Professional and Continuing Education

CPR Chain of Survival

What is CPR and the Chain of Survival?

CPR is the critical link that buys time between calling 911 and the use of an AED. The earlier you give CPR to a person in cardiac or respiratory arrest, the greater their chance of survival. CPR keeps oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and heart until defibrillation or other advanced care can restore normal heart action.

BLS - Instructor-Led Training

The BLS Course trains participants to promptly recognize several life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations and provide early use of an AED.

In the Instructor-led course, students participate in simulated clinical scenarios and learning stations. Students work with an AHA BLS Instructor to complete BLS skills practice and skills testing. Students also complete a written exam.


  • Updated science and education from the new 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC
  • Instructor-led, hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency
  • Emphasis on high-quality CPR including a team dynamics classroom activity
  • Video-based course with real world scenarios

Course Content

  • High-quality CPR for adults, children, and infants
  • The AHA Chain of Survival, specifically the BLS components
  • Use of an AED
  • Effective ventilations using a barrier device
  • Importance of teams in multirescuer resuscitation and performance as an effective team member during multirescuer CPR
  • Relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (choking) for adults and infants

General Course Information

Student Materials

Books for the CPR courses are included with the fee. There is no reduction of fee for those who have or borrow a book from another source.

Course Policies

A copy of the general course policies can be viewed by clicking here.


The course you choose depends on your interests and needs.


All instructors are approved by the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Department of Emergency Health Services.


Early registration is encouraged to ensure space availability. Class size is limited to 25 students.

Classes at your facility may also be arranged for groups of 10 or more.


Please check the individual registration forms for fees.


All cancellations and request for refunds must be made in writing at least two weeks prior to the course start date. A $45.00 withdrawal fee will be charged. All tuition will be forfeited after that date.

A $45.00 fee will be charged for any returned check.

UMBC reserves the right to cancel any course due to insufficient enrollment. In The event of cancellation tuition will be refunded or transferred to another course date at UMBC's expense.

AHA Authorized
All CPR Courses at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County are taught according to standards of the American Heart Association, Maryland Affiliate, Inc.

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 materials, do not represent income to the Association.