Healthy Heart Collaborative

The Health Heart Collaborative focuses on cardiac health with goals of educating and advancing sudden cardiac death awareness as well as the promotion of cardiovascular health in the High Country community.

The Healthy Heart Collaborative was formed in 2017 between the Omar Carter Foundation, the Appalachian Institute for Health and Wellness (formerly IHHS), and the Appalachian Regional Hospital System (ARHS).

CPR and AED Certifications

Learn how to save a life through CPR and/or AED certification. The Healthy Heart Collaborative offers numerous training opportunities to learn about saving lives through CPR and AED. This opportunity is available to any department, individual, or organization within Appalachian State University as space permits. 

For more information or if you have questions, please contact Mary Sheryl Horine at or Heidi Tait at

Heartcode Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification

The AHA’s BLS Provider training is designed for healthcare providers and trained responders who provide care to patients in a wide variety of settings or for those in a healthcare training program. This course teaches BLS skills for application in both in-facility and prehospital settings, with a focus on high-quality CPR, improvement of chest compression fraction, and high-performing team dynamics. The BLS training teaches rescue techniques for adults, children, and infants.

Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED Certification

The AHA’s Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED course trains participants to provide first aid, CPR, and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) in a safe, timely, and effective manner. This course is geared towards anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in First Aid, CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory, or other requirements. Students are empowered to act with confidence in the event of an emergency at work, home, or in the community. Heartsaver Total if you need OSHA requirements.

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR/AED

The AHA Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR AED Course is designed for anyone involved in childcare who have a duty to respond to illnesses and injuries in a child or infant in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. Including: childcare workers, teachers, camp counselors, etc.

CPR/AED Certification Registration and Skill Check Session Schedules

CPR/AED Certification Registration and Skill Check Session Schedules

Registration for CPR and AED certifications is available any department, individual, or organization within Appalachian State University.

Follow our registration guide to find forms and skill check session schedules.


Following successful completion of online learning and in-person skills testing, each student will receive a Course Completion Card valid for two years. Pricing is per individual.

Costs to be invoiced directly from Watauga Medical Center.

CertificationOnline Course CosteCard CostTotal Cost
Heartcode Basic Life Support (BLS)$34.00$10.00$44.00
Heartsaver First Aid CPR/AED$20.50$15.00$35.50
Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR/AED$21.00$15.00$36.00

Pricing updated Aug. 3, 2023.