Life Support Program

Simulation-based education and research life support program

The Life Support Program at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) offers American Heart Association (AHA) courses for physicians, nurses, respiratory care practitioners, and other eligible providers.

For those recertifying in ACLS, BLS, or PALS, expedited training with AHA hybrid courses (written portion completed online, followed by a shortened in-class session) is available. The hybrid courses are also available for initial certifications; however, we highly recommend and offer the full in-class courses.

Online registration is for requesting a space in a course. It is not a confirmation of your enrollment. Space for all classes is limited! If we need to cancel a class for any reason, all registrants will be notified within 48 hours.


  • ACLS courses: The AHA Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR.
  • BLS courses: The AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider Course enables healthcare professionals to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.
  • Moderate Sedation Program: The Moderate Sedation Program is for our clinicians, providers, and nurses only who are directly involved in procedures requiring moderate sedation.
  • PALS courses: The AHA Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course reinforces the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation, and team dynamics to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes.

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