How do AHA eLearning and Blended Learning courses work?
The American Heart Association offers multiple course formats depending on the course content.
Courses that only involve cognitive learning can be completed 100% online. For courses that contain psychomotor skills such as CPR, students must also complete a Hands-On in-person "skills session" after the online eLearning portion of the course.
Online: eLearning Course "Keys"
All OnlineAHA eLearning courses begin with a course key, which is a 12-digit or 9-digit alphanumeric code used to access purchased courses. A course key may be purchased directly by individuals, or Training Centers and employers may purchase and distribute course keys to students who will complete training.
Hands-On Portion: Skills Sessions for In-Person Practice and Testing
For American Heart Association courses that include psychomotor skills such as CPR, students must complete an in-person skills practice and testing session to obtain an AHA course completion card. With AHA Blended Learning, the skills practice and skills test are taken together during a Hands-on Skills Session after the student completes the eLearning portion online.
Skills Sessions are conducted by authorized AHA Instructors, or, in the case of HeartCode® courses, students can conduct the in-person skills practice and testing on a voice-assisted Manikin (VAM). The VAM serves as the Instructor and precisely measures the learner’s proper execution of the necessary psychomotor skills.
Locate a Skills Session
Hands-On Skills Sessions are not included with the purchase of an online course key. Students can locate an AHA Training Center offering Skills Sessions by using the Find a Course tool or ECC Global Connector. They then can schedule and purchase a Hands-On Skills Session from the Training Center they choose.
For admission into a skills session, students must present their Certificate of Completion for the online portion of the course to the AHA Instructor.
Students - Print your Certificate
After you complete an OnlineAHA eLearning course you can print your certificate.
- Visit My eLearning
- Select Print Certificate under your Completed Courses
Training Centers - Verify a Certificate
Before a student begins a skills session, the AHA Instructor should confirm that the student successfully completed Part 1 online.