Online CPR certification?

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Hi , I am new here. I am a disabled Veteran but didnt get my LPN certification till after I got out of the service. I have been a sahm for years now. I found out about a job available on an Air Force base close to me (LPN). It would be easier for me to get my cpr certification online, so wondered if any of you have used online CPR certification with success? There are so many out there, I want to use a good accredited genuine one that isnt a scam so I can go back to nursing. Any input is appreciated, thank you. Southgal:nurse:

HeartsOpenWide, RN

Specializes in Ante-Intra-Postpartum, Post Gyne. 2 Articles; 2,889 Posts

I doubt any place of employment would hire some one that has taken a CPR class on line. I would not want some one who to a CPR class on line involved in my code. Most places will certify you themselves after they hire you.

Cobweb

Cobweb

238 Posts

Most of the programs I am familiar with require you to take a skills test with a certified instructor, but you can do the rest online. Here's a nice one from the American Heart Association http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3040517 Here's their class connector, through which you can sometimes find an instructor http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3012360 Here's a list of their courses http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3011775

One time, all I had to do was take the written test online, and drive down to the firehouse and give a skills demonstration to an instructor there. It took about 10 minutes :) Once you find an instructor in your area, just give them a call. Sometimes they will even come to your house if you are not able to get to them!

~Mi Vida Loca~RN, ASN, RN

Specializes in Emergency Dept. Trauma. Pediatrics. Has 6 years experience. 5,259 Posts

I doubt any place of employment would hire some one that has taken a CPR class on line. I would not want some one who to a CPR class on line involved in my code. Most places will certify you themselves after they hire you.

The hospital where I got my CPR cert offers an online class. It's more expensive but you have the convenience of online for the written part and same videos they show you in class and watch the same demos, after you have to meet with someone just to show them you are proficient. The nursing student class I enrolled in was filled so the coordinator called me and offered me to come in and do it at the Employee session or the online one. Just because someone did part of it online doesn't mean they aren't competent.

SamiRN

SamiRN

52 Posts

I know a few people that are CNA's and got their certs online. Not sure of the website but its mandatory to have in order to work the places I do and theirs worked just fine.

weizgrl

weizgrl

Specializes in OR. Has 2 years experience. 3 Posts

Most hospitals don't care where you get your cpr training as long as you got it.

try http://www.procpr.org/. Both my husband and I renewed ours there. But htey are more expensive than traditional classes.

A lot of the facilities will offer free CPR classes to employees though.

chare

3,442 Posts

online bls courses can either be completely online without a skills evaluation or a blended course in which the cognitive portion of the program is completed on line, and you then find an approved instructor and complete a skills review/evaluation. if you complete a blended program, none of the programs i am aware of make a distinction in the course completion card. you will receive the same course completion card that you would if you sat through the traditional classroom based program.

when selecting a program there are a few issues to consider. i have never worked at, nor have knowledge of, a facility that has recognized any bls program that did not include a skills review/evaluation. for this reason i would recommend against taking any program that does not include a skills review/evaluation.

an even bigger issue to be concerned with is whether the program is written using the latest international liaison committee on resuscitation (ilcor) recommendations for cpr and emergency cardiovascular care (ecc). while the aha does not "sanction" courses, they are the united states representative to ilcor. the aha published their 2005 guidelines for cpr and ecc from which they then developed their courses. i personally believe that this is the reason that many facilities choose to utilize an aha program, not that the content or presentation is necessarily better.

american heart association (aha) elearning bls is offered in two formats. heartcode bls part 1 ($28.50) and bls for healthcare providers part 1 ($17.50). upon completion of part 1, the participant must schedule with an approved aha instructor to complete parts 2 and 3, skills review and evaluation. you can then use the aha ecc course connector to locate an approved training center and schedule a skills review/evaluation.

while i could not find the specific information on the web site, i believe you have 30 days to complete the online portion. from the website, after completion of the online portion you have 60 days to complete the skills review/evaluation, and there may or may not be an additional fee for the skills evaluation.

red cross online training offers a variety of bls programs in the blended format as well. the cpr professional rescuer & aed for healthcare providers ($65.00) course is available. from the website you have 14 days to complete the online portion. i could not find specific information regarding how long you have to complete the skills review/evaluation. you can then use the red cross online training skills map to locate an approved training center and schedule a skills review/evaluation, and there may or may not be an additional fee for the skills evaluation.

there is a statement of understanding between the american heart association and the american red cross in which they agree to recognize the other's student level cpr and first aid training programs as equivalent in content.

procpr also offers a blended online/hands-on cpr certification option ($29.95). i was unable to find any information regarding time limits. upon completion of the online portion, you can then contact a procpr skills evaluator for your skills review/evaluation, and there may or may not be an additional fee for the skills evaluation.

i hope that this information was helpful. :specs:

I'm a CPR instructor and I've had people come to my class stating their internet certification wasn't accepted.

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GadgetRN71, ASN, RN

Specializes in Operating Room. Has 16 years experience. 1 Article; 1,840 Posts

I doubt any place of employment would hire some one that has taken a CPR class on line. I would not want some one who to a CPR class on line involved in my code. Most places will certify you themselves after they hire you.

My hospital encourages the online course. It's through the AHA and you take the written test online, print out a certificate and then get signed off on the skills at the hospital. Very convenient.

care365

care365

18 Posts

:lol2:Hi Everyone!

I see that there are many different certificates for nurses.. such as BLS, IV, Etcs...

I want to know out of all of those certificates, which ones are good to have?

(that will give me a better chance of getting a job??)

As of right now, I have IV certificate only.

Please let me know!!! Thanks and good luck to all!

azcpr

azcpr

4 Posts

I'm a CPR instructor and I've had people come to my class stating their internet certification wasn't accepted.

I manage a CPR certification business, and more and more hospitals are very careful about what they will and will not accept.

Your best bet is to use a local instructor, who is associated with the AHA ...

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