CPR & First Aid (BLS)

CPR & First Aid (BLS)

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  • Location: AZTTI PHOENIX
  • Language: English
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  • Prerequisites: No
  • Skill Level: Beginner
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Who needs BLS Certification

The difference between BLS certification and CPR Certification is subtle and it can be tricky to understand who needs a BLS certification and who does not. To put it simply, medical professionals always need to be BLS certified, whereas individuals in professions outside of the medical field may only require training in CPR.

Many employers will offer workplace BLS Training, and some do not, however, it’s important to know who needs which type of training. Continue reading to learn more!

Do physicians need to be BLS certified?

All doctors should be certified in BLS in order that they can respond to life-threatening emergencies, regardless of whether they practice medicine at a hospital or a family clinic. However, most doctors who work in hospitals will have a higher level of certification than BLS called Advanced Cardiac life support (ACLS)This ensures that they have undergone specialist training in order to provide critical and emergency care.

Like doctors, nurses who deliver lifesaving critical care in hospitals are likely to be ACLS certified. BLS is the minimum certification required for nurses but usually, they will need to be top-level ACLS certified too. Nurses are often the first to respond to emergencies in hospitals, which is why they must have advanced certification in life support.

Do EMTs and paramedics need BLS certification?

Since paramedics and EMTs tend to be the first on the scene when it comes to medical emergencies outside of hospitals, it is vital that they have BLS training. Usually, the BLS certificate is part of the initial training for emergency caregivers, but it is not unusual for paramedics to undergo advanced life support training to help them provide more complex emergency care.

Do non-medical emergency service professionals need BLS certification?

It is not uncommon for firefighters to be the first on the scene during emergencies where people need medical care, so they need to be able to deliver life support when necessary. Both voluntary and professional firefighters need BLS. In some cases, firefighters will also need to be certified paramedics, in which case BLS or even more advanced life support certifications may be essential.

Police officers also deal with many emergency situations in which medical care may be required. They should be capable of delivering basic life support until professional medical help can arrive on the scene. The requirements differ from state to state but police officers usually require either CPR, First Aid, or BLS certification. Since BLS is more advanced than CPR, it tends to be accepted by all police departments.

Do teachers, coaches, or childcare providers need BLS certification?

There are many other professions in which it is either necessary or preferred to be trained in CPR. Such professions include teachers, childcare providers, sports coaches, personal trainers, and safety officers. BLS certification is not usually necessary in these non-medical fields, however, it might be a valuable qualification to have. It could prepare these professionals for dealing with common injuries or conditions other than cardiac arrest, boost their confidence in performing CPR and other treatments, and make their CVs more appealing to prospective employers.





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Great school! Super flexible, teachers go above and beyond here!! CNA program is great especially because of Ms. Rosemarie! Totally recommend the cna program

Vanessa Calderon Avatar Vanessa Calderon
June 6, 2021

Excellent CNA program!! The teachers and staff are amazing and I have learned so much!

Isabelle Bridgeman Avatar Isabelle Bridgeman
November 6, 2022

Completed my Medical Assistant certificate here and it was so simple and fast! The teachers work with your schedule and provide you with great experience in order to prepare you... read more

Susana Avezbadalova Avatar Susana Avezbadalova
December 6, 2022

The lecturers are the best!!! RoseMarie and the other Instructors. Elizabeth makes the process super easy.. Thanks much!!!

Leanna Hawthorne Avatar Leanna Hawthorne
April 6, 2023

Great program . Very explanatory well done everyone

syheda shephard Avatar syheda shephard
November 6, 2022

The CNA program is great and affordable!! The instructors are very patient and understanding. Highly recommend. I feel like the knowledge I received will definitely give me a good headstart... read more

Elina F Avatar Elina F
December 6, 2022

Great school

Mamie Mamito Avatar Mamie Mamito
April 6, 2023

Ms Latoya was a great phlebotomy teacher! She’s really passionate about teaching and the success of her students. The program was well-paced and provided great opportunities.

Eryl Mae Uyan Avatar Eryl Mae Uyan
August 6, 2022

Best school I’ve attended, the instructor was amazing! I totally recommend it !

Javier Tarin Avatar Javier Tarin
September 6, 2022

Fast and easy program for CNA, highly recommend! Thank you AZTTI for helping me start my future nursing career

daniel zavulunov Avatar daniel zavulunov
December 6, 2022

The best institution with kind and high educated trainers. Very proud of being one of the student’s.

Forozan Muradi Avatar Forozan Muradi
August 6, 2022

Excellent CNA program!! The teachers and staff are amazing and I have learned so much.. best program ever. Definitely recommend

Michelle Yagudayeva Avatar Michelle Yagudayeva
December 6, 2022

100% recommend this school! I had an amazing time with Mrs. Rose Marie.. she was amazing I was able to pass my CNA State board on my first try!

Nancy Merrow Avatar Nancy Merrow
August 6, 2022

I completed my CNA program with AZTTI & would definitely recommend it to anyone that's willing to commit to a few weeks of hard work. The program is fast paced... read more

four by brother brother Avatar four by brother brother
December 6, 2022

Great experience. Love the staff and classmates. Very informative classes and great experience. Highly recommend this school!

E R Avatar E R
September 6, 2022

Rose Marie was an amazing instructor!

Andrea Smith Avatar Andrea Smith
April 6, 2023

Best school ever, specially the teacher miss Stephanie she’s a wonderful teacher. I definitely recommend this school.

Estelle Sagno Avatar Estelle Sagno
November 6, 2022

Amazing staff and overall experience. Rosemary is a great teacher and had phenomenal hands on and clinical experience. Highly recommend this course to any aspiring CNA’s.

olivia serpa Avatar olivia serpa
September 6, 2022