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The Simulation and Clinical Performance Lab (Sim Lab) at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston offers the American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) training to meet pre-admission requirements and for recertification for staff, faculty, and students.

The certification process requires two steps to ensure that learners are well-prepared in both knowledge and practical skills:

  1. Complete an online educational module provided by AHA, then
  2. Complete an in-person, hands-on training in the Sim Lab.

Here's how to complete both steps:

Part 1: Online Modules


  • Visit the AHA website and navigate to the HeartCode BLS course registration.
  • Register for the course online.
  • Pay the part one course fee of $34.00.
  • Access the online modules provided by the AHA:
  • Successfully complete all required online course modules.
  • Obtain a certificate upon the completion of the online modules from the AHA, which will be needed for the hands-on training.

Part 2: Hands-On Training and Check-Offs at Cizik School of Nursing

Schedule Hands-On Training:

  • After completing the online modules, schedule a hands-on training and check-off session at the Sim lab.
    • Non-students: If you are not a currently enrolled student at Cizik School of Nursing, use this registration link and pay the part-two course fee of $36.50.
    • Currently enrolled students: Register using this link and pay the part-two course fee of $36.50.
    • Faculty: The course is free for Cizik School of Nursing faculty. Contact a member of the Sim Lab team for the discount code, and use it when you register.
      • Bring to a printed copy of your certificate of completion for the online AHA modules to the training session, or submit a digital copy.

Hands-On Training and Check-Offs:

  • Participate in the hands-on training session, which may include practical scenarios and skill assessments.
  • Successfully complete the required check-offs under the supervision of qualified instructors.
  • Admission Requirement: Students must complete the AHA BLS certification as part of the pre-admission requirements for the nursing program.