CPR and First Aid

Western offers CPR and First Aid classes to the public and as a prerequisite for many of our health-related credit programs. Courses are held throughout the year in partnership with the American Heart Association at Western locations throughout the district.

Course Descriptions

CPR for Family and Friends - 42-531406

Hours: 3

Prerequisite: None

This is the most basic course available to the general public. This course is designed to meet the needs of lay rescuers who are learning CPR to protect family members, friends, and co-workers. Students in this course are not required to pass a written or skills evaluation and they do not receive a course completion card.


Heartsaver AED - 42-531426

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Prerequisite: None

The Heartsaver AED program targets all lay responders. These responders are trained in the use of CPR, barrier devices, relief of foreign body airway obstruction, and automated external defibrillation.


Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers - 47-531419

Hours:

Prerequisite: None

The BLS for Healthcare Provider Course is designed to teach the skills of CPR for victims of all ages (including ventilation with a barrier device, a bag-mask device, and oxygen), use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (FBAO). It is intended for participants who provide health care to patients in a wide variety of settings, including in-hospital and out-of-hospital settings.


Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers Renewal - 42-531430

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Prerequisite: Course # 531-419 or current BLS Provider card

This course is designed to renew the skills of CPR for victims of all ages. It is intended for those who provide healthcare to patients in a variety of settings. Written and practical exam required. Upon successful completion, students will receive a course completion card.


BLS Instructor - 47-531425

Hours: 16 

Prerequisite: Advisor Approval – call the EMS office for information.

The Instructor Course is designed to prepare AHA Instructors to teach all AHA BLS courses. It includes an orientation to the AHA training network, principles of teaching and learning, the science behind the BLS recommendations in the guidelines, review of AHA programs and learning strategies, manikin maintenance and decontamination, practice scenario and peer practice, and practice teaching through the use of demonstration presentations.


CPR Instructor Renewal - 47-531428

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Prerequisite: Current BLS Instructor

Designed to update Instructors on current guidelines. Written and practical exam required to receive renewal card.


Heartsaver First Aid - 47-531448

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Prerequisite: None

The Heartsaver First Aid course teaches rescuers to effectively recognize and treat adult emergencies in the critical first minutes until emergency medical services personnel arrive. Skills exam required to obtain course completion card.


Heartsaver First Aid with CPR and AED - 47-531447

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Prerequisite: None

The course provides the skills to effectively assess and maintain life from the critical minutes immediately following an emergency until the arrival of emergency medical services personnel. The course provides a complete health and safety training solution for First Aid, CPR and AED. Skill exam required to receive completion card.


Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid with CPR - 42-531422

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Prerequisite: None

The Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid course teaches how to manage illness and injuries in a child in the first few minutes until professional help arrives. Also includes CPR and AED for adults, infants and children. Upon successful completion, students will receive a course completion card.


Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider - 47-531416

Hours: 16 

Prerequisite: Current BLS Provider card

This course emphasizes the importance of basic life support CPR to patient survival; the integration of effective basic life support with advanced cardiovascular life support interventions; and the importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation.

Realistic simulations reinforce the following key concepts: proficiency in basic life support care; recognizing and initiating early management of peri-arrest conditions; managing cardiac arrest; identifying and treating ischemic chest pain and acute coronary syndromes; recognizing other life-threatening clinical situations (such as stroke) and providing initial care; ACLS algorithms; and effective resuscitation team dynamics.

Successful written and practical skill examination is required for course completion card.


Advanced Cardiac Life Support Renewal - 47-531452

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Prerequisite: Current ACLS Provider card

The ACLS renewal course is designed to renew the knowledge and skills of ACLS. Upon successful completion of both written and practical exam, an ACLS Provider card will be issued.


Pediatric Advanced Life Support Renewal - 42- 531428

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Prerequisite: Current PALS Provider card

The Pediatric Advanced Life Support Provider renewal course is designed to renew the knowledge and skills of PALS. Upon successful completion of both written and practical exam, an American Heart Association PALS Provider card will be issued.

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