Basic Life Support (BLS)

Basic Life Support (BLS)

Ever wonder what the difference between CPR and BLS is? 

The terms are often used interchangeable, especially online. If you are required to be certified, make sure you choose the right course.

Note: Some organizations only accept certifications with an in-person skills component. Do your due diligence before signing up for any course.

Most health professions are required to be certified in Basic Life Support (BLS) if they have direct patient contact.  Each organization may have its own policies in place to stay compliant with state and federal requirements. We provide BLS resources to assist health professionals in the northern Arizona region, and limited it to those resources we believe align with our home site’s policy (North Country HealthCare). As of December 2020, North Country HealthCare accepts BLS certification through:

Please visit these links for more information.

In what formats are Basic Life Support classes offered? 

There are 3 common formats:

  • Classroom (in-person)
  • Blended Learning (online coursework, with an in-person skills component)
  • Online only classes

Community resources for BLS in northern Arizona

Mohave Community College offers BLS for the Healthcare Provider certification (AHA). Visit their website for more information.

Flagstaff Medical Center and Verde Valley Medical Center offer BLS for the Healthcare Provider certification (AHA). Visit their website for more information (find a course, then create an account).

Coconino Community College – Flagstaff offers CPR, First Aid & EMT classes. Visit their website for course dates and times.

North Country HealthCare is currently not conducting classes at their 4th Street location.

Private Instructors in Flagstaff – our CE Coordinator maintains a list of private instructors. Please contact us.

Kingman Regional Medical Center offers AHA Heart Code BLS (blended learning).

Havasu Regional Medical Center offers BLS (AHA). Visit their website for more information.

Banner Payson Medical Center offers AHA BLS classes (1-2 per month).

Summit Regional Medical Center

  • Contact 928.537.6561 for scheduling availability, cost, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

The terms are often used interchangeable, especially online. If you are required to be certified, make sure you choose the right course. Most health professions are required to be certified in Basic Life Support (BLS) if they have direct patient contact.  Each organization may have its own policies in place to stay compliant with state and federal requirements. 

There are 3 common formats: Classroom (in-person), Blended Learning (online coursework, with an in-person skills component), and online only classes.

Note: Some organizations only accept certifications with an in-person skills component. Do your due diligence before signing up for any course! 

For questions or more info:
For questions or more info:

Anita Cleere, BA
Program Coordinator, Continuing Education
928.522.9866
Email Anita

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