The College of Nursing signed a memorandum of agreement with University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery (UST FMS) Life Support Training Center that signifies the authority given to Lyceum of the Philippines University – Batangas (LPU-B) as a training site of the American Heart Association (AHA). The agreement officially started last January 1, 2013.
The AHA courses to be taught are the Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers Course (BLS) and the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Provider Course. BLS-HP and ACLS were provided and facilitated by highly trained instructors of the UST FMS Life Support Training Center, an American Heart Association-accredited training center in the Philippines.
The BLS and ACLS courses are taught in large group sessions and small group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented. Successful course completion includes demonstrating skills competency in all learning stations and passing the CPR and AED skills test, bag-mask ventilation skills test, a Megacode test and a written test. Upon successful completion, participants receive a BLS and/or ACLS provider card. These cards are recognized internationally.
Currently, the LPU-B College of Nursing has 6 highly trained AHA instructors: Dr. Aimee M. Amponin, Dr. Myra C. Britiller, Mr. Ritchie C. Cumba, Dr. Paul Reinald B. Garcia, Mr. Mario R. Marasigan, and Mrs. Ma. Jocelyn P. Natividad – all registered nurses (RNs).
In 2012, LPU Batangas was the venue for series of trainings also facilitated by AHA – UST FMS Life Support Training Center which were attended by clinical instructors and other healthcare providers from different healthcare institutions. Some Nursing alumni were also in attendance.
American Heart Association is a non-profit organization in the United States that promotes appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and death caused by cardiovascular diseases and stroke. It is a national voluntary health agency whose motto is to “Learn and Live”. AHA is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.