Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a technique used to help people who have stopped breathing due to cardiac arrest or for other reasons regain breathing and circulation. CPR courses at postsecondary institutions in Illinois are most commonly offered through continuing education departments and community outreach programs, and the completion of such courses usually leads to CPR certification from the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association. CPR courses usually just take a few hours to complete, are available with flexible scheduling and provide both instruction and hands-on practice. In addition to basic life support courses, students often have the opportunity to take specialized CPR courses, such as those in infant and child CPR.
Harold Washington College
Harold Washington College, located in Chicago, is one of seven colleges that make up the City Colleges of Chicago system. Its continuing education programs, including the CPR certification program, provide career education, personal development and/or special interest courses for both youth and adults. Students receive 12 hours of CPR instruction and practice to prepare them to recognize and treat individuals in emergency situations, such as difficulty breathing, heart attack or cardiac arrest. Students learn how to administer CPR to infants, children and adults.
Located in Chicago, Rush University is home to one of the first medical colleges in the Midwest. The school's medical center has been designated by the American Heart Association as a training center approved to offer CPR certification courses. CPR courses are offered with flexible scheduling and teach students how to recognize medical emergencies and administer CPR to individuals having difficulty breathing, experiencing cardiac arrest or heart attack. A specialized 2-hour class is offered to provide instruction in the basics of CPR specific to infants and children. Class participants learn the techniques used for saving a choking child, CPR procedures and other safety precautions to take when around children.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Program Cost (2019)|
|Harold Washington College||2-year, public; large city|| CPR for Healthcare Providers Course,
Heartsaver CPR Course
|Rush University||4-year, private nonprofit; large city|| Basic Life Support Course,
Infant and Child CPR Course
|$25 per person, $40 per couple*|
Source: *Program website