What CPR Level Course am I required to take for the BSN Program and where can I take it?

Q: What CPR Level Course am I required to take for the BSN Program and where can I take it?

You are required to have completed a CPR Basic Life Support (BLS) Level for Healthcare Nursing Students course before you begin your clinical practice experience. CPR BLS certification is to be annually for nursing students. According to the BC practice Education Guidelines, BLS for nursing students requires annual recertification, hence the 3-year certification is not accepted by this program. Please note, organizations may have different terminology for their CPR BLS courses, so you need to ensure that the course you register for is Basic Life Support for nursing students with a 1-year expiry (not a 3-year expiry). 

Although BLS providers may have a variety of business names, it is very important to ensure that your BLS provider has been certified by one of the 5 national training agencies (i.e., Heart & Stroke Foundation; Canadian Red Cross; St. John’s Ambulance, CA, Ski Patrol or Lifesaving Society). 

The BSN program accepts CPR BLS Certification from Only Canadian organizations listed below. Please ensure the CPR BLS course provider you attend is certified by one of the 5 national training organizations listed below. You may visit their website to verify that the provider you are using is a certified BLS provider: 

Canadian Lifesaving Society
Website: https://www.lifesaving.bc.ca/


Canadian Red Cross
Website: https://www.redcross.ca/


Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Website: https://cpr.heartandstroke.ca/s/?language=en_US


St. John Ambulance
Website: https://www.sja.ca/en/first-aid-training


Canadian Ski Patrol
Website: https://www.skipatrol.ca/