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    The American Heart Association Training Center at UAB is a service of the UAB School of Nursing. Our mission is to better the health of Central Alabama through the provision and support of training in Basic Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization, and Heartsaver courses. If you are interested in either taking or teaching one of these courses, please contact us at

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    Jacqueline Moss, PhD, RN, FAAN

    Associate Dean for Technology & Innovation

    As Professor and Associate Dean for Technology and Innovation, Dr. Moss has a wide range of experience in adult critical care practice, nursing education, and research. She has a particular interest in health care informatics, and earned a doctorate in nursing informatics. She has been involved in multiple projects designed to implement new information and communication technologies for use in healthcare practice and education.


    Penni Watts, PhD, RN, CHSE-A

    Director of Clinical Simulation & Training
    Coordinator of AHA Training Center

    Penni has been named Coordinator of the American Heart Association Training Center at UAB. Currently, she serves as the Director of Clinical Simulation in the UAB School of Nursing, and has been instrumental in the integration of clinical simulation experiences as well as interprofessional simulation experiences across multiple nursing programs. She has worked with faculty from nursing schools in Zambia, Brazil, and Turkey on integrating clinical simulation in education. Her training in simulation includes the Center for Medical Simulation Comprehensive Instructor Course and the Advanced Instructor Course. She has more than 20 years of experience in critical care nursing.


    Cynthia Helms, BS

    Professional Development & Continuing Education
    Manager of AHA Training Center

    Serving as Project Manager of the American Heart Association Training Center at UAB, Cynthia’s attention to detail and customer service provide support to instructors and students who wish to obtain and maintain credentials for BCLS, ACLS, PALS, PEARS, and Heartsaver. Other projects that she manages include UAB Nursing Network and UAB School of Nursing Professional Development.


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