Nursing Pathways

ACLS/BLS

Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR for Kaiser Permanente Health Care Providers in Northern California

How can I register for an ACLS/BLS re-certification class?
One can register for an ACLS/BLS re-certification class anywhere in Northern California by either calling National College of Technical Instruction (NCTI) at 1-888-609-6284, extension 101 or 916-960-6291 or email to Kaiser@emsc.net .

Where can I see a schedule of upcoming BLS re-certification classes?
To see the schedule for upcoming BLS re-certification classes anywhere in Northern California go to http://ncti.edu/kaiser-employees-continuing-education/.

Does PCS arrange initial classes for BLS certification?
No. PCS arranges classes through an outside vendor for only BLS/ACLS/PALS re-certification .

Who can I go to for an initial class for BLS certification?
Since PCS does not arrange initial classes for BLS certification, you will have to go to another vendor who provides BLS at a professional level. NCTI provides the initial classes in many areas. To find out more about initial classes call NCTI or go to http://www.ncti-online.com or call The American Heart Association at 877-242-4277.

Who has to approve the initial class for my BLS certification?
Your manager has to approve whether or not to pay for the initial class. PCS does not arrange initial classes for BLS certification. If you are interested in setting up a private class, these classes are available on a fee basis from NCTI.

If I receive certification by someone other than NCTI, what must the card say?
For someone to re-certify in 2 years through Kaiser Permanente, the card must be an American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers, an American Red Cross (ARC) for Professional Rescuers, a Military BLS, or the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation Level C.

What does Kaiser Permanente consider as BLS certified when an employee is hired?
Only employees holding an American Heart Association (AHA) BLS for Healthcare Providers card, an American Red Cross (ARC) for Professional Rescuers card, a Military BLS card or the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation Level C card are considered as BLS certified. Only the American Heart Association Card is accepted for challenging the class. The American Red Cross (ARC) for Professional Rescuers, the Military BLS card, and the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation Level C card are not accepted for challenging if they have expired.

How often do I have to get re-certified?
The professional level cards are good for two years through the end of the month in which the card was issued. There is no grace period for expired cards. If someone has to re-certify in one year, they did not receive the certification at the professional level, so the initial class is appropriate. PCS does not arrange for initial classes for BLS certification.

What do I need to do for a re-certification class?

  • You must show a current un-expired Provider card.
  • You must bring the appropriate AHA course textbook readily available for use before, during and after the course. You can buy a book through Laerdal Medical Corp at 1-888-562-4242.
  • You can not be more then 10 minutes late for the class. If you are more than 10 minutes late you will not be admitted to the class.
  • You must bring your Kaiser I.D. badge.

If I have a latex allergy can I take the re-certification class?
The mannequin faces are of LATEX. Please let the instructors know if you have a latex allergy.

What if I'm sick the day I'm scheduled to take the re-certification class?
In case of illness or medical disability, you should postpone the class. If you are in the active stage of an infectious disease or have sores on the hands, mouth or face you must postpone the class.

The mannequin portion of the course will involve strenuous physical activity. If a physician has recommended limited activity in anyway or if there is a medical or coronary history that may be aggravated by this course, you must consult with the physician prior to attending the class.

What do I have to score on the written exam?
You must score 84% or higher on the Provider Course written examination for course completion.

What if my card has expired?
If you have ever been certified by the American Heart Association at the Healthcare Provider level, you can challenge a class. What this means is that instead of taking the initial class again you can attend the re-certification. To challenge the class, you need your expired AHA card and textbook. Only the AHA Card is accepted for challenging the class. The American Red Cross for Professional Rescuers, the Military BLS card, and the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation Level C card are not accepted for challenging if they have expired. You must pass the written exam at 84% like everyone else and must successfully demonstrate hands-on without coaching. It is highly recommended that you study prior to the class.

If you do not pass the challenge, you must take initial BLS training again.

What if I need PALS or NRP classes?
Patient Care Services does not offer NRP (Neo-Natal Resuscitation Program). If your group is interested in having NRP classes you can contact National College of Technical Instruction (NCTI) or the American Heart Association at 1-877-242-4277 or on the web at www.americanheart.org .

 

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