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College of The Albemarle (COA) operates the only American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center in the area and offers a variety of classes for both the general public and medical professionals.

Course offerings range from basic CPR for the general public to advanced life support courses for local emergency medical services (EMS) providers, nurses, physicians and other allied health professionals.

Potential students, including those enrolled in any of the health sciences classes at COA, can find a class offering that will meet their requirements for enrollment.

AHA Classes Online

AHA offers many of their classes online, available on their website at Online AHA. Following completion of an online class, you’ll need to demonstrate your hands-on skills while in the presence of a certified AHA instructor.

The AHA Training Center offers monthly Basic Life Support (BLS) skill review sessions proctored by certified instructors. Those choosing the online option will need to attend one of these sessions to officially complete the course.

Dates for Basic Life Support (BLS) renewal sessions are listed under the schedule of classes. For the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) or Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) online class, the AHA Training Center will facilitate skills review and megacode completion on an individual basis. Please call 252-335-0821 ext. 2286 for more information about completing the skills portion of ACLS or PALS courses.

Class Descriptions

Classes for the General Public

These classes are generally provided on an as-needed basis and we have not scheduled any courses for 2018. Each of the classes listed below cost $55. If you’re interested in a class, please call the AHA Training Center at 252-335-0821 ext. 2286, or email stephanie_loftis34@albemarle.edu.

For anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a class completion card in first aid and/or CPR-AED to meet job, regulatory or other requirements.
For anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a class completion card in first aid and/or CPR-AED to meet job, regulatory or other requirements.
For anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a class completion card in first aid and/or CPR-AED to meet job, regulatory or other requirements.
For anyone involved in childcare (including childcare workers, teachers, foster care workers, camp counselors, youth organization workers and coaches for children’s sports organizations) with a duty to respond to a first aid emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements. This class is also ideal for parents, grandparents, babysitters and guardians.
For anyone who wants to learn CPR in an instructor-led or facilitated group environment, and who does not need a class completion card for a job or other requirement. This is a good option for middle and high school students who don’t need a class completion card.

Classes for Medical Professionals and Students in Medical Fields

For healthcare professionals who need to know how to perform CPR and other lifesaving skills in a wide variety of in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings.
For healthcare professionals (including physicians, nurses, paramedics, and emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care unit personnel) who need an ACLS class completion card for job or other requirements, or who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest or other cardiovascular emergencies.
For healthcare providers (including physicians, nurses, paramedics, and emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care unit personnel) who need a PALS class completion card for job or other requirements, or who respond to child and infant emergencies.

Class Schedules

BLS (CPR) Classroom-Based Course

This course is designed for anyone currently employed or planning to become involved, in a healthcare-related field, and who prefers a traditional classroom setting versus online learning.

Cost: $55. You’ll also need to purchase the BLS student manual.

All courses will be held on the Elizabeth City Campus, room C 110.

  • Dec. 15, 2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

BLS (CPR) Online Course Skills Review Sessions

This course is designed for anyone needing to renew a current, unexpired BLS certification. If your certification has lapsed, you’ll need to take the initial class listed above.

Cost: $35. Visit onlineaha.org to enroll.

You’ll need to complete the entire online class prior to your skills review session. Please bring your certificate to confirm that you’ve completed the online class. The sessions listed below will be held on COA’s Elizabeth City Campus, building C, room 110. Reviews will be completed by appointment only. Appointments are made in advance and scheduled every fifteen minutes starting at 1 p.m.

To register and schedule your skills appointment, please contact the AHA Training Center at 252-335-0821 ext. 2286, or by email at stephanie_loftis34@albemarle.edu.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Initial Courses

This course is designed for those who have never taken ACLS or who are attempting to renew an expired certification.

Cost: $75. You’ll also need to purchase the ACLS student manual.

All courses will be held on the Elizabeth City Campus, room C 110.

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ACLS Renewal Courses

This course is designed for anyone attempting to renew an unexpired certification and who is comfortable with adult resuscitation concepts, medications and ECG interpretation. Renewal classes are limited to six to eight students on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cost: $75. You’ll also need to purchase the ACLS student manual.

All classes will be held on the Elizabeth City Campus, room C 110. Morning and evening course offerings are available throughout the year.

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To register for ACLS classes, please contact the AHA Training Center at 252-335-0821 ext. 2285, or by email at michael_whitehurst@albemarle.edu.

You can also register online.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Initial Courses

This course is designed for those who have never taken PALS or who are attempting to renew an expired certification.

Cost: $75. You’ll also need to purchase the PALS student manual.

All classes will be held on the Elizabeth City Campus, room C 110.

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PALS Renewal Courses

This course is designed for anyone attempting to renew an unexpired certification and who is comfortable with pediatric resuscitation concepts, medications and electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation. Renewal classes are limited to six to eight students on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cost: $75. You’ll also need to purchase the PALS student manual.

All classes will be held on COA’s Elizabeth City Campus, room C 110.

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To register for PALS courses, please contact the AHA Training Center at 252-335-0821 ext. 2285, or email michael_whitehurst@albemarle.edu.

You can register online.