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The Education Department at Cook Children's offers a variety of American Heart Association courses to meet the needs of health care professionals and the community.

Family and Friends CPR

This course is an introduction to performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on adults, children, and infants. Relief of choking and use of an AED are also covered. This is a non-certification course. For more information about this course, please click the title in the course list below. If you have questions, please call the Simulation Program at 682-885-1137 or email

HeartCode courses

HeartCode is a two-part program that blends self-directed, comprehensive e-learning via the internet with a hands-on skills check off. All HeartCode programs consist of two phases:

  • Part 1 is the self-directed, e-learning portion required prior to moving on to Part 2.
  • Part 2 is the skills verification required for the certification completion. To register for your skills check-off day, please select the appropriate course from the list below.

We offer HeartCode ACLS, HeartCode BLS, and Heart Code PALS. For more information about these courses, please click the title in the course list below. The AHA will not authorize any core curriculum changes in a course identified as an AHA ECC course. A student must be able to successfully perform all course requirements (skills tests and written exams) to receive a course completion card. If you have questions or require ADA accommodations for course completion, please call the Simulation Program at 682-885-1137 or email

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. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course material, do not represent income to the Association.
HeartCode ACLS ProviderAdvanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) is higher-level course that emphasizes the significance of basic life support (BLS), highlights team dynamics, communication, systems of care, and immediate post-cardiac-arrest care.
HeartCode BLS Healthcare ProviderBasic Life Support (BLS) is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize severe life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.
HeartCode PALS (Part 1 and 2)Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) is an advanced course using a scenario-based, team approach to teach pediatric emergency respiratory management, recognition and treatment of shock and/or cardiac arrest.
Heartsaver CPR AED - ClassroomHeartsaver CPR AED is a classroom-based course utilizing AHA instructors and videos, with skills practice and validation.