BLS: A Comprehensive Guide

Steps to Obtain BLS Certification

Basic Life Support (BLS) is a critical skill that enables individuals to respond quickly and efficiently to emergency situations involving cardiac arrest, respiratory failure, or choking. The Certification is essential for healthcare professionals, first responders, and anyone else who wants to be prepared to handle emergency situations. This guide will provide you with the steps necessary to obtain Certification. Register for a Course with Criticare Medical Institute

Step 1 – Find a Certified BLS Provider

The first step in obtaining BLS Certification is to find a certified BLS provider. The American Heart Association (AHA) is the leading provider of BLS Certification in the United States. AHA has authorized training centers throughout the country, including the Critical Medical Institute in Atlanta, GA, which offers BLS courses regularly.

Step 2 – Choose the Right BLS Course

Once you have identified a certified BLS provider, you need to choose the right course. The AHA offers two types of BLS courses – Provider and Renewal. Provider courses are for those who have never taken BLS before, while Renewal courses are for those who need to renew their certification.

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Step 3 – Attend the BLS Course

The next step is to attend the BLS course. The course usually takes between 3 to 4 hours to complete, and it covers the essential skills and techniques. The course is taught by certified instructors who have hands-on experience in providing CPR in real-life situations.

What to Expect During the BLS Course

During the course, you can expect to learn how to:

  • Recognize and respond to cardiac and respiratory emergencies
  • Perform high-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
  • Use an automated external defibrillator (AED)
  • Provide basic airway management, including the use of a bag-mask device and a choking relief technique

Step 4 – Pass the BLS Exam

At the end of the course, you will be required to pass a written exam and a skills test. The written exam usually consists of multiple-choice questions, while the skills test will assess your ability to perform BLS techniques accurately and confidently.

Step 5 – Receive Your BLS Certification

If you pass the exam, you will receive your certification. The certification is valid for two years, and you will need to renew it after the expiration date to maintain your skills.

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Why Choose the Critical Medical Institute for BLS Certification?

At the Critical Medical Institute, we provide high-quality courses that are taught by experienced instructors. Our courses are designed to prepare you to handle real-life emergency situations confidently and effectively. We also offer flexible scheduling options, so you can choose a course that fits your busy schedule.

During the course, you will learn how to perform high-quality CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED). You will also learn how to recognize life-threatening emergencies and how to provide basic life support before the arrival of advanced medical care. The practical training will include hands-on experience in performing CPR and using the AED.

Receive Your BLS Certification Card After passing the certification exam, you will receive your certification card, which is valid for two years. The card will include your name, the date of completion, and the expiration date. It is important to keep your BLS certification card up to date by renewing it before the expiration date.


BLS certification is an important requirement for healthcare professionals, first responders, and anyone who wants to learn basic life support skills. By following the above steps, you can obtain your certification and be better prepared to respond to life-threatening emergencies.

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  1. (Link to Critical Medical Institute BLS certification course)
  2. (Link to Critical Medical Institute ACLS certification course)
  3. (Link to AHA BLS course options)
  4. (Link to AHA CPR information page)
  5. (Link to AHA CPR FAQs page)