2020 AHA Guidelines Science In-Service eLearning Course

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The 2020 AHA Guidelines Science In-Service is an online course designed to provide healthcare providers information on new science and key changes published in the 2020 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC.

This interactive, self-paced, multidisciplinary course offers a full overview of resuscitation science changes impacting basic, advanced, and pediatric life support. The course highlights science and guidelines recommendations that are most significant or those that will result in changes in resuscitation practice and protocols. It also provides rationale for the recommendations.

This course allows healthcare institutions and professionals the ability to adjust practices between the release of the 2020 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC and their next AHA renewal/update course.

Course content includes:

  • Basic Life Support Science Updates
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Science Updates
  • Pediatric Life Support Science Updates

Course Learning Objectives:
After successfully completing this course, students should be able to identify the BLS, ACLS, and PALS science updates in the 2020 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC.

Course Card (issued upon successful course completion):
None. However, a certificate of completion is available upon successful completion.

Course Intended Audience:
This course is for staff of healthcare institutions and EMS services who need a fast and convenient way to learn the latest resuscitation science and key changes published in the 2020 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC.

Continuing Education (CE) Information:
The AHA has applied for CE for the 2020 AHA Guidelines Science In-Service. Official accreditation statement(s) to follow.


Compatible Devices/Operating System

  • Web Browsers
    • Latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari
  • Operating Systems
    • Windows 10 as minimum or newer, Mac OS 10.7 or newer, iOS and Android (mobile and tablet compatible)
  • Computing Hardware
    • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor or equivalent
  • Internet Connection
    • Broadband – Fiber, wireless, DSL, cable modem
  • For accessibility purposes, this course has been tested with Voiceover, JAWs, NVDA, Talkback, and Voiceover for iOS. 


Access codes will be emailed within 24 hours when orders are placed between 7:30am–5:30pm Central Time Monday–Friday. If order is placed on Friday after 5pm Central Time, code will be emailed Monday morning.

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