Basic Life Support (BLS)


Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification is required for all employees with direct patient care responsibilities. Card holders must re-certify every 2 years.

BLS Course Textbook

Crerar Library UC Bookstore
UC employees may borrow for up to 30 days

Manual -or- eBook


Course Location

  • Employees - Please refer to Oracle or call 2-0361
  • Non-Employees - Please refer to the AHA Course Finder webpage

How to Pay

To pay for BLS via Credit Card use the links below

For more information on refunds, see the General Refund/Cancellation Fee Policy.

To review the UC Simulation guidelines for credit card processing, click here.


Initial BLS Classes

Initial Certification classes are available for those who have never achieved BLS certification, or if current card has expired. These classes are intended only for those with no previous American Heart Association (AHA) BLS certification or their card has expired.

Renewal BLS Certification Classes -Description

These classses are intended only for those with previous American Heart Association (AHA) BLS certification. If your BLS card has already expired, you are not eligible for the renewal courses. You must enroll in the Initial course.

Renewal BLS Certificate -Process 

BLS Renewal can occur in 2 ways:

1.) Complete an On-line course (HeartCode Part1) and instructor- led Skills Validation lab (Part2); OR 2.) Complete all steps in an instructor-led class (labeled as "BLS Initial" in Oracle LMS).

Option 1: The On-line Course and Skills Validation Lab

Step 1 - Complete the on-line course

This takes approximately 1-2 hours. Finish both components of the class by the last day of the month your current card expires. Registration is in Oracle. You will have 30 days to complete the skills validation lab. However, both this online option and the skills lab have to be completed BEFORE the certification expiration date.

Step 2 – Attend an instructor-led skills validation lab

This can take approximately 1 hour. Enroll in Oracle before attending. 

Once you complete on-line certification, you have 30 days to complete the skills validation lab. However, you must take BOTH the online course and skills validation while your BLS card is current.

What You Need to Bring

Please bring the following items to the instructor led skills lab: 1.) the printed Certificate of Completion that comes at the end of the on-line portion; 2.) and your current CPR card.

Where and When You Should Arrive to the Skills Validation Lab

Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the class end time or you will not be admitted into the skills validation lab.

Option 2: The 2-Hour Renewal Course ("BLS Initial" in Oracle LMS)

This 3-hour instructor-led session covers both the lecture and skills demonstrations. Both steps described above are covered in this class. Registration is in Oracle. This course must be completed before the last day of the month listed on your expiring card. You must bring your current CPR card to the class.  

A New BLS Card Certification

BLS initial certification class is instructor-led and lasts approximately 3 hours. Registration is in Oracle LMS. This is the best option if your previous card is expired, or you have never been certified before by the AHA.

For more information, please contact:

The University of Chicago Simulation Center
5841 S. Maryland Ave. | Mitchell Hospital 6th fl SW | Chicago, IL 60637
Office: 773-702-0361
Fax: 773-795-5013