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Basic Life Support (BLS)

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To register for a session, please click on the month you wish to complete your training from the list below:

  • Option 1 BLS Training Social/Physical Distancing Option* - e-learning and in person self directed test - To register, select the month that you want to take your skills test in from the list below: (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 adhearance 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

The UMMS Offfice 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. 

For more information follow this link:

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 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) 
368 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01655

Initial Provider Course (online & in person skills session) - $90
Retraining Course - $85 (online & self directed in person skills session)

The fee includes textbook or online key, continuing education credit, and certification card.

Course Director:

Jorge Yarzebski
Manager, Critical Care Courses

Stephen Rice
Lead Instructor


Registrants will receive confirmation via email. An online key and instruction for accessing online content will be sent 2 weeks before the scheduled skills session. Learners who register within 2 weeks of the course will receive those materials 1 week before the course. 

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

BLS Courses are non-refundable. Transfers are permitted up to 10 business days before the original program date without penalty. After that point, no transfers will be granted. If you wish to transfer to another BLS course date, please submit a request to Your request must include the name of the registrant, the course the registrant is currently enrolled in, and the course they wish to be transferred to.

Classes must be paid in full in order to receive a certification card and continuing education credits. A certification card will be awarded on the day of the course to those who complete it successfully and have paid for the course in full.

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.