IS BLS the same as HCP (healthcare provider)?

Yes, BLS has replaced the HCP (Healthcare Provider) course. BLS is a more accurate and up to date version of the HCP course. This is the correct course for in-facility care providers, including nursing staff, care aides, medical and dental professionals. AHS only accepts Heart & Stroke certification.

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BLS Provider Renewal (Basic Life Support – Healthcare Provider)

Must have a current valid certificate 

BLS Provider is an instructor-led fundamental course for all healthcare and emergency medical providers, intended to help you improve patient outcomes. You will learn single- and multi-rescuer basic life support skills with a focus on high-quality CPR and team dynamics in a wide variety of prehospital or in-facility settings. BLS is a pre-requisite for advanced resuscitation courses and many healthcare-related training programs. Current certification is often required for employment in the healthcare field and Heart & Stroke certification is the only one accepted by Alberta Health Services (AHS).

This course meets WSH, Federal and Provincial regulations for Basic Life Support. BLS has replaced the HCP (Healthcare Provider) course.


  • Reflects science of the most recent Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC
  • Hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency
  • Emphasis on high-quality CPR including team dynamics
  • Video-based course with real world scenarios
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