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Online First Aid Courses Overview

First aid courses are offered in online and hybrid formats through several schools, businesses and organizations. Courses may be taken for personal enrichment or as part of certificate or degree programs.

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Online Courses in First Aid

The following descriptions summarize the most common online first aid courses.

  • Basic First Aid Course: This course is designed for students who have no prior training in first aid. Students learn to how to deal with minor medical and environmental emergency situations.
  • First Aid, CPR & AED Course: This course provides students with comprehensive emergency training that is typically required for the workplace. Students learn basic first aid, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator). Choking and the use of AED with a mask are highlighted.
  • First Aid/CPR & Lifeguard Training Course: This course is designed for students interested in becoming a lifeguard and includes basic first aid training and CPR certification. Injury prevention, communication skills and correct surveillance techniques are emphasized. Topics include drowning, spinal injury treatments, deep-water rescue skills and post-rescue care. Students must successfully complete a skills assessment and written examination before earning lifeguard certification.
  • Heartsaver First Aid - AHA - Course: This course emphasizes the importance of managing heart-related emergencies until professionals arrive. This course is designed for caregivers, nursing aides and those who work with the elderly. Individuals responding to medical emergencies in the workplace may also be required to complete this course.
  • Heartsaver Bloodborne Pathogen Training Course: This course brings attention to the risks involved when exposed to blood or other bodily fluids that may contain blood in the workplace. Trainees will learn how to limit exposure, what to do when exposed and how to safely dispose of and report potentially infectious material. This course meets OSHA requirements.
  • Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid Course: This course trains students specifically to provide first aid for children and infants. The curriculum covers the basic techniques that individuals can use to manage illnesses and injuries until medical professionals arrive.
  • Acute Stroke Course: In this course, students learn to recognize the symptoms of ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, and what to do in response. Management procedures and potential complications are also covered.

Program Information

First aid courses typically consist of coursework and hands-on skills training. Some coursework can be completed over the Internet, while the skills training portion of the course takes place in person. Completion of first aid courses is often a requirement in many schools and businesses, especially for management personnel.

Upon completion of first aid training, students often receive a certificate, which is typically valid for two years. First aid training may also be the first step for a career in emergency medical services (EMT); EMTs and paramedics may also need to periodically take first aid refresher courses to keep their licenses current.

First aid courses can provide an introduction to basic medical care for aspiring professionals as well as interested individuals. Many online courses are available through the American Heart Association.

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