Basic Life Support (BLS)


Jennifer Neufeld - Twin Cities

Shawn Evenson - Duluth

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. 



Duluth Students

Duluth medical students must have a completed BLS certification by August 1st prior to their first fall semester. If your certification is set to expire soon, or has expired, you must register and complete a new certification training in order to continue with your medical education. You can obtain your BLS certification through two different organizations listed below. Please submit a copy of the front and back of your BLS card to Shawn Evenson to update your record. 

  • American Heart Association – Healthcare Professional courses only
  • St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth - Contact Jean Nordland-Skomars 218.249.6499 to schedule training

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