The Instructor Course is a 2-day program designed to
prepare AHA instructors to disseminate the science, skills, and philosophy of
resuscitation programs to participants enrolled in AHA courses. There is
no question that instructors are the key element in the AHA training network.
The practice of medicine is considered to be both an art and a science.
In a similar vein, AHA training involves both "heart" and science. A good AHA instructor
is able to teach information and skills and to generate enthusiasm and enlist support of
the AHA course goals and objectives, motivating participants to act in emergency situations.
AHA instructors are the best tool the AHA has to fulfill its mission-
to reduce disability and death caused by heart disease and stroke. The more skilled instructors
the AHA ECC Programs have, the more participants will be trained in CPR and ECC. By increasing
the number of bystanders prepared and willing to activate the EMS system and provide CPR, early
defibrillation, and advanced life support, the AHA will be able to significantly reduce
disability and death from heart attacks, cardiac arrest, and stroke.