Basic First Aid

We offer both ASHI and AHA Basic First Aid programs. The ASHI program is approximately 3 hours long, while the AHA program is approximately 7 hours. As you might expect given the course lengths, the AHA program covers more topic areas and is more thorough in the areas covered.

Both programs cover the general topics of recognizing an emergency, scene safety, taking standard precautions, and proper communication with 9-1-1 dispatchers.

Person having heart attack

Medical emergencies such as stroke, heart attacks, seizures, breathing problems, and shock are covered in both programs. AHA adds topics such as use of an Epinephrine Auto-Injector.

Injury related emergencies such as bleeding, sprains, fractures. The AHA program adds discussion of amputations, impaled objects and adds practice in splinting, and tourniquet use.

Finally, both courses cover environmental emergencies such as heat exhaustion, heat stroke, hypothermia and frostbite. The AHA program adds discussion of insect bites and stings, tick bites, marine animal bites.

Both certifications are available via both a traditional classroom based course, as well as the “blended” program with part of the class done on-line and the skills portion with an instructor.

Note: As there is some overlap between the AHA Heartsaver CPR/AED and Basic First Aid courses, the two may be combined into a single eight hour course at a discounted price.


For dates and times of all courses offered in our Woburn training center, please check our Education Calendar. Or Contact Us to set up an on-site or blended course.