CPR Certification in NYC with Class and Program Descriptions

New York City Schools with CPR Certification Courses

There are several schools in New York City's five boroughs that offer CPR certification courses, including two public community colleges. Find summaries of the courses below, as well as a table with key school information and a paragraph about other training options for students who want to become certified in CPR.

  • CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College in lower Manhattan is less than three miles from the downtown and occasionally offers a course in basic cardiac life support. The largest 2-year institution in the City University of New York (CUNY) system, this school is also the only community college in New York City.
  • A course in basic cardiac life support can also be found at CUNY Queensborough Community College in Bayside, Queens, located a little over 12 miles from downtown NYC. From New York City, the college's 37-acre campus is relatively easy to access by bus, subway or the Long Island Railroad.

Comparison of Schools

The following table includes information about school type and student enrollment. Costs are provided for the courses offered at Borough of Manhattan Community College and Queensborough Community College.

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College CUNY Queensborough Community College
School Type 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 26,932 15,400
Campus Setting Large city Large city
Cost Per Course (2018) Free CPR** $130 (for Basic Cardiac Life Support certification)***

Source: *NCES College Navigator, **CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College, ***CUNY Queensborough Community College

CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College

The college's Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development offers in excess of 300 traditional, corporate and online courses, and the center serves the educational needs of over 11,000 students each year. Students can register by telephone, in person or online, and individual discounts may apply.


This course is offered several times throughout June to staff, faculty, and students of BMCC. This class is entirely free, but only open to those associated with the college.

Basic Cardiac Life Support

This 1-day course is intended for, but not limited to, medical care providers. Students receive their instruction from professional healthcare providers, and the content is based upon guidelines that have been established by the American Heart Association.

In particular, students learn how to respond when an infant, child or adult is choking or in cardiac or respiratory distress. Additional course topics include the first signs of an impending heart attack, risk factors and preventative measures. The course format is a combination of labs and lectures, and using the most recent mannequin technology, participants can work with a simulated victim in cardiac distress. Students who complete the program receive a card from the American Heart Association, and their training is valid for a period of two years. Though there are no classes currently available, availability changes from semester to semester.

CUNY Queensborough Community College

Each year, the Office of Continuing Education offers courses and programs to more than 10,000 students, including those that are designed for the allied health professions. New and returning students can register online or by telephone.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

This 1-hour class is also worth one credit. Those who complete the program will gain American Red Cross CPR certification.

Basic Cardiac Life Support

The course in basic life support is designed for students who want to learn CPR. It also serves as a prerequisite for the certification programs in emergency medical and emergency room technology. A textbook is required, and students should purchase and read the American Heart Association publication before class. Instruction takes place over a single 8-hour session (with lunch break), and the course costs include a mandatory face mask and the CPR card.

To receive their certificate, students must score at least an 85 on the skills exam. Along with the aforementioned programs, Queensborough Community College offers training in first aid (a prerequisite for the emergency room technology program) and a course in EKG technology.

Other School Options

Along with the programs described above, City College of New York in New York City, offers courses in CPR and assisted electric defibrillation (AED). At Pace College in Manhattan, students can also pursue a course in emergency medicine that includes instruction in basic and advanced cardiac life support.

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