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Virtual Skills Testing

American Heart Association® Virtual Skills Testing (VST)

  • Option 1: Virtual Skills Testing (VST).
  • After completion of the American Heart Association® HeartCode® course, (Option 1), you will be eligible for Virtual Skills Testing (VST) skills session.
  • After completion of the virtual skills testing session, you will receive your American Heart Association® BLS, ACLS, PALS card.

Two options for AHA Virtual Testing (VST & VRT)

You will be given the option to add BLS to either ACLS or PALS during registration.

Renewals or First Time Participants

Option 1 Virtual Skills Testing (VST):

  • Renewals or First Time Participants.
  • Go to the class calendar page
    • Register for a VST session time & date.
    • After registration, you will be sent a welcome email with instructions.
  • Successfully complete the American Heart Association® HeartCode® ACLS/BLS/PALS online course. (purchased separately)
    • NOTE: Heartcode completion certificate must be received a Minimum of 7 days prior to your scheduled VST session.
  • ACLS/BLS/PALS
    • Successfully complete the appropriate skills testing during a Virtual Skills Testing (VST) Session, with an AHA Instructor.
    • You will be shipped a skills package with all the required equipment. Return postage is included.

Renewals Only

Option 2 Virtual Renewal Testing (VRT):

  • Renewals Only. You must have a current or recently expired (<3 months) AHA card.
  • Go to the class calendar page
    • Register for a VRT session time & date.
    • After registration, you will be sent a welcome email with instructions.
  • ACLS/PALS requirements
    • STEP 1: Watch all the required ACLS/PALS videos online.
    • STEP 2: Complete the AHA ACLS/PALS online Precourse Self-Assessment (>70%).
    • STEP 3: Successfully complete the online AHA ACLS/PALS  written exam (>84%).
  • BLS requirements
    • STEP 1: Watch all the required BLS videos online.
    • STEP 2: Successfully complete the online AHA  written exam (>84%).
  • NOTE: Completion of the above requirements must be done a minimum of 7 days prior to your scheduled VRT session.
  • ACLS/BLS/PALS
    • Successfully complete the appropriate skills testing during a Virtual Renewal Testing (VRT) Session with an AHA Instructor.
    • You will be shipped a skills package with all the required equipment. Return postage is included.

Option 1: AHA Virtual Skills Testing Pricing
(Not including the AHA Heartcode Course)

  • $85.00:  BLS Virtual Skills Testing (VST)
  • $95.00:  ACLS Virtual Skills Testing (VST)
  • $105.00:  PALS Virtual Skills Testing (VST)
  • You will be given the option to add BLS to either ACLS or PALS during registration

VST Information Video

Frequently Asked Questions

YES! This is an authorized American Heart Association® option. There is only 1 card that is issued when you complete the American Heart Association® courses. There is not one if you do the online course, or a classroom course, or a Virtual course. They are all identical.

  • Virtual Skill Testing (VST) requires that you complete the AHA Heartcode® online course (BLS, ACLS, PALS) and then pass the skills testing during a virtual session with an AHA instructor. 
  • Virtual Renewal Testing (VRT) requires that you have a current or recently expired (<3 months) AHA card.
    • ACLS must watch all of the AHA PALS videos on our monitored password protected site & complete the AHA Precourse Self-Assessment (>70%).
    • PALS must watch all of the AHA PALS videos on our monitored password protected site & complete the AHA Precourse Self-Assessment (>70%).
    • BLS must watch all of the AHA videos on our monitored, password protected site.
    • ACLS/BLS/PALS
      • Take the AHA online written exam (>84%)
      • Pass the required skills testing during a virtual session, with an AHA instructor. 
  • You will not be asked to provide mouth to mouth or mouth to mask ventilations during your skills testing. You will be asked to show that you know the technique.
  • All equipment is cleaned in excess of AHA guidelines and packed for shipping with extreme care intended to maintain cleanliness. Although not necessary, equipment may be further cleaned by recipient if desired.
  1. Successful Completion of all cases in the American Heart Association Heartcode ACLS online course.
  2. Achieving a score of 84% or better on the online exam.
  3. A skills testing package with be shipped to you with the required equipment.
  4. Active participation, and completion of all learning stations during your Virtual Skills Testing.
    1. BLS
    2. Airway Management Skills
  5. Optional: Megacode testing is optional. For Megacode testing, at least three students should be present for each case scenario. This is NOT recommended at this time due to strict social distancing guidelines currently in effect. You will not be asked to participate in a Megacode scenario.
  1. Successful Completion of all cases in the American Heart Association Heartcode PALS online course.
  2. Achieving a score of 84% or better on the online exam.
  3. A skills testing package with be shipped to you with the required equipment.
  4. Successful completion of the required BLS skills during your Virtual Skills Test.
    1. Infant CPR
    2. Child CPR
  5. Active participation, and completion of all learning stations during your Virtual Skills Testing.
    1. Airway Management
    2. Rhythm Disturbances
    3. Vascular Access
  6. Optional: Successful completion of 1 PALS case scenario test per student is encourage but not required.
    1. Case scenario testing is optional. For case scenario testing, at least three students should be present for each case scenario. This is NOT recommended at this time due to strict social distancing guidelines currently in effect. You will not be asked to participate in a case scenario.
  1. Successful completion of the American Heart Association Heartcode BLS online course.
  2. A skills testing package with be shipped to you with the required equipment.
  3. You will be asked to demonstrate High Quality CPR during your Virtual Skills Testing.
    1. BLS Adult Skills Testing Checklist
    2. BLS Infant Skills Testing Checklist
  • If you are doing BLS only, probably around 15-20 minutes.
  • If you are doing ACLS only, probably 20-30 minutes.
  • If you are doing PALS only, probably 30-40 minutes.
  • If you add BLS to either ACLS or PALS, add about 10 minutes. 
  • This may be different for varying levels of experience & knowledge. If you are prepared and ready to go, it will probably be a shorter time.
  1. Download the Zoom App on the device your will be using during your Virtual Skills Testing.
  2. On the date & time of your appointment, you will receive an email with a link to join the meeting.
  3. Click on the link in the email and you will be joined to the Zoom Meeting.
  4. At the bottom of the page is the Zoom Cloud Meetings instructional video on how to access the Zoom meeting on the day of your appointment.

Print these checklists for your reference during your Virtual Skills Testing

Zoom Cloud Meeting instruction video

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