Course Format

Course Format

Depending on course content, eLearning courses are delivered in one, two or three parts. Courses that only involve cognitive learning can be completed online in one part. For courses that contain psychomotor skills such as CPR, students must complete an in-person “skills session” in addition to online learning. A skills session is comprised of Part 2, skills practice, and Part 3, skills testing.

This three-part delivery effectively blends cognitive learning with skills training. Students are not able to experience the delivery of physical skills from a PC, so eLearning is only as effective as the skills training provided.

For successful course completion, AHA requires that eLearning courses with psychomotor skills include:

  • Part 1: online cognitive lessons—anytime and anywhere with computer access
  • Part 2: hands-on skills practice
  • Part 3: hands-on skills testing
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Course “Keys”

No matter the format, all online courses begin with a key. A key is a 12–digit alphanumeric code that is used to access purchased courses. A key may be purchased directly by individuals, or Training Centers and employers may purchase and distribute keys to the students who will complete training.

Using a Key for Course Access

  1. Complete the OnlineAHA website registration. Click here to register.
  2. Once registered, students go to their personalized “My Courses” page.
  3. On the My Courses page students can:
    • purchase a course key
    • activate a key
    • start a course
    • browse course catalog and demos
    • apply for applicable continuing education (CE) credit
    • print course Certificates of Completion