List of Accredited CPR Courses

by Selam Nuri

CPR courses that are recognized by accrediting bodies like the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association are available through online or classroom training nationwide. The courses provide emergency preparedness training. Candidates who receive their CPR certification are required to renew their license every two years by taking refresher courses to update their skills.

American Red Cross

Established in 1881, the American Red Cross provides emergency and disaster relief to national and international communities, and is the largest supplier of blood and blood products nationwide. The Red Cross provides year-round emergency training to individuals and numerous organizations at one of its regional sites. Interested candidates can contact statewide Red Cross chapters. In addition to providing CPR training, the Red Cross offers emergency preparedness training in first aid and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) courses. All of the classes are offered by highly trained experts in emergency preparedness instruction. Candidates who successfully complete the training will receive a nationally recognized certification of completion. Courses in emergency preparedness are also available in Spanish. American Red Cross 2025 E St. NW Washington, DC 20006 202-303-5000 redcross.org

American Heart Association (AHA)

The American Heart Association offers CPR training to individuals and health care providers. In addition, AHA provides CPR training to community centers and various industries. Through its international program, AHA makes available CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular training to health care providers, caregivers and organizations worldwide. National training in CPR is provided at local AHA-affiliated locations or through online courses. The flexible web-based program consists of a series of courses in CPR, AED, first aid and heart saver training. Candidates who complete the training will receive a certificate of completion, which is valid for two years. American Heart Association 7272 Greenville Avenue Dallas, TX 75231 800-242-8721 americanheart.org

Emergency University

Based in California, Emergency University is a leading provider of online courses in emergency preparedness, including first aid, CPR and AED. The courses are available to individuals, health care providers, government agencies and instructors who wish to update their skills. All of the programs offered at the university are nationally accredited by the American Heart Association and the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR). Upon successful completion of the online course, candidates will receive a printable certification of completion. The university is also eligible to provide re-certification courses to qualified candidates. Emergency University 622 Sylvian Way Redwood City, CA 94062 650-365-3310 emergencyuniversity.com

About the Author

Selam Nuri has been writing academic articles and working across the curriculum since 2001. She has been published online at various websites and earned her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology in 2006 from the City University of New York.

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