CPR Certification in Philadelphia with School Information

Research CPR certifications in Philadelphia, which currently has a few schools offering such programs. Read an overview of certifications, admission information and program requirements for three schools within five miles of downtown and decide which program is right for you.

Philadelphia Schools that Offer CPR Certification Programs

Several schools in the Philadelphia area offer training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that meets standards for certification. This article gives an overview of three schools, all within 15 minutes of downtown, that have CPR certification courses. It also includes a table that provides facts about the schools in an easy-to-digest format. At the end of the article there is a little information on some other Philadelphia-area schools with CPR training.

  • Thomas Jefferson University is a little over a mile from Philadelphia's downtown. It offers healthcare students or healthcare providers a CPR class and a CPR refresher course.
  • Another option is two miles from downtown at the University of Pennsylvania where a CPR training option is available specifically for parents.
  • Only 4 miles from downtown Philadelphia is the University of the Sciences, where students can pursue two different certification courses that also include training in using a defibrillator and in first aid.

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Comparison of Schools

The following table offers information on these schools that prospective students need to consider. It can help them make an informed decision about their training.

Thomas Jefferson University University of Pennsylvania University of the Sciences
School Type 4-year; private not for profit 4-year; private not for profit 4-year; private not for profit
Total Enrollment (2017)* 4,028 25,367 2,359
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Program Tuition (2018)* $75 $65 members; $100 non-members for certification course $1,000/credit
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 51% 58% 100%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* N/A 9% 61%
Retention Rate (2017)* N/A 98% for full-time; 91% for part-time 85% for full-time
Graduation Rate (students who began in 2011)* N/A 96% 73%

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Thomas Jefferson University

The CPR courses at this school are associated with the university's hospital and are run by JeffSTAT. All courses are rotating and may be available one year and not another, so students would be wise to keep checking back.

BLS Provider (CPR) - Initial & Renewal Course

This CPR class is for students who have not previously acquired CPR certification. The certification is good for two years. By the end of the class, students are expected to have learned how to perform CPR on adults, infants and children.

University of Pennsylvania

Students participate in this school's CPR training at the Pennsylvania Hospital.

CPR Training for Family & Friends

This course is intended for parents and family who want to learn CPR for adults and children. This course does not result in CPR certification.

CPR/First Aid/AED Certification Classes

The University of Pennsylvania Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) is a student-run service organization providing emergency medical services to the University community and offers alternative CPR and First Aid classes. Each class in blended learning with in-class work and online training. Recertification can also be completed as an online option. This certification is valid for two years.

University of the Sciences

In addition to the CPR course below, CPR class options are offered occasionally during special events on campus.

CPR/AED/First Aid Professional Rescuer Course

This 3-credit class meets the requirements for CPR/AED/First Aid Certification from the American Red Cross. Students learn how to assess and act during life-threatening situations that involve respiratory and cardiac problems. The skills acquired in this program are suitable to use on infants, children and adults. In addition to CPR techniques, students learn how to keep safe from disease transmissions. Lastly, students are also educated on epinephrine auto-injection, mask resuscitation, asthma inhalers and automated external defibrillation. This course is geared toward EMS professionals rather than private citizens.

Other School Options

Temple University is 2.1 miles from the downtown Philadelphia area and a CPR course. Bucks County Community College is more than 34.1 miles away from Philadelphia and has four different CPR classes available.


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