Chicago CPR Certification Courses
Students interested in enrolling in a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification program have various options in the Chicago area. This article looks at three schools within 40 minutes of downtown that offer several types of CPR training programs, some aimed at healthcare professionals, others designed for the general public. There is also a table of information about the schools, allowing students to compare them in specific areas such as cost. At the end of the article is a brief paragraph about additional schools that offer CPR training near Chicago.
All three of the schools profiled here provide students with an AHA (American Heart Association) CPR certification card upon successfully completing the classes and passing exams. Certification is usually valid for two years. CPR certification classes are offered periodically throughout the year; several schools also offer recertification classes.
- College of DuPage offers two classes: an AHA (American Heart Association) CPR for Healthcare Provider BLS (Basic Life Support) class and an AHA Heartsaver CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator) class. The College of DuPage is about 27 miles from downtown Chicago.
- Moraine Valley Community College offers a series of CPR classes through its Workforce Development and Community Services continuing education department. These include Adult/Pediatric First Aid with CPR/AED and CPR for Healthcare Professionals. This school is about 24 miles from the city center.
- Triton College, 15 miles from downtown, offers a CPR/AED class that participants can typically complete in one day.
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Comparison of Schools
The following table enables prospective students to look at each school and see how they compare. By allowing for a quick comparison, the table lets students make an informed decision about a training program.
|College of DuPage||Moraine Valley Community College||Triton College|
|School Type*||2-year, public||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||26,165||14,620||10,672|
|Campus Setting*||Large suburb||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Cost per Class (2018)||$136 for Healthcare Provider course; $79 for Heartsaver CPR/AED course**||$55 (members); $66 (non-members) for CPR/AED course***||$75 for Healthcare Provider course****|
|Distance from Downtown||22.6 miles||16.6 miles||11.4 miles|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **College of DuPage, ***Moraine Valley Community College, ****Triton College
College of DuPage
College of DuPage's continuing education department offers several classes through its professional development division, including two related to CPR training. As its title suggests, AHA Healthcare Provider BLS is an all-day course offered only to healthcare providers, and the CPR/AED Heartsaver course is taught in the evening and is for the general public. Upon successful completion of these classes, participants receive a certification card that's usually valid for two years.
BLS for Health Care Providers and Heartsaver CPR/AED Classes
The AHA Healthcare Provider BLS class teaches healthcare providers how to assess patients to determine emergencies, provide CPR, effectively treat choking patients and correctly use an AED. Students in the AHA Heartsaver CPR/AED class also learn to relieve choking victims and use an AED, while also learning to perform CPR on infants, children and adults. Both classes require textbooks and passing a written/skills test.
Moraine Valley Community College
Moraine Valley Community College offers CPR classes through the college's Health Care Industry Continuing Education and Training program. These four CPR courses range from basic first aid and CPR to advanced life support for healthcare professionals.
First Aid and CPR Classes
The Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED & First Aid teaches students how to care for patients dealing with respiratory and cardiac problems, bleeding and emergency injuries or illnesses. The general public can take this class. Healthcare professionals who want Basic Life Support recognition, and who have not taken a CPR course in ten or more years can take the CPR for Health Professionals class, which provides training in foreign body airway obstruction, adult and pediatric CPR, barrier device use and AED training.
Triton College offers various classes and courses for healthcare professionals and individuals interested in pursuing health-related careers. The college also offers a First Aid & CPR class for non-healthcare providers.
CPR Class for Healthcare Providers
The CPR for Healthcare Providers class is aimed at anyone working in the healthcare industry. The class can be completed in one day. Once completed, students receive an AHA certification card that is valid for two years.
Other School Options
CPR certification classes can also be found at City Colleges of Chicago - Malcolm X College located 3.2 miles from the downtown area and Oakton Community College, located 17.6 miles away.