University of Nebraska Medical Center

Basic Life Support

Basic Life Support

BLS is a nationally recognized program designed by the American Heart Association for health care professionals to:

  • Recognize different life-threatening emergencies;
  • Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation;
  • Use an automated external defibrillator; and
  • Relieve choking in a safe, timely, and effective manner.

This course is intended for certified and non-certified, licensed or non-licensed health care professionals such as physicians, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, physician assistants, residents or fellows, medical or nursing students in training, aides, medical or nursing assistants, police officers, and other allied health personnel.

The material will be covered in small group lectures, demonstrations, evaluation of case-based scenarios, and practice.


Download the 2024 BLS Flyer



AHA BLS Provider Manual



AHA® BLS Provider Manual

(Product #20-1102)



Registration Information

Additional Information

Prior to Your Scheduled Class

You must review the AHA® BLS Provider Manual.

  • If you are renting or purchasing the manual, please pick it up from the EMS/Trauma Office on the second floor of UNMC Annex 14 Building at 4460 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE.

    Take the elevator to 2R.

    Pick-up is available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 2 pm.

    If you live and work outside of the Omaha Metro, please email emstrauma@unmc.edu to make arrangements to get your manual.

    Or, if you prefer, you can purchase an e-manual from https://shopcpr.heart.org/

  • You may rent or purchase the manual prior to the day of the course. No manual rental will be allowed on the day of the course.

    Participants who come to the course without a manual will be required to purchase one.
On the Day of Your Class
  • You must show a valid government- or school-issued photo ID to check in to class.
  • The temperature in the classroom may vary throughout the day. Please come in loose and comfortable layers of clothing.
  • You will be practicing skills that will require you to work on your hands and knees. You will be bending, standing, and lifting throughout the course. If you have any physical condition that will prevent you from engaging in these activities, please do not hesitate to inform the instructor(s) as he/she may be able to adjust the equipment to address your needs.
  • Get directions and parking information
Inclement Weather

Send an email to emstrauma@unmc.edu for possible class cancellation due to the weather.


Debbie Von Seggern-Johnson, NRP, EMSI

EMS & Trauma Program Coordinator
UNMC Center for Continuing Education


Debbie Von Seggern-Johnson, NRP, EMSI