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

        None Scheduled at this time

        If you are interested in attending an Instructor Class please send an email of interest to, you will be contacted when a date is chose.


          Heartcode (For Renewals Only)

          Sometimes it is hard to get into a class due to the class being full, scheduling conflicts, time restraints and so forth.  When this occurs, don’t let your renewal training lapse.  You can take your American Heart Association ACLS, BLS, and PALS partially on line and finish up with an instructor later.  The AHA has come up with Part 1 for each curriculum wherein students can take a web-based, self-paced program.  After completing the web-based program, students are required to practice and test their skills with an AHA instructor or a voice assist manikin.  When both portions are complete, the student receives a course completion card just like the one they receive at the end of a classroom/instructor led class.

          In order to take these on-line classes you will need to do the following:

          1. Clear it with your administrator/manager to take the on-line course.
          2. Go to the at
          3. Click on course catalog
          4. Choose the course you want to take
          5. Register as a user
          6. Pay, take, and pass the course.
          7. Print the course completion certificate and fax it to me along with a Heartcode registration form (found at the top of this web page) at the number provided at the top of this web page.

          Once I have your registration form, I will contact you to set up a date and time to take the skills session of the program.  Be advised, you only have 59 days to complete the skill session after completing the on-line portion.  Otherwise you have to retake the on-line portion prior to taking the skills session.  So make sure you get your certificate to me as soon as you complete the part 1 of the class.

          1.  Complete the skills testing with a AHA instructor.
          2. Get your card.