Basic Life Support (BLS)

All medical students are required to possess a current American Heart Association BLS for Health-Care Professionals certification in order to work with patients.

BLS certifications are good for two years and students are responsible to ensure they are kept current. Students who are not compliant are not allowed to participate in rotations fall semester. Lack of participation in rotation could lead to failure of the course. A registration hold will also be placed on the students’ record preventing spring enrollment during MS3 year. You can check your BLS compliance status via MEdIS - Compliance tab. Students are responsible for training costs. 

Twin Cities Students

Students can obtain certification through any American Heart Association certified instructional program. You can find courses locally and nationally through the American Heart Association Find a Course site. The Department of Emergency Medicine also offers these courses on the Twin Cities campus. See the schedule and register online. Submit a copy of your certification card to

Duluth Students

Duluth campus medical students begin clinical activities early in their training.  To be compliant with BLS certification, we require that our students complete training as early in year 1 as possible.  Because BLS certification is valid for two years and at the end of two years we transfer oversight of your records to the Twin Cities, we will be aligning dates of your BLS training with the Twin Cities campus.  With this schedule, you will receive reminders for recertification at the start of your clinical training and at the same time as students who matriculated in the Twin Cities.  The program will be picking up the costs of this for you.  Training will be scheduled for Fall of 2018.

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