Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers is an American Heart Association (AHA) Certification that is required for all UAH Nursing students, recommended for healthcare professionals and lay personnel and is recognized by most hospitals. It is intended to provide healthcare professionals the ability to recognize life-threatening emergencies, provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and relieve choking, as well as other lifesaving skills, in a wide variety of in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings. Download and Share PDF Flyer. Now offering the NEW AHA Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care(ECC). Ensuring chest compression of adequate rate Ensuring chest compressions of adequate depth Allowing full chest recoil between compressions Minimizing interruption in chest compressions Avoiding excessive ventilation Certification Available Sessions Effective immediately, you must certify every 2 years. Recertification no longer valid. 05/20/16 06/21/16 07/18/16 07/20/16 08/12/16 08/16/16 Select a date from the certification list above to register for an available session or get more information on individual session dates. To request a class or for customized training in Basic Life Support, CPR, AED, or First Aid, please email Lonette.Jenkins-Bell@uah.edu or phone 256.824.4672.