American Heart Association
This page is provided to give you a general overview of becoming an American Heart Association BLS, ACLS, or PALS instructor.
Becoming an AHA instructor is by far a noteworthy achievement. It demonstrates that not only do you know the content, but you have shown the ability to deliver the course material to those also taking the course. We know, however, that the process of becoming an instructor could be daunting, but our team of faculty is well-known for dispelling those 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 by far 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".
Do you want to be an ACLS Instructor, a PALS Instructor, or a BLS instructor? (any combination is ok with us, but we do have to ensure that you have the pre-requisites for the instructor course. To enroll in an instructor course (whether ACLS, BLS, or PALS) you will need to ensure you have the following:
- A current unexpired AHA provider card in your chosen discipline (i.e., an ACLS, a BLS, or a PALS provider card).
- A strong command of the course content for the course you wish to teach. (Knowing the textbook is great for entry-level instructors)
- A copy of the provider textbook for your chosen discipline (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 in which to align).
- A positive and friendly attitude, with a willingness to teach.
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 and bring with you to your Instructor Course.
2. Hold a current AHA PROVIDER card in the discipline you wish to teach
This is the card you were issued when you took your ACLS, BLS, or PALS 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 of your provider card.
3. Complete the AHA’s Instructor Essentials Course.
This will be provided upon receiving your registration and how to access will be emailed to you.
4. Attend an Instructor Course for either ACLS, BLS, or PALS, and
See below for the Instructor Course Schedule. upon arrival at the instructor course, you will be tested on your BLS provider skills (mega code for ACLS or PALS) and written exam. You must pass the test (in your discipline) to continue in the instructor program.
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
How can I teach after I complete the Instructor Process?
- Upon completing the instructor program, and being recommended for instructor status by our faculty, you will be permitted to teach the programs in the discipline you have completed (ACLS, BLS, PALS).
- 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 that belong to our Training Center or who belong to another instructor in our organization.
- Advanced Instructors (ACLS and PALS): you will be invited to teach our programs at our location, as the need arises; ACLS and PALS instructors are not permitted to teach the ACLS or the PALS program independently. ACLS and PALS instructors must have the rank of Course Director (and/or Training Center Faculty) to teach one of our programs independently. As an ACLS or PALS instructor, you may also teach for another US AHA Training Center, provide them with your ACLS/PALS instructor card and most Training Centers will permit you to teach at their center.
Audience: RNs, APNs, PAs, LPNs, MDs, DOs, EMTs, Paramedics, Techs, and more.
If you have a willingness to teach and a positive attitude then maybe an instructor program is right for you!
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be issued an American Heart Association (AHA) Instructor Card in the discipline you wish to teach (ACLS Instructor, BLS Instructor, PALS Instructor). These are all outstanding credentials to obtain, and also look great on your resume!
How much is the course tuition and what's included:
- The tuition for the ACLS, BLS, and PALS programs vary by course. Therefore, please view the course schedule for the tuition for each respective program.
- Included in the tuition: Instructor Course, Access to the Online Instructor Essentials Course, Instructor Manual, Monitoring Sessions, Instructor Packet, Instructor Alignment with CardiacEd (our Training Center, if desired), Access to our Online Instructor Portal for those teaching BLS courses, supportive Faculty
To successfully complete this course you must:
- Register and pay for the course.
- Complete the online ACLS, BLS, or PALS Instructor Essentials Course portion
- Bring the required items (see below) to the course.
- Successfully demonstrate skills for BLS (and or pass the mega code for ACLS or PALS)
- Pass the written exam for the course with an 84% or greater
- Complete the monitoring requirements for your course (BLS x 1 monitoring; ACLS or PALS x 2 monitorings)*.
- Complete the Instructor Course Exam with and 84% or greater
- Complete the post-course evaluation.
* Occasionally some instructor candidates may need more monitorings than the number stated above.
Bring with you to the course:
- Your printed online Instructor Essentials Course completion certificate.
- Photo ID (i.e., drivers license).
- Instructor Packet (completed)
- Copy of your ACLS, BLS, or PALS provider card for the instructor course in which you are enrolled.
|Contact hours (nursing): The number of contact hours varies per course; please email our office for information on contact hours for each program. (support@CardiacEd.com).
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 your access to the AHA's online Instructor Essentials course. If you do not see the access to this course in your inbox, please check your Junk/Spam folder (or email us to resend: support@CardiacEd.com). Your instructor manual will be shipped to directly to you. Please use an address that is reliable.