Basic Life Support Requirements

All IU School of Medicine students are required to obtain Basic Life Support (BLS) certification so they will be prepared to offer potential life-saving resuscitation for patients during their training or within the communities in which they live.

Indiana University Health also requires BLS training for all of their faculty, staff and trainees

All students new to IUSM will be required to receive training from an AHA-approved program prior to beginning the fall semester.

The Center for Physician Education has a detailed webpage, which includes photos of appropriate certifications.

  • BLS certification must be completed at an AHA Approved Training facility.(Find a facility or course)
  • Training can be completed at any AHA approved training facility at the expense of the attendee. Residents, Fellows and Medical Students from the IUSM currently training at, or incoming, to IU Health facilities can complete their BLS through IU Health ERTI department (Wile Hall Methodist) at no cost for the course (textbooks not included and may be purchased or may be borrowed through ERTI program. Availability is limited.).

If you have completed your certification or recertification, please upload a copy of your certification to: http://cme.medicine.iu.edu/mycme/bls-certification-form/

If you have further questions about your BLS certification, please contact Medical Student Education by email or by calling 317-274-1965

Important FAQs

  • Who is eligible for the no cost training option through IU Health?

    Current and incoming residents, fellows, and students* of the IUSM are eligible to participate in the no cost resuscitation training at IU Health. *Students are eligible to complete advanced certification training if matched to an IUSM residency program.

  • Is there a schedule available to share with students?

    Yes. Residents, fellows, and students can view the current published calendar at the bottom of the page here.

  • How do students register for a class?

    Students can register two ways.
    1. Register via Litmos. Create account in Litmos from link received in email (see below) and select course type and select the desired date and time.
    2. Register via IU Health Center for Physician Education (CPE) website here. Login using the same username and password used for completing annual mandatory education modules.

  • How can I create my Litmos account?

    Students will receive an email, with a username already provided, that is specific to their individual email address, asking them to create a password. They can log on and register for available courses at that time. (See example)

  • Can training be done online?

    Yes, the American Heart Association (AHA) on-line courses requires the individual to attend an in-person check-off with an AHA instructor. See website for more information. IU Health does not offer an online option and attendees would be required to pay to attend an online AHA course.

  • Is American Heart Association (AHA) the only approved training program accepted?

    Yes. IU Health policy requires that all BLS, ACLS, and PALS certifications must be completed by an AHA approved training center. ATLS and NRP are completed by program instructors credentialed to train for those certifications.

  • How long are the classes?

    BLS class is approximately 4 hours | ACLS/PALS initial training is 2 full days | ACLS\PALS renewal is 1 full day.

  • When do certifications need to be completed?

    All certifications must be current and maintained while being a current medical student, resident or fellow at IU Health.

  • What happens if certification expires?

    Any provider with an invalid or expired certification will placed in a three tier corrective action process with escalation* of non-compliance resulting in suspension of system privileges and training access at IU Health facilities until current certification is provided. *See Policy Addendum 2 for non-compliance remediation.

  • Does training have to be completed at IU Health?

    No, training can be completed at any AHA approved training facility at the expense of the attendee. Residents, Fellows and Medical Students from the IUSM currently training at, or incoming, to IU Health facilities can complete their BLS and applicable ACLS or PALS through IU Health ERTI department (Wile Hall Methodist) at no cost for the course (textbooks not included and may be purchased or may be borrowed through ERTI program. Availability is limited).

  • Can training be done at another IU Health facility besides Methodist?

    No. Currently, the ERTI Program at Methodist is the only IU Health clinical education department that will complete the training at no expense* to residents, fellows, or medical students. (*does not include materials)

  • Can training be done elsewhere?

    Yes. As long as the training is completed by an AHA approved training center. Non-AHA certifications will not be accepted.

  • What are the certification requirements?

    ALL residents, fellows and medical students must have a current BLS certificate. Residency and Fellowship Programs that have additional advanced certification requirements as mandated by the ACGME or the specific program requirements are required to be maintained while at IU Health. See Policy Appendix A for requirements by program.

  • If I have ACLS/PALS why do I need BLS?

    BLS has specific basic resuscitation components not taught in the advanced courses. While BLS is a recommendation of the AHA prior to taking ACLS or PALS it is not a requirement; however, IU Health requires all residents, fellows and medical students at minimum obtain, and maintain, a BLS.

  • My BLS training was not completed at an AHA Certified Training Facility. Is it still acceptable?

    No. IU Health policy requires AHA BLS, ACLS, and PALS certification.

  • I’ve completed my course. Who should I provide a copy of my certification?

    Residents and fellows please provide a copy to your residency/fellowship coordinator to update this information in MedHub. Medical Students please provide a copy to the Continuing Medical Education (CME) office to ensure it is documented in their system. You may also upload a copy of your current certification to your profile in the IU Health CPE website to ensure timely notification of compliance to IU Health. Log on to your profile at IU Health Center for Physician Education.

  • Is there required pre-course work for the classes?

    No, BLS does not require pre-work. Yes, ACLS and PALS both require pre-work. At the time of registration there are instructions for pre-course work requirements and resources. ACLS and PALS Training guides can be borrowed through the ERTI. Availability is limited.

For any other questions: Please contact The Center for Physician Education at 317-962-2222 or email. Also check out: IUHealth Center for Physician Education for more information.

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