The Basic Life Support (BLS) course teaches BLS knowledge and skills. The lecture portion of the  course covers basic CPR and AED concepts as well as an introduction of the skills and techniques needed to successfully save someone's life. The second part of the course covers the BLS written and skills test where you will have the opportunity to demonstrate the skills you have learned in the course.  

What Will I Learn?

  • Describe the importance of CPR and its impact on saving lives
  • Describe all of the steps of the Chain of Survival and apply the BLS concepts
  • Identify the signs of someone needing CPR
  • Perform CPR for adults, children, and infants
  • Describe the importance of early use of an AED and demonstrate its use
  • Provide effective ventilations using a barrier device
  • Perform as a team member during multi rescuer CPR
  • Describe how to relieve the body of a foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infants

Walk Away With

Upon successful completion of the skills demonstration and written test, you will be issued access to your American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification via e-card.

Who Should Attend?

The BLS course is designed for healthcare professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide variety of clinical and hospital settings.

Instructor Bio

Joel Peacock
My name is Joel Peacock. I am currently the Clinical Simulation Lab Coordinator here at the College of Southern Idaho.  I also over the years have been a EMS instructor for CSI’s EMS programs. But, prior to arriving in my current position. I worked as an Advanced EMT for St.Lukes Magic Valley Paramedics for 15 years. While there I was the team leader for the EMS Bike team which you may have seen at large events here in the Magic Valley. We operated as an ambulance on a bicycle in areas that were too populated to patrol with an ambulance. I also was on the Special Operations Rescue Team(SORT). That is the team you see preforming the rescues in the canyon. I also served as a Field training officer and as the Paramedic Association Vice president.  Along with the position at St.Lukes, I have worked part-time over the years for Payette County Paramedics, Elmore County Ambulance, and Lincoln County EMS.