As an entity of Lancaster General Health and an accredited American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences offers high-quality life support education delivered by experienced health care professionals.
Life Support Courses
What’s the best course for me?
Emergency Preparedness Consultation and Training
As an accredited American Heart Association (AHA) training center, our life support courses are designed for health care providers, businesses, organizations, non-profits and schools, as well as individual learners. Classes are led by health care professionals with years of hands-on experience who know what it’s like to put practice to the test.
Through these classroom-based courses for health care providers, you will learn techniques for Basic Life Support (BLS). The American Heart Association CPR course curriculum includes the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide basic steps for CPR to victims of all ages, use an AED and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner. Participants receive a BLS certification valid for two years upon completion.
Advanced life support courses for health care providers build upon the foundation of lifesaving that you learn in a Basic Life Support (BLS) class. These courses will continue to emphasize the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR while highlighting the importance of efficient team communication and a variety of other critical skills. Participants receive either an ACLS or PALS certification upon completion.
For more information regarding these courses or to register, contact the AHA Training Center by sending us an email.
The goal of the Advanced Cardiac Life Support for Experienced Providers (ACLS-EP) course is to improve outcomes in complex cardiovascular, respiratory and other emergencies (such as metabolic and/or toxicologic) by expanding on core ACLS guidelines and encouraging critical thinking and decision-making strategies. Through instruction and active participation in case-based scenarios, learners enhance their skills in the differential diagnosis and treatment of pre-arrest, arrest and post-arrest patients.
ACLS EP has been updated to reflect science from the following:
For more information regarding this course or to register, contact the AHA Training Center by sending us an email.
Updated to reflect the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC, Pediatric Emergency Assessment Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS®) helps health care providers develop the knowledge and skills needed for emergency evaluation and treatment of seriously ill infants and children. PEARS® teaches providers how to recognize respiratory distress, shock and cardiac arrest, and provide appropriate lifesaving interventions within the initial minutes of response until the child is transferred to an advanced life support provider. The goal of PEARS® is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured infants and children, resulting in improved outcomes.
Through hybrid or blended life support classes, learners complete online modules prior to a hands-on class in which they will demonstrate the new skills they learned to a faculty member. Hybrid offerings include Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR, Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and HeartSaver™ Courses. Courses use the AHA HeartCode® program.
Airway Management is a unique program designed to give students the chance to learn, practice and demonstrate their ability in applying many airway skills used in resuscitation. Students increase their awareness of various airway products and skills required.
The Airway Management course will include bag-mask ventilation and airway adjuncts. Because the course is designed with optional units, facilitators will present units to meet the students’ needs. Optional units may include use of an Endotracheal tube, Esophageal-tracheal combitube, Impedance threshold device and Laryngeal mask airway.
PA College offers CPR instructor training, as well as courses to become an ACLS instructor or a PALS instructor. For more information regarding this course or to register, contact Joe Nichols at the AHA Training Center by sending us an email.
These in-person American Heart Association approved classes are for anyone interested in learning basic CPR or first aide skills.
Skills include head tilt-chin lift, compressions and breaths according to the 2010 updated guidelines. This course is ideal for community members, as well as organizations such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, churches and schools. This is not the required course for those in health care. Registration includes a face mask valve, student manual and a provider card. Certification is valid for two years.
For employers or others required by OSHA to provide first aid or Bloodborne Pathgen Training, PA College provides convenient training at your location or ours. For more information regarding this course or to register, contact the AHA Training Center by sending us an email.
Is the American Heart Association CPR the same as American Red Cross CPR?
No. While both certifications cover similar content, they differ slightly. Most health care organizations prefer that their employees hold one type certificate over the other, so be sure to check with your employer. As an accredited AHA training center, PA College teaches with the AHA curriculum.