American Heart Association Training

The American Heart Association Community Training Center is located within the Robert Packer System and classes are coordinated through the EMS office:

Phone: 570-887-6390

Fax: 570-887-6053

Office Hours: Monday & Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Bethany Altieri
American Heart Association
at Guthrie Health Services
1 Guthrie Square
Sayre, PA 18840

Per the ECC Program Administration Manual: Guidelines for Program Administration and Training

"Students who present an expired provider card or do not possess a provider card may be allowed to take and update course but will not be given the option of remediation.  These students will need to complete the entire provider course if they cannot successfully meet the course completion requirements when tested."


Class Schedules


    Original courses are two day courses.

    ACLS Classes



    PALS Classes


    BLS [CPR for Healthcare Providers]:

    The AHA’s new BLS Course has been updated to include science and education from the 2015 Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC. It teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both prehospital and in-facility environments, with a focus on high-quality CPR and team dynamics. In the Instructor-led course, students participate in simulated clinical scenarios and learning stations. Students work with an AHA BLS Instructor to complete BLS skills practice and skills testing. Students also complete a written exam.

    Per the 2015 AHA Updates, there is no difference between renewal and original classes any more.  The class will be approximately 4 hours depending on class size.  Students will not be allowed to challenge the course until November of 2017.

    BLS Classes

    Please contact the office:

    • If there are multiple individuals within a department that need the same training within the same general time frame, a private class may be arranged.


    PFACTS [Pediatric First Aid, CPR, AED provider training]:

    The AHA’s PFACTs course includes both general content, such as the Four Steps of Pediatric Firs Aid, and specific instructions for a wide spectrum of serious injuries and illnesses.  It also provides instructions for Pediatric CPR, AED and choking, as well as a Child and Infant Safety Checklist and tips for interacting with children in medical emergencies.
    Per the AHA Guidelines, there is no difference between renewal and original classes.  The class will be approximately 7-9 hours depending on class size.  Student who pass a test demonstrating first aid, CPR, and AED skills earn a course completion card, valid for a full two years.



    Free Community Classes

    CPR/AED - training for the lay person [Healthcare providers please refer to BLS section of this page]



    First Aid

    First Aid 

    These classes are free of charge and class space is limited.  To register, contact Bethany Altieri at 570-887-6390 or send email to


        Instructor Classes

        To find out what is needed to be an American Heart Association Instructor, please visit the AHA Instructor Network and click on “Interested in Becoming an AHA Instructor?”  You will learn exactly what you need to do to get started.

        1. Contact your local AHA Training Center and see if they are taking on new instructors.  If so, complete an Instructor Candidate Application with them.
        2. Have a current AHA provider card in the discipline you wish to teach.
        3. Successfully complete the classroom instructor course for that discipline.
        4. Be monitored successfully teaching your first provider’s course within six (6) months of the completing the instructor class.

        If you wish to become an instructor with the AHA Training Center at Robert Packer Hospital, please contact me with your interest and we can discuss what needs to be done next.

        Following are the instructor classes that are coming up.

        BLS Instructor Class           

        • Monday, November 14, 2016; 0900 hours

          Deadline for Registration is Monday, November 7, 2016

        Please download and complete the following form in order to register for the above referenced class:


          Blended Learning

          Sometimes it is hard to get into a class due to the class being full, scheduling conflicts, time restraints and so forth. Now you can take Web-based, self-paced instructional programs that use eSimulation Technology to allow you to work at your own pace and learn the classroom/instructor led portion of the class when you are available. When you take a Blended course, Part 1 of the AHA course can be taken on-line with the student meeting with an instructor to perform their hands-on skills and demonstrating the skills learned. The AHA offers blended learning classes for ACLS, BLS, PALS, and multiple other courses. If you are interested in this type of learning, here is what to do.

          1. If you employer is paying for the course, first discuss payment arrangement with your director/manager/supervisor.
          2. Go to the on-line American Heart Association website at
          3. Click on Courses
          4. Choose the course you wish to take out of the drop down list
          5. Click on the ADD TO CART box next to the course you wish to take
          6. Complete the process to buy the key to take the desired course.
          7. Once done with the course, print off the Course Completion Certificate and fax it to me immediately at (570) 887-6390 along with the following registration form:

          **Be advised that we only have 60 days to get your skills portion done after completing the on line course.** Therefore, you may want to call to see when an available date to test out would be prior to taking the on-line portion so we know there is an instructor available to test you out in the allotted time frame.

          I usually schedule skills testing the days that a classroom course is being held so that the instructors are on campus, however, other days can be arranged as well.

          After you complete your skills testing with an AHA certified Instructor, I will issue you your new card.