What is the Heartcode by American Heart Association?

What is the Heartcode?

Heartcode is an online comprehensive learning program provided by the American Heart Association.  Heartcode is a hybrid learning option (part online and part in person). Heartcode and mandatory in-person skills check will allow the student to get certified by American Heart Association.  The first step entails the student taking the majority of the coursework online by taking the eLearning Heartcode.  This can be purchased on the AHA website or your instructor will send you a link if you paid for a hybrid course on our website. 

Do I have to complete the Heartcode all at once?

This can be completed at home and does not have to be completed in one sitting, you can pause the course and come back to it later. 

What does the Heartcode cover?

Heartcode focuses on simulations, self-directed learning and interactive activities.  In this environment, students apply their knowledge to real-time decision-making and skills development.

Is there an exam?

Heartcode ACLS and PALS require an exam built into the program students must pass the multiple-choice exam with a minimum score of 84%.  Interactive patient scenarios built into the program may be repeated as many times as necessary to pass.  There will be no exam at the in-person training.

Can I take Heartcode if my certification is expired?

Yes you are eligible to take the course even if your CPR certification has expired

Can I take Heartcode if I just need a renewal certification?

Yes renewals are able to take this course

Can I take Heartcode if I have never taken the course before?

Yes we recommend students use this online learning platform that goes at your own pace

How long does the online Heartcode take the complete?

1-1.5 hr4 hrs4-5 hrs1 hr

I have completed the Heartcode now what is next?

After you completed the Heartcode you’ll need to retrieve your certificate of completion.  If you exit out of your course it will ask you to complete the survey and email this PDF to your instructor.  You will now be eligible to sign up for a skills check off at CPR Training Austin.  

What is a skills check off?

A skills check-off is the hands-on portion with an AHA instructor that is mandatory to get certified.  We will be practicing skills on the mannikins, AED, airway, etc.

Age GroupAdult/Child/InfantAdultChild/Infant
SkillsChest Compressions
Pocket-mask ventilations
Bag-mask ventilation
Use of the AED (defibrillator)
Relief of choking (optional)
Chest compressions
Use of the AED (defibrillator)
Child 1-rescuer CPR
Child bag mask device
Infant 1- and 2-rescuer CPR
Use of the AED (defibrillator)
Relief of choking (optional)
ScenariosBLS skills in sequence adult/infantMegacode, airway equipmentMegacode, intraosseous placement, airway equipment

How long does the in-person skills check training take?

30 mins to 1 hr1 hr1 hr30-45 minutes

When will I receive my card?

Cards are issued by email the next business day by the AHA 

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