American Heart Association FIRST AID, CPR, AND AED Course Outline

Heartsaver First Aid, CPR AED is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives.  
Students learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies. 



Welcome and Introduction

General Principles

Video: Life Is Why Activity

Introduction, Duties, Roles, and Responsibilities of First Aid Rescuers

Safety, and Universal Precautions

  • Practice: Removing Protective Gloves
  • Video: When and How to Phone for Help
  • Demonstration: EMT Number and First Aid Kit
  • Video: Finding the Problem
  • Practice: Finding the Problem and Phoning for Help
  • Video: After the Emergency

Medical Emergencies

  • Video: Breathing Problems: Choking
  • Practice: Relief of Choking
  • Video: Bad Allergic Reactions; Epinephrine Auto-Injector
  • Practice: Epinephrine Auto-Injector
  • Video: Chest Pain and Heart Attack
  • Case Discussion: Breathing Problems, Allergic Reactions, and Chest Pain
  • Video: Fainting, Diabetes, Stroke, and Seizures
  • Case Discussion: Fainting, Low blood sugar, Stroke, and Seizures


Injury Emergencies

  • Video: External bleeding
  • Practice: Controlling bleeding and bandaging
  • Video: Nosebleeds, Bleeding From the Mouth, Puncture

Wounds, and Amputation

  • Video: Internal bleeding
  • Practice: Recognition and Treatment of Shock
  • Video: Head and Spine Injuries
  • Video: Bone, Joint, and Muscle Injuries; Burns
  • Case Discussion: Internal bleeding, Shock, Head or

Spine Injury, Bone Joint or Muscle Injury, Heat Burn, Electrical Burn

Practice- splinting

Environmental Emergencies

  • Video: Bites and Stings
  • Case Discussion: Bites and Stings
  • Video: Cold- and Heat-Related Emergencies
  • Case Discussion: Temperature-Related Emergencies
  • Video: Poisoning Emergencies
  • Case Discussion: Poisoning Emergencies


Preventing illness and injury, legal questions




  • Video: CPR; Assessing
  • Practice: Calling for help
  • Video: Chest Compressions and Rescue Breathing
  • Practice: Chest Compressions and Rescue Breathing
  • Video: Review of CPR, Pocket Mask
  • Practice: CPR With Barrier Device
  • Skills Evaluation


  • Video: AED, Including Special Circumstances
  • Practice: CPR/AED
  • Demonstration
  • Skills Evaluation
  • Help from others
  • Adult CPR and AED summary
  • Adult CPR and AED skills Test
  • Naloxone

Time: Classes begin at 8am

First Aid 4-5 hours, CPR &AED 2-3 hours

Course materials –AHA manual

Certification: American Heart Association valid for two years

COST: First Aid- $US66.00: CPR and AED- $US58.00/person. The cost includes course materials and certificate. If both courses are done together then the cost will be $US110.00

NB: 15 and more participants, First Aid $US58.00 CPR and AED $US50.00 If both courses are done together it will cost $84.00 per person with 15 or more participants

Click Here to download the docx file of the course outline.

Desmond Croker -Instructor