CPR certification?

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    Where did everyone get this from? Anyone do it online? I've taken it back when I was in middle school and have used it one time before but don't have a clue on where I have put my card. Thanks !
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    American Heart Assoc or Red Cross. Nursing will require "CPR for Healthcare Providers". The cert is renewed every 2 yrs. Check with AHA, Red Cross, local hospitals and/or Community College. It is my understanding attedance is required for provider certs - there is a written test and skills checkoff. You might be able to find an online component and only have to come in for the skills part, but if it's been a while, an onsite course might be most helpful for you.

    Quote from twoanddone
    Where did everyone get this from? Anyone do it online? I've taken it back when I was in middle school and have used it one time before but don't have a clue on where I have put my card. Thanks !
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    Quote from twoanddone
    Where did everyone get this from? Anyone do it online? I've taken it back when I was in middle school and have used it one time before but don't have a clue on where I have put my card. Thanks !
    It does not matter if you find your card or not, they only last about two years and then you have to take a refreasher course. I got mine throug american red cross both times. First time it was put on by the local fire dept, and my refreasher course was through the college. I am sure you could call you local hospital and ask them if they know of any courses in your area, or call Red Cross themselves. You also want to make sure you take the course for medical professions, you have to know more than just the basics of CPR...

    http://www.redcross.org/services/hss/courses/index.html
    (put in your zip code on the webside on the left hand side and it will give you a local red cross in your area)
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    I looked at several local hospital's websites and found one for $45, provided by The American Heart Association. The classes run anywhere from $45-$70. Many community colleges offer CPR classes. Check the local cc's continuing education class schedule.

    Make sure are registering for the healthcare CPR, and that it is for a NEW certification, not a renewal!!! The one you had previously, even if it was still good, probably wouldn't have been the correct version.

    We learned CPR on the adult, child, and infant, as well as how to use and became certified for use of the AED. (Defibrillator)

    As the others have posted, the card is good for about two years, depending on the version. However, many schools require you to get recertified every year. Don't think of this as a hassle, but a refresher just in case you need to use it.

    As for the online course, I wouldn't do it. You may end up with a CPR card that your school will not accept. More importantly, you need to have hands on experience with CPR & AED. You may have to save a life in the future with your skills, and you really wouldn't want to rely on something you just read.

    Good luck to you!
    Last edit by Fun2, RN, BSN on Oct 8, '05
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    I did mine through a community college and it costs $65 for an all day class. I wouldn't do an online class because actually going to a class and actually working on dummies teaches you more than seeing it online. Good luck!!
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    Quote from twoanddone
    Where did everyone get this from? Anyone do it online? I've taken it back when I was in middle school and have used it one time before but don't have a clue on where I have put my card. Thanks !
    I am taking the class throught the Red Cross. The fee is $55. It is a one day class from 8-4 nad is called "CPR for the Professional Rescuer"
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    Quote from dettwiller5
    I am taking the class throught the Red Cross. The fee is $55. It is a one day class from 8-4 nad is called "CPR for the Professional Rescuer"

    Do you know if this class teaches the automated external defibrillator (AED)?
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    I am trying to find a CPR cert for healthcare providers, and the closest thing I could find was a BLS class. Is this more than I need, or is this it? Trying to find something in Sacramento that meets the school's pre-req requirement.

    Thanks for your help!
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    Trying to find something in Sacramento that meets the school's pre-req requirement.

    Thanks for your help!
    The school/program will always tell you which option satisfies their requirement. I wouldn't use the recommendation of anyone here as you want to make sure you comply properly.
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    Quote from polka-dot
    I am trying to find a CPR cert for healthcare providers, and the closest thing I could find was a BLS class. Is this more than I need, or is this it? Trying to find something in Sacramento that meets the school's pre-req requirement.

    Thanks for your help!

    The BLS (Basic Life Support) class should be the one you will need for nursing school. However, even though I believe it to be true, check with the nursing school's admission office to double check. Good luck!


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