Ochsner student orientation

This section contains complete details for Ochsner students transitioning to Phase 2 at the Ochsner Clinical School.

View the informational session Transition to Ochsner for Phase 2.

6. BLS Certification

Ochsner Health System requires students to have a current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support CPR card. This involves a 2-part process.

  1. Online eLearning Course
  2. Hands-On Skills Session

Purchase the online course by one of the following methods.

Once you have completed the online course, print your completion certificate. Bring this certificate within 60 days to an AHA instructor to complete Part 2, the mandatory Hands-On Skills Session.

You may locate an AHA instructor in Australia or your hometown to complete Part 2, before you arrive at Ochsner. You can locate a certified training center in Australia or in the U.S. via the American Heart Association website, under “Locate A Skills Session.” NOTE: Ochsner accepts only the American Heart Association certification cards. American Red Cross is not accepted.

You will need to secure your AHA completion card before your orientation start date. Please submit documentation that you are BLS certified - via the Ochsner BLS Data System by Thursday, January 4, 2018.

If you do not get Part 2 completed prior to arriving in New Orleans, the Ochsner Community Training Center will host skills testing stations on January 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2018. Please note that participants are registered on a first-come-first-serve basis. Contact the Ochsner CTC at +1 504-842-6684 or CTC@ochsner.org to schedule a skills testing appointment.

Please do not wait until the last minute as these sessions will be filled with participants other than students, and you will not be allowed to begin orientation. Please get this completed before you arrive at Ochsner.