is NOT a review of the content from the provider course. Therefore, it is HIGHLY recommended that you review, at the very least, your course provider textbook BEFORE attending the Instructor Program. You may feel more comfortable taking a renewal course close to your instructor course in some cases. Upon arrival at the Instructor Course, you will be tested on your BLS provider skills (and mega-code for ACLS & PALS) and the provider’s written exam. You will be expected to demonstrate superior skills and pass the exam (84% or greater) to continue the course. Please ensure that you are prepared for this mandatory testing session; you can order an updated (2020) provider manual on the following pages.

Faculty: Our faculty members are outstanding! They are non-intimidating, knowledgeable, and genuinely interested in helping you succeed in completing this program.

Note: Upon registering, please allow up to 24 business hours to receive a confirmation email; please check your Junk/Spam folder (or email us to resend: 


Required Contact Hours Disclaimers:

  • Nursing Continuing Education is accepted in ALL states (AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY), except for IA.
  • The planning committee, presenters, faculty, authors, and content reviewers have no conflict of interest to disclose.
  • Speakers must provide a balanced and unbiased presentation; the presentation has been reviewed, and any bias, if found, has been eliminated.
  • There is no commercial support, joint providership, or sponsorship for this program.
  • The Health Care Training Academy (D/B/A CardiacEd) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. #P295
  • Approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP17561
  • Approved via CE Broker for FL, GA, SC, NC, AK
  • Accreditation status does not imply endorsement by The Health Care Training Academy (D/B/A CardiacEd), NJSNA, or ANCC Commission on Accreditation of any commercial products displayed (if any) in conjunction with this program.
  • Non-nursing professionals should consult with their respective boards to ensure nursing credit is acceptable for your credential renewal requirements. If you are not a nurse and take this educational credit program, please verify your board’s acceptance before registering for this event, as refunds will not be issued.
  • All registrations are final. Once purchased, there are no refunds, credits, extensions, or transfers. Please verify you can attend the program before registering with enough time to complete it.
  • Criteria to complete this program: The entire session must be attended to receive nursing continuing education credit.
  • ANCC does not permit us to issue contact hours for BLS provider courses, except for BLS Instructor course(s).

Required AHA Disclaimer: The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional material for this purpose. Use of these materials in an education course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course material, do not represent income to the association.

About Criticare Medical Institute

Criticare Medical Institute, Inc is a multinational organization that seeks to provide quality allied health education to individuals to meet the growing demands of the allied health field. Founded on principles of international unity, CMI provides cross-cultural education to allow students to reach their educational and professional goals. Our intention is to shape the landscape of allied health education. Using this ideology in teaching, we encompass evidence-based practice in teaching and practice as well as bring unity among health systems across the world.

The school began offering programs in June of 2020 at their Atlanta-based location. The campus is located in the Berkman Building at 3190 NE Expressway, Suite 350, and spans approximately 2000 square feet. The school consists of offices, conference rooms, classrooms, and simulation labs. The training equipment include high fidelity mannequins, electrocardiograph machines, hospital beds, EMS stretcher. These variety of equipment to allow for students to practice the skills that they learn within their didactic education.

Criticare Medical Institute Offerings:

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Emergency Medical Technician – Hybrid and Traditional Training
  • Paramedic (Coming January 2022) – Hybrid and Traditional Training
  • Continuing Education for EMS Providers

The BLS Certification in Atlanta – AHA, we are constantly adding new programs and courses.  Be sure to check out our website at or connect with us at to keep up to date on our program offerings.

Should you have any questions or need further information, contact us by phone at 678-404-7349 or by e-mail at

We look forward to seeing you at the training!


  1. American Heart Association website –
  2. American Heart Association BLS Course Options:
  3. Criticare Medical Institute BLS Registration Link: