West Des Moines EMS



The City of West Des Moines Emergency Medical Services is proud to offer CPR courses from the American Heart Association (AHA). City instructors are paramedics and certified to teach by the AHA. Course completion cards are valid for two years and are emailed shortly after your class is completed.All classes and testing are conducted at our training center at 8055 Mills Civic Parkway unless other arrangements are made. 


Which Course Is Right For You? 

For CPR certification, you may either take BLS or Heartsaver CPR. The course you choose depends on the requirements for your certification, either from your employer or a licensing bureau. Please confirm your requirements prior to registering for a course. If a certification card is not required, you may also choose to learn CPR skills via a Family & Friends course. 

Call 515-273-0768 or email Julie Powell to register for classes.


Basic Life Support

The Healthcare Provider course is meant for persons who provide healthcare as part of their job responsibilities. Healthcare providers generally work for emergency medical services, hospitals, medical/dental clinics, etc. BLS certification is also required for entrance into many healthcare training programs and college courses.

This course teaches adult, child and infant CPR/AED with mask and BVM, as well as choking management for adults, children and infants. 


Heartsaver CPR/AED (with or without First Aid)

Heartsaver is designed for employees who have a duty or desire to respond to a first aid emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements. Other non-medical personnel who often take Heartsaver courses include coaches, personal trainers, scout leaders, foster parents and childcare providers. First aid may also be a required component of your certification--please check requirements. First Aid training is also available separately from CPR training.

This course teaches adult, child and infant CPR/AED and choking management. 


Family & Friends CPR

  Family & Friends CPR is a two-hour classroom course that teaches the basic skills of CPR and choking management for adults, children, and infants, as well as some basic first aid, all in a fun and non-threatening environment. This program can be a cost-effective, non-credentialed option for teaching lifesaving skills in your workplace, to a neighborhood or association meeting, parent/teacher meeting, church staff/membership, babysitters, parents, grandparents, or to children as young as 10. Individuals may register for available classes, or groups may schedule a dedicated class, depending on your needs. 



You can now take the first part of your BLS or Heartsaver CPR class online and then come to the training center for skills practice and testing to complete your certification. Please follow the instructions below to take advantage of online learning,

Go to www.eLearning.heart.org 

Use the dropdown menu; choose “Courses”

Select Heartsaver (Heartsaver CPR/AED, First Aid and CPR/AED, or just First

Aid); or Basic Life Support (Heartcode BLS). 

Add the course to your cart and check out with a credit/debit card (fees range from $15-$30 depending on the course selected).

When you have completed the online course, print the certificate you receive and bring it with you when you come do your skills test. 

Email Julie Powell when you are finished and would like to schedule a skills test.   

Testing prices (cash or credit/debit card only): Heartsaver: $70; BLS $60;Heartsaver CPR with First Aid: $80; First Aid only: $70


Class Scheduling:

    To register for skills testing or classes,, call 515-273-0768 or email Julie Powell.
Payment is made at the time of registration. 

Groups or businesses may schedule onsite skills testing in your workplace for BLS or Heartsaver certification, for groups of at least five testers. Contact the training center to discuss this option. Businesses that wish to schedule an onsite Family & Friends class in their workplace may also do so; contact the training center to make arrangements. Group discounts are not given. 



    Basic Life Support Courses 

    Skills testing (for online classes)  $60/person

Classroom courses (scheduled as needed for your group of 5 or more) $100/person

Heartsaver Courses

Skills testing (for online classes): $70

Skills testing for CPR and First Aid (for online classes): $80

Skills testing for FIrst Aid only (for online classes): $70

Classroom courses (scheduled as needed for your group of 7 or more): CPR $85; CPR and First Aid $140/person; First Aid only $70/person

Family & Friends Class



Other Offerings

BLS CPR instructor course: $250

Instructor renewal fee: $50

Instructor travel outside West Des Moines: $30/hour. No extra charge for travel in West Des Moines. 


*Cancellation Policy* 

Refunds will not be given if participant does not show up on the course date. The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the Association.