Basic Life Support (BLS)

Review the chart on the Required Certifications page to determine if BLS is required for your program.  You must arrive at orientation with proof of valid BLS certification.  Failure to do so may delay your training program start date.

BLS Resources

The BLS course must be American Heart Association-compliant. Below is one resource provided by a UB-affiliated hospital. You may access additional resources as long as they are AHA-compliant.

New for 2020


Two sessions of a combined one-day BLS/ACLS Initial Certification Course will be held:

-Wednesday, June 3, 2020
-Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Access the online portal and select "Residents Only - Combined BLS and ACLS Course".

Questions: Contact Cathy Reczek, Course Coordinator.

For BLS Only:

  1. Click on "Nursing Education" on the left-hand menu
  2. Click on the desired course
  3. Initial Basic Life Support is a 4-hour course
  4. In the Participant Drop Down, select "Non-ECMC Employee"

Cost for BLS Course only: $35 (no book fee). Cash or checks made out to Buffalo CPR and mailed to ECMC, 462 Grider Street, Buffalo, NY 14215.

BLS Reimbursement Information

Reimbursement for BLS is not available.

However, if you take a combined BLS/ACLS course, you may submit reimbursement here.


Sharon M. Sullivan

Director, Operations & Project Management

Office of Graduate Medical Education

955 Main Street, Room 7210, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-6124; Fax: (716) 829-3999