The American Heart Association Instructor course is designed to designed to prepare AHA instructors to disseminate the science, skills, and philosophy of resuscitation programs to participants enrolled in AHA courses. There is no question that instructors are the key element in the AHA training network.
The practice of medicine is considered to be both an art and a science. In a similar vein, AHA training involves both “heart” and science. A good AHA instructor is able to teach information and skills and to generate enthusiasm and enlist support of the AHA course goals and objectives, motivating participants to act in emergency situations. AHA instructors are the best tool the AHA has to fulfill its mission- to reduce disability and death caused by heart disease and stroke. The more skilled instructors the AHA ECC Programs have, the more participants will be trained in CPR and ECC. By increasing the number of bystanders prepared and willing to activate the EMS system and provide CPR, early defibrillation, and advanced life support, the AHA will be able to significantly reduce disability and death from heart attacks, cardiac arrest, and stroke.
- Online Heartsaver Instructor Essentials: An access code for the Online Heartsaver Instructor Essentials course will be emailed to you upon registration. Complete this component prior to coming to your instructor course.
- Heartsaver Instructor Course: The instructor course will consist of verification of Heartsaver skills through a written exam and skills testing session. Instructor candidates will learn the types of courses offered and the organizational structure of theAmerican Heart Association. Instructor candidates are scheduled for observation sessions.
- Observation: Instructor candidates observe as many Heartsaver courses taught by Code One instructors until they feel comfortable teaching independently. This step can be conducted at any Code One Training Center.
- Monitoring: Instructor candidates teach a course independently under the supervision of Code One Training Center Faculty. Faculty will evaluate instructor candidate performance against a rubric of requirements from the American Heart Association. Successful monitoring will result in issuance of a Heartsaver Instructor certification from the American Heart Association. This step may be completed at a Code One Training Center (included) or off-site for a fee.
- Independent Instruction: Heartsaver Instructors may join an existing training site within their workplace or organization. All instructors must be affiliated with an American Heart Association Training Center to issue certification cards for courses they instruct.