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CPR Classes in California with Certification Program Overviews

California has about 12 schools with student populations of over 20,000 that offer CPR certification programs. Learn about the CPR certification courses, tuition information, and program options for the 10 largest schools to make an informed education decision.

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Essential Information

California has more than 90 colleges that have over 20,000 students enrolled, and among these, about 12 schools offer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training. CPR classes are also offered at a number of California's community organizations, private training centers, businesses, hospitals, and schools. An element of current CPR classes, which has been recently added to both the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association (AHA) CPR course curriculum is instruction in the use of an AED, or automated external defibrillator, which are now commonly available in many public places. Many classes certify students in CPR and, in some cases, students can gain college credit for the class.

Career Requirements

Both the AHA and the American Red Cross award nationally-recognized certification cards to those who have successfully completed a CPR course taught by a certified instructor. Healthcare workers, teachers, camp-counselors, and people in charge of public safety - like lifeguards and police officers - are typically required to be certified in CPR and first aid. Read about the 10 largest schools offering CPR certification courses that are open to the public, and compare details like cost and location in the school comparison table.


California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

There are 2 California State Polytechnic Universities; this campus, in Pomona, serves more than 20,000 students and offers bachelor's and advanced degrees. The Student Health Services Department at Cal Poly Pomona provides preventative care and wellness services to enrolled students, and it offers emergency services to faculty, staff, and visitors. This department also offers a CPR/AED class that is taught by AHA instructors on campus. Enrollment in the Heartsaver CPR/AED course is limited to 9 students and is offered periodically throughout the year. This 3-hour course covers the basics of AED use and CPR for adults, children, and infants, and it fulfills the requirements for teacher credentialing candidates. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be awarded a certificate that is valid for 2 years.

  • Class Offered: Heartsaver CPR/AED: Infant, Child, and Adult
  • Tuition & Fees: $60 (2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; midsize city

California State University - Fullerton

The California State University's campus in Fullerton is located southeast of Los Angeles, and it serves more than 36,000 students. CPR/AED and first aid certification courses are regularly scheduled at Cal State Fullerton for students, faculty, and staff; community members may attend these classes if space is available. Groups of more than 8 students can also schedule CPR and first aid training sessions on campus, with instructors certified by the American Red Cross. To do so, one must make arrangements with the Environmental Health and Safety Department at Cal State - Fullerton.

  • Class Offered: CPR/AED Adult and Pediatric
  • Tuition & Fees: $20 open enrollment; $25 private group classes and advanced classes (2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; midsize city

California State University - Sacramento

This California State University campus in Sacramento offers AHA-certified CPR/AED classes for anyone seeking certification in order to meet employment requirements. The AHA Heartsaver CPR/AED class offers training in CPR for infants, adults, and children and is appropriate for people not working in healthcare. Upon successful completion of this 4-hour non-credit course, students will be awarded with an AHA Heartsaver CPR/AED completion card, which is valid for 2 years.

  • Class Offered: Heartsaver CPR/AED: Infant, Child, and Adult
  • Tuition & Fees: $55 (2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

El Camino College

El Camino College is located in Torrance, and it offers certificates, associate degrees, and a variety of community education classes for local children and adults. The Community Education Department at El Camino offers a few options for CPR training including CPR/AED, CPR and first aid, and basic life support (BLS) for healthcare providers. The AHA Heartsaver CPR/AED class is about 3 hours long and offers training in adult, infant, and pediatric CPR. This course satisfies the requirements for certification mandated by many employers in California. The CPR and first aid course as well as the BLS course offer more comprehensive training, but both classes also include training in current CPR methods. In addition to the course fee, students are also required to pay a $30 materials fee.

  • Classes Offered: Heartsaver CPR/AED
    CPR and First Aid
    BLS for Professional Rescuers
  • Tuition & Fees: $35 (spring 2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large suburb

Mount San Antonio College

Walnut, a suburb not far from Long Beach and Los Angeles, is home to Mt. San Antonio College. This school serves more than 28,000 students and offers certificates and degrees in more than 25 disciplines. Some programs, like nursing and law enforcement, require students to be certified in CPR. To meet this need on campus, and to serve the needs of local residents seeking CPR training, there are 2 CPR classes offered in the Community Education Department. The basic life-saver (BLS) Heartsaver course includes adult and pediatric CPR, and it meets the requirements for teachers and coaches in California. Additionally, the Heartsaver first aid course includes CPR training and certification in adult and pediatric CPR.

  • Classes Offered: BLS Heartsaver CPR/AED - Adult and Pediatric (CPR only)
    Heartsaver First Aid - Adult and Pediatric (CPR and First Aid)
  • Tuition & Fees: $50 CPR; $65 CPR and first aid (2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large suburb

Orange Coast College

Located in Costa Mesa, Orange Coast College serves about 22,650 students each year. Among class offerings for currently enrolled students at OCC are a number of health education courses, which may be available for credit toward a degree. The CPR course at OCC is a .5-unit class that may be taken for credit or on a pass/fail basis. Upon successful completion of this class, students will be awarded CPR certification. There is also a CPR and first aid course offered at this school, which may be taken as a credit-granting course or for personal enrichment. The credit option provides 2 units, which may be applied to a degree program at this school or at schools within the University of California and California State University systems. Regular tuition prices apply to these courses, and additional health, parking, or other fees also apply.

  • Classes Offered: CPR
    CPR and First Aid
  • Tuition & Fees: $23 CPR, in-state; $130 CPR, out-of-state; $92 CPR and first aid, in-state; $520 CPR and first aid, out-of-state (2012-2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; midsize city

Sacramento City College

This college, located in California's capital - Sacramento - serves more than 24,000 people, and it offers several courses in its Health Education Department that may be useful for people working in education, healthcare, childcare, or public service. These courses are part of the regular offerings at this school, so general tuition rates and college fees apply, and a significant reduction in costs is available for in-state students. Students enrolled in the community first aid and safety course will earn 2 college credits, which may be transferable to other schools in this state. Additionally, those who earn a grade of B or higher will be awarded American Red Cross CPR certification, which is valid for 1 year. This school also offers a 1-unit course titled CPR: BLS for the Professional Rescuer. In both courses, students will be offered training in infant, child, and adult CPR, as well as the proper use of an AED, though the BLS course offers more comprehensive training. There is a $5 fee for certification cards for those who successfully complete this course.

  • Classes Offered: Community First Aid and Safety
    CPR: BLS for the Professional Rescuer
  • Tuition & Fees: $92 community first aid, in-state; $508 community first aid, out-of-state; $46 CPR/BLS, in-state; $254 CPR/BLS, out-of-state (2012-2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; large city

San Diego State University

This university is located not far from the southern border of the United States in the city of San Diego. More than 30,000 students are enrolled in this state school, and both students and community members have access to the Aztec Recreation Center (ARC) on campus. CPR/AED and first aid classes are offered at the ARC for both members and non-members. Membership to the ARC is open to faculty, staff, students, and local community members. The cost of joining can be more than $450 for a 1 year, and it includes access to the pool, climbing facility, racquetball and tennis courts, fitness equipment, and group classes. Members also receive a discount on classes like the AHA-certified CPR courses, which are offered periodically throughout the year at the ARC. There are 2 options of 1-day courses for those seeking CPR certification. Students can choose a training course that provides CPR/AED training alone or a course that also includes first aid training.

  • Classes Offered: CPR/AED
    CPR/AED and First Aid
  • Tuition & Fees: $35 CPR/AED, members; $40 CPR/AED, non-members; $55 CPR/AED and first aid, members; $70 CPR/AED and first aid, non-members (summer 2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

University of California - Berkeley

This branch of the University of California, located in Berkeley, offers two CPR/AED courses in its recreational sports division, which aims to promote wellness through recreational sports, fitness, and community education classes. Membership is available to students, faculty, staff, and the local community, and it can cost more than $700 each year. CPR classes are open to both members and non-members and include training in the latest methods of CPR and AED use. A certificate, which is valid for 2 years, will be awarded to students who successfully complete either the adult and pediatric CPR/AED or the adult CPR/AED course.

  • Classes Offered: Adult CPR/AED
    Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED
  • Tuition & Fees: $50 adult CPR, members; $65 adult CPR, non-members; $60 adult and pediatric CPR, members; $75 adult and pediatric CPR, non-members (2013)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; midsize city

University of California - Los Angeles

The University of California - Los Angeles is located in Westwood, and it is the largest school in this state with more than 39,000 students. The CPR classes at UCLA are open to students, faculty, staff, and surrounding community members, and each 3-hour course covers the training required by the AHA to earn certification in this life-saving skill. Students will be offered training in how to use an AED, and how to perform CPR and first aid for adults, children, and infants.

  • Class Offered: Heartsaver CPR/AED
  • Tuition & Fees: $5 UCLA undergraduate students; $10 community members (no year given)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Location CPR Certification Classes Offered Estimated Cost Per Course
California State Polytechnic University - Pomona 4-year, public; midsize city Heartsaver CPR/AED: Infant, Child, and Adult $60 (2013)*
California State University - Fullerton 4-year, public; midsize city CPR/AED Adult and Pediatric $20 open enrollment,
$25 private group classes and advanced classes (2013)*
California State University - Sacramento 4-year, public; large city Heartsaver CPR/AED: Infant, Child, and Adult $55 (2013)*
El Camino College 2-year, public; large suburb Heartsaver CPR/AED,
CPR and First Aid,
BLS for Professional Rescuers
$35 (spring 2013)*
Mount San Antonio College 2-year, public; large suburb BLS Heartsaver CPR/AED - Adult and Pediatric (CPR only),
Heartsaver First Aid - Adult and Pediatric (CPR and First Aid)
$50 CPR,
$65 CPR and first aid (2013)*
Orange Coast College 2-year, public; midsize city CPR,
CPR and First Aid
$23 CPR, in-state,
$130 CPR, out-of-state,
$92 CPR and first aid, in-state,
$520 CPR and first aid, out-of-state (2012-2013)*
Sacramento City College 2-year, public; large city Community First Aid and Safety,
CPR: BLS for the Professional Rescuer
$92 community first aid, in-state,
$508 community first aid, out-of-state,
$46 CPR/BLS, in-state,
$254 CPR/BLS, out-of-state (2012-2013)*
San Diego State University 4-year, public; large city CPR/AED,
CPR/AED and First Aid
$35 CPR/AED, members,
$40 CPR/AED, non-members,
$55 CPR/AED and first aid, members,
$70 CPR/AED and first aid, non-members (summer 2013)*
University of California - Berkeley 4-year, public; midsize city Adult CPR/AED,
Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED
$50 adult CPR, members,
$65 adult CPR, non-members,
$60 adult and pediatric CPR, members,
$75 adult and pediatric CPR, non-members (2013)*
University of California - Los Angeles 4-year, public; large city Heartsaver CPR/AED $5 UCLA undergraduate students,
$10 community members (no year given)*

Sources: *Schools' websites.

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