Life Support Training

Please see the Updated Interim Guidance May 20, 2020  provided by the American Heart Association regarding 'grace periods' and extensions for expirations of AHA Instructor and Provider Course Completion Cards.

The Life Support Training Center is authorized by the American Heart Association to teach BLS, ACLS, PALS and HeartSaver CPR classes to our employees as well as community members.  We also process cards and support 140+ community BLS/CPR instructors.

Shore Medical Center Life Support Training Center
15 West New York Ave., Somers Point, NJ 08244
PHONE: 609-653-3962  FAX: 609-926-4793






​We will be holding American Heart Association Instructor courses on:

  • 4/13/24 and 10/19/24

Please call for information.

Information & Registration Forms


  • CLICK HERE​ for Registration Form for BLS, ACLS and PALS Courses
  • CLICK HERE for the Heartsaver First Aid, CPR, AED Registration form.

Effective 10/01/2018, course completion will be documented via eCards.  A unique email address will be required for each participant – please do not use a shared email address.  Students who have already created an account with the American Heart Association (AHA) should use the email associated with their existing account.  Instructions to claim eCards will be provided at each class. 

The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA. 

Refund/Payment/Cancellation Policy: Payments are due with registration.  Refunds only when cancellation notice is received 2 weeks prior to course date.  Substitution of course date is permitted within the calendar year.  No refund after this time.  

Course registration is not confirmed until you have corresponded with the office regarding seat availability, fees, directions and use of a manual. Please contact the Training Center at 609-653-3962. 

It is recommended that you call to confirm seating before submitting registration. 

Current provider manual is required for all classes, in preparation and in class. A pre-test may be required, submitting scores and a completion certificate prior to the class. Contact the office for details. Verify appropriate 2020 course manual.  It is strongly suggested that participants review the manual before class. 

Basic Cardiac Life Support (CPR)


The Basic Life Support Course teaches the how to perform single and two-person CPR and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for adults, infants and children. 


This course is intended for participants who provide healthcare to patients in a wide variety of situations, including in-hospital, and out-of-hospital settings. These healthcare providers may include physicians, nurses, paramedics, EMS, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, physician's assistants, residents or fellows, medical or nursing assistants, and other allied health personnel. This course is also designed for anyone who is required to take a healthcare provider course for employment. This course does NOT include First Aid.  If your employer requires First Aid, CPR and AED please see the Heartsaver course option.

The American Heart Association offers Blended Learning courses.  If you desire BLS training, please go: and take HeartCode BLS on-line.  Once you have completed the HeartCode BLS on-line Part 1 print the completion certificate and call 609-653-3962 to schedule an appointment for skills testing at Shore. 

The skills testing process takes approximately 45 minutes and the classes are limited to two students per session with an instructor.  You will have time with the instructor, to review, ask questions and practice before being tested.  The HeartCode® BLS, Part 1 Completion Certificate is required for entry into the Skills testing.   Upon successful completion of the skills portion you will be eligible to receive a BLS Provider eCard

All skills testing is held in the Conference Center across the street from the hospital, on the corner of New York Avenue and First Street.  Enter the building from the back near the parking lot.  
A non-refundable fee of $46, as of 4/1/24, covers both your Skills Testing with the instructor and your completion card.  This can be paid with a check or Money Order or with a credit card over the phone when you are scheduling.  

All skills days begin at 8:15 am.  Appointments are filled on a rolling basis. SOME evening appointments are available, please call for more information.

​2024 Dates

Please call 609-653-3962 with any questions and thank you for taking the time to become BLS certified.

Heartsaver First Aid, CPR, AED

Heartsaver First Aid with CPR and AED training teaches how to manage illness and injuries in the first few minutes until professional help arrives.  This course teaches basic first aid, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and CPR for all age groups: adults, infants and children.   

Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED is for anyone with little or no medical training who needs a course completion card for their job, regulatory (e.g., OSHA) or similar requirements, or anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting. HSFA/CPR/AED  is designated in NJ for licensed Massage Therapists and is often used/required for child care settings. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive an electronic course completion card, which is valid for two years.

We will be holding an AHA Heartsaver FA CPR AED course on: 

Please call for information.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

The Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) provider course is designed to train healthcare professionals in managing patients with acute cardiac illnesses using the most current methods available. Information will be reviewed and practice time will be made available to enhance proficiency in the following modalities:

  • Adjuncts for management of airway control and ventilation
  • Dysrhythmia recognition and cardiac monitoring
  • Synchronized cardioversion and defibrillation
  • Pharmacology for cardiac care
  • Management of acute MI and stroke
  • Management of bradycardic and tachycardic patients

Course Completion Requirements:  to receive a course completion card, the student must:

  • Complete pretest and achieve a passing grade (≥70)
  • Attend and participate in the entire course
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Adult BLS (CPR) skills
  • Pass skills tests
  • Pass written test.


  • Current AHA Basic Life Support Provider card 
  • Completed ACLS pre-test with a minimum score of 70%

ACLS Initial Course (2 days) 

2024 ACLS Initial and Renewal Courses

ACLS Renewal

  • Course Fee: $175 through 3/31/24, $200 as of 4/1/24


  • Current AHA ACLS Provider Card
  • Current AHA Basic Life Support Providers card 
  • Completed pre-test with a minimum score of 70%
Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Life Support (PALS)

The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training course is designed to prepare participants to perform advanced life support procedures on pediatric patients. Participants will receive training in the specific skills and concepts revolving around pediatric patients such as airway management and ventilation, vascular access, pediatric fluid therapy and pharmacology, cardiac disturbances and resuscitation.

Course Completion Requirements:  to receive a course completion card, the student must:

  • Complete pretest and achieve a passing grade (≥70)
  • Attend and participate in the entire course
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Adult BLS (CPR) skills
  • Pass skills tests
  • Pass written test.


  • Current AHA Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers card
  • Completion of on-line Pre-Test with a minimum score of 70%

PALS Full Course (2 days) 

Dates for 2024 PALS Initial and Renewal Courses

PALS  Renewal

  • Cost: Course Fee: $175 through 3/31/24, $200 as of 4/1/24


  • Current AHA PALS Provider Card
  • Current AHA Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers card 
  • Completion of on-line Pre-Test with minimum score of 70%