Portland CPR Certification Training Programs
Individuals interested in obtaining CPR certification, whether for employment or personal development, can choose from two schools in the Portland, Oregon, area. Find out about the course offerings and training requirements available at these colleges and look over the table to compare stats like graduation rates and tuition. Also included is some information on an additional school that offers training in this field.
- Portland State University offers two cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) training programs. The campus is located about a mile from the city center.
- Situated around eight miles from downtown, Portland Community College offers several different programs, including CPR, AED and First Aid. These programs teach lifesaving techniques for infants, children and adults.
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Comparison of Schools
Review this table to learn even more about the two profiled schools. There are facts on costs, financial aid, retention rates and more.
|Portland State University||Portland Community College|
|School Type||4-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||26,693||28,005|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition (2018)||$65 for members, $100 for non-members**||$75-155***|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||79%||70%|
|Retention Rate for First-Time Students (2017)*||72% full-time||67% full-time|
|Graduation Rate*||49% (students began 2011)||15% (students began in 2014)|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Portland State University, ***Portland Community College
Portland State University
Portland State University (PSU) offers more than 200 degree programs as well as lifelong learning programs. Additionally, PSU offers student and instructor CPR training programs through the campus recreation program. Training is based on American Red Cross standards, with 2-year certifications issued through that organization.
The workplace CPR course is designed to teach procedures to those wanting to become CPR/AED certified. Basic CPR techniques, how to assist a choking victim, heart attack symptoms, stroke symptoms and AED training are all covered in this course.
Portland Community College
Portland Community College offers traditional college programs, adult learning, pre-college programs and distance learning. With four campuses, eight learning centers and various community centers, individuals have a multitude of learning opportunities, including several classes that provide training in CPR.
Standard First Aid & CPR/AED
This course is aimed at those interested in learning first aid and how to perform CPR. Participants learn to provide basic emergency care to sick or injured persons until medical professionals arrive, including the use of AED and care for wounds, burns and bone injuries. Completing this course qualifies graduates for an AHA or American Red Cross certificate in Standard First Aid and CPR/AED for adult/child and infant CPR.
Heartsaver CPR & First Aid
This course combines basic first aid training with professional CPR skills for use in the home, at work and around the community. Participants learn to perform CPR on adults, children and infants, while also obtaining knowledge of AED techniques. Upon completion, participants can be certified by the AHA or American Red Cross for Standard First Aid and professional CPR/AED.
BLS (CPR) Provider/Renewal Course
In roughly 4.5 hours, CPR holders or healthcare providers, as well as those needing to renew, can complete this course in one day. The cost for this program is $75. Students will spend their time in the classroom learning how to recognize life-threatening emergencies and how to use an AED.
Across the state line in Vancouver, Washington, Clark College offers community CPR, healthcare provider CPR and child care CPR courses. These classes do not offer any educational credits; however, they may qualify students for AHA certification cards or Washington state licensure for child care providers. The school is about 10 miles from downtown Portland.