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American Heart Association to offer First Aid, ACLS, PALS training at RLC MarketPlace

Rend Lake College is teaming up with the American Heart Association (AHA) this spring to offer a number of emergency services courses at the AHA Training Center at the MarketPlace, Room 221, in Mt. Vernon.

Among these courses are Heartsaver CPR and First Aid, Basic Life Support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC). To learn more or to reserve a seat today, contact the AHA Training Center at 618-437-5321, Ext. 2032.

BLS, Heartsaver CPR and First Aid

There are several one-day courses scheduled for BLS, First Aid and Heartsaver CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training at the RLC AHA Training Center this semester. By definition, First Aid is the assistance given to any person suffering a sudden illness or injury, with care provided to preserve life, to prevent the condition from worsening, and to promote recovery.

Specifically, both Heartsaver CPR and BLS will be taught so participants are able to provide life-saving techniques for a victim whose breathing or heartbeat has stopped before the individual can be treated at a medical center.

The BLS, First Aid, and Heartsaver CPR courses will meet from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the following dates: Jan. 19; Feb. 2 and 8; March 8, 16, and 21; April 3 and 11; May 10 and 25; June 12 and 29; and July 6, 12, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27.

ACLS, PALS Prep and Renewal

The AHA offers both ACLS Preparatory and ACLS renewal courses this semester to ready students for the urgent treatment of cardiac arrest, stroke, and other life-threatening medical emergencies. The preparatory class meets from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the following dates: Jan. 25-26, Feb. 22-23, March 28-29, April 26-27, May 18-19, June 20-21, and July 13-14.

The renewal courses require one day of study, also from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., on Jan. 26, Feb. 7 and 23, March 9 and 29, April 6 and 27, May 9 and 19, June 1 and 21, and July 7 and 14.

Another two-day preparatory class, PALS aims to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for students to efficiently and effectively manage critically ill infants and children. The class meets from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Feb. 15-16, April 18-19, and July 10-11. For those needing renewal, the one-day course will meet from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. March 23, May 24, and June 8.