Military Training Network
Resuscitative and Trauma Medicine Program
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Voice: Comm (301) 295-0964
Fax: Comm (301) 295-1717
The Military Training Network solicited the official determination from the Chief, Policy and Compliance of the MEDCOM Health Care Acquisition Activity, the experts in health care contracts; who are hereby quoted.
To reemphasize, DoD contract employees are not to receive ACLS, PALS, or BLS AHA/MTN training and subsequent course completion cards, unless it specifically states that such training will be provided in the contract.
The formal agreement between the American Heart Association and the Military Training Network authorizes the MTN to train and confer AHA/MTN course completion cards to active duty, reserve, and National Guard military service members and DoD civil service employees. The scope of our agreement does not encompass all agencies, such as Department of Agriculture civil service employee or Veteran's Administration civil service employee, or hospital volunteers.
Hospital commanders, may at their discretion, train other classifications of personnel and issue a local course completion card from the hospital, but it may not be an AHA/MTN card.
No. The American Heart Association allows the Training Centers the option of either requiring all instructors to complete a provider course every 2 years, and thus receiving a provider card, OR, to demonstrate acceptable provider skills, complete the provider examination and all instructor renewal requirements every two years, thus receiving an instructor card. The MTN supports the second option, and does not require a provider card.
Effective 14 March 1997, each MTN affiliated program must ensure there is a separation of duties between the Program Director and Program Administrator. This change is required to ensure the integrity of AHA completion cards and course examinations.
There is an inherent potential for fraud when the same individual is allowed to request AHA cards, distribute the cards and have sole responsibility for the accounting for all cards. Each case of alleged fraud reported to the MTN requires investigation by the unit Commander and legal review at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Commanding Officers continue to prosecute persons found guilty of misuse of the AHA cards.
A written request must be endorsed by the Hospital/Clinic/Unit Commander or equivalent and sent to the MTN. The request for affiliation should include the following. Reference the MTN Administrative Handbook.
Nomination of Program Director
Nomination of Program Administrator
List of all Instructors
Type(s) of course(s) to be conducted
Availability of required equipment
Estimated number of students to be trained each year
The are currently three (3) vendors that distribute AHA materials. Visit the vendors page to view vendor information.
Please reference the current policy.
No. The direct purchase of AHA wallet cards from AHA vendors is not authorized. The MTN will provide each authorized program with the required number of wallet cards, at no cost to the affiliated unit.
Contact the Training Site that issued the original card.