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Basic Life Support (BLS)

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  • Option 1 BLS Training Social/Physical Distancing Option* - e-learning and in person self directed test - This option is for BLS Retrains and BLS initials. (Full Course Description Below) 
  • Option 2 - (Limited opportunities with additional fee) Instructor assisted BLS Training Social/Physical Distancing Option a CPR instructor will be available to assist with technique during the skills test for RQI. 
    • Dates coming!!

*The training system, 'RQI', is the most precise CPR instructor. It monitors compression depth, cadence, recoil, hand positioning and adherence to CPR guidelines. The system provides real time coaching and feedback. 

  • Traditional instructor courses are not being offered at this time
    • BLS Initial Course (TBD)
    • e-BLS online course + 3 hour skills test
    • BLS Retraining Course Traditional Instructor Course (TBD)
    • e-BLS online course + 1.5  hour skills test

Course Description

Social/Physical Distancing CPR Training at UMass Chan Medical School

The UMass Chan Medical School Office of Continuing Medical Education has partnered with Laerdal RQI (Resuscitation Quality Improvement) to provide a high quality option to traditional CPR classes. 

The RQI system features the same e-learning software you have previously worked on combining it with the latest CPR training technology. The RQI manikin will guide you through your CPR practice and testing, providing real time coaching and feedback. Upon successful completion of your skills test, the system will automatically generate your certification. 

To take the skills test you must complete the e-learning modules. When you arrive to the skills test you will login to the manikin with your RQI specific login, please take note of it when you register for the e-module. 

During the skills test you will be expected to perform compressions, ventilations, single provider and two provider CPR (with a virtual partner). Rate, depth, and ratio of compressions to ventilations are critiqued by the manikin - listen to the manikin and you will be successful. 

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The BLS course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner. The University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School is authorized as a Training Center for the Basic Life Support Program by the American Heart Association.

Educational Objectives: At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of early CPR
  • Recall the basic steps of 1 and 2 rescuer CPR for adults, children and infants
  • Explain the importance of early defibrillation
  • Recall the basic steps for use of an AED
  • Recall the basic steps to relieve choking for responsive and unresponsive victims over 1 year of age and for infants
  • Explain the importance of each link in the adult and pediatric Chain of Survival

Course Location & Fees:

Albert Sherman Center- iCELS (2nd Floor) 
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester, MA 01655

Initial Provider and Retrain Courses - $95 (online & self-directed in person skills session)

The fee includes e-learning material, continuing education credit, and certification card.

Course Director:

Jorge Yarzebski
Manager, Critical Care Courses

Stephen Rice
Lead Instructor


Registrants will receive confirmation via email. Emails for new assignments and RQI accounts will be sent 2 weeks before the scheduled skills session. Learners who register within 2 weeks of the course will receive those materials within 1 business day of registration.

If you have further questions, you are welcome to email us at

BLS Courses are non-refundable after opening the e-learning material. Transfers are permitted by clicking on edit order on your email confirmation. 

To receive a certification card and continuing education credits, after completing your skills session, click on the blue review button on your active BLS course on your RQI1stop account. Complete the survey then you will have an option to receive your card and credits.

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association, and any fees charged for such a course do not represent income to the Association.

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