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BLS (Basic Life Support)

Basic Life Support (BLS) is the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest. It is designed for healthcare professionals and trained first responders who provide care to patients in a wide variety of settings, and teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in pre-hospital and in-facility settings.

Course Schedule, Fees and Registration Info

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Course Location

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Bayview Campus)
E Wing, 3rd Floor, Room # TBA

Course Time

Saturday or Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

2018 BLS Schedule
  • JANUARY 14
  • FEBRUARY 3, 25
  • MARCH 11
  • APRIL 7, 29
  • JUNE 24
  • JULY 14, 29
  • AUGUST 12
  • SEPTEMBER 8
  • OCTOBER 28
  • NOVEMBER 25
  • DECEMBER 15

Course fees with manual: $150

Course Overview and Design

The BLS course focuses on teaching the essential skills rescuers need to know to perform high-quality CPR in a wide variety of settings. It teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in pre-hospital and in-facility settings. After successfully completing the BLS Course, students should be able to:

  • Recognize a patient in cardiac arrest and other life-threatening emergencies
  • Initiate high-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
  • Properly use an automatic external defibrillator (AED)
  • Manage a patient with a foreign body airway obstruction

Intended Audience

Basic Life Support (BLS) is designed for healthcare professionals and trained first responders who provide care to patients in a wide variety of both in-facility and prehospital settings or by those that require BLS certification and CPR training to enter into a healthcare-related training program.

BLS Prerequisites

  • There are no prerequisites to taking this course

Course Completion Card

  • BLS Course Completion Card is issued by the Heart & Stroke Foundation
  • Completion card valid for one year from date of issue
  • Completion card is accessible by logging onto student account on Heart & Stroke Portal

CME Credit

MAINPRO Credits (CFPC)
Eligible for 0.5 Mainpro-C credits per hour of participation. A copy of your certification card needs to be submitted. For more details, visit the College of Family Physicians of Canada Mainpro website.

MAINPORT Credits (RCPSC)
Eligible for credit under Section 2 (Self-Learning Activities) “Traineeship”. Enter the number of hours you participated in the course (these will be doubled in your credits). For more details, visit the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Mainport website.