CPR Certification Programs in Boston with School Options

Dec 03, 2018

There are at least four schools within ten miles of downtown Boston that have CPR certification classes. Read an overview of three schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

CPR Classes in Boston, Massachusetts

Students interested in becoming certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) near Boston have at least four institutions to choose from. Read about three of these schools, which are all within 20 minutes of downtown. Provided near the end of the article is a table comparing important school information, as well as a short section mentioning another school option.

  • Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is 2.6 miles from downtown Boston. It offers initial CPR certification classes, as well as recertification classes.
  • Boston University (BU), which is 3 miles from downtown Boston, offers layperson CPR, healthcare provider CPR and healthcare provider CPR recertification classes.
  • Situated 11 miles from downtown Boston, Boston College is a private, Catholic school offering American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR & AED and American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR classes.

Comparison of Schools

Check out the table below for information on enrollment numbers, tuition, graduation rates and more.

Northeastern University Boston University Boston College
School Type Private not-for-profit, 4-year Private not-for-profit, 4-year Private not-for-profit, 4-year
Total Enrollment (Fall 2017)* 21,489 33,355 14,628
Campus Setting Large city Large city Small city
Course Cost (2015-2016) $30** $75-$120, depending on course and whether a member of the Boston University community*** $45****
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016*2017)* 75% 55% 55%
Acceptance Rate (Fall 2017)* 27% 25% 32%
Retention Rate (For full-time students beginning in 2017)* 97% 93% 95%
Graduation Rate (Students began in Fall 2011)* 87% overall 87% overall* 92% overall, 6% transfer-out

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Northeastern University, ***Boston University, ****Boston College

Northeastern University

The Northeastern University Emergency Medical Services Division offers a CPR certification course to all members of the university community. About one month following the completion of the program, certification cards may be picked up on campus at the division's headquarters.

CPR Certification Course

A maximum number of students are permitted to attend each CPR certification course since it is sponsored by the American Heart Association. Applicants to the class must register in person for the class at the Public Safety Division Headquarters; acceptance is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will spend about four hours in class learning how to care for those in a life or death situation, including infants.

Boston University

CPR classes are open to students, faculty and staff, and affiliates of Boston University as well as the general public. All classes are non-credit earning courses offered by BU's Fitness and Recreation Center.

Basic CPR

Course topics include life-saving skills and automated external defibrillator (AED) techniques individuals of all ages. The course is typically offered on the weekends. Course attendees will be able to sit for the exams necessary to obtain a 2-year layperson CPR certification.

Healthcare Provider CPR

This course covers topics like how to use a resuscitation mask and advanced skills in special emergency situations. Upon successful completion of this course, individuals will have a Healthcare Provider CPR certification that is valid for two years.

Pet CPR Course

For those who want to able to help their pets when an emergency arises, a Pet CPR course is available. Students who finish this course will be able to respond to medical emergencies and choking incidents as well as treat injuries.

Healthcare Provider CPR Recertification

Currently certified healthcare providers have the option of this recertification course. Healthcare workers can use this course to refresh their skills on how to perform CPR on both adults and children. Meeting all the course requirements will recertify the individual for another two years.

Boston College

CPR classes are available through a student-run, volunteer-based organization called the Eagle EMS of Boston College. CPR classes are offered to individuals affiliated with Boston College.

AHA Heartsaver First Aid, CPR & AED Course

The Heartsaver class is an intermediate level class designed to meet the needs of those who need certification for a job or simply want to gain the skills of how to perform CPR properly. The class is about four hours long. In addition to CPR, students are taught how to cease choking in adults and infants, how to use an AED properly, and the usage of barrier devices for disease prevention.

AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers Course

This BLS for Healthcare Providers Course (BCLS) has been designed to meet the needs of those entering a medical field of employment, including EMTs, nurses, and physician assistants. It is a higher-level skills class than the Heartsaver class. Curriculum includes CPR for adults and children, how to clear airways of foreign objects, and the proper use of AEDs.

Other School Options

Harvard University, located about 3.6 miles from downtown Boston, also offers CPR classes.

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