Heart & Stroke Basic Life Support (BLS): U of C Nursing U of C Nursing - BLS Course

Titan Health and Safety has partnered with the University of Calgary to provide Heart & Stroke Basic Life Support courses to students in the Nursing Faculty!

Classroom dates for July, August, and September are now available.

The University of Calgary requires nursing students to take a Heart & Stroke Foundation Basic Life Support course. Nursing students will need their BLS certificate before beginning any practicums.

Basic Life Support (BLS) is the foundational course for healthcare professionals and trained first responders who provide care to patients in a wide variety of in-facility and prehospital settings. BLS is the cornerstone program for healthcare professionals. As the gold standard, Heart & Stroke’s BLS training courses teach the theoretical and hands-on skills needed to respond to medical emergencies and drives the best possible patient outcomes.

In this course, you will learn the fundamental skills of high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for victims of all ages. You will practice delivering these skills as a single rescuer and as a member of a multi-rescuer team.

The skills you learn in BLS will enable you to:

  • Recognize a cardiac arrest
  • Activate the emergency response system early
  • Respond quickly and confidently
  • Perform high-quality single-rescuer CPR and multi-rescuer team CPR

This course will ensure people in cardiac arrest have the best chance of survival.

BLS is a pre-requisite for advanced resuscitation courses and many healthcare-related training programs. A current completion card is often required for employment in the healthcare field.

Register using the form below or call our office at 403-452-7727. You must be a current University of Calgary Nursing Student or Nursing Faculty Member to enroll in any of the courses listed on this page. Please have your valid student/faculty ID # ready upon registration.

Part 1: Online Learning

You will receive an email with instructions on how to access the Heart & Stroke Foundation online learning portal within 1 business day of registration. You must complete the online learning in advance of the classroom learning.

Part 2: Classroom Learning

Classroom learning includes practicing hands-on skills. Bring your Part 1 certificate (Class Pass) to Part 2 as proof of eligibility. Complete Part 2 in order to receive your full one-year certification.

Part 2 must be completed within 90 days of Part 1.

Should I take a full course or a recertification?

You must take a full course if:

  • You have never taken a Basic Life Support course before
  • Your previous Basic Life support certificate is expired

This course is ideal for individuals wanting a more comprehensive offering, and those who are new to BLS or do not frequently need to engage in life-saving measures.

You are eligible to take a recertification course if:

  • You have a current, non-expired Heart & Stroke Basic Life Support certificate
  • You have a current, non-expired Canadian Red Cross Basic Life Support certificate
  • You have a current, non-expired Canadian Red Cross CPR with Health Care Provider certificate

This course is for professionals working in the health field who use their skills regularly and are able to demonstrate their aptitude for applying the core concepts to scenarios with little preparation or practice in order to renew their annual certification.

Still not sure? Give our office a call at 403-452-7727.

Heart & Stroke Foundation

Heart & Stroke BLS – Basic Life Support

Course Length

  • Full Course (Blended Provider, 1-year certification)
    • Online component: ~ 1.5 hours
    • Supported browser (Chrome, Edge, Firefox) required. Safari browser is not supported at this time.
    • In-class component: 2 hours
    • TOTAL LENGTH: 3 – 4 hours
  • Recertification (Blended Renewal)
    • Online component: ~ 1 hours;
    • Supported browser (Chrome, Edge, Firefox) required. Safari browser is not supported at this time.
    • In-class component: 1.5 hours
    • TOTAL LENGTH: 2.5 – 3 hours
    • Current (non-expired) certificate required


  • Full Course (certification) – $95.00
  • Recertification – $70.00

(Note: Titan Health donates $5 of each registration fee to the University of Calgary Nursing Students’ Association)

Course Content:

  • Chain of Survival
  • 1-rescuer / 2-rescuer CPR
  • High-quality chest compressions with a feedback device
  • Multi-rescuer team CPR
  • Adult, Child and Infant CPR and relief of choking
  • Use of an AED
  • Effective ventilations using a barrier device and bag-mask device
  • EXPANDED: Opioid-associated life-threatening emergencies
  • NEW: Role of the CPR coach;  Maternal cardiac arrest;  Anaphylaxis;  Drowning;  Heart attack and stroke;  and, Other life-threatening emergencies

*Please note: to take a recertification course you must hold a valid and current (non-expired) Heart & Stroke BLS certificate. If your certificate expires in “October 2021” you can recertify any time within that month. 

This course meets all ILCOR guidelines.

Course Schedule

North Location:

  • Suite 252, 1632 – 14 Ave N.W. Calgary AB (North Hill Professional Centre)

Please note: the calendar below shows the dates for Part 2: Classroom Learning for our Blended Basic Life Support courses. Note: If you register for this course on a weekend, you will get your online learning access on the following Monday (or following business day if it is a holiday weekend).

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