Bemidji State University offers two American Heart Association courses: Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED and BLS Basic Life Support.

Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Course

The $105 Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED course is for those with little or no medical training who need a course completion card for their job or regulatory requirements or anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting.

It covers:

  • first aid basics
  • medical emergencies
  • injury emergencies
  • environmental emergencies
  • prevention of illness and injury
  • adult CPR and AED use
  • opioid-associated life-threatening emergencies
  • optional modules in child CPR AED and infant CPR.

The in-person classroom course can be completed in approximately 3 hours. Upon successful completion, students will receive a course completion card, valid for two years. Registration/dates/fees can be found on the city of Bemidji Parks/Recreation site.

BLS Basic Life Support Course

The $125 BLS Basic Life Support course is for prehospital providers like EMTs, paramedics and in-facility hospital providers.

It covers:

  • high-quality CPR for adults, children and infants
  • the AHA Chain of Survival, specifically the BLS components
  • important early use of an AED
  • effective ventilations using a barrier device
  • the importance of teams in multi-rescuer resuscitation and performance as an effective team member during multi-rescuer CPR
  • relief of foreign-body airway obstruction for adults and infants

The BLS Initial/Renewal course takes approximately 4.5 hours to complete. Registration/dates/fees can be found on the city of Bemidji Parks/Recreation site.


Businesses, groups or individuals can also request a provider to instruct their personnel at their place of business or at the Gillett Wellness Center.

Contact Holly Bannor at (218) 755-2940 ( for more information.