American Heart Association (AHA) Courses at the Kanbar Center
The UCSF Kanbar Center is a designated AHA Training Center that offers Basic Life Support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) courses to all UCSF students, house staff and faculty.
Please see below to learn more about the courses offered at the Kanbar Center. Prior to registration, please read our Policies and Procedures FAQ, located at the bottom on this page. For questions not answered by our FAQ, please contact KanbarAHACourses@ucsf.edu.
Basic Life Support (BLS)
|Time||In-person 4 hours|
|Requirements||Participants need to purchase an up-to-date BLS Provider Manual (either print or e-book edition)|
September 27, 2021 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
On-line portion 7 hours
In-person 4 hours (HeartCode)
On-line portion $144
In-person portion $80 (HeartCode)
Participants must purchase and complete the online portion prior to the classroom portion (allow approx 7 hours to complete) https://shopcpr.heart.org/heartcode-acls
The AHA no longer differentiates between renewal/initial courses for ACLS HeartCode. Regardless of your current provider status, you will need to participate in a 4 hour in-person session.
October 21, 2021 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
November 17, 2021 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
February 17, 2022 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
May 13, 2022 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
On-line portion 7 hours (HeartCode)
In-person 4 hours (Skills Testing)
On-line portion $144
In-person portion $80 (Initial/Renewal)
Participants must complete the online portion prior to the classroom portion (allow approx 7 hours to complete) https://shopcpr.heart.org/heartcode-pals
The AHA no longer differentiates between renewal/initial courses for PALS HeartCode. Regardless of your current provider status, you will need to participate in a 4 hour in-person session.
October 18, 2021 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
November 15, 2021 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
February 15, 2022 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
April 14, 2022 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
May 24, 2022 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where is the Kanbar Center?
We are located on the 2nd floor of the UCSF Library located at 530 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco.
Can I take the online portion of the BLS course and come to only a portion of the BLS course in person?
We do not offer blended courses for BLS. All BLS courses are classroom based. Attendance for the full course is required.
Can I take an ACLS/PALS course that is all in-person?
ACLS and PALS courses are "blended courses" (partly on-line) and intended for faculty, fellows and staff who have taken the course before. These blended courses allow participants to take the majority of the course in their own time prior to a practice and testing session in the simulation center. Fees for the on-line portion of the courses are $144, directly payable to the AHA when registering on-line; at https://shopcpr.heart.org/heartcode-acls (ACLS) and https://shopcpr.heart.org/heartcode-pals (PALS)
Can I get a BLS card?
Please note that the AHA assumes all ACLS/PALS providers are proficient in BLS, but the Kanbar Center will not issue a separate BLS card.
What if I need to cancel my registration? How do I get a refund?
We allow cancellation with refund up to 30 calendar days before your course date. To cancel your registration go to your confirmation email and select "change/cancel appointment". Forward cancellation confirmation email to KanbarAHACourses@ucsf.edu for refund.
What if I need to reschedule my course date?
We allow cancellations and rescheduling up to 30 calendar days before your course date. You may reschedule by going to your confirmation email and selecting "change/cancel appointment".
What if I need to change the type of course I am taking (renewal vs. initial)?
You may reschedule by going to your confirmation email and selecting "change/cancel appointment".
Can I be waitlisted for a course that is full?
Currently we do not have a waitlist system for course registration.
I took the ACLS/PALS before. Can I take the renewal course instead of the initial?
To be eligible for a renewal course in any discipline you have to have a current provider card with an expiration date prior to the end of the month in which you take the course. This means you have had to have taken ACLS/PALS within the last 2 years and provide evidence of this in the form of a current provider card.
Is the e-book version for the course sufficient?
The e-book version of course manuals are sufficient.
How do I get a copy of my provider card?
Cards are issued within one week of course completion date. All cards are issued electronically. After course completion you will receive an email to claim your card. After claiming your card, you will always have access to your card through the following site: https://ecards.heart.org/student/myecards?pid=ahaecard.employerStudentSearch
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 course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.