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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Basic Life Support (CPR/BLS)

External attendees are welcome!

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Basic Life Support (BLS) is the foundation for saving lives after cardiac arrest. It is designed for health-care 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.

COVID precautions will be in place during courses. Please note that attendees must be fully vaccinated in order to attend.

1 Course overview and learning objectives

The CPR/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 CPR/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

Sunnybrook uses high fidelity manikins with compression depth indicator capacity. Feedback devices facilitate real time feedback on learner performance related to compression rate, depth and complete release in order to optimize learning!

2 Intended audience

CPR/BLS is designed for health-care professionals and trained first responders who provide care to patients in a wide variety of in-facility and pre-hospital settings or by those who require BLS certification and CPR training for health care-related training programs. Students are welcome!

3 CPR/BLS prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to taking this course.

4 Course completion card

  • CPR/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

5 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.

To register for CPR/BLS classes:

External attendees and students – Training Portal - Heart & Stroke Foundation
Course schedules, fees and locations are posted on the website.

Sunnybrook staff – Register on Sunnynet
Course schedules and locations are posted on myEducation.


Contact us:

Nursing Education Assistant, Nursing Education
Email: cpr.education@sunnybrook.ca
Phone: 416-480-6100 ext 89461