AHA Instructor Classes

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American Heart Association (AHA) Instructor Classes

These classes are to prepare you to become an instructor in Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers/ Heartsaver, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), or Pediatric Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (PALS) courses.

ACLS and PALS instructor candidates must be at least 18 years of age and licensed or certified in a healthcare occupation where such skills are within the provided scope of practice. BLS/Heartsaver instructor candidates must be at least 16 years of age.

The ideal instructor candidate must be motivated to teach, facilitate learning, and ensure students acquire the skills necessary for successful course completion.

An AHA instructor should continuously view student assessment as a way to improve individual knowledge and skills.



Complete this application for approval by the Mercy College Training Center, an AHA Training Center.

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Process to Achieve Instructor Certification

  1. Submit an application and obtain approval for alignment with an AHA Training Center.
  2. Have current AHA provider status in the discipline for the instructor course you wish to attend.
  3. Successfully complete discipline specific classroom portion of the instructor course.
  4. Successfully complete teaching the first course while being monitored within six months of completing the classroom portion of the instructor course.



By the end of the instructor course, you will be able to teach a BLS/Heartsaver, ACLS, or PALS course using the video and lesson maps that are part of the course instructor materials. You will also be able to use the most current testing materials to conduct skills testing.


$200 per participant

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